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Small Business Job Growth Continues in December

January 10, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Small business job growth continued in December, but the gains remain uneven as certain sectors of the economy are slowing due to state-mandated business closures and consumer resistance to spend, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. “Small businesses continued to prove that they are the engine of the economy as we closed a chapter…

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Pandemic, shutdowns have staggered tourism, imperiling rural N.C.

January 10, 2021

By Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — As he stood on his porch, watching the flames consume his studio, Brant Barnes wasn’t thinking about the fire. Barnes was remembering an old neighbor of his, a man who had died the night after just such a fire. He was thinking about the man’s bitterness,…

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Leland Launches Initiative to Guide Long-term Growth, 25-year planning initiative to be crafted with help of public feedback

January 8, 2021

LELAND, NC – Considering Leland’s rapid rise in population over the last several years, the Town is planning now to ensure that future growth is managed responsibly and with the needs of residents in mind. As part of Leland 2045 – a 10- to 12-month initiative to create a comprehensive plan for land use over the…

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NC Department of Commerce 2021 Economic Development Meeting Schedules

January 8, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Economic Investment Committee (EIC), the North Carolina Economic Development Accountability and Standards Committee (EDASC), and the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority have released upcoming meeting dates for 2021. All meetings will be conducted by teleconference only, for the foreseeable future, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teleconference instructions for joining…

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Full Belly Project Lives on in New Economic and Workforce Development Scholarship at CFCC

January 8, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC — The Cape Fear Community College Foundation is among the five organizations to receive funds from the Full Belly Project after the local nonprofit, dedicated to developing simple tools to improve lives around the world, announced its dissolution this past December. Fully Belly Project’s gift to CFCC of $10,000 established the Full Belly Project Technology, Innovation,…

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Duke Energy to announce fourth-quarter and year-end 2020 financial results on Feb. 11

January 8, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy will announce its fourth-quarter and year-end financial results at 7 a.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 11, in a news release to be posted on the company’s website at duke-energy.com/investors. An earnings conference call for analysts is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. ET that day to discuss fourth-quarter 2020 financial results. …

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Carolina Retreats purchases iconic Manteo inn

January 8, 2021

SURF CITY, N.C. — Carolina Retreats, a specialty lodging and vacation rental management company based in Surf City, North Carolina, announced the recent purchase of The Tranquil House Inn. The inn will become part of Carolina Retreats’ family of brands, which also includes Carolina Retreats Vacation Rentals, Topsail Realty Vacations, the Loggerhead Inn on Topsail Island, and The Beach…

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Alcami Expands Oral Solid Capabilities with Investment in Wilmington

January 7, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Alcami, a leading United States-based contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), announced an additional $2 million investment to expand its oral solid development and manufacturing capabilities in Wilmington, NC. The investment will add a Gerteis Mini-Pactor® roller compactor and low humidity suites to Alcami’s existing 140,000 square foot campus in Wilmington, NC. The expansion, which is on…

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NFIB Files Amicus Brief Supporting Small Businesses Dominion Over Their Property and the Right to Exclude Union Organizers

January 7, 2021

NFIB filed an amicus brief in the case Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid at the United States Supreme Court. The case questions whether a California regulation interferes with the “right to exclude,” a fundamental right of property ownership. Currently, California law allows union organizers to enter agricultural businesses during specified hours for a certain number of days each year. “This…

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Cooper extends executive order on curfews as vaccine rollout plods along

January 7, 2021

By John Trump Carolina Journal News Service North Carolina won’t fully open anytime soon. The governor’s curfews and shutdowns will continue for three more weeks. Dr. Mandy Cohen piled on Wednesday, Jan. 6. The head of North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services enacted a “secretarial directive” warning people to stay home, especially those older…

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status, Receives Kudos from NFIB

January 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Shortly afterward, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) issued the following statement on behalf of Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, applauding…

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N.C. Business Roundup: Jan. 6, 2021

January 6, 2021

The following highlights noteworthy business news from across North Carolina. AvidXchange acquires Core Associates: Charlotte-based AvidXchange, a provider of accounts payable (AP) and payment automation solutions for the middle market, has acquired Core Associates, the makers of TimberScan and complementary AP solutions with more than 30,000 users nationwide. According to a press release, through this acquisition AvidXchange is…

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Business Advice & Expertise

The “R” in RPIE

December 17, 2020

During the course of my public relations training, I’ve studied a four-step process dubbed “RPIE.” The four steps are: R = Research P = Planning I = Implementation E = Evaluation. The research phase is intended to ensure that a client or organization builds its campaign based upon valid assumptions and informed insight, not guesses…

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A Refresher in Media Relations

November 17, 2020

Technology is transforming the world of public relations and strategic communication, and many now view the press release as a relic of ages past. At the start of my public relations career over two decades ago, much of my work revolved around traditional media relations. These days, more and more of our work is digital…

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When Tensions are High, Think Before You Speak, Post, or Send

July 15, 2020

The events of 2020 have dramatically altered the communication landscape in which leaders must operate. This year has been so filled with crises that memes speculating on what could be next are a prevalent feature in my social media feeds. As leaders, we must understand that emotions run high during a crisis, with fear and…

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Opinion & Commentary

OPINION: Two critical reforms to N.C.’s Emergency Management Act

January 22, 2021

By Donald Bryson Looking into January, state legislative sessions will begin across the nation. For many states, a critical focus point will be on the emergency powers those states’ governments have exercised in the wake of COVID-19.  North Carolina is no exception. Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 executive orders have been controversial and provocative. These orders have…

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Protect the Right to be Wrong

January 18, 2021

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — I have strong opinions — but not about how to perform brain surgery, write a smart-phone app, design a golf course, or produce a hip-hop album. Perhaps you do have a strong view about one of these, but almost certainly not about all four. Why? Because none of us can…

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Opinion: Trashed Capitol Should Revolt Us All

January 12, 2021

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — It was the summer of 1987 when I first stepped inside the United States Capitol to work instead of visit. As part of a summer program, I spent a couple of months interning with syndicated columnist Don Lambro. Rather than have me run errands or fetch coffee, Don sent me…

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