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Ralph Broome, a licensed hypnotherapist and U.S. Army veteran, opened Carolina Preppers & Survivors supply shop last month to appeal to campers, outdoor enthusiasts and people who want to stock up for any natural or economic disaster.

Recovering economy has owners more careful about using bank loans to grow their companies.

You can still find Pete Politis, 83, meeting and greeting customers at Skyland Restaurant, one of 10 Charlotte eateries he founded.

Business owners surrounded by construction on Interstate 485 say they’ve lost revenue because of the traffic changes and will have to spend thousands in reprinting marketing materials to reflect a change of address.

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