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Cape Fear Businesses Giving Back: Dec. 15, 2020

December 14, 2020

by Frank Williams Port City Contracting Services Donates 50,000 Protective Face Masks to Support Small Business Revitalization in Southeastern North Carolina: Port City Contracting Services, a national wholesale distributor of medical/surgical supplies, medical equipment, and pharmaceuticals, has partnered with the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce to help keep area business open and operating safely during the…

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Independent pharmacies welcome SCOTUS ruling on benefit managers

December 14, 2020

By Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Pharmacist Darius Russell, owner of Russell’s Pharmacy and Shoppe in Durham, hopes to stop losing money on helping patients. Russell is an independent pharmacist, and he has little negotiating power with the middlemen that control the supply chain of prescription drugs. But change is coming. The U.S. Supreme…

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Novant Health recognized for commitment to safety and quality by The Leapfrog Group

December 14, 2020
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that evaluates the safety, quality and patient experience provided by hospitals across the country, released its fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grades. Novant Health is proud of its longstanding commitment to earning top safety and quality scores. The Leapfrog Group has recognized Novant Health’s commitment to safety and quality…

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Thrifty Office Furniture Expands Presence in Cape Fear Region

December 14, 2020

Wilmington, N.C. — Thrifty Office Furniture has expanded, doubling the size of its Wilmington location, 5101 Dunlead Ct, #109, Wilmington. The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the growth, December 16, 2020, at 2 pm.  Thrifty Office Furniture specializes in keeping things simple, so doing business with them easy. The dedicated…

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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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Business Advice & Expertise

Lessons Learned from 20 Years in Business

July 26, 2021

I have a hard time believing that Pioneer Strategies is celebrating 20 years in business this August. On the one hand, it seems like I just started the firm, but on the other hand, it’s hard for me to remember doing anything else. Anyone who has been in business for more than a few weeks…

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Don’t Confuse Them with the Facts

May 27, 2021

We’ve probably all heard the saying, “don’t confuse them with the facts.” When I Googled the phrase while writing this article, I found another article entitled “My Mind Is Made Up. Don’t Confuse Me with the Facts.” In his timeless classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie said that when you directly tell…

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Paint Your Own Barn

April 23, 2021

Over the course of my career, I’ve seen far too many organizations allow a reactive mindset and slow response time to hamper their public relations efforts. One organization (we’ll call it Company One) was subjected to a barrage of criticism from other organizations that were affected by one of Company One’s decisions and chose to…

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Opinion & Commentary

OPINON: Labor Force Shouldn’t Be Shrinking

September 23, 2021

By JOHN HOOD North Carolina’s economy has enjoyed a substantial recovery from the depths of the Great Suppression — that is, from the COVID-19 downturn of 2020. Most businesses are back up and operating. So are schools and universities. More employees than ever before are working from home. That’s had positive consequences for worker satisfaction…

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OPINION: Income and Poverty Facts Matter

September 20, 2021

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH, NC — The income of the median American household fell by nearly 3% last year as the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent regulations shuttered many businesses for months, closed others for good, and forced still other employers to cut back on hours and wages for the people they still employed. Or so…

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OPINION: Biden’s Mandate Goes Too Far

September 15, 2021

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH, NC — I got the COVID-19 vaccine shortly after it became publicly available. I did so because I was persuaded that the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risk. Over the subsequent months, the case for vaccination has only gotten stronger. While the delta variant is easier to spread than prior…

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