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Local jewelers fare better than national chains (access required)

By Austin Light CHARLOTTE — Looking toward the holiday season, some national jewelry chains are finding that diamonds are not always consumers’ best friends. Tiffany & Co. has reported that sales in the first half of 2009 were down nearly 20 percent, ...

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Architects honored for service to community needs (access required)

CHARLOTTE — Steve Schmitt, president of Merriman Schmitt Architects in Charlotte, isn’t about to let an economic downturn stop his company from helping local organizations that serve at-risk youth and community projects. His philosophy is reflected in the culture of ...

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New Queens center offers innovation seminar (access required)

By Sam Boykin CHARLOTTE — There’s nothing like a recession to kick-start the economy. It might sound counter-intuitive, but folks like Chuck Bamford at Queens University of Charlotte point out that lean times have given birth to some of the ...

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Against the Odds (access required)

By Sam Boykin Reporter’s Notebook I n this week’s story about Queens University’s Building Your Innovation Capacity seminar, Chuck Bamford talks about how many of the country’s biggest companies were born during recessions. While it might seem foolhardy to launch ...

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