Electric vehicles, shared-ride services, and autonomous technology look increasingly to revolutionize mobility and the form of our communities. As places continue to mature and densify, the demands on the mobility system will become increasingly important and will not be limited to the largest cities. Small and mid-sized communities will have the opportunity to embrace the benefits of this mobility revolution at the same time that they avoid the pitfalls. From parking to streetscapes, the technology has huge implications for investments that communities are making today.
On Friday, June 22nd from 11:45 am until 1:15 pm, the Lake Norman Chamber will host a PowerLuncheon on Transportation Mobility at the NorthStone Country Club located at 15801 Northstone Dr. in Huntersville. The cost is $20 for Chamber Members and $30 for non-members. The speaker is Craig S. Lewis FAICP, LEED AP, CNU-A Principal with Urban Places. Joining Lewis is Commissioner Jim Puckett, Mecklenburg County Commissioner District #1 who has served as a representative to the I-77 Policy Advisory Board who will give an update to the I-77 Widening Project.
The Luncheon is presented by Carolina Office Systems and sponsored by Business Today / Cornelius Today and WSIC 100.7 FM. To register visit PowerLuncheon Registration or call 705-892-1922. Join us as we explore what we know and what we don’t about how these rapid changes in technology will impact our commutes, getting around town, and the delivery of freight.
About our Speaker(s)
Craig S. Lewis FAICP, LEED AP, CNU-A Principal with Urban Places
Craig Lewis, is a Principal with Stantec, an international design consulting firm, and is located in their Charlotte office. With Stantec’s Urban Places, he helps public, private, non-profit and institutional clients realize the full range of benefits that flow from fully urban, walkable downtowns, neighborhoods, and suburban centers.
For more than twenty five years, he has been combining time-tested urban design and community building principles with objective data grounded in the marketplace to help communities across North America chart a path to greater livability, equity, and sustainability. He is widely regarded for his expertise in urban design, placemaking, urban mobility, and smart, autonomous vehicles. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is a Fellow with the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, and is an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-A).
He has been recognized as a member of the 2010 Class of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, received the 2013 Community Sustainability Award from Sustain Charlotte, and is a signatory on the Charter of the New Urbanism. He is the Chair of the Rethinking Southern Cities ULI Regional Initiative Council in the Carolinas.
Jim Puckett - Mecklenburg County Board of County Commssioners - District #1
Commissioner Jim Puckett is currently serving his fifth term on the BOCC. He was first elected in 2000 and served until 2006, then re-elected in 2014 and 2016. He previously served as the District 1 representative on the CMS Board of Education as well as co-chair of the Lake Norman Charter School Board. Puckett served as the first chair of the Centralina Economic Development Commission, and served on the WTVI Board of Directors. He is currently the vice chair of the BOCC, and serves on the Manager’s Review, Intergovernmental, and Economic Development committees.
Puckett owns an industrial electrostatic paint and a commercial ceiling cleaning company. He graduated from UNCC with a degree in business (marketing and management). He is married, has two adult daughters and lives in Huntersville.
Puckett is proud of his family’s long 260-year history in Mecklenburg County as well as being a descendant of two signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. He enjoys sailing, history and celebrating his Scottish heritage, as evidenced in his long-time service on the Loch Norman Highland Games Board of Directors and the GOT KILT sticker on the rear of his vehicle.
May BusinessWorks! - Tuesday, May 8th 8:30-10 am
Hiring Best Practices - Finding the Right Candidate and Staying Compliant
Join us Tuesday, May 8th from 8:30 am until 10 am as we look at the Best Practices when it comes to hiring that new employee. Our speaker is Deanna Baumgardner, PHR, SHRM-CP, President and Owner of Employers Advantage, LLC. In this fast paced interactive seminar, we will, discuss: Finding the Right Candidate and staying Compliant.
