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President's Message - #OneLKN

Friday, June 5, 2020

Message to the Membership: Today’s news from the “U.S. Labor Department, that the Unemployment rate unexpectantly dropped to 13.3% in May from a record high in April, indicates that the nation’s economy is recovering faster than ...

Message to the Membership: Phase II of Opening the Lake Friday 5 pm

Friday, May 22, 2020

Message to the Membership: On March 26th at 8 a.m., a dark cloud descended on Lake Norman when Mecklenburg County issued a “Stay at Home” order and essentially shut down business here in the Lake Region except for what was deemed ...

Message to the Membership - Getting Lake Norman Back to Business: Thursday, April 30th

Thursday, April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020 Message to the Membership Today is a fantastic day in the first step to re-Engaging our business community here in the Lake Norman region. Mecklenburg County is transitioning their Stay at Home Order to coincide with North Carolina ...

April 21 Message to the Membership: Our Spring of Hope

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020 Message to the Membership: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissenger once said, “The task of a leader is to get their people from where they are – to where they have not been.” These are unprecedented times as we ...

Message to the Membership: Today we are one day closer to being open for business

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020 Message to the Membership: Spring has always been my favorite time of the year. Since I was 26, I have planted a garden on our family farm in Rock Hill. Initially, I simply assisted my Grandaddy Russell as we planted everything ...

Lake Norman Chamber President's Message: We are Never Alone (April 10, 2020)

Friday, April 10, 2020

April 9, 2020 Message to the Membership: As we head into the Easter Weekend, a religious occasion for many, we should be reminded that even in the darkest of times we can be assured that our Father in Heaven watches over us. In the most ...

Mecklenburg County Provides COVID-19 Stabilization Funds for Small Businesses and Micro Businesses

Thursday, April 9, 2020

April 9, 2020 Mecklenburg County Provides COVID-19 Stabilization Funds for Small Businesses and Micro Businesses Mecklenburg County, NC – In response to the local economic impact of the current health crisis, Mecklenburg County has created a ...

Message to the Membership: April 8, 2020 Focus on Regional Nonprofits

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020 Message to the Membership: Today, the Chamber hosted twelve of our area Lake Norman nonprofit organizations to give a report on what they do and how you can help. While I have participated in perhaps two dozen Zoom or other virtual ...

Message to the Membership: April 2 CARE ACT

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Message to the Membership Thank you to Past Board Chair Jay Lesemann and everyone who joined this morning’s presentation on Zoom: Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act. We recorded ...

Message to the Membership: April 1 Anyone for a Mulligan?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020 Message to the Membership Everyone who has ever played golf with me knows – I am a Lousy Golfer. That is why frequently when the Chamber is hosting its Annual Captain’s Choice Tournament, I run back to the office and ...

March 30th Message to the Membership

Monday, March 30, 2020

Bill Russell
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 ...