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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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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Lake Norman Chamber Member:

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.

Sincerely,

Bill

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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“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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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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Justin Allen 640x481The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Justin Allen has joined the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Team as a Member and Investor Relations Director. Justin will engage local businesses in our chamber family, looking for opportunities to provide exposure, build healthy business relationships, and to enrich their personal skills and business acumen. If you are already a member of the chamber and are looking at ways to get more involved, contact Justin.

Bill Russell, President of the Chamber, is excited to have Justin on board.  "I met Justin when he was a Sales Designer with Audio Advice, participating in our Annual Business Expo. Justin really worked the crowd with an engaging smile, listening intently to potential customers and clients throughout the day. The thing that struck me about Justin is - he cares. That's the type of person we want representing the Lake Norman Chamber. Someone who will listen to your needs and help you maximize your potential. We are so fortunate Justin has time to give back to the business community through his involvement with the Chamber." 

Justin Allen moved to Huntersville in 2012 from Asheville, NC. Along with his love for people and the human experience, he brought with him a passion for local business and a desire to help others achieve success in their own terms.

Justin's career focus has always been on providing an extraordinary customer experience. His education background in psychology and communications provide an excellent foundation to help business owners figure out new and interesting ways to do just that.

He and his wife Rachel share 3 girls, 3 boys and 2 very mismatched dogs. Justin is a proud member of BLU (Business Leaders United) and the Lake Norman Small Business Network.

Justin is proud to be a part of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. He loves supporting local business and he knows that the promotion, resources and advocacy that the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce provides are fundamental to healthy business growth here in the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius and greater Lake Norman region. Justin can be reached at 704-618-9454 or email at JustindAllen@yahoo.com.

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Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
2017 Annual Report - Unabridged

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Business Growth & Regional Advancement

• Promoted BusinessWorks! seminars: Cash Flow; Social Media; Selling; Marketing Strategies; Negotiation Skills; Networking; Best Business Practices; Communications; Business Planning; Dream Teams; Best Apps; and Small Business Trends. This year the Chamber collaborated with SCORE to coordinate BusinessWorks programs.
• Other Business Seminars have included: Simple Steps for Starting a Business; Reinventing Yourself; Networking 2.0; Managing your online reputation; Trade Show Selling; Tips for Job Seekers; Goal Setting.
• Hosted Quarterly Economic Forecast Lunch n’ Learns
• Promoted a Small Business Week kicked off by a lunch program – Lunch & Launch Innovations, dreams, and Community Branding keynoted by Alan Wilson, McCormick Spice with 139 attending. The week included programs with The Lake Norman Small Business Network, Business Leaders United, and culminated with the selection of a Small Business of the Year and finalists.
• Helped facilitate meetings and promoted Lake Norman e-Commerce with a mission to nurture and grow online commerce in the lake region.
• Chamber President made calls on businesses in the Towns of Cornelius, Huntersville and Davidson.
• The Chamber continued its partnership with SCORE. SCORE Executives have been utilizing the Chamber counseling businesses in Lake Norman. The Chamber refers local businesses to SCORE for counseling. In 2016, the Chamber created a workplace (phone and computer available to SCORE staff) at the Chamber. SCORE also trained volunteers at the Chamber.
• Maintained an employee bulletin board for jobs postings with HOHT and assisted with H.O.H.T. job fairs until they discontinued services this summer.
• The Chamber has assisted the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation which it helped create with the three North Mecklenburg towns. The Chamber's Chairman serves on the Board. The EDC's executive director is an ex-officio member of the Chamber Board and the Chamber's president is an ex-officio member of the EDC Board to improve communication and help facilitate economic development for the region. Also coordinated Two CEO Roundtables with the EDC: Legislative Wrap-up and Capital.
• Chamber President met with potential start-up businesses in regards to new business development in the Lake Norman region.
• Assisted a new Lake Norman HR organization
• Promoted the Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders Program and recruited a candidate from North Mecklenburg.
• Hosted an Entrepreneurs Only Event at Port City Club.
• Hosted a Lunch and Learn on Microsoft Windows facilitated by a Microsoft Partner.

