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From Crumbs to a Nice Slice

In 2008, Wendy Banks won the Small Business Administration’s N.C. Small Business Person of the Year. With her younger brother, David Van Zee, she owns and operates Carolina Management Team, which specializes in painting and repairing water- and sewage-treatment plants.

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Inductive reasoning

Confession: I didn’t know — or at best, had long forgotten — that there is a North Carolina Business Hall of Fame.
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Recycling trash into cash

After graduating from N.C. State and working for the city of Fayetteville as a landscape architect, Bill Hester drifted into rehabbing and demolishing old buildings.
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Regional Report Charlotte December 2010

Charlotte rose to prominence as the nation’s second-largest financial center, thanks largely to state laws that favored intrastate branching and fostered greater competition than in other states, well-timed changes in national laws and an intense rivalry between two banks that pushed them to one-up each other often.

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Regional Report Eastern December 2010

In the five fall days that dying Tropical Storm Nicole dumped 22 inches of rain on parts of Eastern North Carolina, reporters grilled economists about damage to tourism and beaches.

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Regional Report Triad December 2010

With credit so tight and the economy still weak, many would-be homeowners find themselves renting instead, and Bell Partners Inc. of Greensboro is narrowing its focus on apartment complexes.

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Regional Report Triangle December 2010

Carolina North is expected to showcase the UNC Chapel Hill’s research, entrepreneurship and academic capabilities, but officials have struggled to get the 228-acre campus off the drawing board and under construction.

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Regional Report Western December 2010

Asheville has long depended on the beauty of its nearby mountains and forests to lure visitors, provide jobs and occasionally help recruit a business.

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Right place at the right price

While other builders struggled in 2009, H&H Homes’ sales grew faster than any other homebuilder in the United States. That, according to Builder magazine.

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Small differences

Editing this month’s Small Business of the Year package reminded me of Tolstoy’s opening line in Anna Karenina: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” That, I thought, could also describe the difference between large and small businesses.
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The promise

Doug Salkewicz has a yarn about every place he has ever worked — and he usually caps it off with a pithy lesson learned or even a moral. “What goes around, comes around,” he will conclude like a modern-day Aesop.

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Under Construction

In downtown Charlotte, the $195 million NASCAR Hall of Fame’s swooping lines evoke speeding race cars, while three hours to the west in the Smoky Mountains, the Cherokee Central Schools complex — 10 buildings, including three schools — is an earth-toned $108 million project blended into its natural surroundings.
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Which way will the GOP go?

Wine glass in hand, retail mogul Art Pope mingled with other GOP insiders, candidates and well-wishers gathered at the downtown Raleigh Marriott to bask in Election Night victory.
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Coming to work

In the pieces that have appeared on this page for nearly a quarter-century now, I’ve often referenced, as I did last month, Burlington and Alamance County.
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Hoyle’s rules

Now David Hoyle gets to see what it’s like on the other side. For more than a decade, he has been one of North Carolina’s most powerful legislators.
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Regional Report Charlotte November 2010

This past summer, Charlotte-based Simonini Builders Inc. received word that Professional Builder magazine, the bible of housing contractors, wanted to include the company in its hall of fame.
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Regional Report Eastern November 2010

The Lumbee Indians of Robeson and surrounding counties have repeatedly failed to win real federal recognition for more than a century, but this time they like their odds.

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Regional Report Triad November 2010

In early September, Don Kirkman insisted that he was comfortable in his new role as the No. 2 person at the Piedmont Triad Partnership.

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Regional Report Triangle November 2010

ABB Group, a Swiss maker of power-transmission and -distribution equipment, is in the final stages of moving its North American headquarters from Norwalk, Conn., to Cary.

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Regional Report Western November 2010

Asheville-based Waste Reduction Partners uses a statewide team of 65 retired engineers and scientists to provide free assessments of how to reduce utility costs, hit goals for using sustainable energy sources and effectively use renewable energy.

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