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Decision-making in a pandemic

Plan. Implement. Modify. Pause. Pivot. Regroup. Re-train. Whew! Aug. 5. Cheryl Kane. With its tumultuous impact on our environments, how do you successfully manage a business in Covid-19 times? With purposeful care and courage. Yes, the unsettling nature of turbulence slamming into our lives in so many ways sometimes makes it easy to get caught […]


Aquesta 2Q net up 19.4%

July 29. Aquesta Bank net income rose 19.4 percent to $1.42 million during the second quarter ended June 30, up from $1.19 million during the same period last year. Jim Engel, CEO of Aquesta, said there was solid loan and deposit growth during the period. “We continue to perform well despite the continuing negative effects […]

Wake Forest Bancshares net falls

July 21. Wake Forest Bancshares, parent company of Wake Forest Federal Savings and Loan Association, announced today that the Company reported earnings of $254,566 or $0.23 per share for its quarter ended June 30, 2020. The Company reported earnings of $410,405 or $0.37 per share for the same quarter a year earlier. Earnings for the […]


IT job openings inched back in June

If the number of IT job openings are a gauge of the economy, things are looking up in North Carolina. The NC Technology Association says the number of tech job openings statewide climbed from 22,729 in May to 23,715 in June. That’s still down considerably from the pre-pandemic highs of 30,000 to 31,000-plus between January […]


Small Business Advice: Times change, so must you

By Cheryl Kane. Business professionals need quality information—and creativity—to adapt to changing times. Quality information is necessary to accurately define problems creating a barrier to achieving your goals. Creativity is critical for the innovation needed for strategic planning and executing tactical plans. As times change, plans may need to change. Today disrupted circumstances may startle […]


Ponzi artist gets 17 years

July 10. U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell has sentenced Hal H. Brown Jr. to 210 months in prison and three years of supervised release for orchestrating a $22 million Ponzi scheme. Bell also ordered Brown to pay more than $17 million in restitution. according to Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of […]


Hospitality industry woes slow NC recovery

July 9. North Carolina’s unemployment claims have experienced the 10th slowest recovery among all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A new study from WalletHub says North Carolina new unemployment claims were up 915.38 percent the week of June 29 compared to the week of July 1, 2019. It’s the seventh slowest economic recovery […]

In a press conference today President Donald Trump announced payrolls rose by 4.8 million last month

NC economy recovering slower than US

July 2. North Carolina’s unemployment claims are recovering more slowly than the rest of the country; in fact, the state is experiencing the eighth slowest recovery nationwide, according to a new study. A WalletHub study of jobless claims compared the time period from the middle of March this year to the week of June 24 […]

Safety first: Visit Lake Norman and local businesses earn Count On Me NC certifications

Lake Norman boasts 24 certified businesses in the VisitNC public health initiative campaign Count on Me NC. The initiative aims to provide training for business owners, management teams and staff members on COVID-19 related information and best practices. North Carolina has a growing total of 2,750 participating businesses in the campaign. The area hospitality businesses certified include Visit […]

"We are excited to welcome Centene to Mecklenburg County,” said George Dunlap, Chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners

Billion-dollar investment: Centene coming to University City

July 1. Centene Corp. announced Wednesday it has selected Charlotte as the future home of its new East Coast headquarters, creating more than 3,237 new jobs in the city. Centene will invest $1 billion to develop a state-of-the-art corporate campus in the University City neighborhood. The campus will house 3,200 employees and feature an on-site […]