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March 30th Message to the Membership

Monday, March 30, 2020

J A (Jay) Lesemann Jr CPA CGMA
March 30, 2020 Message to the Membership Lake Norman Chamber Members: I have a confession to make. Less than a week ago, I really felt the Covid 19 Coronavirus was a pandemic which was most likely to impact seniors and those with diminished immune ...

Message to the Membership March 25 From Public Policy Chair Jeff Tarte

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

March 25, 2020 Today’s Lake Norman Chamber Message to the Membership is from 2020 Public Policy Chair Jeff Tarte (Former NC Senator District #41 and Cornelius Mayor): I hear my mother everywhere I turn these days, “Go wash your ...

Message to the Membership - March 24th Mecklenburg County Issues Stay at Home Order

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Mecklenburg County Issues Stay at Home Order Mecklenburg County has issued a Stay at Home Order beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. in order to further combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This order directs all ...

Message to the Membership - March 23, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

Message to the Membership – March 21, 2020 Thank you to everyone who has been supporting our restaurants and retail. As I have mentioned in previous messages, you can find a list of those restaurants who are serving curbside, takeout, drive ...

Message to the Membership for March 20, 2020 - Shop Lake Norman

Friday, March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020 Message to the Membership: Wow! I have been completely overwhelmed by the emails and phone calls regarding the Chamber’s efforts to help our challenged businesses. Many of you are working from home but you still want to help ...

Message to the Membership - March 19, 2020 Ship Lake Norman

Thursday, March 19, 2020

March 19, 2000 Message to the Membership: Thank you to everyone for the positive response in the last couple of days to our Membership Messages. We had an overwhelming number of members share they were utilizing the restaurant list we sent out ...

Message to the Membership for March 18, 2020: Operation Feed Lake Norman

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Message to the Membership Tom Brokaw, who many of us grew up watching on the NBC Nightly News, coined the term “The Greatest Generation” to define those who lived through the Great Depression and fought during World War II. Our ...

Chamber President's Message to the Membership: March 17, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Message to the Membership: It seems each passing day brings more and more anxiety to an already challenging situation. The Coronavirus has resulted in the closing of schools, businesses, hospitality venues and the postponing of programs and events. ...

Message to The Membership Regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Lake Norman Chamber Members: Like many of you, the Chamber is closely monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus and its potential impact on our region. While there are no confirmed cases in the Charlotte / Lake Norman region, now is the time to prepare - ...

March President's Message: Problem Solving 101

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Perhaps if you are a bit like me, it’s been some time since you thought about High School Algebra or the formulas you might have used in Statistics 101 in college! A few weeks ago, Jeff Tarte and I visited with Tony Almeida, the Regional ...

A Fighting Chance

Thursday, January 23, 2020

This past month, business, community, and elected leaders gathered along with health care officials at the opening of Atrium Health Levine Children’s Pediatric Emergency Room at Lake Norman. The new facility located at exit 25 in Huntersville ...

President's January Message to the Membership: The Business of Politics

Monday, January 13, 2020

This month marks my 25th year with the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce....a milestone from which to reflect on the past, but also look toward the future. Going through my files the other day, I found some letters we wrote to then N.C. Senator ...

President's Message for December: My Guiding Light

Monday, December 23, 2019

The Christmas season has always been my favorite part of the year. I cherish time spent with close friends and family and love all of the festivities and holiday decor that it brings. For many of us, this is the time to pause our hectic schedules ...

President's September Message to the Membership: "First Break all the Rules!"

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Last month, WSIC 105.9FM radio invited me to share what’s going on at the Lake Norman Chamber with their listeners from Statesville to Huntersville. Local Biz Now Show Host Joe Vagnone was joined by his co-host for the month, Heidi Hansen. ...

Words do matter

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Like many of you, I have been following the back and forth antics in Washington between President Donald Trump and our leaders in Congress. The news media, Facebook, and Twitter are all inundated with pundits, politicians and sometimes ...