Communication & Technology

• Coordinated weekly e-Blasts delivered to over 2,550 email addresses weekly with the purpose of keeping our membership informed on all of our upcoming events. Also distributed the Presidents e-Brief on an as needed basis to keep the membership informed on current topics effecting business in the area.
• Regularly posts events/programs to Face Book and Twitter.
• Hosted small business social media programs and seminars.
• Distributed and mailed printed calendar of chamber events monthly called the Splash.
• Hosted BizNet monthly seminars to help members navigate the chamber website in a smaller one-to-one setting with Brett Zabek.
• Partnered with Lake Norman Currents Magazine on relocation magazine for the region called Great Lake Living.
• Continued promoting the Chamber's website.
• Researched and investigating new technology for Randy Marion Board Room.
• Monitored Website, Face Book, and Social Media statistics monthly engaging in several targeted campaigns.
• “Spotlighted” a Chamber Business and Nonprofit member weekly (beginning in November) on the website and distributing via social media.

Community Affairs

• Hosted the Twelfth Annual Public Safety Luncheon recognizing local law enforcement, firemen, and EMS workers from the three North Mecklenburg towns, and Crime Stopper of the Year.
• Hosted meetings of Lake Norman nonprofits at the Chamber, Ada Jenkins, and Solomon House touring the facilities of Ada and the Solomon House after the program.
• Attended community breakfast at Urban League hosted by Duke Energy.
• Recognized a Duke Energy Citizen of the Year and Community Service Award Winner.
• Promoted Davidson College athletics.
• Promoted Loch Norman Highland Games, Sheep Dog Trials, and Carolina Renaissance Festival, and Lotta Foundation.
• Sponsored and promoted events such as Big Day at the Lake, Big Brother/Big Sister Fundraiser, Celebrity Bartender at Alton's for Big Day at the Lake,
• Promoted and supported programming with: Lake Norman Lions, Kiwanis Club, Aktion Club, Rotary (North Mecklenburg, Huntersville, Davidson and Lake Norman Clubs), Toastmasters, Southenders Photo Club.
• Assisted the three North Mecklenburg Towns supporting community events such as the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade, Parks and Recreation, Hello Huntersville, Christmas Tree Lighting, Veterans Day, Veteran Parade, Farmers Markets, etc.
• Assisted the Lake Norman Small Business Network in the promotion of a Lake Norman Community Blood Drive.

Diversity Development Division

• Coordinated a Diversity Council comprised of minority business owners to examine issues in common with women and minority owned business owners and managers.
• Hosted fifth Annual Women's Conference “Shattering the Glass ceiling” keynoted by Dr Marsha Conston with 141 in attendance.
• Hosted the Diversity PowerLuncheon keynoted by Former NFL and UGA Hall of Fame Running Back Tim Worley and a diversity recognition program for smaller business (Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics) and larger corporate businesses (Ensemble Health Partners) which recognize businesses that practice outstanding diversity management and a Diversity Champion Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham. The event was attended by approximately 80 people.
• Participated and helped coordinate a Multi-Cultural Event in conjunction with the Smithfield Jazz Festival.
• Held four Lunch n’ Learns at CPCC Merancas Campus and Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center on issues ranging Cultural Diversity and Diversity in Disparity in Mental Health to Healthcare Diversity.

