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

Can Bernie Sanders sell his politics in the South? Don't bet on it.

David Mildenberg - Feb 10, 2016 - 11:00:00 am

New Hampshire’s liberals gave Bernie Sanders a resounding victory. It won't be repeated in the South, a much more diverse, polarized and economically vital region less likely to "Feel the Bern."

Martin Marietta rocks along, missing earnings estimate

David Mildenberg - Feb 09, 2016 - 12:00:00 pm

The U.S. infrastructure crisis story hasn’t panned out for Martin Marietta shareholders over the past decade. The company reported earnings slightly below estimates Tuesday.

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

CLT breaks passenger record in 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport saw 44.9 million passengers in 2015, up 1% from the previous year and up 59% from 10 years ago. About 80% of passengers use the airport for connecting flights.

Wilmington's Live Oak Bank launches e-lending program

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Live Oak Bank has completed the beta phase of its new e-lending program, which will allow small businesses within its existing industries to upload loan documents, fill out forms and electronically sign documents.

NC fines Duke Energy $6.6M over coal-ash spill

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Two years after a stormwater pipe ruptured and 39,000 tons of coal ash flowed into the Dan River, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality fined Duke Energy $6.6 million for violations related to the spill.

Advertisers won't snub 'sore loser' Newton

(The Charlotte Observer)

Cam Newton's sulking press-conference performance after the Super Bowl isn't likely to affect future endorsements, marketing experts say. Forbes estimated Newton earned $10 million in 2015 from endorsements including Under Armour, Beats by Dre and Belk. "I've been on the record to say I'm a sore loser," Newton said Tuesday.

NC reports results of welfare drug-testing program

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Between August and December of 2015, 89 welfare applicants were ordered to take drug tests, and 21 tested positive. A new state law requires that people seeking government assistance are to be screened and could be subject to drug testing; if results are positive, the applicant loses their welfare benefits.

NC leaders appeal ruling on voting maps

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State leaders have filed an appeal to a federal court ruling that found two congressional district maps are racially gerrymandered. In Friday's ruling, a panel of three federal judges said the 1st and 12th District voting maps were drawn so the majority of voters were black, and gave the state two weeks to redraw the maps.

State lawmakers could slash tuition at some UNC campuses

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A new proposal would reduce tuition at some UNC system campuses to $500 a year for in-state students and $2,500 a year for out-of-state students. Campuses being considered for the tuition break include Elizabeth City State, Fayetteville State, Winston-Salem State and UNC Pembroke. The plan would cost the state about $65 million a year, which could be recouped through higher out-of-state tuition at other system schools.

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.

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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