January 2015

2015 Legal Elite

Top Tar Heel lawyers share what drove them to their field of practice.

Legal Elite

Price of admission

Belmont Abbey and Peace cut tuition to attract students. Will other private colleges follow?


After the fall

After five years under our Mover and Shaker of the Year, Bank of America climbs back up and is ready to roll.

Cover Story

Money baller

Ben Sutton turns his passion for athletics into a multimillion-dollar marketing business.

Ben Sutton

Latest Blog Posts

Up Front: Turning a page

By David Kinney, editor in chief - Jan 26, 2015 - 9:00:00 am

From our February edition: Business North Carolina says bye to its old editor and hello to new ownership.

Opinion: NC's refusal to expand Medicaid leaves 1.5 million people without coverage

By Dr. Yele Aluko - Jan 23, 2015 - 2:00:00 pm

Dr. Yele Aluko, senior vice president at Novant Health in Charlotte and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, shares why he believes North Carolina needs to reverse its stance on Medicaid.

Special Reports and Publications

North Carolina's Best Doctors

Our annual list of the state's best doctors, including more than 1,600 in more than 60 different specialties and subspecialties.

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.

Small Business of the Year

2014 was the 19th year Business North Carolina magazine selected a Small Business of the Year to honor the contributions these companies make to our state’s economy.

North Carolina Mid-Market Fast 40

Our annual list of the fastest-growing middle-market companies in the state.

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.

Daily Digest

Biogen Idec adding 100 jobs in Triangle

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Biogen Idec plans to add 100 jobs in Durham and Morrisville to meet demand for its products, which include treatments for multiple sclerosis and hemophilia. The Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech company employs 1,300 in the Triangle.

CommunityOne eyes acquisitions

(The Charlotte Observer)

After posting five profitable quarters in a row, Charlotte-based CommunityOne Bank is looking to acquire or merge with other lenders. The bank, formed in 2013 after merging with Bank of Granite, plans to close six branches this year in a cost-cutting effort.

Novant to manage Lenoir Memorial Hospital

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Lenoir Memorial Hospital plans to sign a management agreement with Winston-Salem-based Novant Health this spring. Under the terms of the initial proposal, Gary Black will remain CEO of the 261-bed hospital. Lenoir posted an operating loss of nearly $14 million over the last five years, according to public filings.

Citrix to lay off 900 workers

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Citrix Systems plans to lay off 900 of its 9,500 workers worldwide, though it's unclear whether any of the software company's 600 workers in Raleigh will be affected. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Citrix acquired Raleigh-based Sharefile in 2011 and opened a new, 170,000-square-foot office in the city's warehouse district last fall.

Groups join effort to reduce school testing

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state superintendents association and the N.C. Educators Association are calling for fewer required tests in public schools. 

NC lawmakers return to work, file 28 bills

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State legislators filed 28 bills on Wednesday, including one introduced by Senate leader Phil Berger that would allow registers of deeds and magistrates to avoid officiating over gay marriage ceremonies if they have religious objections. 

Obama proposes drilling off NC coast

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Interior Department proposed offering one lease for drilling for oil or natural gas off the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia or Virginia in 2021. The site would be at least 50 miles from the coast, and drilling would begin only after environmental studies are completed. Coastal towns that rely on tourism dollars have passed resolutions opposing the practice. 
Also: Obama fires first in coming 'battle royal' over Atlantic drilling

Online petition seeks to keep Tom Ross at UNC

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A group called United for UNC has started an online petition calling for the reinstatement of UNC system president Tom Ross. The group contends Ross' ouster was a "politically motivated attack." A UNC Board of Governors panel will meet Tuesday to discuss revisions to the process for selecting a new president. 

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2015 Government Affairs Conference

Hosted by the North Carolina Chamber

Tuesday, February 17

NC History Museum, Raleigh

BNC Pulse

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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.