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Business

  • Real estate sales may be on an upswing

    Is the real estate market in Brunswick County on the upswing?

    Local agents and brokers say it’s not where they want it to be, and it probably won’t return to the 2005 peak, but it’s improving. The numbers back them up.

    Most in the business believe the market is returning to a “stable” level, with home values increasing steadily rather than at the rapid rates of several years ago.

  • Bike Week events rev up; Brunswick feels effects

    County residents see them riding up and down U.S. 17 every year at this time—leather-clad bikers heading for Myrtle Beach Bike Week.

    So does the rally have any other effect on Brunswick County? Absolutely, say local bikers and businesspeople.

    Wayne Mooney, president of the Brunswick County Concerned Bikers Association said this week all 120 chapter members make their way to the center of the Bike Week action at some point during the week.

    Mooney says the best part of the event is the camaraderie, “riding with other bikers, seeing the other bikes.”

  • ATMC to transition from analog to digital broadcast

    In less than four months, Brunswick County will transition from analog to digital broadcast TV service. Residents with ATMC Cable will not be affected by this transition.

  • Dosher makes donation to medical clinics

    Dosher Hospital, in partnership with community physicians, presented the New Hope Clinic and Brunswick Adult Medical Clinic each with checks for $4,605 to assist with patient care for the uninsured. The donated funds were raised by local doctors and matched by Dosher Hospital.

  • Business briefs

    Adams named mortgage broker

    Juli Ann Adams has been named mortgage loan officer at BB&T’s financial center at 8905 E. Oak Island Drive, according to a news release. The Brunswick County native has more than nine years of experience in mortgage consulting and construction lending.

    Coastal Printing celebrates 20 years

    Coastal Printing & Graphics of Shallotte, a family-owned and operated commercial printing company, is celebrating its 20th anniversary, according to a news release.

  • Health department restaurant grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Small business awards nominations announced

    Nominations have been closed for the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year and Customer Service Awards, according to Karen Sphar of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Area businesses owners nominated for the Small Business Person of the Year are: Julie Autry and Leah Hall, Lucky Dogs; Debby Daigle, Plantation Properties; Bryan English, E. Bryan English Builders; Captain Butch Foster, Yeah Right Sportsfishing Charter; Marianne Long, Bullfrog Corner; and Jeff Satterwhite, Centerline Realty & Development.

  • Ground broken for nursing center in Shallotte

    A group gathered on Old Ocean Highway Sunday afternoon to break ground on a new skilled rehab and nursing center.

    Don Beaver, owner, Carol Prater-Webb, vice-president of operations; Vickie Carroll-Beaver, COO; Rep. Dewey Hill, project manager Joe Civitarese and western regional director of operations Alan Beaver broke ground on the new facility.

    Other company officials on site were Maria Yane, regional clinical nurse consultant, Terri Gibson, corporate director of marketing, architect David Polston and Becky Gibbons, CFO.

  • Business briefs

    Rep. discusses communication service issues

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre recently welcomed representatives from Star Telephone and Atlantic Telephone to discuss issues affecting communications service for consumers in Southeastern North Carolina, according to a news release.

    McIntyre and the telecommunication representatives explored the challenges small communications providers face in bringing affordable communications technologies to the rural communities in the 7th Congressional district.

  • Health Department announces restaurant inspection grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.