October 2015

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The North Carolina 100: Grant Thornton ranks the state's largest private companies.


Purple daze

Spurned by bigger football conferences, nothing comes easy at ECU. Ruffin McNeill is making the most of that underdog status.

ECU football

Rejuvenating revenue

Spas and retreat centers profit from stressed-out professionals seeking wellness, relaxation.

Spas & Retreats

Miracle on the Haw

Controlled by the Jordan family since 1927, Saxapahaw shifts from a mill village to a mix of urban cool and small-town spirit.

Town Square

Latest Blog Posts

Wake Forest Baptist, Pappas team up on $15 million venture capital plan

Press release - Oct 07, 2015 - 12:45:00 pm

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center starts a $15 million program to spur life-sciences technologies with the funds managed by Durham-based Pappas Capital, a veteran venture-capital investor. Investments in about 25 early-stage technologies are expected over the next five years.

Digital marketer Netsertive raises $15 million

Press release - Oct 07, 2015 - 8:59:00 am

Morrisville-based digital marketer Netsertive raised $15 million from existing investors RRE Ventures, Harbert Venture Partners and Greycroft Partners, along with a new group, River Cities Capital Funds. Rik Vandevenne, a director at River Cities, is joining Netsertive's board. 

Special Reports and Publications

Wake County Round Table: Rise to shine

Wake County uses its world-class educational, research and health care assets to solve the challenges that have come with its success.

North Carolina Higher Education Directory

A comprehensive guide to higher education in the state, with information about North Carolina's public and private colleges, universities and community colleges.

Energy Round Table: Powering change

N.C. companies tackle energy-industry issues including developing storage, neutralizing waste and integrating renewables.

Top 75 Public Companies

Investors show an appetite for companies on our list of the Top 75 publicly traded based in North Carolina.

Business and Education Round Table

NC must invest in science and technology education to build a stronger, more capable workforce.

Daily Digest

Novant to close Franklin Medical Center next week


Franklin Medical Center stopped admitting patients at 6 p.m. Wednesday, though the emergency room will remain open until Oct.16. About 140 employees will lose their jobs. Novant Health had eliminated most inpatient care at the Louisburg hospital a year ago, reducing inpatient beds to 15 from 70.

Wake Forest teams up with Pappas on $15M program

(Winston-Salem Journal)

In a partnership with Durham-based Pappas Ventures, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has created a $15 million program to help license life-sciences technologies developed by its faculty and staff members. Read the press release here

Storm-related erosion damages southeastern beaches

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Some beaches in southeastern N.C. are seeking federal disaster funds for beach nourishment after last weekend's storm caused significant erosion. The area received between 12 and 22 inches of rain.

Developer files rezoning request for Dimensional HQ

(The Charlotte Observer)

Cousins Properties has filed to rezone a 2.3-acre site in Charlotte's South End to build a regional headquarters for Dimensional Fund Advisors. Durham's Duda Paine Architects designed the eight-story building.

Environmental groups urge AG Cooper to take action against Duke Energy


Durham-based NC WARN, along with other environmental advocacy groups, filed an "emergency complaint" with N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, requesting an investigation of Duke Energy's practices with a goal of amending its corporate charter to address global climate change.


HPU poll: NC residents prefer Biden, Carson

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The latest High Point University poll found that 48% of North Carolina adults favor Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential candidate, followed by Hillary Clinton at 35%. Ben Carson is the favored Republican candidate with a 44% rating.

Late bill designed to counter local fracking bans

(Winston-Salem Journal)

One of the last bills approved last week by state legislators includes a provision aimed at stopping local governments from placing restrictions on fracking. Anson, Chatham and Stokes counties have passed ordinances against the practice; Lee County also plans to have a draft moratorium drawn up.

Investors say Pittenger still involved in land deals

(The Charlotte Observer)

Some investors who have bought property through the land-acquisition business founded by U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger say the congressman still plays an active role in the company despite ethics rules prohibiting his involvement. A spokesman said Pittenger and his staff routinely check with Ethics members to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.

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Biomarine Business Convention

When: October 12-14

Where: Wilmington

BNC Pulse

Poll: Light rail Should the state help finance a light-rail line in Durham-Chapel Hill?  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.