Banking & Finance

Dec 28, 2022

Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union distributes $1,000,000 in Loyalty Dividends

Photo courtesy of FBFCUFort Bragg Federal Credit Union announced today that it paid $1,000,000 in Loyalty Dividends to 20,500 qualifying member-owners on Dec. 20, 2022. For the fifth year in a row, Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union has paid a Loyalty D ...

Dec 20, 2022

North Carolina communities receive $42.3 million in Neighborhood Revitalization Grants

Photo courtesy of the N.C. Dept. of CommerceThe North Carolina Department of Commerce awarded 30 Community Development Block Grant - Neighborhood Revitalization fund requests to 27 local governments totaling $42.3 million. The requests will provide h ...

Dec 20, 2022

NC IDEA Foundation to kick off Spring 2023 Grants Cycle with info sessions

Photo courtesy of NC IDEANC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today that the organization will kick off its Spring 2023 Grants Cycle with information sess ...

Ico insights


cool-spring-downtown-district-inc bianca-shoneman headshot

Bianca Shoneman
Cool Spring Downtown District, Inc

Cool Spring Downtown District Celebrates Fayetteville’s Growth and Looks Ahead to 2023

Posted Jan 5, 2023
Established in 2017, The Cool Spring Downtown District (CSDD) is a nonprofit corporation formed to support downtown Fayetteville as a vibrant center of artistic, cultural, civic, and commercial activity. Proud to support Fayetteville’s growing arts a entire article
Dec 15, 2022

Lillington welcomes new bank: First Bank & Trust Company opened its third branch location in North Carolina in Lillington

The First Bank & Trust Co. team cut the ceremonial ribbon opening the now fully operational Lillington office location to residents - Photo provided by First Bank & Trust CompanyHarnett county residents, business owners and farmers now h ...

Dec 12, 2022

Arts Council launches new grant initiative providing capital support for cultural institutions

Photo courtesy of the Arts CouncilThe Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County launched a pilot grant program in December of 2022 that will provide capital support to arts, culture, and history-based nonprofit organizations throughout Cumberlan ...

Nov 18, 2022

Cool Spring Downtown District seeks applicants for microgrants

Photo courtesy of CSDDTwo months ago, Cool Spring Downtown District received $25,000 from Duke Energy to support microgrants for small businesses. According to CSDD President & CEO Bianca Shoneman, as of Thursday, Nov. 17, only one business has t ...

Nov 15, 2022

Lendmark Financial opens branch in Fayetteville

Photo courtesy of Lendmark Financial ServicesLendmark Financial Services, a provider of household credit and consumer loans, has opened a new location at 7711 S. Raeford Rd., Suite 101. Lendmark anticipates serving more than 500 customers in the Faye ...

Nov 10, 2022

Small Business Administration: The SBA offers loan programs and partners with local banks to bring funding to small businesses

Photo provided by: SBA North Carolina District OfficeStanding in support of small business owners and entrepreneurs, the Small Business Administration is working to provide funding, counseling and information to small businesses across the country.&n ...

Nov 7, 2022

Amidst economic difficulties, economic experts advise to look at bigger picture

 The Fed has increased interest rates to try and obtain a balance between stable prices and low rates of unemployment - Photo courtesy of federalreserve.govAs snippets of news with sensational titles circulate in the media following the sixth hi ...

Ico insights


cool-spring-downtown-district-inc bianca-shoneman headshott

Cool Spring Downtown District Celebrates Fayetteville’s Growth and Looks Ahead to 2023

Bianca Shoneman - President & CEO, Cool Spring Downtown District, Inc
nc-military-business-center joe-tew headshott

Starting Points to Pursue Contracts in the Federal Marketplace

Joe Tew - Federal Business Development, NC Military Business Center
fayetteville-state-university ganesh-c-bora-phd headshott

FSU’s Research and Training Partnerships Drive Innovation and Workforce Development

Ganesh C. Bora, PhD - Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation and Chief Research Officer, Fayetteville State University

In The Current Issue

State of real estate: Longleaf Pine REALTORS® hosted their annual State of the Real Estate Market Conference discussing the current market and its future

THIRDMAN/PEXELSThe Longleaf Pine Realtors ® Inc. came together on Jan. 10 to discuss where local real estate stands when compared to the rest of the country. Featured speakers included LongLeaf Pine REALTORS® CEO Zan Monroe, Past LLPRI President Davi

Strutting to success: Local fashion show empowers and connects women in Fayetteville to help inspire the next generation

Women and girls partnered up in matching colors and dominated the runway in the “mini me” segment - An Affair to RememberWomen and girls from across the Fayetteville area and across all walks of life gathered together to walk the runway in an event f

A new year… and yeah, same you: As we get into the new year, think creatively about your resolutions and how you plan to achieve them

FREE STOCKS ORG/PEXELSThere is something refreshing about being able to start with a metaphorically clean slate come midnight on Jan. 1. Every year, we all come together and celebrate another year around the sun. A number of us make resolutions