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Sep 20, 2023

Company With HQ In Wilmington Buys Transportation Firm

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 20, 2023

A Wilmington-based distribution firm is buying a transportation company, according to a news release. PolyQuest Inc. officials announced Wednesday their company will acquire Baker Transportation Inc. (BTI) and should close on the transaction Oct. 1, the release stated. The financial details were not disclosed. PolyQuest distributes thermoplastic r ...

Sep 20, 2023

An India-based company is looking to grow its footprint inside Pender Commerce Park.  Hose manufacturer Polyhose is moving forward with the acquisition of more than 8 acres along the industrial park’s western edge. The company plans to expand its existing warehousing and assembly facility onto the new site. In August, the Pender County Board of Commissione ...

Sep 18, 2023

Through closer collaborations with area employers, Cape Fear Community College is expanding and fine-tuning its apprenticeship programs. The college recently announced that it is working with more than 100 local businesses to offer students apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship opportunities in 15 fields. Those fields range from HVAC and refrigeration technology to plum ...

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Jessie Powell
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5 Reasons to Build Custom Franchise Software

Posted Mar 14, 2022

Having a robust franchise management software is often required in order to scale your growing franchise business to the next level. But it can be hard to determine if and when to build your own custom franchise software, or if you should continue using an out-of-the-box solution.

In this article, we will discuss 5 reasons why you should build your own custom franchise management entire article

Sep 15, 2023

Spotlighting This Year’s MADE Awards

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 15, 2023

Each year, the MADE Awards brings to light a variety of products and businesses that in some cases might otherwise have flown under the radar, from marine bean bags to handmade swimwear. The purpose of the awards is to draw attention to manufacturers and makers in the Cape Fear region, revealing that the area is home to more made-in-Wilmington products than residents and e ...

Sep 15, 2023

MADE Winners: Arts Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 15, 2023

Art in Bloom Gallery Year founded: 2015  No. of employees: 5  Top official: Amy N. Grant, owner  Company description: Art in Bloom Gallery presents original art by over 30 artists and is located at 6866 Main St. at Mayfaire Town Center.  How has your company grown since its inception? “Si ...

Sep 15, 2023

MADE Winners: Exporter Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 15, 2023

Champion Valves Inc. Year founded: 2003 No. of employees: 14 Top official: Matthew Schneider, general manager Company description: Manufacturing firm for heavy industrial sector valves How has your company grown since its inception? “We started in a living room 20 years ago ... now operating in a 12,000-square-foo ...

Sep 15, 2023

MADE Winners: Food & Beverage Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 15, 2023

Brunswick Beer and Cider Year founded: 2022 No. of employees: 80 Top official: Jud Watkins, owner Company description: Brunswick Beer and Cider is the first brewery in Leland and has over 30 beers and ciders on tap. How has your company grown since its inception? “The growth within Brunswick Beer and Ci ...

Sep 15, 2023

MADE Winners: Functional Product Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 15, 2023

Creatively Covered Co. LLC Year founded: 2021  No. of employees: 1  Top official: Dawn McDowell, owner/maker    Company description: “The unwind collection focuses on creating artisan skin care to support skin all skin types, but especially dry skin. The line consists of moisturizing body ...

Sep 15, 2023

MADE Winners: Manufacturer Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 15, 2023

Evolve Golf Year founded: 2003 No. of employees: 30 Top official: Ben Maloy, CEO Company description: “Evolve Golf makes golf tees and bespoke accessories that are better for golfers, golf courses and the planet.” How has your company grown since its inception? “Evolve’s first product was a biode ...

Sep 15, 2023

MADE Winner: Supporter Business Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 15, 2023

Leath HR Group LLC Year founded: 2017  No. of employees: 8 Top official: Andrew Almeter, president   Company description: “Leath HR Group offers trusted HR experts who provide companies with modern, strategic HR solutions.”  How has your company grown since its inception? “Launched by ...

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Understanding the Key Roles of Officers in a Community Association Board of Directors

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The Pie Chart of Deception

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Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services)

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