Entrepreneurship

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    Looking For a Job? Market For Last-Mile Deliveries is Booming

    I enjoy watching changes in consumer buying behavior and the adapting marketplace. It’s the classic scenario of ‘find a need and fill it.’ Smart entrepreneurs will always have their eye toward emerging trends. Today comes the story of how the transportation industry is booming due to demand for so-called…
    Donna Martinez, January 10, 2019
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    Scooters, Competition, and Entrepreneurship

    As cities like Raleigh grapple with how to react to the e-scooter revolution, at least one of the major scooter operators is already extending its business model by offering the chance to become a scooter entrepreneur. smartcitiesdive.com has the details: Bird will now let individuals manage and rent…
    Donna Martinez, December 3, 2018
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    Cyber Monday and the Internet sales tax

    Have you been busy taking advantage of the CyberMonday deals available online today through Wayfair, Overstock, or other online retailers not based in North Carolina? The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) tried to make shopping more cumbersome for you and those companies. Instead of waiting for direction…
    Joseph Coletti, November 26, 2018
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    Cary taxpayers on hook for boutique hotel debt

    The Town of Cary provided loans worth $2.6 million to help open a boutique hotel, the Mayton Inn, in its downtown area. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development loaned the town $1.4 million of that total. Now the hotel’s owner, Memento Mori has filed for bankruptcy and the…
    Joseph Coletti, September 27, 2018
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    Carolina Journal: Virginia is a control state, but its model is friendly to that state’s distillers

    John Trump writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal: For North Carolina’s distillers, getting their products into ABC stores is arduous and time-consuming. Distillers must first check all the boxes pertinent to federal and state laws. The state must then approve their products before distillers send those products to Raleigh…
    Anna Manning, September 17, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the legislative committee that will look into concerns surrounding a $58 million Atlantic Coast Pipeline fund. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why the N.C. economy needs more new business enterprises.
    Mitch Kokai, September 5, 2018
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    Regulatory reforms that help businesses start and grow

    State governments can take a number of steps to help businesses start and expand. A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts provides examples from across the country of how regulators have used online permitting portals to make applying for permits easier and faster, prioritized enforcement against frequent violators of regulations,…
    Joseph Coletti, August 31, 2018
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    Why Failure Can Be a Good Thing

    I know an amazingly successful business person who says she failed at a lot of things before finding success. I thought of my friend as I read this piece on failure from Fast  Company. Throughout my years as a journalist, failure is probably the most frequent subject I’ve talked…
    Donna Martinez, August 20, 2018