early edJoin us for Focus Friday – June 15th 8:30 10:00 am

The N.C. General Assembly approved HB 514 earlier this month which allows four Charlotte area towns/cities including Huntersville and Cornelius (the others are Mint Hill and Pineville) to open their own Charter Schools.

Critics of the bill argued that HB 514 could lead to segregation in the schools while supporters countered it provided parents’ choice in educational opportunities. Approval now provides the towns that resource in the future.

Huntersville Mayor Pro Tem and Lake Norman Educational Collaborative Co-chair Melinda Bales and CMS Government Relations Coordinator & Policy Administrator Charles Jeter will discuss how this approved legislation is expected to impact the Towns of Cornelius and Huntersville. Joining Mr. Jeter is Dr. Matt Hayes Ed.D. who is the North Learning Community Superintendent for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Bales

North Carolina Senator Jeff Tarte, who sits on the Senate Education / Higher Education Committee, will also be in attendance to discuss this issue and other educational issues before the Legislature.

The Focus Friday takes on Friday, June 15 from 8:30 to 10 am in the Randy Marion Board Room 19900 West Catawba Avenue Suite 201.Cornelius

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.

Photo credit: United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation

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Saturday, June 9th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Beds for Kids is having a Family Fun Day in the parking lot at 11020 Bailey Road Cornelius. Activities include a bounce house with slide, face painting, corn hole, Jenga, and a DJ from Pure Trax Entertainment. Food and drink will include Sugar Daddy's food truck, Clean Juice, Papa Robb's Paradise Ice and D9 Brewery. The warehouse will be open for those who would like to tour it, but this day is about kids and their families having fun. Visit bedsforkids.org.


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Special June BusinessWorks: Lunch n' Learn on Instangram 101

Tuesday, June 12th Noon – 1:15 pm

Everyone seems to be on Instagram, but maybe you’ve been hesitant because you’re not quite sure what to do.

What are hashtags and how do I use them? What would I even post? I hear people talking about engagement as a way to build a business. How do I do that?

This workshop can help. It’ll cover all the basics to get you started, plus a few insider’s tips that will make you effective from the start. You will learn how to tell a story, establish authority, and speak directly to customers, particularly millennials who prefer Instagram. In fact 71% of millennials use Instagram, many are on the platform multiple times a day.

This special BusinessWorks will be held at a NEW TIME – Noon to 1:15 at the Chamber. It is a Lunch n’ Lean program and we encourage you to bring a lunch and learn with us!

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

084BC305 F5E1 45EB B0C5 3D4D9FADCD2F 481x640Elisabeth Richardson is a social media consultant who specializes in Facebook and Instagram for business, particularly for Realtors and mortgage consultants. Recently she became a contributing writer to Business Today and Cornelius Today. In her spare time she loves to dine in any Lake Norman restaurant with outdoor seating, hang out with her dogs—Baxter and Cody, and spend time with her family.

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I77TrafficJam 2013fileOn May 16th, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce formally requested the Secretary of Transportation James Trogdon to strongly consider the recommendations which were made by an overwhelming consensus of the I-77 Policy Advisory Group. Those recommendations include:

* Allow I-77 Mobility Partners to complete construction

* Upon completion NCDOT buys out the contract

* Road improvement projects funded by 'Bonus' allocation dollars are not interrupted

* CRTPO is not involved in NCDOT decision making regarding alterations to the corridor

* One toll lane is converted to a general purpose lane from exit 18 to exit 28 in both directions

* The toll lane from exit 28 to exit 36 is converted to a general purpose lane in both directions

* The shoulder is hardened from exit 23 to exit 28 in both directions to be used during peak traffic times

To be clear, the I-77 Policy Advisory Group has no authority and the group did not vote on a single strategy. They instead voiced individual recommendations which have been referred to as 'Complete and Modify.'

Last fall, a delegation from Lake Norman which included Past Board Chairs John Hettwer and Mike Russell, Mecklenburg County Commissioners Pat Cotham and Jim Puckett, and myself met with Governor Roy Cooper, Secretary Trogdon, Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor Ken Eudy, and NC House Rep. John Bradford. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Mercator Report and the possible alternatives suggested within that report.

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett suggested an Advisory Group which could provide feedback on the report as well as offer insight as to the economic impacts the planned tolls and perhaps alternatives could have on the commerce, citizens, and communities of Lake Norman.

Since January of this year, the I-77 Policy Advisory Group has met seven times to carefully study this issue from nearly every possible perspective from concept to impact. The Lake Norman Chamber, which represents 950 business members in the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius and the greater LKN region was honored to host six of those meetings.I77 Com

John Hettwer summed it up best when he said, "This is an EXTRAordinary problem which requires an EXTRAorinary solution." I was also struck by a statement Commissioner Puckett made early on: "Instead of focusing on the costs and implications of canceling a contract, we should instead focus on the costs and consequences for the next fifty years if we do not."

