June 21, 2017

PHOENIX — Alan Schwandt was rushing to his second job of the day when his phone rang with another desperate Phoenix homeowner calling about a broken air conditioner in the midst of a scorching heat wave.

Dressed in gray shorts and navy long-sleeve shirt emblazoned with his company’s…

Chain store closing can be blow, blessing for small business

June 20, 2017

NEW YORK — When big retail chains close stores, it can be a blow or a blessing for small businesses near the shuttered merchants.

Many shoppers gravitate to a smaller store when one of the big players shuts down, says Aric Shlifka, the owner of Kiddles Sports in Lake Forest, Illinois. The…

Nash County a winning destination for Nutkao

June 19, 2017

Italy’s love affair with sweet treats began 800 years ago when Venetian merchants acquired sugarcane farms in what today is Lebanon.

The story’s latest chapter has brought opportunity to Rocky Mount in the form of Nutkao S.r.l.’s 100,000-square-foot production facility at Whitaker…

Starting a small business is no small task

June 19, 2017

Starting a small business is never an easy task.

At a minimum, a business plan, perseverance and the necessary funds are needed. The Small Business Administration offers various types of loans for small businesses. To apply, visit a lending institution that participates in SBA programs so that the…