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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:58

The Feminine Mystique

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 saw the horrible killing of two more civil rights leaders - the Rev. Martin Luther King and Senator Bobby Kennedy, both shot down after addressing crowds about the dramatic change they envisioned for our young country. The innocence of the 1950’s gave way to a remarkable decade of the antiwar protests and the Civil Rights…
Friday, 29 December 2017 13:42

New Beginnings - A look ahead to 2018!

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.…
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 cherished memories of family and friends. For many, it's a spiritual season with thoughts of life's purpose. But others face much darker days with the struggle of addition. Providing them and their families, relief from the pain would be the greatest gift of all. Last week, I attended my weekly Rotary Club meeting and listened as a young lady…
Monday, 30 October 2017 15:11

The Politics of Business

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 heavily financed with out of state campaign contributions. What O’Neil was referring to was the principles that a politician’s success is directly linked to his or her ability to understand fully and influence the issues of their constituents. The last few weeks and the week ahead will see a flurry of campaigning for local office and school board…
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 with the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, have all voiced their opposition to the bonds which provides the North Mecklenburg area with very little if any new school infrastructure over the next decade. In a written statement, the Lake Norman Chamber Board of Directors said: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has always advocated for strong support of our local elementary and secondary educational…
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 Top at LakeFest, a two-day festival held at Jetton Park in the 1990’s. The Business Big Top featured about 30 businesses under a large outdoor tent. Today, more than 170 businesses and organizations tell their story at the largest business expo in the Charlotte region. While it does not rival boat or cars shows and does…
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. Perhaps as a business owners, we look at 2017 as the year we will turn the corner and have "Our best year ever!" Regardless of whether we were successful in hitting benchmarks set in the past or we came up short in our personal or professional goals, now is…
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