Lake Norman Chamber News

April 2017 Calendar (as of 3/28/17)

Please note the blow listing of actvities does not list ribbon cuttings which can be added 7 to 10 days within the date of the event.  It is also subject to change. It is the most current calendar as of March 28, 2017. For a more detailed desctiption of the event, please consult the Chamber Event Calendar.


LNChamber logo New Blue04 5:00 pm Lake Norman Young Professional Event - Tri-Chamber Business AfterHours: Networking at Speed! GoPro Motor Plex 130 Motorplex Drive Mooresville. While intended for LKN Young Professionals (21-39), any Lake Norman Chamber Member can attend and participate with members from the Mooresville and Statesville Chambers of Commerce.

05 12:00 pm Lake Norman Education Collaborative Speed Networking Career Day for Students – Hopewell High School, 11530 Beatties Ford Rd, Huntersville. Contact Leslie Hardwick, LKN EDC 704-659-4816

06 5:30 pm Carefree Boat Club Spring Business Mixer, 18020 Kings Point Drive, Cornelius. Always a fun business mixer on the shores of beautiful Lake Norman. Networking at its best!

11 8:30 BusinessWorks! with SCORE Topic: Miracles, Magic or Marketing: What’s Your Strategy to Reach Your Sales Goals? Presenter: Sheila Neisler, Business Owner at Catalyst Causes

11 12:00 pm Diversity Council Committee Meeting at the Chamber.

11 6:30 pm Young Professionals at Alton’s – Jetton Village with guest Speaker Jim Vogel. Open to Chamber members or employees of chamber members 21-39 years of age. For more information visit:

14 Lake Norman Chamber Offices Closed Good Friday Holiday

17 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Lake Norman Chamber Diversity Council Lunch n’ Learn held at CPCC Merancas Campus CJ 131 in Huntersville Speaker: Lori Vaccaro with On Eagles Wings. The only ministry in the Carolinas that seeks to prevent girls from falling victim to sex trafficking, offer assistance to those still trapped, and restore those that have survived by offering hope, empowerment, and a brighter future. They focus on prevention, outreach, aftercare, and empowerment. Bring your lunch and beverage, listen and participate in this community topic.

18 3:00 pm Monthly BizNet 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.

20 5:00 pm Tri-County Mixer, Innovative Pest Management, 6596 Campground Road, Denver. Network with businesses from the Lincoln County, Mooresville, and Lake Norman Chambers of Commerce in a relaxed and social setting.

21 8:30 am Focus Friday at the Chamber. Focus on the 2017 NC Legislative Session with Representatives Chaz Beasley (D #92) and John Bradford (R #98).

24 5:30 pm Chamber Board of Directors held at the Chamber.

25 9:00 am The eCommerce Group at the Chamber. If you sell “online,” join us for a discussion on how you can improve your marketing, operations, and revenue.

25 9 am 12:30 pm (Lunch Provided) North Learning Community, Partnerships with a Purpose Education Summit Christ Community Church, 16301 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville

25 5:00 pm New Member Orientation at the Lake Norman Visitors Center. Join fellow new members as we network and find out more about your business and how your investment in the chamber can pay off big for your business!

26, 9:00 to 12:00 pm Workplace Safety & Employment Law Seminar at the Chamber, Lunch included. Hosted by R3 Risk Management & Central Carolina Insurance Agency. Topic to include: Is your Drug &Alcohol Testing Policy Compliant with OSHA’s new rule; Are you paying your employee too much /too little?; Protecting Workers and Yourself.

26 7:00 pm H.O.H.T. Workshop at the Chamber, Pat Jackson, Pres. Master Title, Presents, “Non-Verbal Communications”

27 5:30 pm Biz Mixer, Pierce Family Chiropractic, 19824 W. Catawba Avenue, Cornelius. Join us for this outstanding networking event!

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Each week the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce selects a Chamber Member - Business or Nonprofit, that is Making a Splash at the Lake. This wwek we have selected Beds for Kids, an outstanding Lake Norman nonprofit!

