On Friday, January 18th at 6:30 pm Chamber officers and members will gather at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius to celebrate this past year of accomplishments and reward key individuals, businesses, and organizations who set the benchmark in the Lake Norman region. The prestigious Cashion Business Person of the Year as well as the Duke Citizenship & Service Award will be presented.

Pic 1 Paul CameronThe theme for the evening is “Connect * Engage * Inspire” and features Guest Speaker Paul Cameron, recently retired from WBTV after a 37-year career with the station serving as News and Sports Anchor. An award winning veteran of 42 years, Cameron makes his home in Cornelius with his wife Jan. He won the UPI national Best Sports award and numerous other awards for motorsports, golf and tennis coverage. In 1996, Cameron became prime news anchor for WBTV News at 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm. He was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba after the 9/11 attacks to cover US Marines from North Carolina guarding Taliban prisoners. He has interviewed a number of dignitaries and presidents including George W. Bush and Barack Obama in the White House. In his 22 years as news anchor, Cameron earned “News Anchor of the Year” by Creative Loafing and other publications.

Joshua Dobi, 2018 Board Chair states, “the Chamber Gala Event is an exciting opportunity to hear from our local business leaders and community professionals as we reflect on 2018 and look forward to the exciting things ahead for our Lake Norman region. We are also thrilled to hear from retiring WBTV anchor and Charlotte institution, Paul Cameron – a fixture in our region’s living rooms through his television broadcasts for nearly four decades.”

Entrepreneurship will continue to be a focus for the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce in 2019 as the Chamber works with SCORE and Central Piedmont Community College to promote business incubation and development in the lake region. In addition to Cameron’s remarks, the Chamber will again present The McIntosh Law Firm Passion to Succeed (Entrepreneur of the Year) Award. The award is presented annually by firm founder and past chamber chairman Bob McIntosh.

The program includes remarks by Dobi as well as the induction of new Board Chair Tricia Sisson from Cornelius.

The Presenting Sponsor of the 2019 Annual Banquet is Atrium Health. Gold Sponsors include Duke Energy, Novant Health, The McIntosh Law Firm, and Wells Fargo. The Silver Sponsors are Truliant Federal Credit Union and First National Bank. Bronze Sponsors include: EnergyUnited, and MSC Industrial Supply. * sponsors as of January 2, 2019.

Tickets are $95 per person and available at lakenormanchamberbanquet.com or by calling 704-892-1922.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with 900 active members, serves the business communities of Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and the greater Lake Norman region.

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UIC 002Founders of a community group organized after the Charlottesville riots in 2017, have been selected by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce as Individual Diversity Champions for 2018. Willie and Pam Jones, Sue Rankin - White, and Ron Parts are the three key founders and original members of the community network called Unity in Community.

Unity in Community is focused on education and reduction of discrimination and segregation in the Lake Norman area. The primary vehicle is small groups of mixed race, gender and ethnicity who study history and share personal experiences related to discrimination and racial bias.

Following the Charlottesville riots and death of Heather Heyer in August 2017, local churches organized a prayer vigil in the Village Green in Davidson. At that event, individuals signed up to participate in discussions on racial issues. Joel Simpson (formerly Associate Pastor at Mt Zion United Methodist Church) along with Willie and Pam, Sue and Ron emerged as leaders and organized small mixed-race groups. The small groups meet regularly, and they have become a place of trust to share history and personal challenges.

Members talk frankly about institutional and individual racism. Larger scale events have been held that bring together citizens of differing races to hear speakers talk on related topics. They established committees that focus on Social Justice, Education, and Communications. The three Diversity Champions have taken the lead, built trust and continuity. Georgia Krueger, Executive Director of the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, has also been extremely involved with the group.

Current priorities include voter registration and the saving of Smithville, the oldest historically African American neighborhood at Lake Norman. After more education and an expansion of members, UiC will focus on solutions that will help close the racial divide and reduce poverty among minority residents.

Also recognized was Central Piedmont Community College whose Merancus Campus serves the north end of Mecklenburg County. CPCC’s commitment to workforce development and diversity has placed it at the forefront of efforts to address issues of economic mobility in the region.Diversity 37 1

Top Right Picture: Founding members of Unity in Community (UiC) receive the Individual Champions of Diversity Award from the Lake Norman Chamber. Pictured are: Willie and Pam Jones, Sue Rankin White, Chris Hailey, Ron Potts, and Bill Russell. Photo by John McHugh – Ocaid Photography.

