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By Erica Batten. With a growing population and a business climate that is increasingly favorable to beer, wine and distilled spirits production, North Carolina, once known worldwide as a center for tobacco production, may have found a new ​economic ​drug of choice.

And like the large, leafy plant that once dominated the state’s economy, the ​alcohol​ industry has found growth when the conditions are right: a favorable climate, scientific know-how, and the proper equipment.

Interestingly, North Carolina is among states with relatively low rates of ethanol consumption. According to the latest report by the National Institutes of Health, North Carolinians consume between 1.89 and 2.10 gallons of alcohol per year, ranking among the 12 lowest states.

Does this mean that North Carolina is​, ​pardon the pun​,​ an untapped market? Quite possibly.

According to the Beverage Information and Insights Group, consumers’ attitudes toward beverage alcohol have changed nationwide, with Millenials driving expansion and preference for authenticity, quality and heritage.

Currently the ninth-most populous state, North Carolina’s population is projected to top 12 million by 2035, according to the Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. More than two-thirds of that growth will be in Charlotte and the Triangle. Nearly a million new people will move to Charlotte over the next 20 years.

Chances are, those people will be thirsty.

Pollination Fosters Growth

Even as regulation seeks to curb growth in some branches of the alcohol industry, other branches grow organically out of a mother vine of North Carolina’s economy: tourism.

Agritourism has brought visitors to Yadkin Valley, Duplin, Asheville and other native wineries for years.

In 2013, event planning and tour company the Charlotte Special Events Group began offering brewery tours to private groups. By December of the next year, 43 guests had signed up for the company’s first public brewery tour, said president Peter Cuocolo. The company currently offers 31 different tours to breweries, vineyards and other attractions.

As brewing and distilling have expanded along the I-85 corridor, Cuocolo likewise has branched into Cabarrus County.

His company’s Lake Norman/Concord Brew Ha-Ha tour starts at Primal Brewery in Huntersville, then travels via luxury coach to Twenty Six Acres, Red Hill and Cabarrus Breweries in Concord. Guests are served lunch courtesy of Brooklyn South Pizza and sample three beers at each brewery. Behind-the-scenes tours focus on unique aspects of each facility.

At Primal, the tour focuses on microbrewing methods, Cuocolo said. Red Hill’s owners focus on local history. “They pride themselves on what Concord is all about,” said Cuocolo. “Everything stays local.”

New Markets

​Likewise,  Southern Distilling is relying on tourism to drive local interest. Its gift shop, at the distillery and online, offers everything from cocktail glasses and stirrers to rustic décor items like wagon-wheel coffee tables and factory carts. They’re currently hiring a gift shop attendant and tour guides to conduct hourly tours and ​to ​lead tastings.

“We just set up the first-of-its-kind distillery tour for June 10,” Cuocolo said. The tour will include Southern Distillery Company and Charlotte distilleries Doc Porter’s, Muddy River and Great Wagon Road.

“You have to stay on top of it,” Cuocolo said of the hospitality industry. “You can’t stay stagnant.”

Cuocolo had been considering distillery tours for a couple of years and only recently felt the time was right. His next move: the “Brew-llery” tour combining visits to local breweries and distilleries


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Charlotte NC Rentals for Vacation

Charlotte, North CarolinaSo you’ve arrived at a destination for your vacation. You feel energized already be just being at a place different than what your senses are used to. You’ve been planning planning this vacation trip several months back because you knew you needed a breather. You need a moment away from you cubicle so you wouldn’t have to think it for one moment because it’s already driving you insane.

Now that you’ve arrived at Charlotte NC, as this was the place you’ve chosen. This is what you’ve been planning though and you’ve planned it well enough to actually find yourself able to step foot on the city you’ve been yearning to go. Sadly your plans end there and now you’ll have to find a place to crash. This is the impromptu segment of your plan in which you will try to find nice Charlotte NC rentals for vacation that would fit you best.

