Join us for Focus Friday – August 17th 8:30 to 10:00 am

Focus on Transportation: Bike Paths and Rapid Transit in the North Corridor

Speakers: Geoff Steele – The Hummingbird Trail and Jason Lawrence - Senior Transportation Planner, Charlotte Area Transit System

The August Focus Friday will be a Focus on Transportation. Specifically an examination of potential bike trails and rapid transit in the North corridor.

The Focus Friday takes on Friday, July 20th from 8:30 to 10 am in the Randy Marion Board Room 19900 West Catawba Avenue Suite 201.Cornelius

Huntersville resident Geoff Steele will be on hand to discuss alternative transportation options in the Piedmont. Steele will discuss a transportation vision that supports a regional park 30 feet wide and 42 miles long – The Hummingbird Trail!

In addition, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will share options for the most effective rapid transit modes and alignments that match the region’s current land-use and transit values. The presentation will inform attendees on feedback heard in the fall of 2017 and will provide local business owners / managers with an opportunity to provide input on options presented. Attendees will learn about:

• The history of the LYNX Red Line and how we move forward
• Current proposed transit options in the north
• Information about rail to the airport and how rapid transit could integrate in Center City Charlotte

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.

The program 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 Speakers:

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At 75, Geoff Steele has been around awhile and yet he still believes the bicycle is the most efficient and economical transportation device ever designed by man. Since age 3, he has spent a lot of time on 2-wheelers, including 27 years of bike-commuting to/from work in the Washington DC metro region and recreating with family on bikes. The robust greenway and trail network there often found Geoff putting more annual miles on his bike than a car. So it was no surprise he hoped to find similar facilities here in the NC Piedmont after retiring. That didn’t quite pan out, so Geoff is now joining with others trying to improve our human-powered recreational environment -- to better and more safely accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

Jason Lawrence - Senior Transportation Planner, Charlotte Area Transit System  Jason

Jason Lawrence joined the Charlotte Area Transit System in 2000. For the past 18 years he has been the lead Transportation Planner for transit corridors in the 2030 Transit System Plan. He has also performed bus service planning, demographic analysis, implemented the Sprinter Airport Enhanced Bus service and was a member of the LYNX Blue Line Extension Light Rail Team.

In 2016 Jason successfully guided a public process for the LYNX Silver Line Southeast Corridor Transit study that led to an approved light rail alignment from Uptown Charlotte to the Town of Matthews. Currently, Jason is leading a study to update the 2030 Transit System Plan. This effort will conclude in December 2018 with new rapid transit recommendations for the North and West corridors and strategies to implement and complete the 2030 System Plan.

In 2017 Jason was selected at the 2016 City of Charlotte Employee of the Year. Jason Lawrence has a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte

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August BusinessWorks!
Tuesday, August 14th 8:30-10 am
Topic: "Appointment Setting Mastery"


AppointmentOur August BusinessWorks will once again be held at our NEW TIME – Noon to 1:15 at the Chamber. It is a Lunch n’ Learn program and we encourage you to bring a lunch and learn with us!

This month we are fortunate to have Wes Muntz, Account Representative with WSIC Radio. Wes will share the importance of scheduled, well-crafted phone sessions; provide guidance on who, when and why to call; share insights to improve the likelihood of reaching the proper person and obtaining a one-on-one appointment; and help establish easily understood metrics that the attendees can utilize in their sales calls. Don’t miss this informative session!

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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After being a loyal listener for 20 years, Wes joined the WSIC team in February of 2014. Born in Cleveland Ohio, Wes graduated from Liberty University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, an Associates Degree in applied science as well as a bachelors and Masters Degree in Theology. After college, Wes served in the United States Air Force until 1996 when moved to Statesville. As a member of the WSIC team, Wes enjoys meeting with business owners to learn about their passions and using his three decades of marketing experience to assist connecting these businesses with the community. Wes is married and has two grown children. In addition to his work with WSIC, Wes is also the pastor of a local church.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 950 members, represents businesses in the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman region. For more information, visit LakeNormanChamber.org.