Lake Norman Education Collaborative

• Promoted the Lake Norman Education Collaborative with a mission to increase educational resources in North Mecklenburg.
• In 2017 the Collaborative focus shifted to Workforce Development hosting two speed networking events at Hopewell High School. One for Hospitality and Tourism and one for the Engineering Academy. We look to expand that program in 2018 to reach out to other area high schools and potentially middle schools as well since 8th grade students start choosing classes of interest for high school. The Chamber also participated in a Career Day at Pine Lake Prep.
• Working with the EDC, the Collaborative partnered with Keller Technologies and the Engineering Academy at Hopewell to provide support to the program as well as hosted three interns over the summer.
• The Chamber coordinated a school supply drive for area high schools. School Counselors now have access to supplies for students in need. We were able to deliver school supplies to all of our area high schools, both public and charter.
• Partnering with Cornelius and Huntersville Parks and Recreation, the Collaborative was able to deliver over 1000 tennis balls to area elementary schools.
• The ongoing efforts to build relationships with CMS and the business community have continued.
• Held a CEO Roundtable discussion on education with the EDC as well as participated in the Huntersville Mayor’s discussion and networking event on education.
• Working with the EDC in 2017-2018 in an attempt to bring Edge Factor to the area.
• Coordinated in partnership with CMS – North Learning Center officials a Speed Networking event at Hopewell High School and Career Day at Hough High School as well as Future Business Leaders of America Graduation. Hosted a PowerLuncheon with CMS Superintendents (Current and incoming) Dr. Ann Clark and Dr Clayton Wilcox.
• Hosted a Focus Friday with Charter and Private Schools.
• Assisted North Meck High School Auto Department with Fundraiser in conjunction with LKN Chamber Foundation.
• Co - Hosted the second North Mecklenburg Education Summit with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools attended by approx. 180 people at Christ Covenant Church – Partnerships with a Purpose.
• Chamber President represented the Chamber on the Hopewell High School Hospitality and Tourism Academy Board.

 Finance & Operations

• Issued Statements of Financial Position and Statements of Financial Activity to the Board of Directors and continues to maintain a positive cash flow, building reserves.
• Held finance committee meetings to include all Chamber staff and detailed review of accounts receivable to include in-depth discussion on open balances.
• Secured a line of credit in the event of an emergency $20,000.
• Conducted interviews to outsource Bookkeeping Services.
• The Chamber is a member of and active in the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE).
• The Chamber's president is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hugh Torrance House & Store, ex-officio Board of Directors of the Ada Jenkins Center, Board of Directors of Visit Lake Norman, Board of Directors Lake Norman Economic Development Corp., Board of Directors of Our Towns Habitat (Chair of the Leadership Committee), Board of Directors of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism - Hopewell High School (2017), member of the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club, member of the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club, Aktion Club Advisor, President of the Winthrop University Pi Kappa Phi Alumni Corporation, Board of Trustees United States Junior Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
• Promoted the Chamber's Office Depot program through communications and enclosing a program card in every 'Thank You' that was sent to new members and renewing members. The Office Depot program has generated $5,300 through 11/17. Last year the program generated $5,387 .by year end.

Membership Programs and Services

• Membership of 940 members.
• Membership Retention Rate 81.8%
• 131 members joined the Chamber thru 12/01 vs. 106 by year end 2016.
• 4 orientations were held at the Chamber with attendance ranging from 10 to 30 people.
• New member decals and Office Depot cards were distributed to new and renewing members.
• New marketing materials were ordered including Name Badges for Board Members and Ambassadors and rack cards/brochures.
• Reviewed investment schedule comparing in with other regional chambers of commerce and made a slight increase associated with new membership investments.
• The Vice Chair of Membership Services approved all Ambassadors after an application process.
• Ambassadors are expected to maintain certain standards in representing the Chamber.
• Past due statements for 30, 60 and 90 days were delivered via email and US Mail. New past due letters and drop letters written and signed by President are mailed.
• Overdue members are contacted by telephone, email or in person by Chamber Staff.
• Held 22 Business AfterHours and Mixers with an average attendance 50+.
• Held 7 Business BeforeHours / Speed Networking Events averaging between 35 - 50 attendees.
• Celebrated 34 Ribbon Cuttings
• Held 5 Power Luncheons with an average attendance 80
• 2017 Annual Banquet at Peninsula Yacht Club had 198 attendees.
• 2017 Business Expo held at Davidson College had 162 exhibitors
• 2017 Annual Golf Tournament held at Birkdale Country Club in collaboration with BLU with 128 golfers.
• Hosted 3 regional Speed Networking monthly with Sam's Club which including the Mooresville, Statesville, and Lake Norman Chambers of Commerce with 40-60 attending.
• Conducted and graduated 25 individuals from the Chamber's 20th Leadership Lake Norman program. Class XXI has 27 people enrolled.
• Continued to promote and encourage the Lake Norman Chamber Young Professionals who meet monthly for networking and business seminars and self-improvement programs. Close to 60 young professionals participate in the group.