The problem with this approach of not looking too far into your vacation is that it leaves to many variables. And what do you get when you have too much of the uncontrollable things? It leaves to much room for something to go wrong. What if the rental apartment that would have suited you best is not available anymore because someone has beaten you to it? Losing it then made your vacation a little less enjoyable because that one was the closest apartment to where you are to spend the most time in the city and it is the only one that fits your budget. And that you would have gotten the apartment if you only made the reservation a day earlier. What just happened is that you’ve ruined a perfectly good vacation just because you failed to look ahead into something that has to be expected and planned for. Accommodation should always be high on the priority list of any travellers wanting to get away from the usual hassles that has plagued him/her in the job and now you’ve trying to get away to.

Working to connect minority business 2012 Conv...Considering that there are many websites that offers the service of patching up visitors to the owners of Charlotte NC rentals, the job of securing a play to stay on a distant land has never been this easy. Through the internet and the advent of technology a person can now seal the deal even though he is thousands of miles away and is booking something into the future. The possibilities that make this so  makes the thought of not having a having plan on where you’ll be staying for vacation seems to be a bit of a letdown on your part. Looks like it’s a problem which could be very easily be avoided if you only fired up the computer before you took the journey.

Exploring the internet of the parts of your vacation protects your trip from ending up being disasters. Through the internet one can gain important insights such as reviews, tips, prices, availability and contact numbers. All these important information at your disposal even before you step away from you home.


Apartments Charlotte NC 101

ApartmentsWhy do Americans consider moving into apartments Charlotte NC?

There is an institution tasked yearly to dive into what’s going on the life of a person on why he or she is going to do this – the American housing survey. The information they gather affects the decisions made by the huge market of rentals in the city. Here are their recent findings:

The decision of 20 percent of the people moving from one location to another is greatly induced by the person’s job or employment status.

25 percent of respondents have almost identical requirements when asked “what factors are you looking for first in a neighborhood you’re going to move into?” They’re answers always includes quality of education, activities present in the neighborhood, public services and how many friends or relatives are located within the area as well.

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21 percent of the respondents said that the final aspect they looked at which made it the tie breaker for some conflicts is that they liked the way the neighborhood is planned. This alone is a great motivational tool for developers that whatever investment their putting on the beautification of the layout of a neighborhood does indeed play a huge part in return of investment or ROI.

34 percent accounted for people who cited an array of “other” reasons.

This most recent results of the survey done by the American housing survey cements that the primary reason why people move remains to because of financial situations or their jobs. Although considering the overall result, it also tells us that amenities does play a bigger role on their decision making process than what previously thought.

Once a person have located the neighborhood, it now time to move on the particulars of the apartment. As the experts have always said when you’re trying to find yourself an apartment – it’s all about options. It’s important that you list down the things you liked on each apartment you visit. After that what’s left is to weight in the options you best like. Here are some of the best options one has to look for in an apartment.

 

Storage – if you’ve got a lot of things that you don’t particularly want to be seen out in the open by guest, it’s good to always keep an eye on where you could store these things. Missing out on this could lead to an apartment filled with clutter which would of course lead to unhappiness with your choice.

Appliances – You need to be as scrupulous as possible. The biggest mistake is to be timid and not to check on each feature of the apartment’s appliances. Check for obvious wear and tear on all appliances as this could save you a lot of hassle in time.

Noise level – when you come in to check on an apartment being offered, it’s best done during early in the morning or even at nights. This way, you’ll be able to hear the noise level of the house brought by other people nearby. At these times, it’s more likely that all the neighbors are at their homes and you’ll pretty much have an actual view of what you’re going listen to everyday.


Growth of Charlotte Jobs

Flag of City of CharlotteFamously nicknamed as the “Queen City”, Charlotte, North Carolina was named after the wife of King George III. This was during the time when the city was still occupied by the British command as one of United Kingdom’s colony. Charlotte is a city which has quite an area and is in fact the 20th largest city in the entire United States. It is a city with one of the fastest growing population and has sustained the tremendous rate of population growth rate since 2006 when the metropolitan had it in its census that it is home to more than 1 and half million people.

