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Business

  • Symposium shows how businesses sustain themselves, employees

    LELAND — Brunswick Community College’s sixth annual sustainability symposium Friday, March 17, covered sustainability in business.

    For several of the speakers who discussed the subject, being sustainable meant more than just making the business profitable.

    The buzzword at the symposium was maintaining the “triple bottom line” by treating employees well and using environmentally friendly processes while also staying profitable.

  • Learn.Shop.LOCAL Business Expo set for March 4

    The inaugural Live.Learn.Shop.LOCAL Business Expo, presented by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at 925 Seaside Road SW, at the corner of N.C. 94 and Old Georgetown Road, in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The free event will feature 70 vendors, goody bags for the first 150 people (one per family) and the option to register for a door prize. Some vendors also will have giveaways, raffles or other prizes.

  • BCAR figures show healthy residential real estate market

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market is healthy, according to the most recent statistics released by Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

  • USDA announces availability of affordable housing funds

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development announced federal funding is still available through its Single Family Housing Direct Loan program for eligible low-income rural residents who want to purchase or build a home. No down payment is required.

    “The Single Family Housing Direct Loan program helps improve quality of life in rural North Carolina serving low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities,” Mel Ellis, acting state director, said in a news release.

  • County wins Process Automation Award

    Laserfiche announced five organizations, including Brunswick County, won Laserfiche Run Smarter Awards for outstanding process automation initiatives.

    “By automating key business processes, these organizations have realized tremendous benefits from saving time and enhancing efficiency to becoming better stewards of financial resources,” Chris Wacker, CEO of Laserfiche, said in a news release. “These Run Smarter Award winners’ initiatives enable a truly digital workplace, demonstrating commitment to employees and those they serve.”

  • NCDOL warns employers of poster scam

    The North Carolina Department of Labor is urging businesses across the state to be on the lookout for suspicious correspondence, after the department recently received multiple reports of people using scare tactics or threatening language in an attempt to sell labor law posters to employers.

  • N.C. Rate Bureau withdraws dwelling fire rate filing

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced the N.C. Rate Bureau elected to withdraw the rate filing made Nov. 30, 2016, which would have seen an increase of 19.6 percent average in North Carolina.

    The rate filing was reviewed by Department of Insurance experts who discovered data issues that needed to be resolved before the filing could move forward. The N.C. Rate Bureau elected to withdraw the filing.

  • Commissioner: Time to review insurance policies and coverage

    The start of a new year is a great time to re-evaluate insurance policies, according to the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

    “It is a new year and there are certainly things that will be changing in your life as you look forward to the rest of 2017,” Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said in a news release. “I recommend you take this opportunity to make sure you are adequately covered by your insurance policies.”

  • Fitch Ratings upgrades Brunswick County’s bond rating

    Fitch Ratings has upgraded Brunswick County’s Limited Obligation Bonds Series 2012 from AA- to AA; its Issuer Default Rating from AA to AA+ and its General Obligation bond rating from AA to AA+.

    In a release regarding the upgrade, Fitch Ratings mentioned “the county’s growing economic base, superior revenue framework and strong financial resiliency. Conservative liability management and a solid expenditure framework also support the AA+ rating.

  • County construction permits reach highest level since 2007

    The number of construction permits issued in Brunswick County in fiscal year 2016 was the highest since fiscal year 2007, and year-to-date numbers for the current year are on track to be even higher, according to a county news release.