Stories in Business North Carolina

Pillars of NC: Sherwood Smith Jr. led the nuclear charge


When he left a Raleigh law firm to join Carolina Power & Light in 1965, Sherwood Smith Jr. didn’t envision leading eastern North Carolina’s dominant power company. Photo by Christer Berg

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Pillars of NC: Linda Hudson


Linda Hudson refuses to be a tech dinosaur. The founder and strategic advisor of The Cardea Group in Charlotte wants to be the first one with the newest gadgets — and she’s used to being first. A 2007 profile in London’s The Sunday Times...

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Pillars of NC: Harvey Gantt makes history with architecture practice


Harvey Gantt’s always been a trailblazer. As a teenager, he sat at lunch counters closed to people of color. He became the first African American student to attend Clemson University in 1963.

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Pillars of NC: Sheila Ogle’s pioneering career


Sheila Ogle was among a small group of women business owners when she opened her marketing company, Media Research Planning & Placement Inc. in Cary, in the late 1980s. Photo by Christer Berg. 

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Pillars of NC: Mitchell Gold makes a mark in furniture, civil rights


Mitchell Gold’s love affair with furniture and home decor wasn’t a calculated decision. “I fell into it,” Gold, 68, says.

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