The city has become such an established financial center of the United States, and when based on assets of all the banks that call the city their headquarters, Charlotte only trails to New York in terms of being the home of some of the largest banks. The city’s skyline have benefitted immensely from the boom of the financial institution situated within the metropolitan. It has spurred countless other businesses because as we all know bank is the primary cultivators of commerce. The growth in the city’s banking institution sector also gave way too many other industries relocating to Charlotte because of the financial opportunities continuously rising in the city. There are even fortune 500 companies that came with these waves of financial growth which the city’s population has certainly enjoyed.

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As the industries are thriving with their business, career opportunities are of course brought to the scene. Charlotte Jobs multiply each day that passes those businesses still sees this city having a large number of opportunities. Having these waves of companies coming over and introducing new business for the city is always going to be a winning situation for the population, as this will inevitably create more Charlotte jobs for everyone to have a decent source of living. Some of common occupations available for the people of Charlotte are management posts for the businesses we have told you about sprouting everywhere; also all the other profession that is needed to put up an adequate business operation are also added to the mix. Careers in sales would almost certainly be beefed up as well because of the growth of commerce. In come the real estate industry and the diversity of jobs necessary for it. Today we can see right in front our eyes the blossoming of a city because of the harmony of business and people. Having enough inflow of business thus presenting people with occupation and people coming from across the United States to seek opportunities in a city that has got a lot of momentum are two factors which are always nice to balance between your hands.

 

Statistics have shown the climb of percentage in the number of jobs in the city of Charlotte. The median household income of the city is also in the climb. These two areas are closely being monitored by everyone who follows financial news and would hopefully ensure the continued progression the city is enjoying as of the past few years.


Finding Jobs in Charlotte

Finding a jobs in Charlotte is the same with any other big cities in the U.S. The bottom line is it’s a marketplace. The things you can do a decade ago to land yourself a job is not applicable anymore. The game of finding a career is now being played on a different ball park. The city of Charlotte even with its diverse history cannot be categorized as a city lagging in modern infrastructure. In fact it is one of those large metropolitan that’s on the forefront of things. What this implies is that, even with the competitiveness of the job market in this day of age; knowing how to use technology to your advantage is the key to being chosen.

Move forward away from the pack

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As I was saying, 10 years ago a college diploma is good enough to secure you a job you’ll probably want to stay in the rest of your life. That is how much weight is put on education back then. That diploma alone can rocket you forward into a career because there were very little competition who as those diplomas in their hands. Well guess what? Fast forward things and every guy waiting to be called in the lobby has one so how can companies tell who is the right man or woman for the job? You need to leverage yourself by though social media.

Ask your father how he got his job. He probably had his dad helped him every step of the way; or he had a friend who is ahead a few years and then referred him to the firm. What I’m saying is, in the past relationships and connection meant a lot to people. Today with social networking sites, it’s not that apparent anymore. The good thing is if you know how to use social networking to you advantage it is a great tool to have. Find hiring managers in your direct contacts or from the contacts of your direct contacts. You are bound to find somebody who is doing the hiring in a company. Who knows, maybe you wouldn’t even have to wait in the lobby like the rest of the guys.

Place yourself on a pedestal

In the past companies never really paid attention to soft skills. These are individual qualities such as working well with others, leadership, communication and motivation. But today, have you been in any interview where the hiring manager didn’t throw questions obviously meant to gauge the level of those traits mentioned in you? They have been increase popular over the years and social media can help you prove that you’ve got what it takes. You’ll never know if that employer is going to make the effort of looking you up in the net to take a look at your social networking profile because it’s going to be the deal breaker between you and the guy on who gets chosen for the job. This is yet another reason why you have to take care of your online persona.


Charlotte Wedding Planning – Into Perspective

Charlotte SkylineCharlotte wedding planning and any other wedding planning companies around the world is part of a lucrative business. But there are still some misconceptions coming from the industry’s potential customers.

