2008-12

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Allen Stancil

When consolidation became the name of the kayaking game in the late 1990s, it would have been easy for designer Allen Stancil to go with the flow.
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Are bonds ties that bind economy?

In tough times, it’s probably a good idea to stash the plastic. It can be difficult enough making ends meet without rising credit-card payments.
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Bob Peele

For 10 years, Bob Peele, 45, has overseen operations at Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park, a 60-acre site that opened in 1981.
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Chris Freeman

Chris Freeman enjoyed his work as a coastal geologist for the UNC Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, but he found himself worried about the future.
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Company stamps out business

One of Joe Hughes’ longtime customers came to him four years ago with good news and bad. Forklift maker NACCO Materials Handling Group planned to launch a product line and wanted his family’s business, K&S Tool & Manufacturing, to make it.
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David Green

David Green moved to Durham from his native Pittsburgh when he was 12. He graduated from Davidson College in 1976 with a bachelor’s in biology and earned a master’s from East Carolina University in 1980 and a Ph.D. from N.C. State six years later.
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Economic outlook

Always wanted waterfront property but couldn’t afford it? If you buy land in the right place, rising sea level will bring the beach to you.
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He doesn’t take plastic

I wanted to see the Old West, but it looked as if my initial vista might be through the bars of a hoosegow. I’d rented a car through a travel agency in Charlotte, and in the Albuquerque airport, the unhappy man behind the Hertz counter explained: No credit card, no keys.
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Hey, you, get onto my cloud

I’m not a trendsetter, a declaration that will come as no surprise to anyone who has seen the way I dress or noticed which music stations are programmed into my car radio. But I’m way ahead of the other kids on my block when it comes to cloud computing — a concept that deserves your attention.
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Marco Polo comes home

Lightning flickers in the Saturday evening sky as Jim Fain’s flight lifts off late from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Missing his connection in New York, North Carolina’s top industry hunter dozes through the night slumped in a chair at John F. Kennedy International Airport. By the time his Air France flight thunders off the runway Sunday morning, it’s midday in Paris, and the City of Light is aglow when he walks through the gate at Charles de Gaulle International Airport seven hours later.
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Owner takes it with a grain

Selina Guerra was just 17 when she boarded a bus for the West Coast, eager to see the world outside her hometown of Indianapolis.
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Regional Report Charlotte December 2008

Light rain falls on a lunchtime crowd as men in hard hats and reflective vests prowl a cluster of construction sites on the south side of downtown Charlotte.
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Regional Report Eastern December 2008

Eric Bergevin knows banking’s situation is grave, but he believes that makes it a good time to start a bank unencumbered with bad loans, ruptured mortgages and gummy liquidity.
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Regional Report Triad December 2008

It’s no surprise that High Point Market President Brian Casey wants to put the best face on the city’s fall furniture show. But he’s also a realist.
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Regional Report Triangle December 2008

In the 1950s, state government and business leaders feared that too many of North Carolina’s best and brightest were leaving for jobs in other states, which helped keep per capita income among the nation’s lowest. As the decade came to a close, they established Research Triangle Park near Durham, hoping to use the attraction of nearby major universities to lure companies with the kind of jobs that could plug the brain drain.
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Regional Report Western December 2008

The straw that broke Haywood Regional Medical Center’s back — February’s Medicare and Medicaid decertification after the death of a 37-year-old woman was linked to a medication error — might be the one that gets it up and around again.
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Steve Heese

Tough times call for creativity, particularly when you’re selling luxury items. Steve Heese, who runs Sarasota, Fla., boat builder Chris-Craft from its plant in Kings Mountain, is banking on cooler designs to keep the business afloat.
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The fix is In

Think of TigerTek as an emergency responder and hospital for all kinds of industrial equipment. Its predecessor started out fixing broken motors, gearboxes and pumps for businesses in Rockingham County, but in the 10 years Peter Mitchell has owned the company, he has given it international reach.
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They try to go with the flow

Growing up in Winston-Salem, Darrell Westmoreland spent a lot of time working on his grandfather’s farm. As an Eagle Scout, he built hiking trails and went on frequent camping trips. “I was taught the importance of the environment and that you should take care of the land.”
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