What we at the Lake Norman Chamber recognize is that I-77 is a local road which pulsates through the heart of our community. Perhaps it should not be - but that is the reality. It ties our communities together. That critical artery is responsible for our commerce and quality of life.

The Chamber will continue to advocate for these recommendations and we will not settle or quit until we have addressed the congestion issue and brought new General Purpose Lanes to the lake region. To paraphrase Commissioner Puckett, the costs and consequences of failing are much too high and the generation who inherit our Lake Norman community tomorrow are counting on our actions today.



W.E. "Bill" Russell, CCE, IOM
President & CEO
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce

Pictures: Image of I-77 courtesy of David Boraks / WFAE.  I-77 Advisory Group photo courtesy Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.

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dobiJoshua Dobi, the 2018 Board Chair of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, sent out notice earlier this week about an important announcment regarding his business - Dobi Financial Group. The announcment emailed to clients and freinds is enclosed below.  On behalf of the Board of Directors and Membership of the Lake Norman Chamber, we congratulate Joshua and Welcome:  North Main Financial Group

"We have some exciting news to share with you: officially, Dobi Financial Group has changed to North Main Financial Group!

Many of you now may be saying: well, that’s great!  But, what does that mean for me?

In short, except for a modest logo change & new e-mail/website addresses (and we mean quite modest as you can see above), everything will remain exactly the same. We continue to be an investment management and comprehensive financial planning firm as we’ve always been. Same accounts, same statements, same phone number, same office location – a lot of the same and now, some more!

So again you may be wondering: why make the change? logo2

In short, we have and are continuing to grow and expand in several ways. In addition to our office presence in Cornelius, NC (main office) & Pittsburgh, PA, we have an office now in Hickory, NC, and a new-to-us affiliated advisor there. We have a new-to-us advisor and executive assistant in our Cornelius office. We also have a new-to-us property and casualty insurance agent in our Cornelius office. We will be sending separate e-mails soon to give you more introduction to each of them ---

For those of you wondering how we decided on our new name, take a look at our street address --- ?

Through the years, we have developed several strategic relationships with complimentary financial services (car/homeowners/business/liability insurance agents, accountants, mortgage brokers, etc.) and now, as part of our change to North Main Financial, we will be offering those opportunities to our clients. There’s no obligation and these are certainly are not your only options – however, if you have needs in those areas and are looking for referrals, these are folks with whom we have close, long-standing relationships and are confident you will be treated well. More to come soon! ---

While our Dobi Financial e-mail addresses and website will be active for quite some time to allow for the changeover, my new e-mail address ongoing will be Joshua@NorthMainFinancial.com and our new website will be www.NorthMainFinancial.com . The website will be live within the next week or two ---

Be on the lookout for additional e-mails from us regarding all of these exciting new developments. And, as always, please don’t hesitate to let us know as you have questions or would just like to chat – it would be great to hear from you!"

Joshua Dobi


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“Truth, Courage, and Empowerment: Don’t Be Silent”

Conference LogoThe Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Diversity Council will host the Sixth Annual Women’s Conference at The Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive in Cornelius on Thursday, April 19th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. The theme of this year’s conference is “Truth, Courage, and Empowerment: Don’t Be Silent.”

Major Patricia Brown, Sr. Program Developer, Law Enforcement Training for Central Piedmont Community College – Merancas Campus, is the Chair of the 2018 Conference. “This past year a great deal of focus has been placed on sexual harassment and #MeToo Movement. Our Diversity Council discussed this issue at length and we felt this year’s program captured the spirit of women who have met obstacles and barriers to success. Through determination, courage, and resilience women have overcome those challenges and have become role models for a generation of future women executives,” said Brown.

The Keynote Speaker is Dee Worley, Co-Founder and Chief Communications Officer for Worley Global Enterprises. A Lake Norman resident, Dee made a name for herself as a USA and NCAA national and international gymnastics champion. Other speakers include Ms. Christi Ratcliff with Christi Ratcliff Coaching, Dr. Tracie S. Clark, Executive Assistant to the President of Central Piedmont Community College and Dr. Lindsey Mashburn, a local Gynecologist with South Lake Women’s Healthcare. Also joining the lineup is Dr. Janna Son-Yarbrough, Senior Peer Developer with Central Piedmont Community College.DEW Blog Post 19

Wine & Cheese will be served during a fun filled team building exercise. Presented by Atrium Health, the program will be a powerful afternoon of education and networking. The cost is $75, which includes lunch and the wine and cheese event, and attendees can register by calling the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922 or register online at LakeNormanChamber.org.