Key take-aways include:
• How to simplify the hiring process
• Do’s and Don’ts of interviewing
• Preparing for a new hire
• All attendees will get a set of Sample Interview Questions
The BusinessWorks! Program is brought to you in collaboration with SCORE – America’s Small Business Counselors. Held at the Chamber – Randy Marion Conference Room. BusinessWorks is a program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce that focuses on personal skills: management, marketing, operations, and sales.
About our Speaker: Deanna Baumgardner, PHR, SHRM-CP
Deanna Baumgardner started Employers Advantage LLC in August of 2010 to provide small businesses with a viable option for Human Resources support that fits the specific needs of a small business and non-profits. As a small business owner herself, she understands the impact that having the right resources and support can have on the company and the employees.
Prior to starting Employers Advantage LLC, Deanna’s Human Resources experience comes from being in Corporate Human Resource roles of progressive responsibility over the life of her career.
Deanna graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelors degree in Human Resources Management and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) as well as a Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Since 2003,
Deanna has been an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and is currently an active member of the Lake Norman HR Chapter of SHRM. She is also a member of Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Norman Executive Group and services on the Human Resources Advisory Committee for the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners. Unrelated to HR, but she also serves on the Parks & Recreation Commission for the Town of Huntersville.
As you may know, work is underway on the next county-wide property tax revaluation. Individual (residential and commercial) property assessments began in 2017 to prepare for the full 2019 revaluation. With the growth that Mecklenburg County has experienced since the last revaluation in 2011, Mecklenburg County wants to inform commercial and residential property owners early on of what to expect in 2019 - specifically businesses and neighborhoods that faced concerns from the 2011 Reval.
County Tax Assessor Ken Joyner will present at the Lake Norman Chamber Focus Friday to update leaders and residents about these issues. Joyner will share information about: the home and commercial appraisal process, recent sales data in your community, the updated appeals process and tax abatement options for those eligible. Join us to have your property tax questions answered and help us to inform the Mecklenburg County community.
The Focus Friday takes place at the Chamber’s March Focus Friday, Friday, March 16th from 8:30 to 10 am in the Randy Marion Board Room 19900 West Catawba Avenue Suite 201.
Focus Friday is a public policy program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce which examines community and legislative issues from multiple perspectives. While intended for Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members and community leaders, guests are welcome by RSVP to the Chamber at 704-892-1922.
Focus Friday is presented by Novant Health - Huntersville Medical Center and sponsored by Business Today and WSIC 100.7 FM. The program is emceed by Public Policy Chairman Jason Colvin.
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 950 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.
About our speaker:
Ken Joyner is the Mecklenburg County Assessor. In this role, Ken is responsible for the listing, appraisal, and assessment of all real and personal property in accordance with the provisions of law. He is charged with managing the reappraisal of more than 360,000 tax parcels in Mecklenburg and hiring employees to carry out the discovery, listing, and valuation functions required by North Carolina General Statutes.
Ken joined Mecklenburg County as Assessor in 2013 and also serves on the County's Budget Executive Team. Prior to joining the Mecklenburg County team, Ken spent 6 years as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the School of Government and previously served as the Tax Administrator in Chatham, Onslow, and Durham counties.
Ken is a graduate of North Carolina State University, and is certified as a County Assessor and Real Property Appraiser III by the North Carolina Department of Revenue. He has earned both the Residential Evaluation Specialist (RES) and the Assessment Administration Specialist (AAS) designations from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). Ken has received numerous awards from multiple associations including the IAAO Member of the Year (2008) IAAO Instructor of the Year (2009), the IAAO Presidential Citation (2009), the Presidential Award (2006) from the North Carolina Association of assessing Officers, and the Past President Award (2005) from the North Carolina Tax Collector's Association.
March 2018 Calendar
01 5:30 pm POSTPONED March Mixer, T-Mobile Cornelius Store, 20545 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius. Don’t miss this opportunity to network and grow your business relationships.