IMG 2086Beds for Kids is a non-profit that was founded in 2011 in Charlotte with a mission to provide beds and essential furniture to children and their families in need. In December of 2015 Beds for Kids combined resources with The Bin, which had been located at First Baptist Church of Huntersville, and opened a second location in Cornelius at 11020 Bailey Road, Suite D.

Beds for Kids empowers families with children by delivering beds and essential furniture items to supplement the family’s resources as they rise out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. Knowledgeable social workers employed by our referring agencies vet and then refer their organization’s clients with requests to supply all bed and furniture items needed. These referring agencies are essential in that these families have been provided supportive housing, but are without necessary furnishings to make their house a home. The primary referring partners for the Lake Norman location are The Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson and the Hope House Foundation in Huntersville.

Careful research has been done and strategic partnerships have been established in order to create the best business practices to effectively develop new levels of self-sustainability for the clients we serve. Our clients are often working, but rarely have the additional income needed to purchase beds and basic furnishings for their home. It is Beds for Kids desire to serve every household through an empowerment model and with dignity. Each family is served one time and the beds and furniture that we deliver not only fills their homes with tangible items, but also fills their homes with hope that they are on their way to becoming more self-sufficient and furnishing futures for their children. The Lake Norman location has directly impacted 514 individuals, delivered 363 beds and 6,240 total bed and furniture units.

The beds and essential furniture items delivered are either new or gently used and have been generously donated by individuals, institutions and corporations. If you have gently used beds or furniture that you would like to donate to children and their families in need in the Lake Norman area please call 980-422-1192 and select option #9 for the Lake Norman location, or send an email to There are also opportunities for volunteers to assist in picking up beds and furniture from donors, cleaning furniture in the warehouse and delivering beds and furniture to children and their families in need. If you are interested in volunteering at Beds for Kids Lake Norman please contact us at

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SBACharlotte, N.C. –– U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) North Carolina District Office is seeking 15-18 Charlotte and Lake Norman area business owners to apply for the city's next class. This federal training initiative is designed to give them a three-year, tailored strategic growth plan to help bring their business to the next level.

“We are looking forward the third Emerging Leaders class in Charlotte. We are seeking firms to participate in this rigorous training that focuses on business executives poised for growth in historically challenged communities,” said SBA North Carolina District Director Lynn Douthett. “In 2017, we aim to provide executives from area small businesses the same opportunity to provide the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within the community.”

While the executive-level course is free for businesses accepted into the program, executives must commit to approximately 100 hours of classroom and out-of-classroom work. The first class meets in April and will meet twice a month through October.

The Emerging Leaders initiative targets specific business owners. Executives interested in the program must be:

• The owner or a principal in an established small business
• Have annual revenues of at least $400,000
• Been in business for at least 3 year
• Have at least one employee other than the owner
• Live in the Charlotte, NC commuting area
• Most importantly, the executive must be dedicated to attend 13 evening training sessions and complete required homework.

Graduates from past classes came from Charlotte, Cornelius, Matthews, Concord, Monroe, and Fort Mill, SC. The feedback from the group was overwhelmingly positive. "Before participating in this program I was just a business owner," said Johanna Suarez, Managing Partner of Reliable Solutions Construction in Charlotte. "After attending SBA Emerging Leaders I'm a business owner with a vision and a mission; we now know where we are going!"

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Graduate Tim Songer is president of Interactive Knowledge, a web content provider in Charlotte. "My experience with Emerging Leaders was eye-opening. The materials and classwork were on-target and very challenging,” said Songer. “The instructor and outside speakers were fantastic. I learned something new and important every week. Completing this class has changed my approach to running my business and the results are already very positive."

“SBA is partnering with several local organizations including Central Piedmont Community College which will hold the evening classes on their main campus,” said Douthett.

The curriculum called the StreetWise Steps™ to Small Business Growth is comprised of five modules: Business and Strategy Assessment; Financials; Marketing and Sales; Resources (People, Accessing Capital and Government Contracting); and Strategic Growth Plan Presentations.

“Small business owners interested in the program can register now. Registration will close March 3th. SBA North Carolina District Office will make the final selection from qualified executives,” said Douthett.