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The below is a compiled list of activities and events for the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce for the Month of August. The events are intended for Chamber Members. If you are not a member of the Chamber, we encourage you to attend an event as a guest. We will record your attendance and contact you about your interest in joining our Chamber! All events are subject to change.  For a more accurate detailed listing of activities consult the Chamber webstie calendar.  

August 2018 Calendar


02 5:30 pm Summer Business Mixer On Q Financial, 9624 Bailey Road, Suite 290, Cornelius. Network with businesses throughout the region from Huntersville to Mooresville.

Night Out07 National Night Out with our Public Safety Departments. Cornelius: Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road 6-8 pm; Davidson: Roosevelt Wilson Park 5 – 7 pm; Huntersville Northcross Shopping Center 9751 Sam Furr Rd, Waymer Park 14200 Holbrooks Rd and Huntington Green 12000 Tuscaloosa Rd 5 – 8 pm. For more info visit LakeNormanChamber.org

08 5:00 pm Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening, Riverwalk Apartment Homes, 6587 Riverwalk Loop, Denver. Join us in welcoming this new business to our Chamber family.

09 4-4:45 pm Lake Norman Chamber Ambassador Meeting for Chamber Ambassadors Only taking place at Harp & Crown 19930 W Catawba Ave, Cornelius. Followed by Group Photo at the Chamber.

09 5-7:00 pm Good Old Fashioned Auto Repair 15th Anniversary Celebration taking place in the Randy Marion Conference Room – Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Join Joe & Terri Carbon for this celebration and business mixer.

10 7:30 am Second Friday Speed Networking at Sam’s Club, 646 River Hwy, Mooresville. Our quarterly networking event with the Lake Norman, Mooresville, and Statesville Chambers of Commerce is back this month. Join us!

14 BusinessWorks Noon at the Chamber Topic: "Appointment Setting Mastery." Speaker: Wes Muntz, Account Representative with WSIC Radio. It is a Lunch n’ Learn program and we encourage you to bring a lunch and learn with us!

14 6:30 pm Young Professionals at Port City Club, 18665 Harborside Dr, Cornelius. Open to Chamber members or employees of chamber members 21-39 years of age. For more information visit: lakenormanyoungprofessionals.com.

16 5:30 pm Business AfterHours, Atrium Health in Davidson 705 Griffith Street, Davidson. Don’t miss an opportunity to create and nurture business relationships at this AfterHours networking event.Players Ad Jpeg 640x427

17 8:30 am Focus Friday at the Chamber. Topic: Focus on Transportation – Hummingbird Trail and CATS. This program will examine the Hummingbird Bike trail as well as examine CATS rapid transit plans in the North Corridor.

23 Annual Lake Norman Chamber Captain's Choice Golf Tournament - Shotgun Start at 1 pm Mooresville Golf Club Single Player $125 / Foursome $500 To register visit LakeNormanChamber.org or call 704-892-1922. A great way to build business relationships in a social setting.

23 Junior Leadership Lake Norman Retreat for registered High School Juniors only at Rural Hill – Huntersville.

27 5:30 pm Chamber Board of Directors Meeting Location: To be determined

29 8:00 am Ribbon Cutting, Performance Rehab Associates at LKN,19607 W. Catawba Avenue, Suite 104, Cornelius. Join us in welcoming this new Business!

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Lauren attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will be a sophomore this fall. She is studying media and journalism and enjoys reading, writing, and keeping up with current events. She is an active member of Phi Beta Chi sorority where she helps with philanthropy events and participates in various social events throughout the year. Lauren attended South Iredell High School in Statesville as a part of the International Baccalaureate program. While in the IB program, she completed over 200 hours of community service with various organizations such as the Lowe’s YMCA, Fifth Street Ministries, and her church. Lauren was also a participant in the 2015-2016 Youth Leadership program with the Statesville Chamber of Commerce where she learned about the inner workings of the community. In her free time, Lauren can be found hiking, baking, or kayaking on Lake Norman.

