2006-09

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Blue Rhino founder coverts gas to H20

Billy Prim is trying to do with water what he did with gas. In 1994, he launched propane distributor Blue Rhino and nurtured it into a $250 million business. Last year, he started Winston-Salem-based Primo Water Corp., based on the concept that fueled Blue Rhino’s success — convenient locations where people swap empty containers for full ones.
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Change could keep bowl from its goal

During its first four years, Charlotte’s college-football bowl has been a success off the field, with average attendance of 64,000, but usually a snoozer on it. Just once has the final margin been fewer than 13 points.
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Down by the river

Nantahala Outdoor Center is one place business sends individuals to train them to work as teams.
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Ex-Red Hat CEO bets big on bookmaking

Bob Young left his job as CEO of Raleigh-based Red Hat Inc. in 1999, just after the maker of Linux operating-system software went public. But he didn’t leave behind his open-source ethos.
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Finding owner is no walk in the park

For decades, Forsyth County officials weren’t sure who owned Westview Park in Winston-Salem.
2006-09

Fleet Feet competes by staying on its toes

Huge chains such as Dick’s Sporting Goods and The Sports Authority, which offer everything from lacrosse sticks to Gatorade mix, are dominant in sporting-goods retailing. But when it comes to increasing sales year after year, Carrboro-based Fleet Feet Inc. is a step ahead.
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Game of chance

That’s how Corky Powers won the State Fair midway contract. But will his fortune be tolled?
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N.C. house buyers have little room to complain

It might seem hard to believe as you’re glancing through the real-estate listings, but houses in much of the state are priced about right, says a national study by Global Insight Inc., a Waltham, Mass.-based economic forecaster, and National City Corp., a Cleveland-based bank.
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Pay setters

Chairmen of compensation committees give the lowdown on why executive pay keeps going up.
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Ports cruising is bruising, but it still lands business

A cruise aboard a state-owned ferry for politicians, economic developers and prospects ended as a public-relations shipwreck. The State Ports Authority wound up apologizing, and Gov. Mike Easley berated Department of Transportation officials who supplied the ferry.
2006-09

Shut up and drive

I am getting old. How I know is not the pink of my pate peeking through thinning thatch nor the persistent pain that predicts plastic and metal soon will replace gristle and bone in both my knees. No, how I can tell is by catching my reflection in the rearview mirror and not seeing a cell phone clasped to my ear like a wax-sucking remora.
2006-09

You can drive his six-figure cars for five figures a year

For Tom Pollan, owning a 2003 Ferrari 575 Maranello wasn’t everything it was cracked up to be. The $240,000 car demanded costly insurance and lots of maintenance. When he went to a shopping center, he parked at the far edge of the lot to avoid dings. “I found I wasn’t enjoying that car, and I wasn’t driving it very much. I’d go out in the garage and get in the old standby.”
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