Executives interested in registering for the SBA Charlotte Emerging Leaders Initiative can register online at:

More information about the program can be found at

Local partners for Charlotte Emerging Leaders include Central Piedmont Community College, The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte SCORE, Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber, the City of Charlotte Business INClusion, Mecklenburg County MWSBE Program, NC Small Business & Technology Development Center, NC Institute of Minority Economic Development, Carolinas Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, and the Latin American Economic Development Corporation.

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Town HallThe Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will hear from the three North Mecklenburg Town Managers as well as get a brief report on local planned transportation projects Friday, February 17th 8:30-10 am at the Chamber.

Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts and Davidson Town Manager Jamie Justice will be joined by Interim Huntersville Town Manager Gerry Vincent, who was appointed by the Huntersville Town Board to replace Greg Ferguson, who resigned earlier last month. Vincent, however, is not a new face to town hall, serving as Assistant Manager since 2007. He joins a few others in new positions including Fire Chief Jim Dotoli who took over the department from Chief Larry Irvin who served the Department for forty years. In addition, Jackie Huffman joined the town as Finance Director, having served the Town of Cornelius in that capacity since 2000.

The departure of Huffman saw Julie Niswonger, assuming the role of Finance Director for the Town of Cornelius. The three Town Managers will introduce some of the new faces to their respective Town Hall as well as provide updates for the town.

In addition to the report on town activities, representatives from the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) will be on hand to make a presentation on the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. This is a significant planning initiative and the CRTPO is seeking feedback from area stakeholders and citizens.

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 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 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.

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Huntersville, NC February 14, 2017 – Business and community leaders will get their first chance to meet incoming Charlotte Mecklenburg School Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox as well as thank current CMS Superintendent Dr. Ann Clark for her outstanding leadership at a Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce PowerLuncheon to be held Thursday, March 16th noon at Northstone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Dr. in Huntersville. The luncheon event, presented by Allen Tate Realtors, features both education leaders, who will be introduced by CMS District #1 Representative Rhonda Lennon.

The cost to attend the luncheon is $20 for Lake Norman Chamber Members and $25 for non-members. It is sponsored by Business Today / Cornelius Today and WSIC 100.7 FM. To register, visit or call the chamber at 704-892-1922.

Clark Ann 2015Dr. Clark, who has led the CMS School District since her appointment in January 2015, will highlight the success of the system during her tenure as well as focus on areas of improvement for the balance of the school year. Clark will continue serving as superintendent through June 2017. Under her leadership, Dr. Clark has demonstrated a deep institutional knowledge and commitment in her role as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Clark has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions in CMS since joining the district in 1983 as a teacher of behaviorally and emotionally handicapped children at Devonshire Elementary.

The Chamber luncheon will also be the first opportunity many in the Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson market will have had to meet the Dr. Wilcox who will assume his duties later this year. The business event provides Dr. Wilcox an opportunity to meet business, community, and elected leaders from North Mecklenburg and hear firsthand their thoughts and concerns when it comes to K-12 education.

Dr. Wilcox was chosen as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in December 2016 by the nine-member Board of Education. Dr. Wilcox will join the district from Washington County (Hagerstown) Public Schools in Maryland, where he has been superintendent since 2011. He will begin his new role at CMS on July 1. Dr. Wilcox brings a wide-ranging mix of corporate and education experience to his new role, which is his fourth superintendency.clayton wilcox 480x640

Bill Russell, President of the Chamber states, "We are excited to have an opportunity with Dr. Clark as she shares with our chamber members and guests the strides we have made in public education under her guidance and the plans in place to shape our future workforce - the children of Mecklenburg County. Education is the very foundation of our business and economic development efforts and we are grateful for her dedication and commitment to public education. It is also the first opportunity many of us will have had to meet our incoming CMS Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox."

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 1,000 business members, serves the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.

