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NCDOT Sending $145.6 Million in Powell Bill funds to Municipalities Across the State

on Thursday, 10 October 2013 14:38.

john travis holt ncdotRALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will be distributing more than $145.6 million in State Street Aid, also known as the Powell Bill Fund, to 507 municipalities across the state. The initial allocation of $72.8 million was sent out on Sept. 30, with the rest to be paid by Jan. 1, 2014. That is an increase of about $2.8 million over last year’s allocation. Money sent to the municipalities is to be used to build or maintain local streets that are their responsibility.


Turning a hobby into a business

on Monday, 23 September 2013 12:57.

By Akilah C. Thompson - News Flash! You do not have to spend the rest of your life working in a cubicle from nine to five every day. Neither do you have to settle for working in a miserable profession that barely pays the bills.   Have you ever thought about turning your passions into a business? Is there something you enjoy doing so much you currently do it for free?  


Business Lessons I’ve Learned as a Small Business CEO

on Friday, 04 October 2013 13:35.

I found a fascinating website while trolling around the Internet recently. It’s called Statistic Brain and it has data and rankings on all kinds of topics, from hair loss to consumer spending. The numbers that caught my eye had to do with start-up business failures. Did you know 25 percent of start-ups strike out within the first year? Thirty-six go down in the second, and 44 percent in the third. Nearly three-quarters of businesses that start in one year will be shuttered 10 years later.


This week's edition of NCDOT Now: Federal judge makes an important ruling in the Bonner Bridge lawsuit

on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:26.

This week's edition of “NCDOT Now,” the department's weekly video news update, is now online. Just click below to watch it.


Companies with ‘Culture of Health’ Outperform Others

on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 13:09.

John-travs-Holt-Rally1Those with strong health, wellness, and safety programs bested S&P 500 average rate of return in investment simulations
Companies that build a culture of health by focusing on the well-being and safety of their workforce may yield greater value for their investors, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).


The State of Black Men

on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:43.

“As of 2004, more black men were denied the right to vote because of a criminal record than in 1870, when the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified, giving blacks the right to vote.” Joshua Dubois, former director of President Obama’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives