February 2016

Electric avenue

Vehicle-charging stations remain scarce in North Carolina, but a surge may be nearing.

Electric cars

Picking stocks for 2016

Continuing a decades-old tradition, Business NC asked several investment pros to offer their three favorite stocks and one to avoid.

Hot stocks

$10,000 into $200 million

Self-reliance leads to $200 million payoff for the owners of Durham's Bronto Software.


Pets in residence

More colleges across North Carolina make space for Fluffy and Fido as a calming influence.

Pets on campus

Latest Blog Posts

Win or lose, Panthers' Big Cat keeps it close to the vest

Spencer Campbell - Feb 05, 2016 - 4:00:00 pm

jerry richarsonFormer BNC senior editor — now proud Denver resident — Spencer Campbell reflects on Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, and the story that might have been.

Football pays off for ex-pancake and burger king Jerry Richardson

David Mildenberg - Feb 05, 2016 - 7:00:00 am

Jerry RichardsonJerry Richardson has built a model National Football League franchise that has the Carolinas in a frenzy. That success is a big contrast to the latter part of Richardson’s pre-football business career, which was marked by controversy and red ink.

Special Reports and Publications

The Legal Elite

Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored Tar Heel lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, a listing of the state's top lawyers in business-related categories.

On the move

From economic development to workforce, N.C.'s transportation industry keeps the state's economy rolling. A panel of transportation insiders discuss what the industry needs to keep chugging along.

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.

North Carolina's Best Doctors

A list of the state's top-rated physicians in 31 specialties, selected by peers in an independent survey.

Meeting and Tourism Round Table

Meetings, conventions and tourism create jobs, tax revenue and economic-development opportunities in North Carolina.

Daily Digest

Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC, to retire

(The Charlotte Observer)

Longtime Central Piedmont Community College President Tony Zeiss said Thursday he will retire in July. Zeiss, 70, has led the Charlotte college since 1992. During his tenure, enrollment soared to 70,000 students and the school grew from one campus to six.

Amazon rolls out one-hour delivery service in Raleigh

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

For just $7.99, Amazon Prime members in Raleigh can have their orders delivered within an hour; two-hour delivery is free. Raleigh is among 25 cities where the e-commerce retailer now offers the expedited service. The Prime loyalty program costs $99 a year.

Carolinas HealthCare CEO earns 26% more in 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Michael Tarwater, CEO of Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System, received $6.6 million in total compensation in 2015 compared with $5.3 million the previous year. A company spokeswoman said part of the increase is related to Tarwater's pending retirement in June. He has worked for the $8 billion hospital system for 35 years.

Asheville awaits brewery announcement

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Deschutes Brewery will announce in about a month where it plans to build its East Coast brewery. The Bend, Ore.-based beer company is believed to be considering Asheville; Roanoke, Va.; and Charleston and Greenville, S.C. The brewery would create 100 jobs and is expected to become a tourist destination similar to Sierra Nevada's Mills River brewery.

NC Commerce chief promotes crowdfunding, broadband access


N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla told legislators Thursday the state needs to legalize crowdfunding as a way for small businesses to grow. He also emphasized the importance of high-speed Internet access in rural counties.

Insurance commissioner warns of effects of ACA

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says the Affordable Care Act is driving up the cost of health insurance, and he is concerned that insurers will withdraw from the state, leaving residents with few options. Goodwin, a Democrat, supports expanding Medicaid and establishing a state insurance exchange.
Related: State workers' health insurance may be cut

Tax credit could save CSX millions

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

If CSX follows through with plans to build at $272 million cargo hub in Johnston County, the company could benefit from a 50% state tax credit for railroads that spend at least $30 million on terminals. The N.C. Department of Transportation also is considering whether to provide $100 million to help pay for the terminal.

NC voter ID trial comes to a close

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Attorneys on Monday presented closing arguments in a six-day federal trial over 2013 changes to North Carolina's election law that requires voters to present picture IDs at the polls. It is unclear when a ruling will come.

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Emerging Issues Forum

31st Annual Emerging Issues Forum

February 8-9, 2016
Day 1:  Raleigh Convention Center
Day 2:  IEI Commons, Hunt Library, Centennial Campus, NC State

As technology and demography shift, how can North Carolina prepare today to create enough good jobs for tomorrow?

BNC Pulse

Connect NC Bond Act Will you vote in favor of a $2 billion bond package that will fund universities, community colleges and infrastructure projects?  Yes  No