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Rice Toyota Dealer Principal spotlighted in Business North Carolina

Rice Toyota Dealer Principal Mary Rice recently sat down with Business North Carolina to discuss the impact of the new Toyota battery plant being built just outside of Greensboro, the history of Rice Toyota and upcoming plans for the business and dealership.

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Biscuitville’s new Distribution Center highlighted in Triad Business Journal

The Triad Business Journal highlighted the grand opening of Biscuitville’s new, state-of-the-art 78,000 square foot Distribution Center in two separate articles.

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Biscuitville CEO talks upcoming plans with Triad Business Journal

Biscuitville CEO Kathie Niven spoke with the Triad Business Journal about the company’s plans for expansion, technology improvements and more.

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Rice Toyota’s Dealer Principal, Mary Rice, featured on WFMY News 2

Mary Rice, the new dealer principal of Rice Toyota was recently featured on News 2’s regular segment highlighting women in STEM.
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Rice Toyota’s new dealer principal sheds light on impact of Toyota battery plant

Mary Rice looks into the future of electrified vehicles in this Greensboro News & Record Op/Ed, exploring the anticipated impact of Toyota’s $1.3 billion investment to build an electric battery plant at the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite.
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Bennett College selected by U.S. Small Business Administration as site of new Women’s Business Center

The U.S. Small Business Administration selected Bennett College as the host of one of five new Women’s Business Centers across the country. The center will be operated by the National Institute of Minority Economic Development, Inc. Dr. Laura Colson, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bennett College, spoke to the News & Record about how the center will positively impact Bennett College and Greensboro. Read the article here.

Bennett College featured in USA Today article after debtors’ union erases debt of 400-plus students

Bennett College President Suzanne Walsh was interviewed by USA Today after the Debt Collective erased the debt of more than 400 students who attended Bennett College. 

Biscuitville featured in Charlotte Observer article about successful North Carolina eateries

Biscuitville was spotlighted in a Charlotte Observer article about eateries that were founded in North Carolina and have grown into some of the most popular restaurants across the country.

Biscuitville CEO and President Kathie Niven featured on Nation’s Restaurant News podcast

Biscuitville CEO and President Kathie Niven spoke about Biscuitville’s approach to quality and efficiency during a conversation with the host of Take-Away, a podcast by Nation’s Restaurant News. Listen to and read about the episode here.

Dewey’s Dewzy Bar Opens in Friendly Center

Dewey’s Bakery launched its newest concept, Dewey’s Dewzy Bar this month. The store features the “Dewzy,” a new dessert made of layers of cake, cookies and ice cream. Read and watch the coverage on WXII and in the Triad Business Journal.

Biscuitville ranks among Best Regional Fast Food Restaurants in USA Today competition

Biscuitville Fresh Southern® was named one of the Best Regional Fast Food restaurants in the 2022 USA Today Readers’ Choice 10Best contest. Read about it in the Triad Business Journal and the Winston-Salem Journal.

Cuban artist behind Tanger Center sculpture visits Greensboro

Cuban artist Mabel Poblet visited Greensboro for the first time in March 2022 to put the finishing touches on her sculpture “Genesis,” which hangs from the ceiling in the lobby of the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. Poblet spoke to the Greensboro News & Record and FOX8 WGHP about how it felt to see her sculpture on display.

Brooks Pierce partner discusses Palin v. NYT with Reuters

Eric David, a partner and media attorney with Brooks Pierce, was quoted in multiple article by Reuters on former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s libel trial against the New York Times. Read the articles here and here.

HAECO Helps Introduce Finnair’s Upgrade to Premium Economy Seating

APEX mentions HAECO’s role in developing the most comfortable seat in the Finnair’s new Premium Economy cabin. Read more here.

Biscuitville celebrates new partnership with Community Coffee

Business North Carolina explores how Biscuitville Executive Chair Burney Jennings and Community Coffee CEO Matt Saurage have developed a successful partnership between their family-owned businesses. Read the article here.

Brooks Pierce Managing Partner quoted in N.C. Lawyers Weekly

Reid Phillips, the managing partner of law firm Brooks Pierce, was quoted in an article in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly about how law firms are continuing to adapt to the pandemic. Read the article here.

Biscuitville opens 66th restaurant in Garner, N.C.

RLF worked with restaurant chain Biscuitville to promote the opening of its 66th restaurant. See coverage from the The News & Observer here and the Triangle Business Journal here.

