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Retail reigns

It started out as the New York Racket, a bargain store at the corner of Main and Morgan in Monroe, about 20 miles southeast of Charlotte. The year was 1888, and though the name likely would be laughed out of focus groups today, it worked well enough then.
2010-10

Success is relative

In the television series Father Knows Best, patriarch Jim Anderson often served up the wisdom of his experience to solve some problem caused by the inexperienced youth of his three children.

2010-10

Take on responsibility

In the business world, “socially responsible” is fast becoming what “low fat” is to potato chip makers: a suggestion of goodness, a whiff of virtue and a declaration of commitment to the values of its customers (who may not exactly go around preaching, or even living, those values but surely appreciate goodness by association).
2010-10

The house edge

There. He points to a spot in the empty, green bottom along the Tuckasegee River. “It’s not much bigger than an exaggerated baseball mound anymore.”

2010-10

Words without walls

It seems like a cool gadget, this newest version of Amazon’s Kindle, and my wife, for whose birthday I bought it, seems to like it a lot.



2010-10

A nicotinic fit

The downward spiral started, coincidentally, on Sept. 15, 2008, the day Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection and the U.S. economy started slipping on the sloppy mess left by risk without responsibility.

2010-09

Brand equity

Forged by a half-billion years of folding and faulting from continents colliding, heat so intense it lends credence to the concept of hell and pressure that stretched, twisted and thrust them to the surface to be scoured by glaciers, the rocks that ring Orr’s Island are still a work in progress, worn by waves that pound them, etched by ceaseless tides scratching their crevices.

2010-09

Capitalize it

Considering the effect financial reform will have on North Carolina — after all, our homeboys at Charlotte-based Bank of America Corp. not only operate the country’s biggest bank but own a global investment operation, thanks to their acquisition of Merrill Lynch — at the very least we ought to know the bill’s full and proper name: It’s the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
2010-09

Letting shareholders sink one

More than 500 pages into the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act lies a nine-page section on executive compensation at public companies.

2010-09

O Captain! No captain

The ship that is the $3 billion megaport planned for near Southport has run aground.

2010-09

Regional Report Charlotte September 2010

Charlotte lost more than its swagger and one of its two megabanks in the financial meltdown of 2008.

2010-09

Regional Report Eastern September 2010

As separate entities, the state-owned ports, railroad and air-cargo complex handle billions of dollars worth of goods each year and provide valuable transportation links for local, interstate and international commerce.

2010-09

Regional Report Triad September 2010

You might consider the North Carolina Zoo the Family Dollar of Tar Heel tourist attractions.
2010-09

Regional Report Triangle September 2010

Universities, especially those focusing on research, can and should be agents of societal change, says Information America co-founder Burton B. “Buck” Goldstein, entrepreneur-in-residence in the Department of Economics at UNC Chapel Hill.
2010-09

Regional Report Western September 2010

Ronald Paulus’ epiphany came five years before Congress passed health-care reform in March.

2010-09

Economies of scales

Dad was the original bean counter,” says Jon Burns, president of Riverview Inn, a Charlotte restaurant that last year sold about a million dollars worth of seafood, fried in some 10 tons of oil.

2010-08

Ghost in the machine

Not long ago, a crowd in the hundreds — large by the standards of your usual Raleigh political protest — showed up at the Legislative Building.

2010-08

Modem come of success

We think of the past as a simpler time, and indeed it was — specifically 2008, when private companies offered cable service and Internet access, cities contented themselves with matters like zoning issues and sign ordinances, and never did those twains meet.
2010-08

Regional Report Charlotte August 2010

Sickly banks are often killed — “failed” is the polite term — and sold quickly to healthy ones, so as not to spook customers.

2010-08

Regional Report Eastern August 2010

Supporters have called the proposed North Carolina International Terminal “America’s Next Great Port.”

2010-08