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Nov 5, 2021

The Three Dimensions of Selling Your Business

With our team of Certified Exit Planning Advisors and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professionals, Chad Pearson, Donis Smith and Jillian Dempsey, as well as access to the resources of UBS, we can he ...

Nov 5, 2021

Financial Literacy Doesn't Have To Be Rocket Science

In past generations, financial literacy was simple. If you did not have the money in your pocket, you didn’t buy it. Credit, loans, and other financial products have all come about as consumer ...

Nov 1, 2021

An Once of Prevention

As an estate planning attorney, typically my clients have spent their lifetime accumulating assets, and their focus is on leaving a legacy for their families after their death. Making legal prep ...

Health Care
Oct 27, 2021

Insights on Oral Surgery with Dr. C. Craven Jameson

Oral Surgeons are a vital component of the dental network. These highly skilled clinicians have extended education to assist patients with the following concerns TOOTH EXTRACTIONS: Perhaps the mo ...

Health Care
Oct 27, 2021

Are Level Funded Plans the Answer?

The cost of health insurance coverage has many employers wondering what they can do to control rising costs while offering their employees the financial protection of “good insurance”. ...

Health Care
Oct 27, 2021

TMS: An Outpatient Option For Hard-To-Treat Depression

Depression is a heavyweight that can disrupt lives and cause the memory of happiness to fade. Intense and prolonged feelings of sadness or lack of enjoyment can prevent a person from pursuing their in ...

Legal Issues
Sep 10, 2021

Checklist: Planning for Retirement and Beyond

Many seniors carefully watch their finances and consult trusted advisors for guidance in timing retirement. However, careful planning doesn’t end with retirement. Seniors should ensure they ar ...

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Jun 18, 2021

There’s An App For That: Opportunities And Obstacles In Health Technology

Atrómitos is honored to have sponsored the Insightful Discussion “There’s an App for That: Opportunities and Obstacles in Health Technology.” We are grateful to the ...

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May 21, 2021

Chambliss & Rabil Contractors: The Story Of Our Growth / 45 Years In Business

Our Beginning (1975 through 2000):   In 1975, Norman Chambliss and Jim Rabil formed Chambliss & Rabil Contractors in Rocky Mount, N.C. Rocky Mount was a thriving business and banking hu ...

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Apr 2, 2021

Bad Things Happen. Good Results Take A Skilled & Experienced Attorney.

Woody White has over 26 years of experience as an attorney. He’s a native and longtime resident of southeastern North Carolina, serving clients in a variety of cases and our community as ...

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Apr 2, 2021

Why Your Business Should Consider Intellectual Property Protection

Russell received his law degree from Georgetown in 2004. Russell helps individuals and businesses protect their innovations, creations and business information using strategies based in patent, trad ...

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Apr 2, 2021

Stalwart Firm Exemplifies The Value Of Experience

CELEBRATING OUR QUASQUICENTENNIAL For 125 years, Rountree Losee LLP has provided quality, client focused legal services in our region. Over these years, we have learned unequivocally that experie ...

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Mar 19, 2021

How To Navigate Buying And Selling In A Booming Market

The Rising Tide Team’s core values consist of choosing humility, building relationships, being people of integrity, willing to learn and grow, and adding value by being resourceful and communi ...

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Mar 19, 2021

The Rise Of "Flex-Space" In The Home

Catherine and her husband, Nick, are the co-owners of Balding Brothers. Catherine loves creating fresh, new spaces and assisting clients with the design process. Balding Brothers is an award-winning ...

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Mar 19, 2021

Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association – The Value of Membership

Mr. Moore serves as the Executive Officer for the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association. Prior to this, Mr. Moore served as a Governmental Affairs Directors for (BASE) Business All ...

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Mar 19, 2021

Look for a Reliable Resource in Real Estate, Look for the “R”

Anne Gardner has recently celebrated her first year as CEO of Cape Fear REALTORS®, the largest trade association in our region. She’s an active volunteer and serves on ...

