April 2015

Palate loader

New Golden Corral CEO Lance Trenary wants to pack the nation's dominant buffet chain with diners seeking more than a hunk of beef.

Golden Corral

Sure shots

North Carolina's top-ranked golf courses score increased international attention. Includes N.C.'s top 100 golf courses.

Golf 2015

Duck dynasty

Success in golf publishing and apparel prepared Tom Nolan for a shot at reviving a revered brand.

Duck Head

Sweet treats

Jael and Dan Rattigan lure Asheville visitors with artisan chocolate.

Sweet treats

Latest Blog Posts

Belk's biggest sale

By David Mildenberg - Apr 02, 2015 - 5:50:00 pm

Belk going on the auction block is a sad, inevitable outcome to one of the state’s most enduring business stories.

Novant reports lower net profit in 2014

By David Mildenberg - Apr 01, 2015 - 12:00:00 pm

Novant Health said it had net income of $201.8 million in 2014, down from $273 million in the previous year. That included an investment gain of $28.9 million. Revenues increased 5.4% to $3.79 billion from 2013.

Special Reports and Publications

NC's Best Golf Courses

For the eighth consecutive year, the North Carolina Golf Panel is proud to partner with Business North Carolina in publishing rankings of the best golf courses in what we believe is the best state for golf.

Biotechnology Round Table

North Carolina's biotechnology leaders look for ways to expand into the national biodefense sector.

Small Business of the Year

2015 marks the 20th year Business North Carolina magazine will select a Small Business of the Year to honor the contributions these companies make to our state’s economy.

The Best of Health

Business North Carolina's annual ranking of the top Tar Heel hospitals, plus patient picks and other popular rankings.

2015 Best Employers in North Carolina

The state's best employers have many bright ideas to show they appreciate their workers.

Daily Digest

Ralls leaving NC community college system

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Scott Ralls, who has led North Carolina's 58-member community college system since 2008, is leaving to lead a six-campus community college in northern Virginia.

3 NC hospitals achieve high marks in patient satisfaction

(The Charlotte Observer)

In Medicare's first-ever star ratings for patient satisfaction, three North Carolina hospitals achieved the highest rating of five stars: 25-bed Chatham Hospital in Siler City, 18-bed North Carolina Specialty Hospital in Durham and 494-bed FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.
Related: Triangle hospitals rate high in patient satisfaction

Apple buys forest land in Brunswick County

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Through a partnership with nonprofit environmental group The Conservation Fund, Apple has acquired more than 3,600 acres of forest land in Brunswick County. The California-based company plans to harvest timber using sustainable practices and use it in packaging for products including iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs.
Related: Apple to invest in solar projects, forests

Specialty grocer to open at Charlotte's SouthPark mall

(The Charlotte Observer)

Reid's Fine Foods will open its third Charlotte-area location in an 8,200-square-foot space at SouthPark mall. The location, which is expected to open by Oct. 1, will feature indoor and outdoor dining. Owner Tom Coker says the specialty-foods retailer hopes to expand outside of Charlotte into Winston-Salem, the Triangle and South Carolina.

McCrory to propose $3B in bonds for road projects, facility upgrades

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory plans to announce Friday two $1.5 billion bond proposals to fund state transportation and infrastructure improvements. The transportation bond includes about 20 highway projects. The separate infrastructure bond would fund upgrades at the state's two ports, projects at 10 UNC system campuses and 28 state parks, among others.

Hospitals fight proposal that would increase competition

(The Charlotte Observer)

The state hospital association opposes a bill that would eliminate the state's certificate of need laws, making it easier for outside groups to open same-day surgery centers and clinics. Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Republican from Henderson County who introduced the bill, says eliminating the CON program would would offer consumers more choices and lower costs.

State revenue up 2% over last year

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State revenue was up 2% – about $257 million – through the nine-month period that ended March 31 compared with the same period a year ago. Sales and use taxes increased 13.8%, while income tax revenue was down.

Bill would end protest petitions in rezoning cases

(The Charlotte Observer)

A bill that passed in the state House would end protest petitions in property rezoning cases. The bill would require two-thirds of city council members, rather than three-fourths, to approve a rezoning. Opponents of the bill say petitions are needed to give average homeowners a voice against developers. Developers say the petitions give small, minority groups unfair leverage.

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Workforce Conference

Presented by the North Carolina Chamber.

Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel, RTP

When: May 7


BNC Pulse

Poll N.C. Rep Charles Jeter filed a bill that proposes replacing a statue of former Gov. Charles B. Aycock with one of Billy Graham at the U.S. Capitol. Do you support the proposal?  Yes  No

N.C. Family Business of the Year Winners

Schiffman's Jeweler's, K&W Cafeterias, Rose Chauffeured Transportation and Carolina Management Team have been recognized by the Wake Forest University Family Business Center and Business North Carolina with the 2014 North Carolina Family Business of the Year Awards.