There are countless details that need to be covered in wedding planning and each event offers something different. This means that professional wedding planners have exhaustive knowledge in what they do. This knowledge comes from experience which is considered the best teacher of all. Unfortunately this unmatched proficiency towards what they do is often the cause of misconceptions by other people looking from the outside. Often what start the idea that they are meant just for luxury are the finesse and the smarts that wedding planners display once they are tasked on managing an event.

If you are dreaming of a well-organized enchanting wedding yourself, looking for a wedding planner is a good place to start.

First we have to get rid of the idea that wedding planners are expensive. They do offer different packages that would suit on how much your budget is. The least they want to do is for you wedding to suffer because of their fees you know. Once you talk to professionals, you’ll soon notice that most of them are willing to work around your budget and not to punch a hole through it.

Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner

One thing wedding planners are good at is to keep things in perspective. This alone is a very valuable help if you think about it. Have you ever been involved in a project where there are too many suggestions coming in from different people that made the experience working for it almost toxic? What happened with that particular project? I’m sure you’ve ended up with something you are not very proud of. The same goes with weddings. Often times the bride, groom, friends and both sides’ parents (especial mention to the bride’s mother) try to contribute something to the wedding which ends up further making a mess of things. Keeping things organized means that all inputs need to jive and not to pile on top of each other. If it means having to place a dictator in charge of things so be it. If you’ve ever been involved in the planning stages of a wedding you’ll be surprised at the amount of unrealistic suggestion coming out of people’s mouths. A good wedding planner never strays away from the cold reality which is the budget.

Budget

Since I’ve already mentioned the word “budget”, another great help of a wedding planner is to fit things into the budget. You might not realize this but the discounts, the contracts they can arrange, the good places in Charlotte they know to where take the photos; all can save you dollars because it gets rid of so many hassles. After the wedding and you’ve added up all the expenditures, the wedding planner may actually prove that they paid for themselves because of all the savings they’ve brought the couple.

It’s free to dream big for your wedding, but some of those big dreams are the first ones to go when the actual events happens. And it’s a planners job for you to still be very satisfied even though it didn’t exactly happened the way you dreamt it to.


Charlotte Event Venues – Options

Charlotte and Brother LoveEverybody who has been on any type of event knows the importance of the venue for an event. It cannot be stressed enough of how big a deal it is to choose just the right place. The good thing is Charlotte event venues are usually just right around the corner on this wonderful bustling metropolitan.

I’m sure everyone has heard it more than once. Location, location and for more fun location! The word is what you’ll mostly hear among planners or anyone involved in putting together an event. Whether it’s an event that’s going to be hosted outdoor or indoor, the place chosen should fit the exact description of what the theme would be for the gathering.

If you’ve ever paid attention to an event you’ve attended, you will notice (especially if it’s nicely done) that the place where you’ve gathered adds a huge chuck to the experience. The experience we gain and share with other people who has attended we’ll take with us for duration of time which would depend on how big an impact the event have made.

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Some would argue that food should be having the biggest emphasis on any occasion and most of the time I would agree. I’d say that most of the time it’s as close to an even split between the two. Asking a professional event planner though would supply you with another answer, he would tell you that it depends on the type of the event. There are corporate events that food hardly matters at all and it’s what the ambience of the place or what type of atmosphere it would foster that really plays a role if the said event would have a successful conclusion.

The decision of the hosts or the celebrants on whether it would be an open field, a park, a yacht, an impressive hall, on a stadium falls on what type of experience they want to imprint on their attendees. Figuring out this task requires ample knowledge of the place a lot of options the one in charge should know by heart. Choosing an event venue is usually what pushes a host or a celebrant to the brink and sway him/her to the idea of asking a professional for help. This is where the expertise of special events group comes in. A good events group should have an extensive list of venues they should have the privilege of access to. Their list should be exhaustive of different options a host can choose from which a strong ground to prove of their worthiness is.

Here are some places in Charlotte that cannot be missed:

If you’re going to choose an event planner, might as well maximize your options and go with someone who’s got the most impressive list of event venues.