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February 20-24 National Entrepreneurship Week Sponsored by Microsoft

C3CO7HPXAAMhxJBIn cooperation with Microsoft, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will salute local entrepreneurs during National Entrepreneurship Week. The Chamber has planned a weeklong series of events and seminars in partnership with The Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO), The Lake Norman Small Business Network, and Business Leaders United (BLU). See the information below for specific information and to register..
Monday – February 20 4-6 pm Port City Club (Invitation Only Event)

Monday, February 20, 4-6:00 Port City Cub Cornelius Entrepreneur Organization (EO) Networking Event & Forum

The Chamber will salute current and former members of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO). This event at Port City Club is by invitation only and for local business owners who are or have been part of this forum. Dale Gillmore (Viking Acquisitions) and Susan Medlin (Vintage Marketing) will facilitate the event. There will be structured and interactive discussions on how entrepreneurs can use their collective strengths and talents as a local entrepreneurial community to help each other and the Lake Norman region thrive and prosper.

Tuesday – February 21, Noon to 1:30 pm at the Chamber  Lunch n' Learn: Top Productivity Tips for Office 365

James Sanders, President of Shared Resources, will share how Office 365 Business and Enterprise Subscriptions can add value to their business in three key areas. Business Anywhere; Grow Efficiently; Safeguard Your Business. It is sponsored by Jay Lesemann CPA, PLLC. Lunch is provided but you must register for the event which is limited to 25 people. For more information and to register, visit Lunch n Learn Office 365.

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Wednesday, February 22, 9 – 10 am at Maddy’s Fatty's 19905 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius Joint Lake Norman Small Biz Network (LKNSBN) and Lake Norman Chamber Event

In cooperation with the Microsoft Corporation and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, the LKNSBN is hosting our members and non-members as we celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week! Shayna Inman of Lake Norman Realty and Dr. Ginni Gross of Touch Light Chiropractic will share their entrepreneurial experiences with those in attendance!

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Thursday – February 23rd 5:30 TWO EVENTS

LKN Small Biz Event with Shayna Inman at D9 Brewery, 11138 Treynorth Drive Cornelius

In honor of our LKN Entrepreneurs, and in conjunction with the Microsoft Corporation and the Lake Norman Chamber, we celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week with our LKNSBN! Thank you to all small business owners and solo-prenuers who are the heart of our economy. We look forward to Shayna's hosting of our very special LKNSBN. This event is open to the public, our LKNSBN members and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce membership Note – This event is 5:3-8:30 pm

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Fox and Hound Birkdale, 8711 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville

BLU (Business Leaders United) partners with the Lake Norman Chamber
Networking following by comments from Sharon Simpson, 2016 recipient of the McIntosh Law Firm Passion to Succeed Entrepreneur of the Year. Sharon, Publisher of Great Lake Living Magazine and Advertising Director for CURRENTS Magazine, will share her story of launching a new business in the throes of a recession. Note: This event is 5:30-7:00 pm

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Friday – February 24th, 8:30 – 9:00 am

Listen in to WSIC 100.7 FM or 1400 AM on Local Biz Now as local entrepreneur Brent Friar, Owner of BNR Branding and Co-Founder or appears with Lake Norman Chamber President Bill Russell. The interview takes place 8:30-9:00 am.

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NCDOTCHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting next week regarding the proposed extension of Northcross Drive from N.C. 73 in Huntersville to Westmoreland Road in Cornelius, approximately 1.2 miles.

The purpose of the project is to improve roadway connections. Modifications to Eagleridge Way Lane and the existing Northcross Drive are also proposed under this project.

The meeting will be held Monday, Feb.13 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Lake Norman Baptist Church, 7921 Sam Furr Road in Huntersville. Interested citizens may attend the meeting at any time as no formal presentation will be made.

For additional information about the proposed project, please contact Brett Canipe, P.E., NCDOT Division 10 Project Lead at 716 W. Main Street, Albemarle, N.C. 28001 or (704) 983-4400 or

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Caitlyn Ridge via email at or phone, (919) 707-6091 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

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A Message from our Partners - The Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation: Oerlikon Metco Announces First US Advanced Component Manufacturing Facility in Huntersville

Oerlikon MetcoHuntersville, NC, February 6 , 2017 - Oerlikon Metco ("Metco"), a Swiss based company, announced their plans today to build a manufacturing facility in Huntersville, NC. Oerlikon is headquartered in Pfäffikon, Switzerland. The company has been in business for more than 100 years and is a leader in surface solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. It has a global footprint of more than13,500 employees at more than 170 locations in 37 countries. It serves customers in the automotive, aerospace, energy, medical and other industries. The global technology group is planning a facility in The Park - Huntersville. Oerlikon is investing $62 million and will employee 93 people over the next five years.

