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Read excerpts from Julie Haack’s keynote address at ShopTalk’s Small Business Conference explaining how she weathered the recession and survived her own business “plane crashes.”

Former interim Mecklenburg County manager Bobbie Shields has started his own engineering consulting business despite having to leap through several bureaucratic hoops.

A Charlotte businessman creates powdered fruit blends, a company extends its home-delivery vegan meals to the rest of the state and a specialty-diet business has a new operations director.

Small business owners may get more help from Washington in 2015.

Entrepreneurs and other users have been seeking the secret to getting their projects selected as a "Staff Pick" — a designation that one of Kickstarter's 98 employees can give a project based on his or her personal tastes.

Pete Politis, the longtime restaurateur who’s opened at least 10 Charlotte eateries in the past 60 years, has another notch to add to his lifetime of accomplishments: The Long Leaf Pine Award.

Amish Shah, a local entrepreneur who founded high-growth tech recruiting firm Millennium Search, wants to give Charlotte tech and media startups an “unfair advantage” – mainly access to top-tier investors who can take them from seed to Series A funding, and beyond.

Navy pilot is planning aviation camps for kids at Monroe Airport and Concord Airport; sad news about a former Matthews baker.

Here’s a look at some happenings in the Charlotte entrepreneurial scene.

Clarence Boston, who previously owned three mortuary companies in North Carolina, including the Cremation Society of Charlotte, has bought the Statesville Road building that once housed the A.L. Jinwright Funeral Service.

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