Public Policy

• Chamber officers have attended government meetings (Town Board Meetings, Coffee Chats, Workshops) to keep abreast of local issues and their impact to the Lake Norman business community.
• Held Candidate Forums in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville for local boards as well as Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.
• Met regularly with members of the press and issued statements on behalf of the Chamber and business community.
• Focus Friday briefings have been held on a variety of topics including: Regional Nonprofits, Three Town Manager Reports; Ramsey Creek Beach; Charter & Private Schools; 2017 Legislative Session (House Perspective); Highway #73 Council of Planning and Development along the NC 73 corridor; Creating an Arts Awareness at LKN; 2017 Wrap up on Legislative Session (Senate & House Perspective); CMS School Bonds; Road Building and LKN Regional Road Projects; 2017 Federal Tax Update; Ramsey Creek Beach Update.
• An Elected Officials luncheon was held, keynoted by NC Senator Jeff Tarte honoring our town boards, and recognizing outgoing elected officials.
• Conducted a Greater Statesville / Lake Norman Chamber Academy of Political Leadership to train, educate, and nurture candidates for local, county, and state office, regardless of political affiliation with the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce. Nine Candidates participated of which six ran for elected office and three were elected.
• Met with Duke Energy officials and representatives of the Lake Norman Marine Commission regarding Mosquito abatement and encouraged Mecklenburg County officials to continue the program in the Lake Norman communities of Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius (Shoreline).
• Held discussions with the Lake Norman Marine Commission regarding the Hydrilla issue which is again becoming a potential threat to Lake Noman.
• Issued a Board Statement on HB 186 regarding the repeal / reset of the controversial HB2.
• Issued a Board Statement in regards to SB 313 regarding small brewing manufacturers.
• Issued a Board Statement opposing the $922 million CMS School Bond.

Transportation

• The Chamber issued a resolution opposing toll lanes at Lake Norman in June 2015 and continued throughout 2017 holding weekly strategy meetings with key stakeholder groups and elected/business officials opposing the lanes, held workshops and business briefings educating the membership and public on the issue, conducting numerous television, radio, and print interviews, and made several trips to Raleigh meeting with our state delegation on the issue. Appointed representative to the I77 Policy Advisory Group.
• The Chamber has actively promoted and encouraged mass transit and other transportation alternatives for North Mecklenburg/Lake Norman through resolutions, press releases, newsletter articles, forums, hearings, and workshops.
• The Chamber has participated in the Charlotte Regional Chamber Briefings discussing transportation, economic development, public policy, and entrepreneurship.
• The Chamber has advocated road improvements and an access management study of NC Highway 73 since 1997 along with the Lincolnton-Lincoln County and Cabarrus Regional Chambers of Commerce. Since the conclusion of the study, the Chamber has appointed a past Chamber chairman as a member to the NC Hwy 73 Council of Planning.
• Hosted DOT Workshops on Huntersville exit 23 Exit 28 Torence Chapel Rd improvements as well as participate in community stakeholder groups on transportation projects.

 

 

 

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NeilBurkeThe Lake Norman Chamber will be discussing Local Transportation at the Friday, February 16th Focus Friday when it hosts The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO). The program, held from 8:30 until 10 am at the Chamber’s Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, will feature a presentation on the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Neil Burke, AICP, PTP, the Transportation Planning Coordinator for the CRTPO will review MTP Development Activities and discuss how local businesses and citizens can provide input on the Draft MTP.

Burke, in this role, assists in the development of transportation plans, public involvement processes and prioritization efforts throughout Iredell, Mecklenburg and Union counties. With over 15 years of experience in the Transportation industry, he has held previous positions with a municipal government, transportation consulting firms, a transportation research institution and state department of transportation. He holds a Master of Science degree in Transportation from Iowa State University and a Bachelor in Geography and Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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.

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