Oerlikon will hire engineers, R&D staff and skilled craftsmen for its North Carolina facility. While compensation will vary by position, annual salaries for the new jobs will average $93,011. Mecklenburg County's overall wages currently average $62,741 per year.

"This investment in North Carolina marks an important step in our plans to become a leading service provider for the fast-expanding additive manufacturing market. I would like to thank the North Carolina Business Development Program for their support, and we look forward to becoming part of this community," said Dr. Roland Fischer, Oerlikon CEO.

"Metco will be a great addition to The Park Huntersville," said Mayor John Aneralla, Town of Huntersville. "We are pleased they chose Huntersville for their first United States end to end advanced component manufacturing facility. They have plans for long-term growth and commitment to the town."

"This facility will complement our already strong and growing International Advanced Manufacturing cluster in the Lake Norman area," said Ryan McDaniels, Executive Director of Lake Norman Economic Development. "This is a great win for the Town of Huntersville and our community."EDC

"Oerlikon Metco appears to be a great fit for The Park - Huntersville as well as for Huntersville and the broader Charlotte region," said Addison Causey, Senior Vice President for US Trust, Bank of America, who serves as Investment Manager for Park assets. "The company's welcomed decision to locate here continues to prove the Park, and the Lake Norman region offers a competitive blend of highly desirable factors for international manufacturers and others in a site-selection process and considering locating quality jobs here."

In addition to North Carolina Commerce and EDPNC, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Mecklenburg County, the Town of Huntersville, the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation.

The proposed facility is contingent upon approval of a Business Investment Program grant by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, as well as Economic Development Incentive grant approval by the Huntersville Town Board of Commissioners.

About Oerlikon Metco
Oerlikon Metco is a leading surface solutions provider with a global presence. We are focused on supporting our customers with specialized components and innovative surface engineering products and services, using advanced coating and surface enhancement technologies. We enhance surfaces and provide specialized components, coating equipment, and materials, using advanced coating and surface enhancement technologies. Our innovative solutions improve performance and increase the efficiency and reliability of our customers' products.

Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation
The Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation is responsible for the development and implementation of the economic development strategy for the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville, and the Lake Norman region. These strategies will result in improving the quality of life for the region's residents through the expansion of the tax base by attracting new capital investment and creating new, highly skilled jobs for the regions residents. For more information visit

The Park Huntersville
The Park - Huntersville, located just minutes from Charlotte, NC, is one of the Southeast's premier mixed use communities, offering space for lease, land for sale and build-to-suit opportunities in one of the nation's fastest-growing areas. In the early 1980s, Bank of America, N.A., as Trustee for the Bank of America Pension Plan, began assembling the rolling, wooded farmland that is now The Park - Huntersville. The vision, then and now, centers on creating a complete community in the Charlotte and Lake Norman region. The Park is a place that provides quiet, well-designed workspace in the midst of area neighborhoods, shopping, and entertainment.


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089 640x480Nonprofits throughout the Lake Norman region were on hand at the Lake Norman Chamber’s January Focus Friday – Friday, January 20th held at the Chamber. The purpose of the program, presented by Novant Health – Huntersville Medical Center was to give a brief three minute description of each nonprofit and the needs and challenges facing the organization. It was standing room only as 31 area nonprofits participated. The Herald Weekly was present to write about the program: Donations, volunteers a common nonprofit need