07 9:30 AM 2018 Living to Lead Leadership Conference at Grace Covenant Church 17301 Statesville Rd, Cornelius. Speakers Heidi Hansen, Dave Ferguson, Titus Bartolotta, and Bill Russell. Proceeds benefit The Hope House Foundation. Tickets $30 / $50 Register at LakeNormanChamber.org
09 7:30 am Second Friday Speed Networking at Sam’s Club, 646 River Hwy, Mooresville. Network with the LKN, Mooresville and Statesville Chambers of Commerce. Breakfast included.
13 7:30 am Hough High School Fifth Annual Career Day 7:30 until 12:30 pm. William Amos Hough High School 12420 Bailey Road Cornelius. Call the Chamber for more details or visit LakeNormanChamber.org.
13 8:30 am March BusinessWorks! at the Lake Norman Chamber. Topic: Business Succession Planning with John Misner – SCORE Counselor and Tim Bartolomeo – MassMutual.
13 6:30 pm Lake Norman Young Professionals held at Port City Club, 18665 Harborside Dr, Cornelius. Open to Chamber members / employees of chamber members, 21-39 years of age. For more info visit: lakenormanyoungprofessionals.com
15 5:30 pm Business AfterHours at Advanced Wealth Strategies, 19520 W. Catawba Avenue, Suite 313, Cornelius. Join us as businesses from Huntersville to Mooresville network together!
16 8:30 am Focus Friday at the Chamber. This month we focus on the upcoming Mecklenburg County Property Tax Revaluation with Ken Joyner, Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor.
20 Quarterly Meeting of Nonprofits at Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville 11900 Vanstory Dr, Huntersville. This meeting of regional nonprofits will be held to share programs and ideas as well as examine opportunities to provide better exposure for the organizations.
20 3:00 pm Monthly BizNet Meeting for Website Enhancement at the Chamber. Brett Zabek will lead a discussion in how to maximize your presence on the chamber’s website and to enrich your involvement with other members.
21 8:00 am Ribbon Cutting, Temperature Pro, 131 Overhill Drive, Unit 110, Mooresville. Join our Chamber Ambassadors as we welcome this new member to our chamber of commerce.
26 5:30 pm Chamber Board of Directors tentatively scheduled for The Peninsula Yacht Club 18501 Harbor Light Blvd Cornelius. .
27 9:00 am The Lake Norman e-Commerce Group at the Chamber. Join us for a discussion on e-commerce. Facebook.com/lknecom.
27 11:45 Hough High School Speed Networking at William Amos Hough High School 12420 Bailey Road Cornelius. Call the Chamber for more details or visit LakeNormanChamber.org.
28 8:00 am Ribbon Cutting, Dr. Michael Wilhite, Davidson Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, 209 Delberg St, Suite 103 Davidson. Join us as we welcome this business to our Lake Norman Chamber Family!
28 10 am Pine Lake Prep Middle and Upper Career Fairs. 104 Yellow Wood Circle Mooresville, NC. Call the Chamber for more details or visit LakeNormanChamber.org.
Save the Date
April 19 – Lake Norman Chamber Diversity Council Women’s Conference
April 21 – Charlotte Meckleburg Schools 5K Run (Huntersville)
April 24 - Hopewell High School Speed Networking Event
April 30 – May 5 United States Small Business Week
April 1 - Small Business Luncheon
October 11 – Lake Noman Chamber Business Expo
Tuesday, January 9th 8:30-10
This month we start out the 2018 year with “Realistic Goal Setting" presented by Joe and Terri Carbon, owners of Good Old-Fashioned Auto Repair. In this session, we will:
• Learn to set goals that makes sense, are achievable, and keep you focused to success.
• Find lasting motivation to adopt this lifestyle and keep it going for a lifetime.
• Discover why everything you've done yesterday affects everything you will do tomorrow.
The BusinessWorks! Program is brought to you in collaboration with SCORE – America’s Small Business Counselors. Held at the Chamber – Randy Marion Conference Room. Jim Vogel with I.M.U. Social Media, is Chair of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Business Growth & Development Division, which oversees BusinessWorks. The program is a personal skills workshop which focuses on marketing, management, and sales for small business owners, managers, and employees.
