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Facing a pile of pandemic plastic, Charlotte company creates more eco-friendly PPE

BioGown is manufactured and composted in North Carolina, with hopes of tackling the single-use plastic problem. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Most environmentalists would say there was a plastic waste problem before the pandemic, but with an increased need for personal protective gear and single-use packaging for sanitary reasons, researchers estimate the need has grown even more.…
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Safe St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with guidance from the CDC

Experts say with more people vaccinated it may make this holiday slightly less restrictive than before A typical St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Uptown Charlotte would usually involve a massive pub crawl and a sea of people dressed in green, but for the second straight year, things will look very different due to COVID-19.…
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One year later, Charlotte has lost these businesses to the pandemic

Last March, Governor Roy Cooper put a ‘Stay At Home’ order in effect. Businesses were hit hard. Some closed permanently, but others are roaring back. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The coronavirus pandemic did not only take a toll on the health of North Carolinians, but it also hit our businesses hard, closing some as others thrived. …
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Development of City’s 2040 Plan Aims to Engage Public

By Tonya Jameson Longtime residents on the west side of Charlotte don’t need to be reminded that their voices have been ignored as the city has grown. Neither do folks on the east side. These residents have been sharing their frustrations and hopes for revitalized communities, during community workshops to craft the Charlotte 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which will guide the city’s growth in the next two decades.…
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Diversity Paves the Way in Local Leadership

By Angela Lindsay The current leadership slate in Charlotte is likely the most diverse it has ever been, with minorities and women holding prominent positions, from the mayor to the district attorney to the fire chief to the chief of police and sheriff, as well as the city planner, school board chair, transportation CEO and the chair of the board of county commissioners.…
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UPS Store Serves Needs of Growing Small Businesses

  By Kallan Louis In 2007, retired couple Phillip and Lillie Oden moved to Charlotte from Cleveland. Listening to the advice of family and friends, the Odens decided to continue working post-retirement. They had previous experience in small business and customer service.…
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Tips from the Pros: Creating Workplace Diversity

By Kallan Louis Diversity in the workplace is more than just a matter of the morally right thing to do. It is an invaluable resource for business owners that can create a pipeline to top talent and ideas. A study from the Harvard Business Review discovered that some of the most heavily relied upon methods to cultivate workplace diversity, including mandatory diversity training, are some of the least effective ways to transform companies into more inclusive environments.…
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Closing the Gap in Charlotte’s Digital Divide

By Angela Lindsay Many people rely daily on cell phones, laptops, activity trackers and smart watches. However, not everyone has access to the technology that has become increasingly necessary to keep up with and compete in our rapidly advancing society. According to DigitalCharlotte.org, …