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for North Carolina Vol. 53 Issue 5, May 1995
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Larry Shaw built his business, Shaw Food Services, from scratch. 21 years later the company employs 650. Now a state legislator, Shaw promotes bills to help small businesses in rural and low income areas receive loans and financing.
When Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. established the N.C. Film Office by executive order in 1980, director Bill Arnold had no operating budget. Now the state ranks No. 2 nationwide in filmmaking, with nearly $4 billion spent by filmmakers.
Injuries from a company's product or services can result in large damage awards from juries. Fear of this has resulted in 95% of cases filed being settled out of court and is moving the General Assembly toward tort reform to cap large awards.
Although ranked No. 2 nationwide in the filmmaking industry, the N.C. Film Council, an advisory group, feels the film office should broaden its scope to include things like cable channel production, imaging technology, and post-production activities.
The North Wilkesboro Motor Speedway is a keystone in Wilkes County's growing tourism business. Other activities that attract tourists include bluegrass performances, bicycle racing, the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival and Stone Mountain State Park.
Such factors as an economic development policy, a good labor pool, quality medical care, and commitment to public education make Wilkes County attractive to businesses. The widening of Highway 421 and laying of natural gas pipelines add to its appeal.