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Sam James: The grim reaper has a spring in his step

Good mourning takes many different forms

By Dave Yochum. None of us is going to get out of this alive, which means the funeral business looks good as Baby Boomers enter their, uh, prime consumer years. Nevertheless, the time-honored ritual is becoming more secular and casual as Americans change their notion of an appropriate good-bye. “The times, they are a ‘changin,” […]

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Projects show how affordable housing works

May 15. By Debbie Griffin. Affordable-housing partners gathered April 10 with golden shovels to officially commemorate the start of two projects for people 55 years and older: The 60-unit, $8.5 million Prosperity Ridge in Kannapolis and the 68-unit, $10 million Cascade Garden in Mooresville. The non-profit organizations Wesley Community Development of Huntersville and Prosperity Unlimited […]


Incoming president of SMA makes case for women CEOs

Janaki Gooty, Ph.D., the 2019 incoming president of the Southern Management Association, says some leaders in the business world have an inability to lead, based on their inability to relate. The first thing we ask each other is how the other person is doing. “Emotions matter in the workplace…A big part of every one of […]


Bills in Raleigh target benefits, family leave

May 14. By Debbie Griffin. North Carolina legislators introduced several bills in March that seek employee benefits ranging from paid sick time and family leave for all to an expanded definition of family and tax-funded insurance. Some companies may already offer better benefits than the law requires. Others wonder how they’ll stay in business if […]

Rob Norris (CEO), David Doctor (COO), and Umit Cali (PHD - CTO) of Energyxchain in Huntersville

Huntersville startup one of 24 getting small business grants

May 13. By Dave Yochum. A Huntersville start-up is among two dozen innovative small businesses across North Carolina on deck for grants to develop new products and hire more employees. A total of $1.1 million from the One North Carolina Small Business Program will go to the technology-oriented businesses including Energyxchain LLC which is officially […]

Uwharrie’s annual meeting is May 14

Uwharrie Capital Corp, parent company of Uwharrie Bank and Uwharrie Investment Advisors will hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Tuesday, May 14, at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, 26032 Newt Road, in Albemarle. Dinner and fellowship will begin at 4:30 p.m. Shareholders are invited to the business meeting at 6:30 p.m. when items of […]


LKN Festival of the Arts has a national following

The Third Annual Lake Norman Festival of the Arts, a world-class, two-day art fair in Birkdale Village, will bring thousands of visitors to Lake Norman the weekend of May 18-19. More than 100 national and local artists are set to display their works, which includes paintings, fine jewelry and other works of art. The festival […]

Community banker Pat Horton is taking aim at the seat held by Cabarrus Commissioner Liz Poole

Leading banker announces bid for Cabarrus Commission

Veteran business leader and banker Pat Horton will run for the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners. The regional president for Uwharrie Bank’s retail banking division is steeped in the Cabarrus community, having been a mainstay at First Charter, which was acquired by Fifth Third in 2008. This is Horton’s first run for elected office. Her […]


Sprizzi lands funding from Chinese government

April 30. A single-serve cold beverage maker that will set up operations in Cornelius has landed a $100 million investment from China. Sprizzi Drink-Co. plans to distribute “flavor bullets” from the old Michael Waltrip Raceworld facility on Liverpool. Back in December, the Lake Norman Economic Development Corp. announced that Sprizzi would open a distribution center […]


Allen Tate No. 8 nationwide among independent firms

April 23. Allen Tate Cos., one of the major forces in residential real estate in Lake Norman and Cabarrus, is also one of the largest real estate companies in the nation. It is No. 8 in the U.S. among independent real estate firms, and No. 14 among all firms including franchise operations. The news was […]