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Business

  • Dosher opens new sleep disorder laboratory

    Dosher Memorial Hospital, 924 N. Howe St. in Southport, has opened a sleep disorder laboratory for the diagnosis and treatment of potentially serious sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, excessive snoring, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder.

  • Officials break ground on International Logistics Park

    BRUNSWICK/COLUMBUS COUNTY LINE—Government and business officials from across the county, region and state braved the rain and mud to celebrate the groundbreaking of the International Logistics Park of North Carolina Tuesday morning.

    The 1,000-acre park is a unique venture between Brunswick and Columbus counties and the state.

  • County logistics park receives state rail site award

    The N.C. Railroad Company and a private consulting firm have selected the Mid-Atlantic Logistics Center in northern Brunswick County as the best distribution site in the recent recognition of the Great Freight Rail Sites in North Carolina.

    Brunswick County’s Economic Development Commission is hoping the recognition will lead to more industrial prospects for the now-incomplete park.

  • Business partners attempt to revolutionize Internet filtering

    Local business partners Kevin Skipper and David Little have created something unique in the computer world—a way for families and businesses to block access to certain websites without using expensive software.

    Little, the owner of Knosys Computers in Calabash, and businessman Skipper have created WebFilterPro, which uses domain name system (DNS) technology rather than software to block certain sites.

    Both fathers, the two men said they like the idea of creating an affordable way for families to control Internet use in a household.

  • Scam calls not from Security Savings Bank; no losses reported

    Brunswick County residents have been receiving calls and messages from people identifying themselves as representatives of Security Savings Bank asking them to call a designated number, saying there is a problem with their Visa debit card.

    According to Security’s vice president and information technology manager Phil Fravel, these calls are not valid, and people who receive them should hang up immediately.

    “If, by chance, they do respond, they should call us immediately so we can block their accounts,” Fravel said.

  • Market slows project, but plans for Wisteria Place continue; construction expected this fall

    When developer Brian Griffin started making plans for a unique gated community off Village Point Road in Shallotte several years ago, he hadn’t predicted the coming recession or bank failures that have resulted in stalled development and under-whelming real estate sales.

    “Four or five years ago, people would buy a piece of land sight unseen. That’s what got us here today. They thought they could flip it and make a few bucks,” Griffin said this week.

  • Business owner to host business-to-business events

    Bourbon Street Restaurant and Bar co-owner Leroy Brown has announced plans to host monthly “business-to-business” receptions at his new restaurant at 125 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Brown is also the co-owner of The Bridge Grill and Pizza at Sunset Beach.

  • Blandino joins PMD

    A Grade Above Realty has recognized Mike Blandino on his recent membership to the Property Management Division (PMD) of the North Carolina Association of Realtors.

    The objectives of the PMD are to provide legislative, educational and networking opportunities to North Carolina’s professional property managers. Educational seminars on new developments in real estate legislation are conducted throughout the year.

  • Dancing liberties take their final bows as tax season ends

    The “dancing liberties” have made driving in Shallotte a little more interesting since the year started, but as of April 15, wavers are no longer putting on free “shows” to entice taxpayers to visit Liberty Tax Service.

    It’s been a busy year for local tax preparers, and Liberty’s signature attention-getter has served as a visible reminder of the looming tax deadline during the company’s first year in Shallotte.

  • Restaurant jobs available as tourist season begins

    Tourism is Brunswick County’s lifeblood, and every spring and summer, people in need of even part-time or temporary work find what they’re looking for in local restaurants.

    Two new restaurants have opened recently in Brunswick County, Tokyo Express in Shallotte and Bourbon Street Restaurant & Bar in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Tokyo Express opened two weeks ago on the north end of Shallotte with three employees.