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Nov 20, 2020

North Carolina’s Medicaid Transformation

Atromitos is honored to have sponsored the "Insightful Discussion on Medicaid Transformation." We are grateful to Dave Richard, NC DHHS Deputy Secretary, and Kelly Crosbie, Director of Q ...

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Nov 6, 2020

Salt Air Heating And Cooling – Improving Comfort And Indoor Air Quality

How do I decide when to replace my home HVAC system rather than repair it? The age of equipment, efficiency, and repair costs are all factors in this decision. The average life of a traditional ...

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Oct 16, 2020

Dosher Memorial Hospital Continues To Meet The Needs Of Their Community

How has Dosher Memorial Hospital’s sound financial strategy pre-pandemic impacted their ability to navigate the economic impact of COVID-19? Our focus at Dosher prior to the impact of the ...

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Oct 2, 2020

Business Adaptability During COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought stressors on businesses that were unheard of just a year ago. What should business owners be thinking about strategically at this moment in time? Hank Harris: I think the o ...

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Oct 2, 2020

Design And Build Or Renovate – Which Is Best For My Business?

What should I consider when making the choice to build a new building or renovate an existing commercial space?   The decision to build or renovate can be complicated. When it comes to mak ...

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Sep 18, 2020

The Economy, The Pandemic, The Elections...Now What?

How has the economy changed over the last year and how do we proceed with investing?   Our economy and more importantly, the global economy is going through a rapid transformation to a &ldq ...

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Sep 18, 2020

APR Restoration & Commercial Development

  Owning a home is probably one of the biggest investments some of us will have in a lifetime; it is with this in mind that selecting a reputable contractor to take care of your property needs ...

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Sep 18, 2020

Lighting The Way For Area Businesses

What are the major components of a properly designed lighting system?   Lighting is vital to our day to day lives. It creates an emotional component to how we experience the world around us ...

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Aug 7, 2020

Industrial Expansion In The Cape Fear Region

Continuous growth of the Cape Fear Region’s industrial sector is a vital component to making key advancements in our area and contributing to the global supply chain. Industrial projects hav ...

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Jul 17, 2020

Pre-Planning Decisions And Benefits

Discussing end of life arrangements for yourself or your loved ones can be difficult. While challenging emotions can arise from the thought of our last days, ensuring an end of life plan is in pla ...

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May 22, 2020

Business Growth And Development

How do you know when your business is ready for expansion? Since our company is in the construction business, I will address this question regarding business growth from the standpoint of the c ...

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May 22, 2020

Reopening After COVID-19: What Business Owners Should Know

We are going to reopen as soon as the Governor lifts restrictions. What are the most important things I should be thinking about as a business owner?   J ...

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Apr 3, 2020

How To Protect Your Legal Interests As A Business Owner

Business owners must make several decisions when structuring and executing their business plans, but carefully considering a legal arrangement that is customized to their needs may be most impor ...

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Mar 20, 2020

Wilmington’s Real Estate Market: New Trends And Creative Solutions

The Wilmington region has been in growth mode and our real estate market is adapting to the changes from rapid expansion. Business growth, infrastructure challenges and affordable housing are under ...

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Feb 21, 2020

Making Time For Wellness With Chiropractic

According to the American Chiropractic Association, patients who visit their chiropractor to seek treatment for lower back pain have a 90% decrease in odds for both early and long-term opioid us ...

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Feb 7, 2020

Is Hormone Replacement Pellet Therapy Right For You?

Today, many people are seeking balance in their lives. Whether it be balancing work, family, nutrition, or budgets, the art of balance ultimately brings harmony into our lives. But have you ever tho ...

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Dec 20, 2019

Business Technology Trends & Challenges

No matter what size the business, it will not reach its full potential — nor in many cases even exist — without technology. Which technologies are impacting businesses today, and wh ...

