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!”