About our Presenters:
At the age of 13, Joe began work in his father’s automotive shop in New York. He has 40 years of experience in the automotive business. A former driving instructor, Carbon served as a Crew Chief for the Skip Barber Racing School. Joe had a brief career in the stock and street stock divisions of NASCAR before relocating to Charlotte to pursue a driving career. He and his wife Terri co-chaired the BusinessWorks program and is a former Chair of the Lake Norman Chamber Ambassadors. He is a co-founder of H.O.H.T. (Helping Others Help Themselves) a free Lake Norman jobs Bank.
Terri Scott Carbon
Terri has 40 years of experience in property and office management. She served as the Administrative Assistant to the two partners of Simonini Builders, a high-end luxury custom home builder. She became an Operational Partner and Director of Marketing for Good Old Fashioned Auto Repair in January 2011.
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, 2017 was a very solid year which saw continued growth. We sold more product, signed up more clients, and closed more deals that made 2017 a good year for business. Others see the new year provides an opportunity to review the business model, create new strategies, and reach out to new markets to build their business.
Setting goals for a non-profit association such as your chamber of commerce is uniquely different than many businesses because our organization is reliant heavily on a volunteer base. Unlike a service or retail business, much of the mission, direction, and work is accomplished by committed, civic minded individuals who are not compensated for their work.
The Lake Norman Chamber has been fortunate to have a very capable Board of Directors comprised of talented and capable business leaders. This past September our business association celebrated thirty years serving as the catalyst for business and economic growth for our region. We have brought our lake communities of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, and Mooresville together understanding there is far more we can accomplish working together than we can independently.
Such was the sentiment echoed recently at a Business Today “Newsmaker Breakfast” when newly elected Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox was asked his priorities for the coming year he replied, “We have to work together! There may be a Davidson Town limit but we have to work with our neighbors in Huntersville, and Kannapolis just as much as we do our adjacent neighbors in Cornelius and Mooresville.”
Leadership is understanding we can all accomplish a great deal, and working together, we can accomplish a great deal more.
In 2018, it is critical we, as a chamber of commerce, work closely with the leadership of our lake communities which continue to grow at a tremendous pace. With classrooms at or beyond capacity and unfunded road projects which continue to challenge our mobility, our leadership must foster “out of the box” approaches to everyday problems.
We as business leaders must encourage our elected officials at all levels to find common ground in their differences, working collaboratively to ensure our region continues to be a great place to live, work, and visit. Real leadership is going from where you are to where you have not been and 2018 gives us all a fresh start and a new beginning.
If you haven’t been involved in the chamber – get involved this year! Help us make a profound difference in your community. Whether it’s simply attending one more mixer or participating in one more seminar – give us +1. Just a little more effort helps move that needle as our incoming Board Chair Joshua Dobi reminds us.
When Wayne Gretsky, the ice hockey legend was asked about his secret to success, he said, “Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it is.”
In the year ahead, we must set our eyes firmly fixed on where we need to go as a community and region. We have the talents, leadership, and abilities to meet any challenge we face. Whether we skate in circles or skate to where the puck is going is completely up to us.
Pictured: Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox speaking at a Busness Today Newsmaker Breakfast – “We have to work together!”
December BusinessWorks! – Tuesday, 12th 8:30 am
Topic: “Small Business Trends for 2018”
Join us Tuesday, December 12th as we wrap up the year looking forward to the small business trends for 2018. Jim Vogel with I.M.U. Social Media will share social media strategies and will be joined by other Lake Norman Marketing Businesses as they discuss ways small businesses can showcase and promote their business. Jim is joined by Matt Swanson, MS Digital Solutions, who will discuss the newest trends for small business websites and Douglas Marion, Advanced Wealth Strategies, who shares his thoughts about next year's small business finance trends. This month’s program is jam packed with small business advice for the upcoming 2018 year!!!
