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Duke Energy responds to Elliott Management’s latest letter

July 20, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C., — Below is Duke Energy’s (NYSE: DUK) statement in response to Elliott Management’s announcement today: The new Elliott Management letter to the Board of Directors is the latest attempt to push its short-term agenda at the expense of long-term shareholder value as well as the interests of Duke Energy’s employees and the communities it…

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Lala & Elm celebrates grand opening

July 20, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC – Lala & Elm, located at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 105, Wilmington, will hold its Grand Opening July 23 and 24.  The first 50 customers will receive a beauty bag as a gift with purchase for purchases over $50.  The beauty bag will contain samples from their many product lines. The store, owned by…

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Head to Toe Day Spa Hosts Grand Opening Ceremony to Celebrate New Location

July 20, 2021

Wilmington, N.C. — Head to Toe Spa will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate their new location in Bradley Creek Station at 5815 Oleander Drive Suite 110 on Friday, July 23, from 6:00 to 11:00 pm. Head to Toe Spa is Wilmington’s best full-service day spa and salon, as voted by the…

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27th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival Will Be Live Again In Downtown Wilmington Featuring New Venues And Festival Favorites Like Dance-a-lorus

July 20, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C.,– Organizers are excited to announce that this fall’s 27th annual Cucalorus Film Festival (November 10-14, 2021) will return to its wild and wacky in-person format after a year of pandemic-inspired online screenings and Drive-ins. The festival brings original and challenging new independent and international films to the screen at beloved venues like historic…

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New Strategic Plan For Economic Development Highlights Importance Of Talent And Workforce Development

July 20, 2021

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Commerce today released the Economic Development Strategic Plan for the State of North Carolina. The plan, titled First in Talent, recognizes that investing in North Carolina’s workforce is the key to building a more prosperous and resilient economy for all North Carolinians. The comprehensive economic development plan is a…

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North Carolina’s June Employment Figures Released 

July 20, 2021

The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.9 percent. North Carolina’s June 2021 unemployment rate decreased 4.2 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 12,600 over the…

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Leath HR Group Continues to Grow: Welcomes Certified HR Consultant

July 15, 2021

Wilmington, NC — Leath HR Group is excited to welcome Kirsti Reives, to the team as a consultant. Kirsti joins us with over 25 years of progressive HR experience.  She has worked in a generalist capacity as a strategic HR leader and HR Business Partner, helping companies to build their human resource function and/or improve…

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Nearly 180,000 New Visitors Explore Career Options with NCcareers.org

July 15, 2021

First year of state career resource portal brings new tools and resources for North Carolinians Raleigh, N.C. – One year after Governor Roy Cooper announced the launch of NCcareers.org, a comprehensive career information system, NCcareers.org has experienced 1.3 million page views with more than 178,000 unique users exploring occupations in North Carolina. “The new NCcareers.org provides the right information to make the…

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NC Ranks Among Most Competitive Tax Structure States for Businesses, New White Paper Shows

July 15, 2021

Major tax reforms helped NC emerge as top business competitor Raleigh, N.C.,—North Carolina now has one of the most broad-based and competitive tax structures for business in the United States, according to a recent Location Matters survey and newly released white paper from the Tax Foundation and KPMG LLP. The Location Matters study, released in May, compared overall tax costs among businesses of…

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NC now has a state-certified COVID-19 vaccination card. What does that mean?

July 15, 2021

by Jeff Moore, Carolina Journal Earlier this year, Governor Roy Cooper said his administration was exploring the development of a vaccine passport for residents of North Carolina. “We want to be able to help people to be able to show others that they have gotten the vaccine because a lot of people are going to…

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Wilmington and Beaches CVB Sales Team Members 2021 Achievements & Recognitions

July 15, 2021

Wilmington, N.C. – The Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau [CVB] is pleased to announce that two of its sales team members, Molly Johnson and Joel Smith, currently serve on 2021 travel trade association boards. Joel Smith is also recognized as NC SGMP’s 2020-2021 Supplier of the Year. Senior Sales Manager Joel Smith, MPRTSM, has been…

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Wilmington Chamber of Commerce extends application deadline for the $4.5 million Hospitality, Retail, and Service Industry Grant to July 30, 2021

July 15, 2021

Wilmington, N.C. — The deadline to apply for the $4.5 million Hospitality, Retail, and Service Industry Grant being managed by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has been extended to 11:59 pm on Friday, July 30, 2021. Businesses who were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the restaurant, bar, retail, leisure, hospitality, childcare, and service sectors…

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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: Curfew is Cooper’s latest move in state’s fight against bars, alcohol

December 17, 2020

by John Trump Gov. Roy Cooper — and scores of politicians like them — have since March imposed noxious closures and lockdowns with the altruistic goal of keeping us safe. In reality, these government-imposed suppressions have done little but wreck our mental and physical health and devastate our economy. About 100 Triangle restaurants, bars, and similar service businesses…

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Opinion: Compensate victims of regulation

December 14, 2020

by John Hood As of November, North Carolina’s state government has some $4 billion in unreserved cash in its General Fund, plus well north of $1 billion in its rainy-day account and other reserves. Other states would dearly love to be in North Carolina’s shoes. They’re looking at large budget deficits with woefully insufficient savings to close…

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Opinion: Cooper blunders on rural broadband

December 4, 2020

by Joseph Coletti Local communities, legislators, and businesses are having a hard time understanding why Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget office pulled the plug on $32 million in grants for rural broadband projects that had attracted 70 applicants. Although some have raised concerns Cooper is redirecting the money to a pet project, the issue seems as…

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