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Regional Report Eastern December 2011

Once touted as a growth industry, the number of Tar Heel fish farms has sunk by a fourth in five years, from 200 to 150, due largely to soaring prices of corn and soybeans, the primary ingredients of fish feed. But vertical integration — controlling every aspect of production — has allowed Carolina Classics Catfish Inc. to keep revenue and profit stable.

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Regional Report Western December 2011

In October, Asheville Savings Bank converted from a mutual association owned by its members to a financial institution owned by stockholders, selling more than $55 million of shares through subscription and a community offering. 

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A dog’s life

Up Front: He came with certified pedigree bearing the seal of the American Kennel Club.

2011-11

Landing business

Feature: Tiny as most of them are, general-aviation airports have a lofty role in North Carolina’s economic development.

2011-11

Out on your own

Cover story: A software CEO evangelizes entrepreneurship, preaching to prisoners that the way to be free is to start your own business.

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Regional Report Charlotte November 2011

When Julian Clayton was a kid, the family computer was so heavy and bulky that the only place to put it was the granite countertop of a bar in the basement. Now his Salisbury-based company Crescent Construction Services LLC relies on a device that weighs less than 2 pounds.

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Regional Report Eastern November 2011

North Carolina imported $42.5 billion of goods last year. That’s a lot of shipping containers.

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Regional Report Triad November 2011

Guilford College and High Point University presidents differ over the value of debt as an asset.

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Regional Report Triangle November 2011

Clustered food systems — self-sustaining cycles of small local producers growing, packaging and selling food to local customers — are popping up around the nation. 

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Regional Report Western November 2011

Tar Heels are learning their Alcoholic Beverage Control Boards don’t always follow the letter of the law.

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Reworking it out

Capital Goods: Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly were at each other’s throats most of the past session.

2011-11

Thinking the unthinkable

Fine Print: In recent weeks I’ve found myself returning to the idea that Charlotte-based Bank of America will not survive.

2011-11

30 that count

The host of public television’s Carolina Business Review selects the key figures influencing the Tar Heel economy.
2011-10

The Wachovia Way

As one of Tar Heel business’s most famous brands fades away, one of the CEOs who gave it luster recalls what made it shine.

2011-10

Dread it when credit is due

The start of another major election year is three months away. Unfortunately for the country, and for some of the candidates, a summer that began with a bit of economic hope ended with a lot of pessimism. Politicians have had to face up to a cold, hard reality: The sour economy isn’t likely to be much sweeter come campaign season.
2011-10

Figuratively

Numbers have special power, not the least their ability to measure more precisely than words.
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NC 100 2011

Participation in the annual ranking of private companies is voluntary and has been since the list started in 1984.
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Regional Report Charlotte October 2011

LINCOLNTONLincolnton Furniture will begin production at a 311,000-square-foot factory here by year-end. CEO Bruce Cochrane says the plant will employ 130 by 2013.

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Regional Report Eastern October 2011

Open Grounds Farm Inc. (cover story, September) took a direct hit from Hurricane Irene, though preparation and timing were on the side of the largest farm in the eastern U.S.
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Regional Report Triad October 2011

In September, Gov. Beverly Perdue announced that completion of the Greensboro Urban Loop will be accelerated with Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) bonds, which borrow against future federal support to pay for present projects.
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