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Take steps to protect your internet and company safety

American shoppers shelled out $9.4 billion on Cyber Monday, setting a new spending record, almost 20 percent more than last year. Cybersecurity is a growing concern as the Christmas shopping season gets under way in record fashion. Cybercriminals used a third-party vendor’s stolen username and password to break into a retailer’s systems and steal millions […]


Microsoft to create 500 new jobs in Wake

  Dec. 17. Microsoft Corp. will invest $47.5 million and add 500 new jobs in the Wake County town of Morrisville, just west of Raleigh. This comes on top of an expansion announced in Charlotte that will create 430 jobs with a $23 million investment. “When tech giants choose North Carolina, they join a thriving […]


If commuter rail is on track for Matthews, what happened to the North Line?

Nov. 12. By Debbie Griffin and Dave Yochum. As Charlotte ponders a $4 billion commuter rail between Matthews and Belmont—and a high-speed rail line between Charlotte and Atlanta is in the midst of discussion—it’s more and more clear that Lake Norman commuters are stuck with toll lanes and diminishing prospects for commuter rail. The Charlotte […]


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 […]

Xerox plans to copy successes of 3 Centers for Excellence

Xerox will build a new “Center of Excellence” in Cary worth more than $18 million and creating 600 jobs. The project is estimated to grow the state’s economy by $1.7 billion over the next 12 years. The Cary Center of Excellence will be the fourth of its kind for the company in North America, joining […]


Cybersecurity: Demand for talent keeps growing

Cabarrus County officials last week released details of a “social engineering” scam that diverted a $2.5 million from their payment systems to an unknown fraudster. The County intended to send the money to a general contractor from Virginia. The case highlights the need for cybersecurity measures—and experts. Indeed, cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing employment […]


Charlotte ranks high for start-ups

By Debbie Griffin. The Charlotte area ranked 6th in a recent, nationwide, WalletHub study on 100 large cities and how they rate as places to start a small business. The same study placed us at the top of the list for “highest average growth in number of small businesses.” The study ranked Orlando, Oklahoma City, […]

North Carolina Research Center Campus

Workforce development team gets community college award

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Castle & Cooke and the City of Kannapolis have been named the NC Community College System’s 2019 Distinguished Partners in Excellence. It’s a big feather in their cap as the partnership begins its second decade. The goal: Training the workforce of the future. “By working together, we are able to create new […]

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 […]


Carolina BioOncology announces expansion in Huntersville

April 4. Carolina BioOncology Institute, a cancer research clinic based in Huntersville, will invest $250,000 on an expansion in The Park, not far from Novant Huntersville Hospital. The 10,00-square-foot expansion to 30,000 square feet includes space for cleanroom and lab space expansion, as well as two separate pharmacies, equipment monitoring and building automation systems. Carolina BioOncology […]