The BusinessWorks! Program is brought to you in collaboration with SCORE – America’s Small Business Counselors. Held at the Chamber – Randy Marion Conference Room. Sponsored by Zack Bonczek with TRANSCENZ Real Estate Group - Keller Williams Lake Norman.
About our Speakers:
Jim Vogel – President / Owner IMU Social Media
Jim is from Detroit, born and raised in the Motor City, where he spent over two decades working for the Ford Motor Company. He served Ford in a wide variety of internal communication functions and was an editor for over 12 years with the Ford General Services Division; he served as the Chair of the Ford International Newsletter Editors (FINE) from 1994 to 1996.
During his time at Ford, Jim earned an Associate’s Degree in (Mathematics) Applied Science from Schoolcraft College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in (Industrial) Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication from Eastern Michigan University.
Jim developed and taught Organizational Communication classes as a Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan – Dearborn while working at Ford, and taught Business Writing classes at the University of Phoenix in Raleigh NC.
Matt Swanson -Owner / Technology Specialist
MS Digital Solutions
Matt is the owner and proprietor of a company that specializes in helping small and mid-sized businesses succeed in digital marketing by taking on the heavy lifting and time consuming parts of email, identity/reputation management, and social media. It also offers consulting services for Media Companies looking to grow digital revenue, strengthen digital operations, and build their digital audience.
Douglas Marion – President, Advanced Wealth Strategies
“We are here to provide an educational resource in advanced wealth strategies for retirement, family and estate planning for small business owners, physicians, high net worth individuals, as well as helping average families utilize the same strategies to achieve a tax advantaged retirement.
Any number of advisors can manage your money. We specialize in teaching you how to protect your assets and put together a strategy to receive income the most tax-efficient ways possible, in some cases tax-free, and how to transfer those assets to your beneficiaries effectively.”
2017 Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Jay Lesemann outlined potential tax reform legislation at the November Focus Friday program. Lesemann’s presentation included last minute edits from the vote approved in the House prior to the Thanksgiving holidays. Lesemann pointed out the presentation included information as of November 16th but was certain to change if the Senate approves a plan and it goes to a conference committee.
The PowerPonit Presentation is placed on the Chamber’s website for review and has versions of both the House and Senate Bills which again is certain to change. The purpose of the Focus Friday presentation entitled "2017 Tax Updates Will Congress deliver? - Do we want them to? " presentation was to give business owners, managers, and employees an opportunity to see what specifics of the tax code are subject to change and where there might be common ground.
Focus Friday is presented by Novant Health - Huntersville Medical Center and sponsored by Business Today and WSIC 100.7 FM. The program is emceed by Public Policy Chairman Joshua Dobi.
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 1,000 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community
About our Speaker:
J. A. (JAY) LESEMANN, JR. CPA CGMA is Managing Member of Lesemann CPAs PLLC - a boutique regional CPA firm located in Huntersville, North Carolina.
For almost 40-years, he has worked with local and multi-national organizations ranging in sales of $50,000 to $2 billion. He has also held positions of Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Administration, and Director of Information Technology for publicly and privately held companies. He spent four (4) years with Price Waterhouse, L.L.P. in their consulting and system integration practice.
His experience includes initial public offerings, venture capital funding, mergers and acquisitions, managing and directing start-ups, financial system selection and implementation, as well as contract negotiation and turn-around management.
Originally from Gallatin, Tennessee, he graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Bachelors of Accountancy. Mr. Lesemann has been published in various local and regional newspapers as well as articles for Microsoft’s Small Business website.
He is currently Chair of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Past Chair of the North Carolina Association of CPAs Board of Directors. He is a board member of the Lake Norman Educational Foundation
Cornelius, NC (October 9, 2017) – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has accepted 27 local business leaders in the twenty first class of Leadership Lake Norman. The program, sponsored by Novant Health – Huntersville Medical Center, develops a group of informed, committed, and qualified individuals capable of providing visionary and progressive leadership for the Lake Norman region.
