July 2014

The Carolina way

To keep pace with universities among the most gifted, UNC steps up its fundraising with the well-heeled.

Cover Story

Nature gets nurtured

An herbal-supplement company in Brevard strives to make Mother Nature's best better.

Gaia Herbs

Catching a break

Lenders looked like losers when former NFL tight end Casey Crawford got in the mortgage game.

Movement Mortgage

The bull by the horns

When knocked down, Jerome Davis helped other Tar Heel cowboys mount up.

Davis Rodeo

Latest Blog Posts

BankNotes: The keys to community

By Scott Custer - Jul 29, 2014 - 4:00:00 pm

There is no magic formula for building a successful community bank, but there are certain characteristics common among the most successful ones in our state.

Welcome back, Fayetteville

By Spencer Campbell - Jul 28, 2014 - 1:00:00 pm

Undoubtedly due to unwavering military might, Fayetteville ranks third among the largest 150 U.S. cities for growth since the end of the recession, according to WalletHub.

Special Reports and Publications

Financial 100

Community banks and credit unions show resilience as the battered economy regains strength.

The Law Journal

Top Tar Heel lawyers identify some of the most important issues impeding business in the state.

NC's Best Golf Courses

For the seventh consecutive year, the North Carolina Golf Panel is proud to partner with Business North Carolina in publishing rankings of the best golf courses in what we believe is the best state for golf.

Energy Round Table: Flipping the Switch

Renewables have shown their importance to the N.C. energy industry, but their growth requires clearer policies and better technology.

The Annual Checkup

Our 2014 list of the state's top hospitals, plus second opinions from other popular rankings.

Daily Digest

Duke deal expected to lower power costs in eastern N.C.

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy agreed to pay $1.2 billion for North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency's stake in four power plants.The deal should allow Raleigh-based ElectriCities, which manages the agency, to eliminate 70% of its debt and lower power costs to its 270,000 retail customers.

For Family Dollar, the drama is done

(The Charlotte Observer)

The sale of Family Dollar Stores to Dollar Tree for more than $8 billion ends four years of activist-investor-led drama for the Matthews-based discount retailer.

Drug disappointment forces Targacept to branch out

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Targacept's latest clinical-trial disappointment will force the Winston-Salem-based drug developer to attract partnerships or take ownership stakes in areas outside its traditional research.

A privilege not to pay the privilege tax

(Wilmington StarNews)

A new law bans North Carolina municipalities from charging businesses a privilege tax beginning in 2015.

Cooper won't fight federal court ruling

(News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper says it would be "futile" to fight a U.S. Court of Appeals decision that struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. The final decision, he says, will most likely be made by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sports car group wants Pilot Mountain to itself for a day

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Pending legislation would essentially allow a group of vintage sports-care enthusiasts to close Pilot Mountain State Park to the public on Sept. 11.

Senate, House say they've reached a budget deal

(Raleigh News & Observer)

The North Carolina Senate and House have agreed to a budget that increases the salaries of state teachers by 7% and saves the jobs of teaching assistants.

The myth behind N.C.'s cut in jobless benefits

(The New York Times)

After eliminating jobless benefits for those unemployed 20 weeks or longer, North Carolina became a partisan player in the debate on economic policy. A closer look, however, reveals that it has performed similarly to neighboring states.   

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Small Business Seminars

Sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Revenue

Keys to Success Workshop (Charlotte, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Hickory, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem)

Taxpayers will participate in hands on activities while learning their basic business requirements for the North Carolina Department of Revenue.


Various dates and times from June 19- August 28.

BNC Pulse

Poll: Cash incentives for major companies? Should North Carolina create a "closing fund" to help Commerce seal the deal when competing with other states for major corporate relocations?  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.