Bottom Right Picture: CPCC’s Merancas Campus was cited by the Lake Norman Chamber as the nonprofit Diversity Champion for 2018. Pictured is Diversity Chair Chris Hailey, Clidell Conston, Mike Price, Nzingha Williams, Andrea Ambercrombie, William Kennedy, and Major Pat Brown – CPCC, along with Chamber President Bill Russell. Photo by John McHugh – Ocaid Photography.

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Huntersville’s Southwire Company honored for Diversity Practices

Corporate Diversity RSouthwire Company, LLC, North America’s Leading manufacturer of wire and cable used in the distribution and transmission of electricity, was honored last week for its diversity and inclusion practices by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Southwire’s Huntersville facility was singled out among Lake Norman companies for its hiring and management practices and for encouraging its employees to develop a better understanding and appreciation of other employees when it comes to sex, race, and cultural identity.

Nearly one hundred business and community leaders gathered at the River Run Country Club as Michelle Murphy, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion and Global Talent Acquisition for Ingersoll Rand in Davidson, gave an inspirational message on “The Business of Belonging.” Murphy shared how Ingersoll Rand is fostering a spirit of inclusiveness throughout the company.

The Lake Norman Chamber annually recognizes Champions of Diversity who are working to bring the Lake Norman communities together. Chamber Diversity Chair Chris Hailey, a former Director of Central Piedmont Community College’s Criminal Justice Center, was on hand to join Chamber of Commerce President Bill Russell as they recognized the founding members of Unity in Community for their individual efforts, Central Piedmont’s Merancas Campus as the non-profit honoree, and Southwire Company as the Corporate Diversity Champion of the Year.

Chris McGill, Plant Manager, and Jasmine Monet, Human Resource Specialist, were in attendance to receive the award. McGill noted, “Southwire Company in Huntersville is committed to creating and sustaining a culture that appreciates all of our differences – our backgrounds, skills and perspectives. A place where people feel free to grow, trusted to try and empowered to be themselves.”Diversity Corp 2 40

McGill added that Southwire’s people are what makes the company strong and unique. Recognizing, valuing and celebrating each other’s differences creates limitless opportunities for the employees and organization.

Picture Top Left: Southwire Company, LLC in Huntersville was selected as the 2018 Corporate Diversity Champion by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Pictured is Chris Hailey – Chamber Diversity Chair, Jasmine Monet and Chris McGill from Southwire Company, and Bill Russell with the Chamber. Photo by John McHugh – Ocaid Photography.

Picture Bottom RightFrom left to right: Aaron Whiteside, Jasmine Monet, Sarah Ursitti, Jacob Fearington, Christopher McGill.Photo by John McHugh – Ocaid Photography.




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Stacy Phillips Amy Holthouser Dec 2018 640x427Stacy Phillips, Manager of the Old Store Produce in Huntersville, has been selected as the December 2018 Hometown Hero by The McIntosh Law Firm in Davidson.  Stacy, a lifelong resident of Huntersville, is the daughter of Huntersville Town Commissioner Danny Phillips and his wife Madeline.  Old Store Produce is an active member of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.

A couple of years ago, Stacy started an event called “Galentine’s Day” which is held each February. She gathers a hundred or so women from the Lake Norman area who donate feminine hygiene and toiletries items for homeless women. While many organizations provide food and clothing to the homeless, hygiene items are often forgotten. The event has been a huge success supplying several shelters with a full year’s worth of women’s hygiene supplies!

Stacy is also the creator of “Connect Meck With Kindness”, a Facebook group with 560+ members and growing. The mission of “Connect Meck With Kindness” is to link people together who wish to help our homeless neighbors in Mecklenburg County. For more information click the link Connect with Kindness.     

She is a member of Hope Chapel. Stacy says, “Hope Chapel is a church for our homeless neighbors where they can receive lunch and obtain clothing, hygiene, and other necessary items. Homeless visitors to Hope Chapel are welcome to stay for church service if they choose.”

As if all of the above is not enough, Stacy is also involved with Watchmen of the Streets, Each Life Has a Place, and Holly’z Hope.

Bob McIntosh, Founder of the Firm and Past Board Chair of the Lake Norman Chamber stated, "Miss Phillips is the epitome of what The McIntosh Law Firm recognize as a TRUE HOMETOWN HERO! Congratulations to Stacy Phillips and thank you for your service to our community."

