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November 17, 2017

Crystal Jackson vividly remembers the unstable economy.

Jackson lost her full-time job in March 2016. She worked in direct sales for 10 years, selling women’s accessories for a company called Miche Handbags before it went out of business.

Ironically, Jackson said, she became unemployed…


Owners sometimes hate the small businesses they used to love

November 16, 2017

NEW YORK — No matter how much small business owners love their companies, they also have moments — maybe even weeks or months — when they hate what they're doing and feel ready to give up.

Teana McDonald had been in the social media marketing business for nine years when a company…


Oil prices up, but surge might be short-term

November 14, 2017

Oil prices have jumped by about one-third since the summer on signs of stronger economic growth around the world and fear of instability in the Middle East.

So far, however, the run-up isn’t setting off alarm bells. Prices remain far below their 2014 peaks. And U.S. producers are pumping at a…


Discount grocer to close down

November 14, 2017

A local discount supermarket chain store will soon close its doors for good in Rocky Mount.

The Save-A-Lot at 145 S. Wesleyan Blvd. is set to close on Nov. 22, said Chon Tomlin, communications and community relations manager for Save-A-Lot Food Stores. The 15,000-square-foot store carries name-…