Economy

Outer Banks Bridge Closures Continue to Affect Businesses Weeks After Opening

The Outer Banks had a unique opportunity to completely shut off travel during the North Carolina’s statewide shelter-in-place order; only residents were allowed on and off of the islands. While this helped contain the spread of COVID-19, it also affected local businesses. Harvey Hess, general manager of his family-owned restaurant Capt’n Franks, and Christine Davidson,…

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Outer Banks Bridge Closures Continue to Affect Businesses Weeks After Opening

Whiteville’s Pizza Village Shifts its Business Model During COVID-19

Jennifer Hall and her partner Ron have worked at Pizza Village in Whiteville, North Carolina for 32 years. The two had just taken over the restaurant when restaurants across the state shut down. Hall says they  had to make changes – taking orders outside, ordering more paper products, assigning parking spaces to customers “in line”…

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Whiteville’s Pizza Village Shifts its Business Model During COVID-19

An Accountant’s Take: working and mothering during COVID-19

When COVID-19 shut down businesses across North Carolina, Molly Hess’s job became more… complicated. Hess works as a staff accountant and QuickBooks pro advisor at Johnson, Mizelle, Strava, and Murphy in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. She handles the accounting for many local business in the Outer Banks. With the unrolling of PPP loans and Economic…

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COVID-19 & Beach Town Economies

Trace Cooper, the mayor of Atlantic Beach, is preparing for a summer unlike he’s ever seen before. Cooper speaks to how the pandemic could disrupt – or boost – his small beach town’s tourism-based economy. Cooper describes COVID-19 as a “one-two punch” for a coastal town still recovering from Hurricane Florence. Broadcast from the Working…

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