A donation has been made to Hope Chapel in Honor of Stacy’s recognition.

Pictured with Stacy is Amy N. Holthouser,an Attorney with The McIntosh Law Firm.  Amy's area of practice include: Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning; Probate & Estate Administration; Business and Succession Planning; Civil Litigation, and Collections (Medical, Consumer, and Commercial).

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SCORESCORE is comprised of mentors who are active and retired business men and women providing clients with free and confidential business counseling. Counseling can be conducted at the client`s place of business, at our chapter headquarters, by telephone or via email. SCORE mentors and representatives from the local business community also conduct a variety of regularly scheduled, low-cost educational workshops that provide valuable information and techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business. Visit us at https://charlotte.score.org/

What Score can do for Lake Norman Chamber Members:

• Assist in dealing with problems that are affecting performance and profitability
• Help them improve sales and profits through best practice business development ( sales , marketing and customer service)
• Help them to better understand their financial statements - Balance sheet to improve cash flow and P&L to improve profitability. Assist in calculating key ratios and cash flow analysis. Show how to use ratios as a tool.
• Deep dive into their biggest problems- e.g..-Inventory analysis: turns, aging, valuation. Margin Analysis: e.g. volume, identify best and worst business/items/ services, costs of goods and production costs and efficiencies. Improve or get rid of worst business and get more of the best. Treat the causes and not the symptoms.
• Look at management structure and identify redundancies, accountability, find right level of people needed
• Develop “measurables” and help set goals and tracking for each.
• Examine purchasing practices to maximize price discounts as well as too maintain proper levels of inventory. Goal should be to be as good or better than best in industry.
• Look at receivables and payables with goal of improving the working capital cycle
• Deep dive into every cost and revenue stream—find hidden costs and unseen opportunities-need to set goals, measurements and goals to achieve
• Obtain industry benchmarking data to identify areas needing improvement and prioritize areas to be attacked
• Help with preparing business plan and operating budget
• Look at debt structure and opportunities to reduce debt and increase cash flow
• Help in managing growth with Financial Gap analysis

Our Score mentors have years of successful experience in doing all these things-and more! We have turned businesses around –both our own and our clients. In addition to many business owners and former C level executives, our group includes many former executives of various business functions of major corporations. These individuals have run Sales organizations, been VPs of Operations, Purchasing, Legal—the list goes on. We have many local business people who have run successful retail stores and restaurants. We also have CPAs, Attorneys, former bank loan officers and owners of marketing and social media consulting companies. Our mentors are widely network to other subject matter expert professional who serve small business.

We would love the opportunity to work with Lake Norman Chamber Members who may need help with one or more problem areas in their business.

Ed Kennedy is VP of Client services with SCORE Charlotte. Email: Ed.Kennedy@scorevolunteer.org

Dru Carpenito is a certified SCORE Mentor and the head of client service for established businesses in the Charlotte SCORE Chapter. Email: dru.carpenito@scorevolunteer.org



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Charrette/Informational Open House for INGLESIDE, ca. 1855

December 4th, 2018 - 4PM to 7PM

7225 Bud Henderson Rd., Huntersville


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will be engaging with the public, the development community, the real estate community, non-profits, community leaders, and local government officials to discuss potential uses for the historic Ingleside property. The structure of the Charette/Informational Open House will be informal and our Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Members are encouraged to drop-in anytime between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

RSVP to:
Jennifer Coots


Stewart Gray
Mecklenburg County
Senior Preservation Planner
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission
2100 Randolph Rd, Charlotte NC 28207

(704) 376-9115
(704) 999-3084 - Cell


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Sheepy1(Huntersville, NC) Every dog is super at this one-of-a-kind dog event for the Charlotte area! Bring your family, friends, and dog (or dogs) to Historic Rural Hill for one of the area’s best known dog events, now in its twenty-third year! The weekend of canine fun is November 10 and 11 from 10 AM – 4 PM each day. Tickets are available online or may be purchased at the gate. Single day admission is only $11 per person, $8 for children ages 5 – 12, and ages 4 and under are free. 2-day tickets are also available at www.ruralhill.com.

The Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials & Dog Festival features the National Border Collie Shepherding Championships, the high-flying Carolina Dock Dogs, Canine Agility Club Competitions, and Dog Sports demonstrations featuring the Piper Novak Dog Training. Rural Hill's 265 acres and open trails are available to explore along with heritage breed livestock, hay rides, historic craft and cooking demos, food vendors, shopping, antique tractors, living history demonstrations in the 1760’s cabin, pumpkin chunkin’, corn launchin’, kid’s activities, and more. Food and beverage vendors will be on site including North Carolina beer, wine, and cider!

Visit www.ruralhill.net for full event details and to purchase tickets.

Please note: Pursuant to Mecklenburg County Ordinance, Rural Hill is now a tobacco-free zone. This includes both smoking, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and other such devices. This includes the campground. This is a Mecklenburg County Law that Rural Hill must follow.Sheepy 2

Celebrating more than 250 years in history…Rural Hill is located at 4431 Neck Road (off Beatties Ford Road) in Huntersville, 28078. The former homestead of Major John and Violet Davidson, the 265 acre site is maintained and promoted by Rural Hill and features annual events such as the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games, the Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze and the Rural Hill Sheep Dog Trials. Rural Hill Inc. is a non-profit organization supported through membership and donations, and with proceeds from its events utilized for the preservation of historic Rural Hill and its education efforts. For more information on events or for financial support accepted securely online, please visit www.ruralhill.net.

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NonprofitTwenty five area Lake Norman nonprofits attended a quarterly meeting held at Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen in Huntersville. The meeting hosted by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce allowed the executives, staff, and volunteers from regional nonprofits and civic clubs to share programs, fundraisers, and activities being held in the last quarter of the year as well as the mission of each organization. The meeting was facilitated by Chamber President & CEO Bill Russell.

Nonprofits who participated included: The Cain Center for the Arts, Butterfly Nation, Answer Scholarships, American Legion – Huntersville. Lake Norman - Huntersville Rotary Club, The Catalyst Academy, Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationist, Lydia’s Loft, The Aktion Club, North Mecklenburg Women’s Club, Solace for the Children, Caterpillar Ministries, North Meck Crime Stoppers, Hugh Torance House & Store, Just Serve, The Lotta Foundation, Community Pregnancy Center of Lake Norman, Thrivent, Puma Homes, Beds for Kids, Little Smiles, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, Lake Norman Kiwanis, North Mecklenburg Rotary Club, and Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen who hosted the meeting.

The next meeting is expected to take place Feb 2019 at the American Legion in Huntersville.

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Our November BusinessWorks will be held Noon to 1:15 at the Lake Norman Chamber. It is a Lunch n’ Learn program and we encourage you to bring a lunch and learn with us!

This month we look at reducing workplace injuries with ergonomics. Scott Collins is the owner of Posture Depot in Mooresville. Posture Depot offers unique ergonomic solutions that help employers reduce injuries, absenteeism, and insurance claims while increasing employee productivity, satisfaction, and retention.

Scott will point out that Ergonomics is not “Rocket Science”; discuss the cost of workplace Injuries; share Posture Pointers as well as solutions that work.

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.

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798 640x480While the 2018 Lake Norman Business Expo is now in the record books and Chamber officials are looking at dates for the 2019 show, Denise Dumford is enjoying a Brand new High Definition Television courtesy of KS Audio Video. Dumford, and employee of Pet Pilgrimage in Mooresville won the television from the approximately 200 cards turned in at the end of the day.

Denise is the office manager at Pet Pilgrimage Crematory & Memorials. She has been serving families for more than 2 years as a Comfort Care Coordinator as well as handling all matters pertaining to the inner office. She is an integral part of our family here at Pet Pilgrimage.

Pet Pilgrimage Crematory & Memorials is a unique service helping families through the loss of a beloved furry, feathered or scaly companions. We feel our pets are part of the family and our mission is to help families on one of the hardest days of their lives. We offer dignified pet cremation, memorial products and grief support.

"I was shocked when they called my name. I couldn't believe that my name was drawn out of all the people that participated.I was so excited because I have never won anything like this before. A big shout out to the ladies from Hilton Garden Inn in Mooresville for helping me find the last Bingo stickers on my playing card. Thank you so much!"

The Toshiba 50” LED 2160p Smart 4K Ultra HD TV was donated by KS Audio Video in Cornelius.

Pictured is Mike Cook with Cavin Cook Funeral Service and Pet Pilgrimage along with Densie Dumford - Pet Pilgrimage Crematory & Memorials.

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