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If the thought of running a family business seems like fun, well, it can be. Just ask brothers Bob and Gerald Johnson. This year they mark 40 years of The Charlotte Post as a family-run newspaper.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber, which has been around for about 10 years and currently has about 300 members, is undergoing a relaunch of sorts.

Daniel McCready, a graduate of Myers Park High School, is founder of This Land (, a retail website that sells products handmade by American craftspeople.

In the 1990s, B.J. Murphy’s and Keith Richards’ social and political commentary on their ‘Breakfast Brothas’ morning radio show drew big audiences in Charlotte. These days, they’re taking a different path to be heard

Sustainability. It’s what every business leader strives to achieve. But when your mission involves serving the poor, finding a business model that works can be all the more daunting.

Of all the things I’ve tried, my weekly newsletters, sent via email, have been, by far, my most effective tools for branding and customer engagement. But do you know the rules for engaging in electronic communication with clients?

Unless we are fortunate enough to achieve overnight riches like some of the Internet rock stars we read about, most of us must be content to build our businesses despite the inevitable failures.

A common mistake business owners make is saying too much, says Joe McCormack, a Chicago business consultant who has written a new book, “Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less.”

After decades of watching others thrive, merchants in Historic West End have taken up the branding cause. In shops and local businesses, they meet to brainstorm ideas they hope will spur economic growth. The effort is part of a broader initiative sponsored by Historic West End Partners, a nonprofit formed in 2010 to promote the area’s culture and development while honoring its history and heritage.

Glenn Burkins is editor and publisher of, an online news site targeting Charlotte’s African American community. He is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and Charlotte Observer business editor.