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CAMS’ Ben Rhodes to Oversee Large-Scale and Lifestyle Communities

September 23, 2021

Wilmington, NC — Community Association Management Services (CAMS), an industry leader in community association management throughout the Carolinas, is pleased to announce that Senior Vice President of the western NC region, Ben Rhodes, will begin taking on the additional responsibility of supporting and growing CAMS’ portfolio of large-scale and lifestyle communities. Rhodes is a seasoned industry…

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Clean Eatz Kitchen Partners with UPS for Nationwide Distribution

September 23, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C., — Clean Eatz Kitchen is excited to announce their new partnership with UPS to deliver their healthy, prepared meals nationwide. “Reliability is a cornerstone of our success”, says CEO Jason Nista. “When we hand our packages off to a carrier, we have to be certain the carrier can meet their time-in-transit promises. We have tens of thousands of…

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Bank of America Study Finds 95% of Employers Feel a Sense of Responsibility for Financial Wellness of Employees

September 23, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C., — Bank of America today announced findings from its 11th annual Workplace Benefits Report, which revealed 95% of employers feel a sense of responsibility for the financial wellness of their employees, up from 81% in 20151, and more than half (56%) feel extremely responsible. The report also found that over the last year, more employers…

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Regulatory sandbox bill moving through final hurdles in N.C. Senate

September 23, 2021

By David Bass, Carolina Journal A bill to establish a “regulatory sandbox” by waiving certain obstacles for a trial period for fast-emerging financial and insurance products and services is one step closer to becoming law. It cleared the Senate Commerce and Insurance Committee on Tuesday, Sep. 21. House Bill 642 would create the regulatory sandbox, which…

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Wilmington Chamber of Commerce announces 192 grants awarded to New Hanover County businesses impacted by COVID-19

September 22, 2021

New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington provide $4,212,112 in funding for the Hospitality, Retail & Service Grant WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has approved 192 Hospitality, Retail & Service grant requests to businesses located in New Hanover County, totaling an investment of $4,212,112. The investment in these businesses will help offset…

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Southport-Oak Island Area Golf Classic date and location announced

September 22, 2021

BOLIVIA, N.C. —The Southport-Oak Island Area Golf Classic, an annual fundraising event for the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Carolina National Golf Club on Friday, December 3rd.  The four-person Captain’s Choice tournament will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a shotgun start.  The entry fee for a four-person team is $450.00 and…

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CFCC Kicks Off ‘Countdown to College’ Application Nights

September 22, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC — In recognition of College Application Week across North Carolina (October 18-22), Cape Fear Community College is launching a series of College Application Nights at the College’s Wilmington, Castle Hayne, Burgaw, and Surf City locations. CFCC is providing students and families one-on-one assistance with residency (tuition determinations) and admissions applications.  “While students can apply…

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PPD Earns Gold Award for Excellence in Employee Learning and Development

September 22, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPD) has been recognized with two global excellence awards for its effective learning programs, honoring the company’s high-performing employee development initiatives supporting delivery of global operational excellence and innovative solutions to customers. For the second consecutive year, PPD received two Brandon Hall Group Human Capital Management (HCM) “Excellence in Learning” Awards. This year’s honors include a…

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Novant Health update on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program for employees

September 22, 2021

Novant Health today released the following update related to its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program for employees:  Today, 98.6% of more than 35,000 team members are compliant with Novant Health’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program. Team members are considered compliant if they have received the following: the single dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, a first dose…

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CFCC Practical Nursing Program ranked in Top 10 Best LPN Programs in North Carolina

September 22, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Cape Fear Community College is proud to announce its inclusion in the Best LPN Programs in North Carolina.  For five years, CFCC’s Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program has consistently made the Top 10 list among 39 other LPN programs in the state as ranked by PracticalNursing.org. The scores and rankings for each school were…

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Southport’s Stepping Stone Salon and Spa celebrates first anniversary

September 20, 2021

Southport’s Stepping Stone Salon & Spa recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate their one year anniversary. In attendance were owners Annette McKee and Jennie Lewis, esthetician Susan Barnes, Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Board Members and Stepping Stone’s clients. Their services include haircuts, color/ highlights, perms, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials and massages. They are open…

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Southport Jazzercise celebrates 2nd Anniversary

September 20, 2021

Southport Jazzercise, located at Inspirations Dance Centre in Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina, recently held their 2nd Anniversary celebration with Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce. Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Director Ben Frazier joined Southport Jazzercise owner Angela Dover and her students Lori Dowd, Silvia Earp, Kathy Ragan, Cathy Blackburn, Joan Lynch,…

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Business Advice & Expertise

7 Device Settings to Change this Data Privacy Day

January 28, 2021

INE Shares Specific Ways to Safeguard Your Privacy & Keep Hackers at Bay CARY, N.C., – Thursday, January 28th is Data Privacy Day, the official global initiative that aims to provoke dialogue and empower people and companies to take action. Millions of people have no idea how much of their personal information is being collected, stored &…

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Is the Written Word Becoming a Lost Art?

January 27, 2021

When I was a college student at N.C. State University in the early 1990s, communication professor after communication professor emphasized that writing was the most important skill for an aspiring public relations professional to develop. I was fortunate that writing had always been one of my strong suits, and I’ve worked to develop that skill…

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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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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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