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43% of Consumers with Emergency Funds Tapped Those Savings Amid Pandemic

December 11, 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C., More than 4 in 10 consumers with emergency savings have had to tap into those funds during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest MagnifyMoney survey.  MagnifyMoney surveyed more than 1,000 consumers to find out how the pandemic has affected emergency funds, looking at everything from balances to when people think they should be…

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Southeast electric providers to create advanced bilateral market platform

December 11, 2020

New technology to optimize renewable energy resources, lower costs for customers. A group of energy companies providing electricity to roughly 50 million people across a wide geographic region in the Southeastern U.S. have come together to propose the creation of a centralized, automated, intra-hour energy exchange called the Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM). This platform aims…

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Carolina Journal politics week in review, Dec. 7-11, 2020

December 11, 2020

by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service Each week, staff at Carolina Journal looks back at the week in N.C. politics and chooses several interesting, relevant stories you may have missed. Medical bills and price transparency: Patients will have an easier time knowing what they’ll pay for medical services at UNC Health. The system will…

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Legislative leaders, governor announce deal on rural broadband funding

December 11, 2020

By John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Leaders in the General Assembly and governor say they have reached a deal to ensure $30 million for the GREAT rural broadband program. GREAT is an acronym for Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology, which provides matching grants to internet service providers and electric membership cooperatives to…

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People in Business: December 10, 2020

December 10, 2020

Hamilton leaving Cooper’s cabinet: Wilmington’s Susi Hamilton will be leaving Governor Roy Cooper’s cabinet, where she serves as Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, at the end of the year. Hamilton said she had future plans in mind, but didn’t share exactly what they are: “At this time in my career, I…

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Dosher Receives 2020 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award® for Achieving and Sustaining Excellence in Clinical Quality, Patient Experience

December 10, 2020

SOUTHPORT, N.C. — Dosher Memorial Hospital and Medical Clinics have been named 2020 Guardian of Excellence Award® winners by Press Ganey, in three separate areas. Guardian of Excellence for Patient Experience in our Emergency Department Guardian of Excellence for Patient Experience in the Dosher Medical Practices Guardian of Excellence for Quality for hospital services   The…

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Small Business Owners Remain Uncertain After Election

December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index declined 2.6 points in November to 101.4 but remains well above the 47-year historical average reading of 98. Six of the 10 Index components declined and four increased. The NFIB Uncertainty Index decreased 8 points to 90, still a historically high reading. Owners expecting better business conditions over the…

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Novant CEO receives Steven Schroeder Award for Outstanding Healthcare CEO

December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON D.C. – Carl S. Armato, President and CEO of Novant Health in North Carolina, recently received the Steven Schroeder Award for Outstanding Healthcare CEO. The award was presented virtually at The Leapfrog Group’s annual meeting. The award was created by Costs of Care, a leading non-profit dedicated to curating and disseminating insights from the frontlines of health care…

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NC Company says 2021 Food Label Trends Deliver Safety And Security For Consumers And Retailers

December 10, 2020

MILLS RIVER, N.C. — As U.S. consumers turned to takeout, food delivery and online grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic, food and beverage labeling took on fresh importance. Citing a 15-20% increase in grocery industry sales this year, and e-commerce sales up 43%, sustainable label leader UPM Raflatac found its grocery and restaurant delivery customers…

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N.C. Business Roundup: Dec. 15, 2020

December 10, 2020

The following highlights noteworthy business news from across North Carolina. Grover Gaming’s Expansion Brings 200 New Jobs to Greenville: Grover Gaming Inc., a software development and design company with offices and distribution facilities in seven U.S. states, will expand its Greenville headquarters, adding 200 positions to its existing North Carolina workforce. The company will invest…

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SENC real estate market remains strong in November

December 9, 2020

The real estate market in southeastern North Carolina remained strong through November, according to statistics released by two local REALTOR® associations. Brunswick County’s real estate market remains on a red-hot record pace, according to the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®, with last month’s numbers including the highest number of homes sold in November on record.…

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31% of Americans Would Rather Go into Debt Than Borrow From Loved Ones

December 8, 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than half of Americans borrowed money from or loaned money to a loved one within the past year, according to a November 2020 LendingTree survey of more than 2,000 Americans. Nearly a third of Americans would prefer to take on debt rather instead of asking friends and family for money. Key Survey Findings: Lending between…

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Business Advice & Expertise

Tough Love for the Entrepreneurs Can Hack the Complacent Startup Ecosystem

March 12, 2021

The startup ecosystem is a living and growing organism that most cities are trying to add to their modern economic development strategy for job creation. The startup ecosystem is typically a very positive kumbaya environment. There are lots of smiles around town while people with rose colored glasses are selling more commercial and residential real…

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How Changes in Purchasing Decisions Could Affect Your Business

March 11, 2021

Yesterday I was a last-minute speaker for a business group, filling in for a planned speaker who was under the weather. I had to put on my thinking cap and come up with an interesting topic with little time to spare. Given that we are now at the one-year anniversary of COVID-19’s initial impacts on…

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Owned Media: Don’t Put All of Your Eggs in a Basket Controlled by Someone Else

March 5, 2021

When I first entered the public relations profession shortly after college, we typically heard about two types of media: earned media and paid media. Thanks to technology-driven changes, social media and owned media have become increasingly prevalent communication tools in recent years. Paid media refers to tools such as traditional advertising and direct mail. While…

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Opinion & Commentary

OPINION: Conspiracy Theories Damage Democracy

May 3, 2021

by John Hood  RALEIGH — For weeks after the ballots were counted, supporters of the defeated presidential candidate insisted the election had been stolen. Some alleged a shadowy conspiracy to rig vote-counting machines, throwing out just enough legal votes and manufacturing just enough illegal ones to decide the outcome. I heard these conspiracy theories many…

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OPINION: Resist the Temptation to Coerce

April 29, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — The problem with freedom is that other people may do things that trouble, annoy, or even anger you. In a free society, you have no authority to stop them. Strictly speaking, that’s not a problem. It’s a solution. Throughout most of human history, much suffering has derived from a lack…

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OPINION: Nationalizing Politics Was a Mistake

April 21, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — If Californians want to make their government the monopoly payer of all medical bills, why should North Carolinians be able to tell them they can’t? In a federal republic populated by 330 million people spread across some 3.5 million square miles of sprawling territory, we should be asking precisely this…

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