Business and Economic Development


Top of the Hill owner drafts bill to sell liquor after distillery tours


A Chapel Hill business owner is challenging the massive power of the N.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Commission — a group that marks up the cost of liquor by more than 80 percent. 

All up in your business for Sept. 30, 2014

Hot yoga is coming to downtown Chapel Hill.

Julian’s ventures into bicycle fashion line

Tucked back in Julian’s iconic Franklin Street store hangs a small picture that continues to inspire Alexander Julian to further his fashion legacy.

NC rues loss of Toyota headquarters

The N.C. Secretary of Commerce returned from Japan Tuesday, where she was engaged in talks with Japanese leaders to promote trade relations in business, including in the automotive industry.

Chapel Hill community talks about downtown expansion

There might be no one better to speak about the importance of growing the downtown area than Jamil Kadoura, whose plans for a new market on Franklin Street are beginning to take shape.

Sophomore Brent Comstock runs tech company from UNC


At 12 years old, most kids aren’t starting a project that will one day become a successful company. But Brent Comstock was, and continues to be, an exception.

Mebane candy factory slated to open June 2015

Orange County will soon be the producer of 14 million pounds of candy.

Tar Heel Takeout delivery service no longer accepts cash

Delivery service TarHeel Takeout no longer offers the option to pay with cash, leaving people confused.

All up in your Business for Sept. 18, 2014

Carolina Coffee Shop Plans for Menu Change and forms a new partnership

Some say change is a bad thing while others say change is necessary.

DJ organizes silent bar protest


Students used silence to make some noise with Chapel Hill bars Tuesday night.

RSVVP Day set for November to raise money for Inter-Faith Council


On RSVVP Day, calories don't count, but where you eat might.

Sophomore Jack Paley started his company Aspen Crunch in 2011


Douglas Paley describes the moment.

Carrboro encourages social enterprise

The Town of Carrboro is using a government grant to encourage local business leaders and entrepreneurs to grow their organizations in a socially conscious way.

All up in your business for Sept. 12, 2014

In celebration of its first anniversary, Al’s Burger Shack hosted a burger recipe contest and selected the cook-off winners on Wednesday. 

Get to know four UNC startups for Sept. 9, 2014

In the summer of 2011, UNC junior Cole Johnson went to Kolkata, India, with his church and saw up close the issues women face there, specifically sex trafficking. After speaking with a local nonprofit organization, Kolkata City Mission, the 20-year-old business major started Freedom Code to combat sex trafficking by providing women in Kolkata with skills to help them earn a livelihood in textile production. 

Bubble wrap producer to bring 1,000 jobs to the state


Bubble wrap is popping into Charlotte — and bringing more than 1,000 jobs with it.

Study looks at downtown Chapel Hill walkability

Two UNC researchers are trying to figure out how walkable downtown Chapel Hill is.

Carrboro gets upgraded credit rating

Carrboro officials hope to save taxpayer dollars on future town projects now that the town can borrow money at a lower interest rate.

UNC Family Enterprise Center sparks trend in business education


When the Family Enterprise Center was founded in 2008, it was the first of its kind, but now universities around the country are looking to UNC as a model.

Competition heats up among Chapel Hill boutiques


Competition is tough among Chapel Hill clothing stores because of their location in a crowded market catering to female UNC students.