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

Cabarrus to consider incentives for $12.5M project

(The Independent Tribune, Concord)

Cabarrus County commissioners will hold a public hearing Monday on whether to provide incentives for an unidentified company to invest $12.5 million and create 176 jobs in Harrisburg.

Airlines, CLT airport officials defend tax cap for jet fuel

(The Charlotte Observer)

Officials from American Airlines and Charlotte Douglas International Airport said Friday that extending the state's cap on sales tax for jet fuel is needed to keep costs competitive and for Charlotte to maintain its AA hub. The state House has passed a bill that would extend the cap, but the Senate introduced a competing bill that doesn't include the tax break.

NC companies raised $115M in venture funding during first quarter

(WRAL TechWire)

North Carolina-based startups raised nearly $115 million in venture-capital funding in the first quarter of 2015, the best first quarter since before the economic recession, though the state still lagged behind rival states Georgia and Virginia. The largest N.C. deals were RTP-based G1 Therapeutics, which raised $33 million, and Wilmington-based nCino, which raised $29 million.

Outlook positive for High Point Market

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Furniture manufacturers and organizers of the High Point Market believe improved economic conditions will continue to strengthen the furniture industry. The biannual trade show, which is expected to attract up to 80,000 participants, continues through Thursday.

Bill would provide oversight for contract workers

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state has spent an average of $22 million a year over the last five years to pay contract workers to fill temporary positions, though a recent report shows many are overcompensated and stay on the payroll for several years. A new proposal would impose new restrictions on the use of contract workers.

Bills focus on homeowners insurance rates

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state legislature will consider at least five bills related to homeowners insurance. Most of the bills, including a pair of bills that would give the state insurance commissioner increased ability to lower insurance rates, favor homeowners and keeping premiums down.

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.

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Government Affairs Conference

Presented by the North Carolina Chamber.

Where: NC History Museum, Raleigh

When: May 12


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.