July Message to the Membership: A Promise to Keep

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

When I was just a young boy, I would ride my little pony from my Grandparent's house to my Great-Grandfather's home. The small white house sat perched high on a hill overlooking the lush pastureland where cattle grazed lazily on those warm summer ...

June President's Message to the Membership: Making the List

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

This afternoon, while waiting for an appointment, I picked up a recent copy of TIME Magazine’s List of the 100 Most Influential People in America. I was disappointed again to see that I wasn’t listed. Actually no one I know personally ...

"Growing Pains" - May Message to the Membership from President Bill Russell

Thursday, May 9, 2019

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to appear on a special Town Hall version of WFAE’s Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. The event, held at CPCC – Merancas Campus, featured our Town Managers, Transportation Planners, NC DOT ...

April President's Message to the Membership: Seeds of Leadership

Friday, March 29, 2019

April is one of my favorite months. Spring is finally here with summer peeking around the corner. It is also the time of year I plant my garden out at the family farm. I’ve been a gardener since I was a little fellow with my grandfather ...

"Family - It's What We Do" - President's March Message to the Membership

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

One month ago, I lost my father to cancer. Daddy was much more than a dad. He was my mentor, my confidante, my supporter, my best friend and the inspiration for much of what I have done in my life. My mom has also been a guiding influence and I love ...

The Feminine Mystique

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The 1960?s was perhaps the most turbulent and transformational time in the history of our nation. I was only four years old in 1963 when President Kennedy was killed by an assassin?s bullet in the streets of Dallas. Before the end of the decade we ...

New Beginnings - A look ahead to 2018!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Plato said, ?The beginning is the most important part of any work? and most of our businesses have had time to assess this past year and have already set their strategic goals for the year ahead. For many Lake Norman firms and retail businesses, ...

Lake Norman Chamber President's Holiday Message: My Wish Christmas Season

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the sights and sounds of Christmas. Regardless of your faith, December is often a special month of reflection, generosity, and family. Listening to my favorite carols and songs brings back long ...

The Politics of Business

Monday, October 30, 2017

Tip O?Neil, the 55th Speaker of the House and perhaps one of the most influential members of the United States Congress once said, ?All politics is local.? He coined the phrase in a 1992 Congressional campaign running against an attorney who was ...

Vote NO on the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Bond Package

Friday, October 27, 2017

Voters throughout Mecklenburg County, in addition to selecting local, county and public school board members, will weigh in this election on a $922 million Charlotte Mecklenburg School Bond referendum. The Towns of Huntersville and Cornelius, along ...

Making the Most of Your Business Expo Experience!

Friday, April 28, 2017

On June the 7th, the Chamber will present the 2017 Business Expo. This year marks the 16th business trade show our Chamber has presented to spotlight the businesses which make up our growing and diverse region. The Expo grew out of the Business Big ...

Special President's Message - January is a month for New Beginnings

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January is a month of new beginnings. Some of us may head into the New Year lamenting the fact we came up short in our goals for 2016. Others of us plunge into the gym and say to ourselves this is the year I am really committed to getting in shape. ...

September Thoughts from a cluttered desk - Heroes come in many forms

Thursday, September 1, 2016

I recently read a book entitled Hollywood Kryptonite about the life and tragic death of Hollywood actor George Reeves. Reeves is perhaps better known as the ?Man of Steel? ? the actor who played Superman in the 1950 television series ? The ...

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce ? The Regional Approach to Business

Monday, March 28, 2016

Recently I had the chance to watch the sun set over our beautiful Lake Norman. The bright orange skyline kissed the rippling waters. Teased by the wind, it skipped across the expanse that touched my soul and I was reminded of a passage in a book by ...

January 2016 LKN Chamber President's Message: The voice which will not be silenced

Thursday, December 31, 2015

On January 2, 1996, I was hired as President of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, then known as the North Mecklenburg Chamber. The Chamber at the time was working aggressively to bring a new High School to the area. Our region was seeing dramatic ...