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Brew ha-ha

Small Business of the Year: The joke is on our Small Business of the Year. Its success attracts so much competition that it has to grow bigger just to stay viable.


To seal the deal

Small Business of the Year: Runner up: Archer Advanced Rubber Components


Cellars market

Small Business of the Year: Runner up: Tar Heel Basement Systems


The message is the medium

Small Business of the Year: Runner up: Wray Ward


Party parity

Free & Clear: A new index shows Tar Heel politics will stay competitive.


Statewide: The new old thing

Statewide: For many Tar Heel manufacturers, the future looks a lot like the past.


Poll ax

Free & Clear: Putin, ISIS and kids on the border sharpen security as a cutting-edge issue in an election that jobs, Obamacare and schools were supposed to shape.


NCtrend: Cutting in the middleman

NCtrend: An organic-farming advocate helps farmers quit tobacco.


NCtrend: Recipe for recovery

NCtrend: A robust new restaurant scene has turned downtrodden downtown Kinston into a dining destination.


Parts & parcels

Temple Sloan spread the wealth, turning more than 400 of his employees into millionaires. But liquidity issues forced him to sell out to what's now the biggest U.S. auto-parts retailer.


They come, they go

Free & Clear: In good times and bad, companies shed workers and go out of business. Rather than try to control this, policymakers should cultivate job creation.


Playing to pet peeves

Playing to pet peeves: How Phil Blizzard squeezes a profit out of anxiety-ridden animals.


Regional Report Western January 2014

Tim Lampkin is proud to promote a great place to hang out - or hang a hammock.


Regional Report Charlotte December 2013

After years of struggling, often working four jobs to make ends meet, the switch finally flipped for Gretchen Hollifield Ewers in 2005 when she opened The Dog Wizard Inc., an obedience school in Charlotte


Small wonders

Up Front: Small wonders


Mind matters

Small Business of the Year Runner-up: Impact Financial Systems Inc. provides automation software for financial institutions.


High and dry

Small Business of the Year: Our Small Business of the Year's products seal tight, but it excels at hanging loose.


The woman in charge

Small Business of the Year Runner-up: Garris Grading and Paving Inc. By the time Angela Alvarez Garris decided to build up an asphalt plant, she was fed up with people who refused to belive a woman could own and operate such a ostensibly manly business.


Out of sight

Cover story: Appearances mattered to Gary Smith, from his attire to every aspect of his ad agency and the clients it attracted. Since the ’70s, he and, later, his son had built Smith Advertising & Associates into one of the Southeast’s largest. And he had done it in a place known more for GIs and generals than marketing geniuses. Moving among Fayetteville’s elite, the Smiths made quite an impression. Then — amid lawsuits, investigations and allegations of a Ponzi scheme — the image they crafted crumbled. But what really happened? Were they perpetrators or victims? Ad men know how crucial it is to control the message. But for Gary and Todd Smith, the medium became the message when they dropped


It's a family tradition

Small Business of the Year Runner-up: Crayton Commercial LLC, a one-man operation in New Bern that had built or revitalized seven shopping centers since 2008.