The dark cloud of economic recession has a silver lining for North Carolina employees. A recent study by The Institute in Raleigh, confirms that a diverse number of businesses are hiring. These career fields are vast, but they all have one thing in common; they are minority owned firms. Sarah Finch has more on this demographic shift and its impact on the economy.

We all know a recession is not a good thing, but sometimes good can come out of it. This rings true for Gudell Ward, a minority business owner and eastern North Carolina native.

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with local emergency services personnel about the impacts of the recent heavy rains and flooding.  And, we explore how an uptick in minority owned businesses is contributing to the state's rebounding economy. 

This week on the Down East Journal, a Goldsboro development group tries a variation on the “flash mob” theme to try and boost the presence of downtown businesses.  And, plans are being set to revitalize a depressed area of downtown New Bern.  The project would create local jobs and attract new businesses.  More on the revitalization of Five Points, this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.