Bennett College ranked no. 1 in Social Mobility as a National Liberal Arts College

The News & Observer recognizes Bennett College’s U.S. News & Report top ranking in Social Mobility. Read more.

Bennett College earns the highest ranking in Social Mobility as a National Liberal Arts College

The Triad Business Journal shares Bennett College’s U.S. News & Report top ranking in Social Mobility. Read more.

321 Precision Conversions taps HAECO for heavy maintenance, modifications on A321 fleet

HAECO America’s newly renovated Lake City, Fla. maintenance, repair and overhaul facility will convert a fleet of A321 aircraft from passenger to cargo use. Read more

Bennett College Political Science Professor quoted in Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Bennett College’s political science professor Gwendolyn Bookman spoke with Diverse Issues in Higher Education to urge student voters to vote like their depend on it. Read more

HAECO’s Vector Seat On Cathay Pacific’s New A321neo Fleet

HAECO Cabin Solutions has fitted Cathay Pacific’s new A321neo aircraft with Vector Economy – a full-featured economy class seat. The fleet is now flying to regional destinations in Asia from the airline’s base in Hong Kong. Read more

Brooks Pierce Attorney Quoted in USA Today

Brooks Pierce attorney Natalie Sanders was quoted in a USA Today article fact-checking a claim that employees who are fired for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for unemployment benefits. Read more

HAECO Inks Strategic Agreement With Aircraft Interiors Leader Diehl Aviation

HAECO Cabin Solutions, a specialist in aircraft seating, interiors and cabin reconfiguration, has entered into a preferred strategic commercial agreement with Diehl Aviation, delivering a range of aircraft cabin projects as an integrated supplier. Read more

Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s Youth Justice Project students explain why they protest school resource officers

WUNC Tested Podcast invited three YJP students to examine the ongoing push to rethink the role of school resource officers in North Carolina’s public schools.
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Bennett College announces its plans for a return to campus in the fall

Bennett College is planning for students, faculty and staff to return to campus in the fall after being away for more than a year. Read more.

West Marine positions itself as a thought leader in boater safety leading up to Memorial Day

RLF client West Marine committed itself to spreading awareness and education on boater safety leading up to National Safe Boating Week and Memorial Day. RLF secured several local California TV interviews including this one on Good Day LA. Watch Video

UNC Greensboro’s Chancellor Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., reflects on the death of George Floyd, diversifying campus communities and COVID-19 responses

Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), joined ‘In the Margin’ host, David Pluviose for a deep-dive conversation into the Black Lives Matter movement, diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the higher ed landscape and other insights around racial equity.
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RLF amplifies story of high schooler’s hair discrimination nationwide

RLF has been working with client Southern Coalition for Social Justice to tell the story of Nicole Pyles, a 16-year-old Black softball player who was forced to remove her braids to continue playing in an April softball game. The story has raised awareness of racial hair discrimination and has garnered national attention including TODAY, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Yahoo! Sports  People, Good Morning America and CNN.

Bennett College selects the entire senior class as its commencement keynote speaker

Unlike most college commencements feature just one keynote speaker, Bennett College will have several times more keynote speakers.
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NC State professors’ expertise sought after on Apple’s move to RTP

Two North Carolina State University professors were interviewed as accounting and tax experts and asked to review Apple’s announcement of an East Coast campus in Research Triangle Park. Read more from Raleigh’s WNCN here.

NC State professor’s COVID study center of WNCN story

NC State Poole College of Management professor Dr. Nathan Goldman’s research on COVID-19 restrictions, tax rates and revenue was the focus of a story from Raleigh’s CBS affiliate.
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HAECO Cabin Solutions receives FAA approval for Vector Light seat

The Triad Business Journal and several aerospace trade media reported that HAECO Cabin Solutions has received FAA certification to manufacture Vector Light, a new “design-forward” economy class seat. Read More

Bennett College’s role in the Civil Rights Movement

For decades, Bennett College has championed racial equality and social justice. Through protesting and demonstrating, Bennett Belles have propelled the civil rights movement and more. Read more

What Vice President Harris means to Bennett Belles and HBCUs grads

Students, professors and sorors noticed and matched Harris’s pride as the first HBCU graduate in the White House. Read more

Brooks Pierce attorney quoted in Forbes

Forbes reported on employers incentivizing employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The article includes comments from Brooks Pierce labor and employment attorney Natalie Sanders on the legal and logistical risks that can come from incentivizing and requiring the vaccine. Read more.