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North Carolina AG won't defend transgender law in court

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

RALEIGH — North Carolina's attorney general said Tuesday he won't defend in court a new state law preventing Charlotte and other local governments from approving protections for LGBT people, calling i

Mecklenburg may ban smoking from government grounds, parks

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CHARLOTTE -- For years, government buildings in Mecklenburg County have been smoke-free – inside

Charlotte mayor: City shouldn't be punished for LGBT ordinance

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CHARLOTTECharlotte shouldn't be punished for an ordinance that was ultimately overturned by legislation preventing local and state governments from mandating protections for LGBT people, Mayor Jenn

Charlotte mayor: City shouldn't be punished for ordinance

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) AP) — Charlotte shouldn't be punished for an ordinance that was ultimately overturned by legislation preventing local and state governments from mandating protections for LGBT people

Free parking ends for some officials at Charlotte airport

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) AP) — Officials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport have ended the practice of providing free parking for some politicians, government officials and business leaders

The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Start a Business in for 2016

Up and Running

Government Requirements. Charlotte, NC. Coming in at number seven overall, Charlotte also ranks as the second best city after Grand Rapids when it comes to growth in number of small businesses. Charlotte Business Resources: Licensing and Permitting.

NCWIT Awards for Aspirations in Computing

Feld Thoughts

Several years ago on a Saturday I found myself at Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte. I had gone for a three hour run early in the morning on a beautiful spring day in Charlotte and my mind was wandering all over the place. Help out on systems for their schools and local governments. I was attending the second National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Awards for Aspirations in Computing event.

5 Patterns agile leaders must monitor

Taffy Williams

Government Regulations : Government regulations on certain beverages like sodas or alcohol may alter business and customer flow. When government takes property, a business owner must relocate and the area usually experiences changes in demographics and traffic.

Agile 45

Working hard is not enough

Taffy Williams

However, there are cases where team members do not possess the skill set to self-govern their own day-to-day activities or identification of objectives. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. This swan worked hard but never moved forward!

CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spin

Taffy Williams

I wanted to help the government, so. Check out the group Startup Group on Linkedin or his articles in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. ???? That CEO said WHAT?

One rant after another is sometimes required

Taffy Williams

Having spent many years working for the government, I leaned that persistence and calmness pays off. I suspect I should not be so hard on others, since when I worked for the government one of my favorite lines was “You need to call … to get that resolved. Sorry, it''s not my department!

Your best customers sometimes kill your company

Taffy Williams

The US Government was the primary customer and maybe the only customer. When the company asked for the first order from the federal government, a onetime order of around $100,000 was received. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

Second interview of Taffy Williams by Greg Viloria of the Nerd Stalker

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Everyone has a slant! Listen to mine in the interview on Nerd Stalker.

A Corporate Spy Shop

Taffy Williams

Regulatory and Legal sites : The Freedom of Information act makes data from government-sponsored projects available. You may be able to obtain some info if government money used in the conduct of research for the program.

NC bill halting transgender ordinances heads to Senate

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators moved ahead Wednesday with stopping any local government in the state from passing an ordinance like the one Charlotte recently approved allowing transgender peopl

Mecklenburg asks state to ditch I-77 toll lanes

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CHARLOTTE — Mecklenburg County is the latest local government to oppose plans to build toll lanes to widen Interstate 77 north of Charlotte

Mecklenburg County wants NC to ditch I-77 toll lane plans

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CHARLOTTE — Mecklenburg County is the latest local government to oppose plans to build toll lanes to widen Interstate 77 north of Charlotte

Mecklenburg County wants NC to ditch I-77 toll lane plans

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) AP) — Mecklenburg County is the latest local government to oppose plans to build toll lanes to widen Interstate 77 north of Charlotte

6 Environmental factors that may affect your business

Taffy Williams

Through regulations and the government’s careful attempts to protect the plant, it is returning in greater numbers. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Near the top of Haleakal?,

Bond denied for man accused of selling trade secrets

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) AP) — A federal judge has denied bond for a Charlotte man who is accused of selling corporate trade secrets to the Chinese government

The beast can kill your startup if you are not persistent

Taffy Williams

The advantage in this case was that the mentor had extensive experience having worked for the US Government and recognized the Catch-22 of large organizations. Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Get back up and try again!