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Oct 23, 2019

Commercial Real Estate: Changes, Opportunities

Commercial real estate is a driving force in the Cape Fear region’s economy. Where are we today, and what challenges are we about to face in the future? We asked Norman and Yates Chambliss o ...

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Oct 21, 2019

Health Care: Where are We Now, Where are We Heading?

With the possibility of New Hanover Regional Medical Center being sold, the subject of health care is a hot topic in the Cape Fear region. Always a destination for retirees with unique health care ...

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Sep 24, 2019

Commercial Real Estate Choices and Challenges

Commercial real estate is a driving force in the Cape Fear region’s economy. Where are we today, and what challenges are we about to face in the future? We asked local business professionals ...

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Sep 17, 2019

Technology and Business: Trends, Advances, Challenges

There are a plethora of technologies employed in every office environment, whether a one person operation at home or in a brick-and-morter location with dozens of employees. Copiers Plus Director ...

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Jul 19, 2019

Helping Loved Ones with Pre-Planning

Moving closer to the end of the road is not something any of us wants to think about. Still, leaving “at-need” arrangements to loved ones creates unnecessary burdens and stress, both e ...

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Jun 21, 2019

Residential Real Estate: Keeping Up with Demand

This month the North Carolina Department of Commerce released projected job growth numbers for the next seven years which include the state’s fastest annual growth rate in Wilmington. New jobs ...

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Jun 10, 2019

Manufacturing in Wilmington: Pros, Cons, and What the Future Holds

The U.S. is seeing the best manufacturing jobs growth of the last 30 years. With the Port of Wilmington ramping-up infrastructure projects to handle bigger ships and quicker cargo delivery, and the ...

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May 21, 2019

Business Growth Is it as easy as it sounds?

One of the most difficult, stressful, and yet rewarding experiences in life is starting a business. Keeping it going is tough; one out of three don’t make it through the first two years. Those ...

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Apr 5, 2019

Legal Advice to Small Business Owners

For entrepreneurs, legal advice may not seem like a priority… until it becomes a necessity. Below, four local law experts discuss why ongoing counsel can not only protect a budding business b ...

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Mar 29, 2019

A Look at the Area's Homebuilding Industry

All in all, 2018 was not the easiest year for homebuilders in the Cape Fear region. Between torrential summer rains, Hurricane Florence in September, ongoing labor shortages, and a sudden spike ...

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Feb 21, 2019

Advice for Long-Term Wealth Management

Market fluctuations, changes to tax laws and political uncertainty can weigh heavily on day-today investment decisions. But considering a certain amount of ambiguity will always be a given, the best ...

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Nov 16, 2018

HR Tactics for a Successful Business

The foundation for a lasting and thriving organization is most often built on the creation of a clear company culture that is embraced and practice by a dedicated team of employees. But sustain ...

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Nov 2, 2018

Managing Your Health and Wellness

Navigating the ever-changing landscape of health care can be challenging and, sometimes, a bit intimidating. Yet, understanding the various components of not just health, but also overall wellness, ca ...

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Oct 24, 2018

Commercial Real Estate’s Steady Rise

Signs that business is booming in the Cape Fear region are everywhere you look these days – from the surge of hotels in downtown Wilmington’s burgeoning Convention District and storefr ...

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Oct 1, 2018

Land, Lots and Location: Our Region’s Homebuilding Industry

The Cape Fear region has seen an explosion of growth in recent past, and it’s a vibrant community in which Scott Byers, President and CEO of Majestic Kitchen and Bath Creations, wants to ...

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Sep 7, 2018

The Benefits and Challenges of Tech-Powered Business

Technology continues to have a major impact on nearly every part of our daily lives and our interactions with others, including how we do business. Tech-savvy business leaders have adapted the way the ...

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Aug 13, 2018

Achievements and Challenges for Women in Business

Women continue to make great strides – and achieve stand-out success – in the business world. But even with all the advancements, women still face hurdles. Female leaders and entrepreneu ...

