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Panelists outline challenges, opportunities for women in business (access required)

While the federal government shutdown is not having a direct impact on Charlotte businesses, it is creating uncertainty in the business community, according to panelists at The Mecklenburg Times Women’s Business Breakfast Forum. “With the shutdown and debate about the debt ceiling, people are waiting to make decisions,” said Natalie Haskins English, senior vice president of public policy for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

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IKEA starts selling solar panels for homes (access required)

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide. The company started selling solar panels made by China's Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.

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State senator says energy efficiency bill isn’t dead (access required)

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House Bill 201, a bill that would reinstate 2009 energy efficiency standards in commercial construction, appeared to be sailing through the North Carolina General Assembly in mid-June.Then, on June 24, it again was removed from the calendar and referred to a committe, casting doubt on whether the bill would receive a vote during this legislative session. But Sen. Andrew Brock said he thinks the bill will come out of committee and be back in front of the Senate within the next couple of weeks.

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Crapshoot (access required)

Two years ago, Dan McQueen had the idea of turning horse manure into a pile of cool cash. But York County’s zoning nearly turned his plan into a pile of something else. It took raising a stink, and nearly four ...

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