Business

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Business Secrets Of The Trappist Monks

August Turak poses with Mepkin Abbey's Brother John.
Credit Dr. William C. Carter III, MD

When we last spoke with August Turak, he'd just written his thoughts about concepts he learned from visits with Trappist Monks in South Carolina in a Forbes.com article. He laid out several "secrets" of the monks' practices that are centered on service and selflessness that could be used to make businesses better at what they do. Since then, he's written an entire book on the concept and has shared additional inspiring stories of the monks. Mr. Turak lays out how businesses could learn from the Trappist Monks' practices, and he joins us again to talk about bringing values and principles back into business, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
5:06 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

'Pay-To-Play' System For N.C. Business Incentives?

Governor Pat McCrory's plan to privatize part of the state Commerce Department could result in a pay-to-play system where some businesses get special treatment. That's the finding of a report the N.C. Budget and Tax Center released Monday.


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Business
10:54 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Kroger Buys Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter at the Cotswold Mall, Charlotte, N.C.
Credit daysofthundr46 / Flickr

Harris Teeter has finally found a buyer, and it's a big one. Kroger - the largest U.S. grocery store chain - is spending about $2.5 billion to buy the Matthews-based company. 

But don't expect a name change at your local stores. Kroger says it will continue to operate the Harris Teeter brand. 

Harris Teeter has been searching for a buyer for several months, and its CEO said in a press release the company is excited to become a part of Kroger. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Teen Entrepreneurs

The teen founders of LilACS and Co., a bowtie business.

School is out for summer and teenagers across the country are on the hunt for summer jobs. However, some Charlotte teens have skipped the job application process by starting their own small businesses instead. How have these teenagers used their passions to turn a profit? What resources are available for youth in the greater Charlotte area to gain business experience? And how has the face of a business owner diversified over the past few years? A conversation about entrepreneurship when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Charlotte Region/China Connection

  Last month, mayors from North Carolina and Alabama cities and towns visited China to learn about ways that their municipalities can do business with China. Mayor Jill Swain of Huntersville came home with new knowledge and optimism about a future tie with China and our region. Now officials from China are visiting the Charlotte region to learn more about opportunities here. But this isn't just an isolated potential relationship. Business with China is on the rise in North Carolina and throughout the South. We'll talk with Chinese and Charlotte area officials about why the south and our region are attractive to Chinese business people and what kinds of ties may be formed in the future, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Wingate MBA Programs Move To Ballantyne

Wingate University will relocate its MBA program from Matthews to the Ballantyne Corporate Park in August.
Credit Wingate University

Wingate University will move its MBA and graduate education programs to Ballantyne in August. The school has outgrown its current business-oriented campus in Matthews and is eager to tap the pool of potential students in Ballantyne Corporate Park, says Wingate vice president of graduate and professional programs Robert Supernaw.

"There are 13,000 employees in the corporate park and our sense is that if we provide coursework here in a very business-friendly environment that it'll be a win win," says Supernaw. "And it's just a gorgeous building."

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Local News
2:58 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

N.C., S.C. Unemployment Drops To Lowest Rate In Years

Credit Bytemarks/Flickr

North Carolina's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in four years, and South Carolina's unemployment rate has declined to the lowest point in five years. That's according to figures released Friday for the month of April.

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Local News
8:29 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Charlotte Sees Boom In Chinese Businesses

Members of the Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce celebrate with local officials in 2012.
Credit Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce

  Chinese business people from across the Carolinas will gather in Charlotte Saturday evening to celebrate the rapid growth of the Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce and crown an inaugural set of award recipients. 


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Business
3:15 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Bank Of America Shareholders Approve Executive Pay

Bank of America held its annual shareholders' meeting in Charlotte today. CEO Brian Moynihan began the meeting highlighting the company's financial gains. He says the company has seen large growth in deposits and credit card accounts and has helped close to 2 million homeowners avoid foreclosure. He says internally, the company has been able to reduce costs to more quickly increase payouts for its shareholders.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Female Business Owners

Owning a business is an ambitious venture for anyone. But as a female business owner, there are particular challenges that one might face. In the late 1980s, women owned only ten percent of U.S. business. Now, women own forty percent of all privately-held firms. This considerable rise of women leaders has helped shift the business landscape and has opened up a wealth of opportunities for aspiring female entrepreneurs and small business owners. Two female Charlotteans started the company, Towne and Reese, and continue their rapid rise of success. A conversation about being a women and owning a business, when Charlotte Talks.

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