15 Entrepreneurs Share What Makes Their Business Unique

Hearpreneur

Given the new economic realities, many parks and downtown areas can no longer be maintained by city and state governments alone, but increasingly through public-private partnership. Share In the current generation of business being unique is a top priority to getting noticed.

Rick Pitino praises NCAA for its professional investigation

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) AP) — Rick Pitino praised the NCAA for its professional approach in the governing body's investigation of a sex scandal involving Louisville men's basketball and the coach pledged his program will be accountable for things that went wrong

Need Money? A Few Links to Possible Investors

Taffy Williams

Small business, SBIR, Government, State Grants and/or loans are sources. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. It is clear that if you have a new startup, getting investors is essential. Some startups take smaller amounts of cash than others. Borrowing against ones property to fund the business is risky and it is advisable to think very carefully if you elect to take this as your means of capital.

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Best Locations In The US For A Tech Startup

YoungUpstarts

is very receptive to entrepreneurs whose startups can provide solutions to the government and defense sectors. Charlotte. Let’s say you have a great business idea that leverages the power of technology to meet a certain consumer or lifestyle need.

Duke Energy gets new 40-year license for Catawba River

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) AP) — The federal government has approved Duke Energy's license to manage 225 miles of the Catawba River in North Carolina and South Carolina for 40 more years

The check is in the mail

Taffy Williams

Hounding the debtor sometimes can pry the funds out but take care not to exceed those protections offered to consumers by the government. · Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.How many times have you heard this or even used it?

2 NC social workers admit $5M in Medicaid fraud

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) AP) — Two Charlotte women face prison time after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud the federal government''s health insurance program for the poor of more than $5 million

Duke buys major stake in REC Solar

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CHARLOTTE — The nation''s largest electric company is expanding its solar power holdings with an outfit that installs solar arrays for companies, governments and utilities

Groups file complaint over hog farms

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CHARLOTTE — A complaint filed with the federal government says North Carolina''s regulation of hog farms causes problems for minority residents

2 NC women sentenced for Medicaid fraud

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

CHARLOTTE — Two Charlotte-area women have been sentenced to prison for their roles in Medicaid fraud schemes that federal prosecutors say cheated the federal government out of millions of dollars

“Write 3 Letters” You Are Not that Good

Taffy Williams

He provided me a similar letter on leaving the government. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Well you are that good, but let’s come back to that. First a joke: A new CEO was hired to replace an outgoing CEO. The outgoing CEO met with the incoming CEO for an exit interview. During the discussion, the departing CEO stated he had placed 3 very important letters in his drawer just as his predecessor had done for him.

Duke Energy gets new 40-year license for Catawba River

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) AP) — The federal government has approved Duke Energy's license to manage 225 miles of the Catawba River in North Carolina and South Carolina for 40 more years

N.C. construction executive gets 2½ years in minority-contractor scam

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) AP) — A politically connected paving contractor was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for his role in a bid-rigging and kickback scheme involving nearly $90 million in government highwa

Man pleads guilty to corporate espionage, awaits sentencing

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) AP) — A researcher has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole trade secrets from his government and civilian employers, but his attorneys are hoping to limit the time he serves in pr

Quit Complaining and Expand!

Taffy Williams

It isnot possible to change the way government functions all at once. Changing government one politician at a timebecomes a task utilizing extended contacts. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Everyone has a sphere ofinfluence. This may start with immediatefamily, close friends, then school or work place associates. Those contacts have contacts too, stemmingfrom very close to distant contacts.

Audit: Better tracking needed on major IT projects

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

CHARLOTTE — North Carolina state government does a poor job of keeping track of whether information technology projects are actually saving money, State Auditor Beth Wood''s office said Tuesday

Social worker charged with selling information

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

CHARLOTTE — A Mecklenburg County social worker is accused by federal authorities of selling identifying information of federal Medicaid recipients to a man believed to have bilked the government out o

Carolinas face cold, snowy winter

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CHARLOTTE — Carolinas residents can prepare for another winter of cold weather outbreaks and more snow and ice than usual, according to government scientists and forecasters with one of the country’s

Mecklenburg weighs smoking ban for county buildings

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

CHARLOTTE - Mecklenburg County commissioners are scheduled to hear from the public today about a proposed ban on smoking on government grounds and all tobacco use – including electronic cigarettes – a