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January 22, 2018

Small business confidence blasted off the day after the 2016 election and remained in the stratosphere for all of 2017, making last year an all-time record setter for the National Federation of Independent Business Index of Small Business Optimism.

“2017 was the most remarkable year in the 45-…


Use these two communication secrets of great leaders

January 22, 2018

There is not one specific group of character traits or abilities that makes a leader great.

Some are boisterous, others are soft-spoken. One might be humorous, while another is more serious. Consider some of the greats — the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy,…


Chamber to host Duke Energy chief

January 21, 2018

The person in charge of one of the largest electric power holding companies in North Carolina highlights the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce’s 114th annual meeting sponsored by the Rocky Mount Mills.

Duke Energy North Carolina President David Fountain, who is also chairman of the N.…


Business owners help employees with emotional problems

January 21, 2018

NEW YORK — An employee is severely depressed and unable to complete a task. Or has mood swings and outbursts, unnerving colleagues and disrupting the workplace. These are some of the hardest situations small business owners and managers can face.

John Crossman has had employees at his…