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

Carolinas HealthCare picks new CEO from Texas

David Mildenberg - Feb 11, 2016 - 12:30:00 pm

Eugene WoodsCarolinas HealthCare System hired Texas hospital executive Eugene Woods as CEO to replace Michael Tarwater. Woods has led one of the nation's largest Catholic-affiliated health care systems since June 2011.

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."

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

Fresh Market shares jump amid talk of Kroger bid

(The Charlotte Observer)

Shares of Greensboro-based The Fresh Market closed Thursday up 22% after Reuters reported that Kroger is looking to buy the company. The Cincinnati grocery chain, which acquired Matthews-based Harris Teeter in 2014, is in the second half of an auction process for Fresh Market, according to the report.

New call center will create 350 jobs in Charlotte

(The Charlotte Observer)

Republic Services will invest $6.8 million in a customer-service center in Charlotte.The Phoenix-based company provides recycling and waste-collection services in 39 states. Republic plans to hire 350 people over the next three years.

Report: SEC probe centers on former Salix execs

(WRAL TechWire)

Carolyn Logan, the former CEO of Salix Pharmaceuticals, and Adam Derbyshire, former chief financial officer of the Raleigh drugmaker, are subjects of an SEC investigation of the company that centers on inventory and accounting issues that occurred in 2014, according to a Reuters report. Salix was sold last year to Canada-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals for $11 billion.

BofA stock slides; shares now trading at 2012 levels

(The Charlotte Observer)

Shares of Charlotte-based Bank of America were trading at $10.99 Thursday, the lowest since December 2012. Shares closed Thursday at $11.16. Analysts said uncertainty about future interest rate increases are affecting BofA's stock performance, along with declining oil prices and concerns over the global economy.

Lawmakers study environmental harm of solar panels


North Carolina's thriving solar-power industry means the state has massive numbers of solar panels. Lawmakers questioned state environmental officials and company representatives about their impact at a Raleigh hearing.

DMV denies photo ID for 86-year-old Asheville woman

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The tale of an 86-year-old Asheville woman who applied for a photo ID so she could vote in next month's election — and was turned away — has sparked more debate over the state's voter ID law. "We messed that one up," state DMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas said.

NC Insurance Department examines Blue Cross Blue Shield

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state agency has launched a probe into Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and its technology problems, which have led to more than 1,000 formal complaints from customers who were unable to buy or verify health insurance.

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

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."

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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