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Mark Vitner, Pat Riley: Net in-migration is significant

Outlook: Boom continues for CLT, suburbs; but coronavirus looms large

Feb. 29. By Erica Batten. Over the past decade, Charlotte has been among the top 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas nationwide. It looks like that will continue, with 500,000 new residents forecast in the next 10 years. But Wells Fargo Senior Economist Mark Vitner and Allen Tate CEO Pat Riley say the supply of single-family homes […]


What does Black History Month mean to me?

Cherese Spand • SHE Wealth As a woman of color and entrepreneur I face different issues than my counterparts. Nevertheless, I am exceptionally proud of what I have overcome thus far. I don’t see Black history month as a month. For me it’s a daily lifestyle. The history we are taught in school does not […]

Highway Traffic at Sunset

Toll routes yet to prove they can be profitable

Part 2 of 2. By Kate Martin/Carolina Public Press. Toll routes are intended to relieve traffic congestion, but they do so at a cost, which revenues are intended to offset. The Triangle Expressway, which opened between Apex and Durham eight years ago, has been exceeding projected revenues while operating under its annual cost projections. But […]


Remove hairy knots and tangles to enhance the sales process

A nice knot can solve many problems. But an unplanned knot can render it useless. Same with purchasing decisions. Customers may feel like they are dealing with a tangled knot rather than a functional process.  And when you attempt to help them solve problems with your product or service, they might not be able to […]


Black in business: Celebrating the legacy

Cherese Spand, 43 Financial Lifestyle Concierge SHE Wealth Mercy College Best advice to an African American just starting out? You can do and accomplish great things in your life. No matter what limiting belief you may have. Reach outside of the norm and push limit of every doubt, fear and obstacle. You will win if […]


Hot Property: Statesville estate listed at $1.75 million

A 74-acre country estate once owned by NASCAR champ Jamie McMurray is on the market for $1.75 million. Located at 218 Pisgah Church Road in Statesville, the gated residence is listed with Rob Drag at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Lake Norman. The four-bedroom main residence has more than 4,800 square feet of space. There […]

Blank white cap on the head ready for branding.

Building your personal brand: Is what they think of you any of your business?

By Ginny Mackin. In 1978, my college roommates and I were sitting at our friend Fitzy’s kitchen table. Her mom, Alice, gave us some powerful advice. We had just had a run-in with a group of “mean girls.” One of the girls had said some nasty things about a member of our squad. Alice looked […]


Bill Russell celebrates 25 years with LKN Chamber

Feb. 12. By Dave Yochum. A quarter century ago Bill Russell was the new president of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. He had a full head of dark hair and resembled Richard Gere. He still looks like the movie star but a lot has changed. He, and Lake Norman have grown up. Russell is […]

Premier Sotheby’s International topped $5 billion in sales in ‘19

Feb. 12. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty total sales volume hit $5.2 billion in 2019, a 15 percent increase year-over-year. Average sales price was $725,116, up 3 percent from the year before. The Naples, Fla. brokerage, which has an office in Jetton Village, closed 7,129 transactions, up 11 percent from 2018. The North Carolina region reported […]


When bad news happens, get a ‘cleaner’

By Dave Vieser. Back in November, a Davidson College assistant professor was one of 10 people arrested in a child exploitation sting operation conducted by the York County SC Sheriff’s Office and 12 other state and federal law enforcement agencies. The college issued this statement: “The employee was placed on leave and barred from campus […]