December 2014

Changing channels

Jim Goodmon gets ready to turn Capitol Broadcasting over to his sons.

Jim Goodmon

Brew Ha-Ha

Highland Brewing, our 2014 Small Business of the Year, attracts so much competition that it has to grow bigger to stay viable.

Brew Ha-Ha

Victory and the feet

These boots are made for walking, but McRae Industries won't retreat from Montgomery County anytime soon.

McRae Industries

The state's best doctors

Tar Heel doctors pick peers they consider to be the best physicians practicing in 32 medical specialties.

Best Doctors

Latest Blog Posts

N.C. Medicaid expansion has big benefits, study says

By David Mildenberg - Dec 18, 2014 - 3:15:00 pm

North Carolina could add 43,000 jobs and boost the economy by more than $10 billion by 2020 if the state expands Medicaid eligibility, according to a report by researchers at George Washington University.

Brunswick Co. builder named chair of ports board

By David Mildenberg - Dec 11, 2014 - 5:15:00 pm

Tom Adams, a Brunswick County building contractor, was named chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority board of directors.

Special Reports and Publications

North Carolina Economic Development Guide

The established source for of information for businesses considering expansion or relocation here. Includes economic data for each county, a conversation with Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and case studies of businesses who have found success here.

Manufacturing Round Table

Textile and furniture mills turned poor Tar Heel tobacco laborers into middle-class earners. Now that many of those jobs have been shipped overseas, it's time to examine the future of the industry in NC.

North Carolina Higher Education Directory

A comprehensive guide to higher education in the state, with information about North Carolina's public and private colleges, universities and community colleges.

Focus on Guilford County

Companies can't help but notice the abundance of assets in Guilford County.

Top 75 Public Companies

Investors show an appetite for companies on our list of the Top 75 publicly traded based in North Carolina.

Daily Digest

Report: Mercedes-Benz USA looking to move HQ to NC or Georgia

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Mercedes-Benz USA is considering moving its corporate headquarters to North Carolina or Georgia, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The automaker employs about 1,000 people at its headquarters in Montvale, N.J., where it has been based since 1972. 

Canadian chain to buy The Pantry for $860M

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Canada-based Alimentation Couche-Tard, which operates in the U.S. mostly as Circle K, will acquire The Pantry in a deal that, including The Pantry's debt, is valued at $1.7 billion. Cary-based Pantry operates 1,513 convenience stores – most under the Kangaroo Express banner – in 13 Southeastern states.

Durham's Phononic raises $44.5 million

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based Phononic raised $44.5 million in venture-capital funding. The company sells energy-efficient cooling and refrigeration products that are made in Durham. Phononic plans to use the proceeds to increase manufacturing and for sales and marketing. It's the largest round of venture-capital funding raised by a Triangle company this year. 

Google delays high-speed fiber announcement

(The Charlotte Observer)

Mountain View-Calif.-based Google has delayed an announcement on whether it will bring its high-speed fiber network to Charlotte and eight other cities. The technology company says it will provide more information early next year.

McCrory administration proposes Cabinet-level technology department

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes presented a proposal to a legislative committee that would create a Cabinet-level information-technology department. The department would improve efficiency by using compatible software across state agencies.

Report: Medicaid expansion could lower NC unemployment rate


A new report shows expanding Medicaid in North Carolina would create 43,000 jobs over five years. If Medicaid is not expanded by 2016, Mecklenburg and Wake counties each would create about 4,500 fewer jobs by 2020, according to the report from George Washington University.

Review panel approves fracking rules

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Rules Review Commission approved proposed safety standards for fracking, the practice of horizontal drilling for natural gas. The rules will now go before the state legislature when it convenes in January.

McCrory slams AP report on stock payout

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory denounced an Associated Press report that revealed he received a six-figure stock payout from, the Charlotte-based online lender where McCrory served as a director prior to becoming governor. McCrory said the story was "misleading" and "riddled with factual errors."

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Outlook for IT

North Carolina Technology Association annual event will feature a tech expo.

When: January 30, 2015

Where: Hilton Charlotte Center City

BNC Pulse

Poll: Rehab tax credits Should North Carolina restore historic-preservation tax credits for aging mills, factories and other structures?  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.