Making presentations were representatives from: Lake Norman Community Health Clinic, The Lotta Foundation, North Mecklenburg Rotary, The Hope House Foundation, Lydia’s Loft, The Ada Jenkins Center, Davidson Farmer’s Market, Carolina Farm Trust, The Old Store Produce representing Sow Much Good, Teammates 4 Life, Little Smiles, North Meck Crime Stoppers, Olde Huntersville Historic Society, Big Day at the Lake / Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lake Norman Tennis Association, Serenity House, Musical Minds, Lake Norman Young Professionals, North Carolina Lions Club, Camp Dogwood, Ausie Rivens Resource Center / Scholarship Foundation, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, Lake Norman Kiwanis, Beds for Kids, Answer Scholarships, Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, Helping Others Help Themselves (HOHT), The Make an Impact Foundation, Just Serve, Respect Ability Foundation, and the Hugh Torance House & Store.087 640x480

Bill Russell, president of the chamber, said it was clear an ongoing meeting of nonprofits would benefit the region as organizations could have an opportunity to share upcoming events and collaborate with each other on a quarterly basis.

The next meeting of the nonprofits will be held Friday, March 24th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. This meeting, which will focus on marketing for non-profit organizations will be held at Ada Jenkins Center, located at 212 Gamble Street in Davidson. Susan Medlin, President and Founder of Vintage Marketing will be present to facilitate a discussion regarding how non-profit organizations can identify marketing opportunities and overcome marketing challenges. Susan has served as a board chair, volunteer and board/committee member for numerous nonprofits and local organizations including The Davidson Community Players, The Arts & Science Council, Visit Lake Norman, Tarheel Old English Sheepdog Rescue, and Davidson Methodist Church. She has also served as Mayor Pro Tem of the Town of Cornelius for many years.

The meeting of the nonprofits will allow those who attend an opportunity to exchange ideas and share strategies in a round table forum. At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees will be allowed an opportunity to tour the Ada Jenkins Center and get a perspective on the resources and programs available at the region's community outreach center.

A special notice will be sent to all non-profits who attended the January Focus Friday as well as ALL nonprofits which are Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Members. For more information about the chamber which serves the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman region call 704-892-1922 or visit

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AwardsBanquet 153 640x427Major Patricia Brown, Program Developer - Law Enforcement In-Service Training (Public Safety Division) of Central Piedmont Community College was recognized by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce as the Chamber’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Major Brown works at the Merancas Campus of CPCC in Huntersville.

Callan H. Bryan, the 2016 Board Chair of the Chamber, recognized Major Brown with the recognition at the Annual Meeting of the Chamber attended by approximately 200 business and community leaders Friday, January 20, 2017.

Bryan cited her commitment to the Chamber’s Diversity Program, specifically coordinating a series of Lunch n’ Learns, at CPCC in Huntersville. “Our volunteers are the unsung heroes of the Chamber. Without them, we would not be able to run the many programs that we all enjoy,” said Bryan. “Major Patricia Brown has served in many ways, including filling in for CPCC as a Board Member of the Chamber while Dean Williams was away; serving on the Diversity Council – coordinating our Lunch n’ Learn Series; and as a graduate of Leadership Lake Norman – planning sessions for the Adult & Junior programs.”

Bill Russell, President of the Chamber of Commerce, said Brown was a major influence in the success of the Chamber’s Diversity Program. “Chris Hailey is the Chair of our Council and I know firsthand how much he relies on Pat’s support and energy. We have held three very informative Lunch n’ Learn programs at CPCC involving not only chamber members, but faculty and students of the college. Subjects have ranged from Community Policing and an honest discussion of HB2, to this month’s focus on social change through affordable housing.” Russell went on to point out that Hailey and Brown, both products of Central Piedmont Community College, have created a culture of honest dialogue and appreciation of our unique differences regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Russell admits to being politically conservative while the Diversity Council has focused on hot button social issues facing the Charlotte region, state, and nation. “As a diverse and growing community, we are not all going to agree as to the political approach facing our nation and area, but there is an underlying theme – we all care and all of our opinions should matter,” said Russell.

Major Brown and the Diversity Council are in the planning stages of a March 30th Lake Norman Chamber Women’s Conference to be held at The Peninsula Club.

For more about the Lake Norman Chamber’s Diversity Council visit Chamber Members or community volunteers who wish to become involved or attend programs of the Diversity Council, should call the chamber of commerce at 704-892-1922.

Photo courtsey of Ocaid Photography.

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