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June 01, 2016

NEW YORK — U.S. stock indexes struggled to a mixed close Tuesday as energy companies fell with the price of oil, overcoming gains in utilities and phone companies.

Investors sold household goods makers after a report showed consumers are growing more worried about business and job market…


Longtime owner sells cleaning franchise

May 31, 2016

Local businessman Ron Harris arrived right in the nick of time for Renee Lovell.

Lovell, who owned and operated the home cleaning service Merry Maids franchise in Rocky Mount, was looking for a buyer for more than a year to take over the business before she retired and closed doors once her lease…


Business owners want specifics from candidates

May 30, 2016

NEW YORK — Small business owners say it's time the presidential candidates provide concrete details on how they'll tackle key issues including taxes, health care costs and government regulations.

"They haven't been getting to the meat of issues about how they're going to help small businesses…


Atlantic Natural Foods revamps leadership team

May 28, 2016

A Nashville manufacturer of natural canned vegetarian products recently made some changes in its upper-level administration.

Atlantic Natural Foods, a producer of canned plant-based protein products, has a new management structure. Company officials said the changes were made to manage…