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New parking deck adds a lot to retail in downtown Concord

By Debbie Griffin.  A check with the relatively new director of the Concord Downtown Development Corp., Johnson Bray, reveals a strong economy and the welcome addition of a new 614-spot parking deck. Bray took the CDDC reins from Diane Young last June and has been attending events and listening to what people want in their […]

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Duke Energy stokes coal ash battle

April 11. By Erica Batten. Duke Energy will appeal a state Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) order that it must excavate the coal ash at coal power plants and rebury it in lined landfills. The Charlotte-based utility said the order to excavate nine ash basins would impose a financial burden on not only customers but the […]

New NC entrepreneurial council includes CLT members

Feb. 23. Gov. Roy Cooper has established a North Carolina Entrepreneurial Council to support policies that encourage entrepreneurship, foster economic development, and support sustainable, high-quality jobs. “Entrepreneurs play a key role in stimulating our economy, creating new businesses and jobs and helping to revitalize communities across our state,” the governor said. “This diverse council will […]

Allison Emrey during the second round of the Symetra Tour's Florida's Natural Charity Classic at the Country Club of Winter Haven on March 11, 2017 in Winter Haven, Florida.

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River Run CC putts Symetra on 2019 calendar

Feb. 9. Women’s professional golf returns to the Charlotte area later this year when the Symetra Classic is held at River Run Country Club. The 54-hole event will be played May 13-17, 2019. This will be the second year the event is held at River Run. The tournament was held at Raintree Country Club in […]

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Meck property revals coming in: Some commercial up 60 percent since 2011

Jan. 24. The last few years have been awesome from a property owner’s point of view; their homes are worth considerably more. How much more is becoming apparent today as the new Mecklenburg County tax values come online. One lakefront property in The Peninsula in Cornelius, with around 5,000 square feet of living area, climbed […]

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Ingersoll Rand lands environmental and energy awards

Nov. 20. Ingersoll Rand has won the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Award for Best Environmental Stewardship. The Davidson-based maker of commercial heating and air-conditioning systems was recognized for addressing greenhouse gas emissions in its own operations and products, and continued research for a sustainable future. The company achieved its commitment to reduce its own […]

Workers line Marigold Place in the Blume subdivision in Harrisburg, NC.  150 homes have been built since construction began in 2013.  With 297 lots planned multiple homes are under construction with lots selling quickly. Photo by Marty Price

Finding solutions to workforce housing crisis

By Erica Batten. A “tidal wave” of rising home values is pricing housing out of reach for a wide range of ordinary people—everyone from musicians to teachers to firefighters. Case-Schiller says Charlotte single-family home prices rose 6 percent over the past year. Some neighborhoods are considerably higher, but the homes that rank and file workers want […]

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A great experience steers sales your way

Identify the destination Tell the customer where you will take them. Define your core competencies in your customer’s language vs. your internal terms to ensure all sales interactions are in ‘you-view’-directed toward their needs. Example: If one of your goals is excellent service quality, internally you may train staff to deliver, “97% of all service […]

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Harassment differs by race, gender

    By Kate Stevens. Without many of the same resources to fight sexual harassment in the workplace as large corporations, small-business owners need to be aware of the type of work environment they are creating for their employees and have harassment policies already in place to handle problems if they arise. That’s according to […]

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Dynamics of brick and mortar play bigger role in restaurants

April 13. By Dave Yochum. The Papa Murphy’s pizza franchise in Magnolia Plaza in Cornelius has closed, the phone is disconnected and the storefront is locked up. The Tastebuds Popcorn next door is also closed, testament to the fact that the food franchise business requires a cast iron constitution no matter where you are. Business broker […]

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