Max Pruss

Max Pruss is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Although he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Max graduated from Hough High School in 2017 as a four year member of the lacrosse team and National Hispanic Honors Society. In college, Max is majoring in business and keeps himself busy outside of the classroom with intramural sports and a position as philanthropy chair in the Sigma Chi Fraternity. His interests are in finance, and after college Max intends to go into investment banking. Max adds, "Go Heels!"

The two interns are contacting members getting up to date information, working on the golf tournament and expo registrations, and creating new marketing materials. 

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WSIC 105.9 FM Ribbon Cutting and Business Mixer - Tuesday, July 31 11:30 to 1:00 pm
Trump National Golf Course

WSIC, home to 100.7 FM, 105.9 FM and 1400 AM invites Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Members to a ribbon cutting and mixer at Trump National Golf Course 120 Trump Square Mooresville, NC 28117. Food & Drinks, Networking, Door Prizes and More! Join us for this special occasion announcing the enhancements to WSIC!

 

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Great downstarirs 3 640x310The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the signature event of the Chamber, the Lake Norman Business Expo, is set to take place at the NEW Huntersville Recreation Center located at 11836 Verhoeff Drive in Hunterville. The location is beside the Merancas Campus of Central Piedmont Community College and directly across the street from the Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics Center. The date of the show is Thursday, October 11th from 11 am until 5 pm.

The Lake Norman Business Expo is again presented by Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Randy Marion Auto Group.

This location in Huntersville gives the trade show an opportunity to take advantage of a higher population and business density. On a single floor, businesses are concentrated in one area in contrast to the three different areas at the Davidson Belk Arena which hosted previous events. There is also ample parking with both the Recreation Center Parking Lot and a shared lot with CPCC, which is not in session that day allowing for more parking for guests.

Sponsorship sales have opened with general booth sales expected to begin later this month. There is no increase in costs from the 2017 Expo. To register for a sponsorship simply visit 2018 Lake Norman Chamber Expo Sponsorship or call the chamber at 704-892-1922 for more information.

The Business Expo, celebrating its 18th Anniversary, has become the largest business to business trade show in the lake region. Bill Russell, president of the chamber is excited about the new move. “We are grateful to Davidson College for hosting the previous Expos outside of the first Expo held in Cornelius in 2001 and one outing at CPCC in 2010. This new location, while smaller, allows our Expo to showcase about 110 businesses in one location. The new recreation center also allows us to capitalize on a larger population and business district than in previous years.”

As in prior years, sponsors will be allowed to choose booth location and a pre-event reception is being scheduled for sponsors only the evening before the Expo. For more information contact the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922 or visit LakeNormanChamber.org

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 950 business members, has served the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community since 1987.

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ATJoin us for Focus Friday – July 20th 8:30 to10:00 am

"Connecting, Communicating and Converging: Life in the Internet Age." 

Speaker: Carlos E. Sanchez, State Director - External Affairs AT&T North Carolina

The July Focus Friday will be quick update of the latest trends in the communications and media industries as technology keeps evolving and consumers access their content from a variety of platforms, sources and devices. It will include information on AT&T’s wireless small cell deployment, the roll out of 5G technology and the world of the "Internet of Things."

Our speaker is Carlos E. Sanchez, State Director - External Affairs AT&T North Carolina. Sanchez has lived in Charlotte for twenty years and formerly worked in the television production industry in New York City and Miami, FL. Mr. Sanchez is a member of the Board of Directors at the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), Goodwill Industries of the Carolinas and the NC Independent Colleges and Universities. carlos 2

He is on the Executive Committee of the Charlotte Chamber and chairs the Public Policy Committee. Carlos was appointed Jury Commissioner for the 26th Judicial District in Mecklenburg County from 2003 to 2012. He was chair of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte in 2004/2005 and chaired the Charlotte Chamber Campaign in 2008.

The Focus Friday takes on Friday, July 20th 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.

The program 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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Tuesday, July 10th Lunch n’ Learn

Topic: Marketing on a Small Business Budget! Speakers: Chris and Dana Pape

Our July BusinessWorks will once again be held at our NEW TIME – Noon to 1:15 at the Chamber. It is a Lunch n’ Learn program and we encourage you to bring a lunch and learn with us!