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Jul 30, 2018

Succession Planning for a Successful Future

When small business owners open up shop, they don’t always start with the end goal in mind. Yet, planning ahead for retirement, death or disability can mean the difference between a smooth tra ...

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Jul 13, 2018

Pre-Planning for Peace of Mind

Death is an inevitability we all face, but the end of life can often be so overwhelming – or feel so far in the future – that people put off thinking of all the details, issues and dec ...

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Jun 15, 2018

A Look at the Region’s Residential Real Estate Market

Signs of the greater Wilmington area’s real estate resurgence are everywhere, from a recent spike in luxury home sales to continued construction of lifestyle communities. The coastal clima ...

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Jun 1, 2018

Modern Manufacturing Innovation, Issues and Impact

Manufacturing has remained a strong and resilient industry, even in the midst of economic downturn in recent past. Still, like any industry, manufacturing faces challenges, including keeping pace with ...

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May 21, 2018

Women's Health: Managing Stress

How does stress impact women’s health? Women are the caregivers in our society. When women have to deal with not only family and personal issues but also work-related issues, that puts add ...

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May 21, 2018

Women's Health: Dental Care

How have recent advances in technology impacted women’s dental health? We searched high and low in designing our practice and selecting certain technologies to bring an elevated experience ...

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Apr 20, 2018

Legal Advice for Business & Personal Matters

For many, the legal system can be intimidating and difficult to navigate alone. But when you need an attorney – whether it be to help manage your business, guide you through a divorce or fa ...

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Apr 6, 2018

Successfully Growing Your Small Business

Every entrepreneur wants to see his or her business venture succeed and grow. Yet, growth can come with its own unique challenges, especially when that growth comes quickly, unexpectedly or without ...

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Feb 23, 2018

Managing and Growing Your Wealth

Continued economic growth and a mostly favorable economic forecast are good signs thus far in 2018. However, even in a stable market, it’s good practice to protect assets against any future vo ...

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Jan 30, 2018

Managing Cybersecurity for Your Business

Today, technology is not only a helpful tool for a business’s day-to-day operations, it is also crucial to that business’s overall success. But with the benefits of technological advan ...

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Jan 24, 2018

Business Accounting Tips for 2018

What federal and state tax changes should business owners be aware of when filing their 2017 taxes? If tax reform is not passed, there will be very little change for businesses on 2017 taxes. The ...

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Jan 24, 2018

Accounting for Your Business in 2018

How could new federal tax cuts impact small business? The tax reform congressional conference report is 1,097 pages. There is no way to cover all the impacts here, but my goal is to provide an ove ...

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Jan 8, 2018

Virtual Workspace Technology

What is virtual workspace? STAN TROFIMCHUK: In a nutshell, virtual workspace is your business computers and servers in the cloud. It is faster, more reliable and more secure IT for business. Fr ...

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Dec 6, 2017

Women in Business: Achievements & Obstacles

Within recent years, women have made great strides in the business world, both locally and across the country. They now hold a little more than half of all professional-level jobs in the United Stat ...

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Nov 20, 2017

The Benefits & Challenges Of Tech-Powered Business

Without question, technology has changed so many aspects of our daily lives and interactions with others, including - to a large degree - how we research, shop for and purchase products and services ...

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Oct 23, 2017

Health Care Changes And Challenges

In the midst of proposed changes to “Obamacare," patients and medical providers alike continue to feel the impact of federal regulations on the availability of affordable care. But those ...

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Sep 11, 2017

The Importance Of Pre-Planning

Let’s face it - death is a fact of life most of us don’t like to face. But the fact of the matter is, it is an inevitability for which we all should plan for and be prepared. And, in the ...

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Jul 31, 2017

Planning For Business Growth

Entrepreneurs who start a business may face a challenging path. Nearly half fail within their first year, and roughly 65 percent make it their first two years. So, what sets those who survive and thri ...