Accepted in Leadership Lake Norman Class XXI are: Bree Appleton – Allen Tate Realtors, Titus Bartolotta – Collaborative Business Solutions, Joel Bondurant, Bondurant Law Firm, Zachary Brown – Swim Club Management Group, Bridget Burleson – Cornelius Police Department, Marc Cain – Vintage Choice Jeweler, Kamlesh Chandan – Ally Financial, Justin Dionne – Cornelius Arts Center, Ben Godsell – EnergyUnited, Andrew Heywood PAREXEL International, Jen Huskey – Novant Health, Lisa jester – Lake Norman Chamber, David Lillard – Fifth Third Bank, Andrew Morceri – Pine Lake Preparatory School, Dana and Chris Pape – Papemore Real Estate at Keller Williams Lake Norman, David Ranson – Ranson Real Estate, Laura Rizzetta – Aquesta Bank, Anna Robinson – Carolinas Healthcare System, Michael Sherman – Wealth Advisory (Raymond James), Scott Stimson – Merrill Lynch, Jaeda Sykes, Sykes STEPS Inc, Keri Taylor – United Way of Central Carolinas, Reggie Vanzant – Cornelius Police Department, Will Washam – Town of Cornelius, Liesl West – Novant Health, David Woodruff – Genesis Film.
Bill Russell, President & CEO of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, believes that this year’s group represents a diverse representation of the Lake Norman business community. “I am extremely pleased we have such a large array of businesses and organizations represented in this year’s program. I was very impressed with the chemistry of the class and their interaction with each other throughout the leadership retreat.”
The class held an overnight retreat, sponsored by Shared Resources, focusing on team building through a confidence course and leadership training. Sally Ashworth, Executive Director of Visit Lake Norman gave a presentation on the impact of Travel and Tourism on the local economy and Chip Scholz of Scholz and Associates facilitated a program on Concepts of Leadership. Past leadership graduates Shayna Inman, Diane Smith, Eric Stabesfski, and Steve Genenbacher also led the group through team building exercises. The remaining sessions include Education & History, Government/Crime/Law, Health Care, Economic Development, Community Infrastructure, and Hospitality and Professional Sports. For more information about the program see the Lake Norman Chamber’s webpage at www.lakenormanchamber.org.
Caption: Pictured are the participants in Leadership Lake Norman at the overnight retreat held at Bethelwoods (York, SC). Chip Scholz with Scholz and Associates, also pictured, facilitated the Concepts of Leadership training on Friday.
Each year, the Lake Norman Chamnber of Commerce, working in partnership with the United States Small Business Admistration, celebrates Small Business Week. This year the week is May 1 though the 7th. The Chamber has planned a week long celebration with actvities each day. On Wednesday May 3rd at 4 pm at the Lake Norman Visitors Center, operated by Visit Lake Norman at 19900 West Catawaba Avenue in Cornelius, the Chamber will recognize the Small Busines of the Year. Last year there were two co-winners of the recognition (tie) between Savory Moments and The Kilted Buffalo in Huntersville. My Aloha Paddle & Surf (Cornelius) and Rose & Associates Southeast, Inc.(Davidson) were recognized as runners up to the annual designation.
The Chamber is now receiving nominations for the 2017 Small Business of the Year.
A panel of judges representative of the Chamber’s leadership will select the recipient based on the following criteria:
• Staying power: A history as a Lake Norman established business. Must have been a business for no less than three years.
• Growth in number of employees: A benchmark to judge the impact of the business in the employment market.
• Outstanding community involvement: Civic involvement by owner or manager.
• Business environment: Innovative management practices which produce a successful business.
• Customer-friendly quotient: Business practices which encourage repeat customers and provide a conducive atmosphere for service or retail trade.
Lake Norman Chamber members with fifteen or fewer employees are eligible for the award. Chamber members may submit as many businesses as they choose, or a business may nominate itself.
Please email, fax, or mail your nomination to:
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 760
Cornelius, NC 28031
Nominations are due no later than Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM.