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Regional economic outlook remains bright

By Dave Yochum. Despite devastating hurricanes and uncertainty around international trade, the regional economy appears to be going strong as we approach the final quarter of 2019. The Charlotte region—home to a growing array of financial and technology firms—is driving much of the state’s growth, which is increasingly concentrated in professional and business services, financial […]

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Mooresville mixed-use project takes aim at Millennials

By Dave Vieser.  Downtown Mooresville is experiencing a major comeback. Stores that were vacant have new tenants, and more business have their sights set on the “authentic” business district that already has elements of place-making, multiple uses and an utter lack of sterile, dehumanized space. An $18 million apartment and commercial building is planned on […]

Justin Burke-Samson: One of the Top 10 bakers in the South

Burke-Samson’s bakery has opened in Davidson

Justin Burke-Samson, the manager of the Davidson Farmers Market, has opened a bakery called Bonjour Y’all next door to the Kindred restaurant where he was previously executive pastry chef. Bonjour Y’all replaces Gateau on Main Bakery and Dessert Bar in 700 square feet downtown. Gateau on Main closed in early August. The menu and environment […]


Duke’s foundation supports NC workforce development

Duke Energy is investing more than $3.6 million to help create a diverse workforce. It has announced grants to support 54 innovative workforce development programs including one in Mecklenburg that exposes disadvantaged students to career opportunities in the energy sector. “Our goal is to build a diverse workforce equipped to help the energy industry transform […]


WamBam Fence, founded in LKN,has huge sales jump

A local company started by a pair of Huntersville entrepreneurs has landed on Inc. Magazine’s list of America’s fastest growing companies. Landing at 1,562 out of 5,000 companies, WamBam Fence was in 2,000 square feet of warehouse space on Bailey Road in Cornelius. The company now has 18 employees and revenue in excess of $7 […]


Apartment construction worth $5 billion statewide

The apartment industry and its residents annually contribute $20.3 billion to Charlotte’s economy, according to a study commissioned by the National Apartment Association (NAA) and National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC). The apartment industry supports 88,132 jobs in Charlotte as well as resident spending in excess of $17.1 billion. New construction contributes $2 billion, and renovation […]

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Warrior Dash business failure presents obstacle for Rural Hill

Forbes magazine’s 18th “most promising” company in 2015 has taken a fatal spill, leaving a local non-profit out more than $30,000. Chicago-based Red Frog Events owes Rural Hill Inc., the non-profit entity that operates and works to preserve the historic farm in Huntersville, more than $30,000 from the Warrior Dash that was held there in […]

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Champagne Reception & Mini Business Expo at River Run Oct. 17

The 15th Annual Top Women Champagne Reception & Mini Business Expo Oct. 17 at River Run Country Club is one of the oldest and largest events honoring women in Lake Norman and Cabarrus County. Prior winners judged the nominees—a diverse group, ranging from small business owners and developers to real estate executives and artists. We […]

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Carvana: On the road to Concord

Aug. 29. Carvana, the e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, officially announced plans to open a $30 million inspection and reconditioning facility in the old Philip Morris plant in Concord. Over the course of a dozen years, the Carvana investment is expected to grow the state economy by half a billion dollars and […]

Book Review: Building a StoryBrand

Run your marketing message through Donald Miller’s framework to create a superstar narrative. His approach casts your brand in the fundamentally human language of a story. He offers a sharp, clear process for finding a story to tell about your product or service that centers on your customer as the hero – not on your […]