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Jun 19, 2017

On Human Resources

Does a lower local unemployment rate increase competition for hiring and retaining employees? The lowered unemployment level does present challenges in attracting prospective employees. It does anyw ...

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May 19, 2017

The Local Commercial Real Estate Landscape

From construction on a mixed-use development - anchored by a movie theater - in midtown Wilmington and expansion at Mayfaire Town Center to a surge in apartment complexes and the arrival of new grocer ...

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Apr 24, 2017

Employment Law Issues

What are your predictions regarding the overtime rule halted by a federal judge late last year? While we don’t have a crystal ball, it seems likely the rule will be repealed, at least in ...

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Mar 24, 2017

Managing Wealth For Longevity And Legacy

In a vast improvement over 2016, this year’s stock market is thus far strong, leading many to advance carefully but hopefully. While the fate of some current federal regulations has yet to be ...

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Mar 15, 2017

Keeping Pace With Real Estate's Resurgence

After a sharp downturn in the real estate market, the local industry has been on the upswing the last several years, as the number and value of homes continue to increase for the Cape Fear region. But ...

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Dec 19, 2016

Technology Trends For 2017

More than ever, technology is a critical component of a company’s overall success. With ever-changing advancements and risks, it can be overwhelming for business owners to stay up-to-date on I ...

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Oct 24, 2016

The Future of Health Care

  Following the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the medical marketplace has remained a hot topic for business owners, employees and lawmakers alike, as they attempt to navigate new guide ...

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Sep 23, 2016

Business Banking Advice

As you talk to business owners around the region, what challenges stand out for companies? DEREK COHEN: Effective credit and treasury solutions are always important topics of discus ...

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Aug 25, 2016

On Going Back to School

                How do employers benefit from employees who return to college to earn degrees? KATIE FARRELL: A bachelor’s degree has personal and p ...

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Jul 28, 2016

Gearing Up for Business Growth

               A frequently quoted statistic is that eight of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first year and a half. Knowing that, we ...

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Jun 30, 2016

Hiring and Retaining Talent in a Competitive Environment

               When it comes to hiring new talent, employers no longer have the upper hand. As the economy recovers, top candidates are receiving multiple offe ...

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Jun 2, 2016

Commercial Real Estate’s Changing Local Landscape

    Commercial real estate is one topic in which nearly everyone has an interest. People want to know what’s being built near their homes, schools and workplaces. They also want t ...

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Apr 22, 2016

Mitigating Risk Amid the Laws of Business

                Business owners and executives often try to save money by waiting to call an attorney. However, a modest investment in legal advice to prevent ...

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Apr 8, 2016

Managing Wealth Amid Uncertainty and Beyond

               This year began with a stunning stock market drop and continues with uncertainty around the presidential election and numerous other world event ...

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Mar 11, 2016

Real Estate’s Rebound and What’s Next

With the real estate downturn increasingly distant in the rearview mirror, five real estate professionals tackled a range of topics on the local residential real estate market. Topics included how ...

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Jan 29, 2016

Energy Exploration Off North Carolina’s Coast

              Discussions about potentially drilling for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean picked up significantly in 2015 after Pres ...

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Jan 28, 2016

Accounting for Your Business in 2016

              For most people, January means tuning into the NFL playoffs, breaking New Year’s resolutions and dialing up an accountant. Executives and busine ...

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Jan 6, 2016

Technology Trends for 2016

Advancements in technology play a significant role in how companies set their direction. Successful growth strategies, cost efficiencies and securing data all hinge on making the right technology ...

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Dec 9, 2015

Mayor's Roundtable on Housing Affordability

    A panel of business, government, education, non-profit and other community leaders devoted a recent morning to talk about the challenges and potential solutions to creating enou ...

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Oct 26, 2015

The Changing Health Care Landscape

Few, if any, industries affect all companies, employees and families like health care. And as the health care industry undergoes seismic changes on numerous fronts — new laws, new levels of ...

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