Gold sponsors of the event include MSC, Duke Energy, and Novant Health. The Silver Spnsor is The Range at Lake Norman. Supporting Sponsors include: El Toro Mexican Restaurant, NextHome Choice Realty, Susan Johnson + Associates, Pinky’s Westside Grill - Huntersville, Pet Pilgrimage, Embroid Me, Magnolia Woods / Savory Moments Catering, LKNHomes.Com Inc. Maureen Roberge, Three Dog Bakery, Jetton Village. Massage Heights, Jetton Village, Sailpointe Lake Norman, and UDA Dental. The Conference Media Sponsor is Business Today/Cornelius Today.

Picture: Dee Worley, Co-Founder and Chief Communications Officer for Worley Global Enterprises will keynote the Lake Norman Chamber Women’s Conference Thursday, April 19th at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius. Contact the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce at 704-892-1922 or visit LakeNormanChamber.org for more details

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 950 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.

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EDCThe following economic development announcement was provided to the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce from our partner the Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation on April 10, 2018. 

Yokohama, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., has announced their plans to locate an R&D facility in Cornelius, North Carolina. Yokohama will bring 56 jobs to the area. 

“Cornelius is a great fit for our company,” said Tetsuya Kuze, vice president of Yokohama Corporation of North Carolina. “The proximity to the airport and the skilled workforce is going to make this facility very successful.”

“Mecklenburg County is pleased to partner with the Town of Cornelius to bring new commercial investment and jobs to the Lake Norman area. This addition of advanced technical and engineering jobs is a great example of the diverse economic base of the County and the workforce available in all parts of the County,” said Peter Zeiler, Director of Mecklenburg County’s Office of Economic Development.

“Yokohama’s planned expansion in Cornelius is a great win for our community. This is an excellent example of how the Town has worked to add additional tax base and high-quality jobs” said Mayor Woody Washam.

“This facility will be an excellent fit for Cornelius and the Lake Norman area. We have a strong and growing International business presence in our community,” said Ryan McDaniels, Executive Director of Lake Norman Economic Development.

Key partners in this project include the North Carolina Community College System, the Charlotte Chamber, The Knox Group, Legacy Pointe Properties and UNC Charlotte.

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

Yokohama Tire Corporation

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing an extensive sales network throughout the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company's complete product line includes tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications.

Lake Norman Economic Development

Lake Norman Economic Development 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 www.lnedc.com.


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008 640x345Last year, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce held three meetings of our regional nonprofits. Those meetings were held at the Lake Norman Chamber, the Ada Jenkins Center, and Lydia’s Loft allowing our nonprofits to share information about each other as well as touch on upcoming events and programs.

Our next meeting of Lake Norman regional nonprofits will be held Tuesday, March 20th from 9-10:30 am at the Levine Dickson Hospice House located at 1900 Vanstory Dr. in Huntersville. Jim Cooper will host our group and for those who can take part, will provide an overview of the facility and conduct a tour.

As of March 19th the following nonprofit organizations had RSVP’d: Hosted by Jim Cooper - Hospice

Anne Clifford - Susan M Tillis Foundation
Pam Schneider and Denise Carter - North Mecklenburg Women’s Club
Jim Christol - Lake Norman Kiwanis
Natasha Marcus -The Ada Jenkins Center
Cindy Deutch - Angels & Sparrows
Keri Taylor - United Way
Bruce McDonald - Beds for Kids
Margi Kyle and Niall with Little Smiles
Steve Verschaeve & Amber Davis - Drive for a Cure
April Cooke - Lake Norman Free Clinic
Michelle Miller Houck - Carolina Raptor Center
Amy Freeze - Our Towns Habitat for Humanity
Jessica Bachard - City Barbeque (Conducts fundraisers for area nonprofits)
Sarah Fortner - Caterpillar Ministries
David Parkins - Welcome Home Veterans/Richards Coffee
Katty Long, Norma and Jill with Lydia's Loft
Vickie Stevens - Just Serve & The Lotta Foundation
Matt McPherson with Make an Impact Foundation
Kandy Schreiner - Transition Tamers
Debbie O'Handley & Jen Grenier - Hope House Foundation
Rochelle Dearman - Carolina Comfort Coalition
David Rochester and guest - Crime stoppers
Bill Russell with the Hugh Torance House and Store / LKN Education Collaborative
Michael Sass – The Catalyst Academy
John Crutchfield, Duke Energy - Community Affairs Chair of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce

 While this meeting is organized by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce for the benefit of our nonprofit members, any non member is welcome to attend. If you have not RSVP'd to Bill Russell, we emcourage you to still attend and share your story.

In the meantime, thank you for your service and commitment to our outstanding community.  

Pictured: Nonprofits meet at First Baptist Church in the Fourth Quarter Meeting of Nonprofits hosted by Lydia's Loft.

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Meck CountyAs 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: Joyner

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.


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March 2018 at a Glance Calendar

March 2018 Calendar

Logo Vert01 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

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