This month we are fortunate to have Chris and Dana Pape who are Realtors with the Papemore Real Estate team at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Cornelius, NC . The couple are recent graduates of Leadership Lake Norman and are very active networkers, whether attending Chamber programs or active in the LKN Small Business Network. The dynamic duo utilize Face Book, YouTube, and LinkedIn to market their business. Recently, they have branched out into Instagram. Chris and Dana will share some of their marketing tips they use to engage potential home buyers and clients. Don’t miss this informative session!

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 Speakers:

Dana Pape

Dana Pape (and her husband, Chris) comprise the Papemore Real Estate team at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Cornelius, NC. After serving 24 years in the United States Air Force, she retired as a Major in 2015. Throughout her career, she served in the enlisted ranks where she trained pilots and earned a full AFROTC scholarship; and, later as a commissioned officer, she earned her master’s degree, and led multiple teams in-country and during deployments to Kuwait and Djibouti, Africa.

With females comprising just 11 percent of the USAF population in the early 90’s, Dana was first woman in her unit to earn her ‘jump wings’ and complete both water survival and combat survival schools. As an Aerospace Physiologist, she instructed over 6,000 pilots on the physiological effects of flight on the human body by training them in the altitude chamber and, at that time, the only human centrifuge used for aircrew training.

She was recognized for her leadership potential and earned a full, 4-year AFROTC scholarship. Upon graduating with her bachelor’s from Colorado State University and receiving her commission in 2000, she served in a variety of roles leading diverse teams ranging anywhere from 5 - 300 civilian and military personnel. Some of these roles included Manpower Officer (Management Analyst), Human Resource Director, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Officer, and AFROTC Instructor.

In 2014, Dana deployed to Djibouti, Africa where she served in a joint operations environment (e.g., Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, and Air Force Special Ops) and was responsible for the 24/7 accountability of over 500 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines spanning discreet locations across 11 East African countries.

She culminated her career in 2015 as the USAF Senior Exercise Physiologist and led a 14-person team to develop gender neutral physical fitness standards in response to the Secretary of Defense order to open combat positions to women for the first time in history.

Dana is originally from Iowa and is the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran. Her husband, Chris, founded the first online support organization for male military spouses and was recognized for his achievements as the 2014 USAF Spouse of the Year. Dana and Chris (and their puppy, “Norman,”—named after the reason they moved here) are excited to call Lake Norman their “forever home.” Both Dana and Chris actively participate in the community including the Lake Norman Small Business Network, Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, and promote their non-profit organizations “MachoSpouse” and “Lake Norman Military Veterans-HOOAH.” Dana also serves as a Board Member and is an active volunteer with the non-profit organization, Welcome Home Veterans at Richard’s Coffee Shop in Mooresville, NC.

Chris Pape

Chris Pape got into real estate after a successful 20-year career in video production where he excelled in the art of listening, attention to detail, and delivering successful products for his clients. Some of his career highlights include 5 National Telly Awards, 3 Rocky Mountain Region Addy Awards, and 2 State of West Virginia Media Awards. His work has taken him around the world producing marketing, training, and educational content for countless small businesses, the Arkansas Department of Education, American Payroll Association, AT&T, Comcast, ESPN, NBC, and the United States Air Force.

In 2004 he married the love of his life, Dana, while living in Colorado. Her career as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force moved them multiple times over the next 13 years, buying and selling their homes along the way. It was this exposure to the home buying and selling process that sparked Chris’s interest in real estate. He learned first-hand how important a steady stream of communication and information between agent and client was to the success of any deal. And he also learned how terribly unnerving it was as a client to feel forgotten by his agent.

In 2014 Chris was awarded the Air Force Spouse of the Year designation for his tireless work and dedication to military families and veterans. Chris and Dana moved to the Lake Norman area following Dana’s retirement in 2015 where Chris has finally been able to pursue his passion in real estate. He has since become a full-time Realtor associated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Cornelius, NC.

 

 

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LALOGOCharlotte’s LawnAmerica is celebrating the news of being awarded the designation of Landscape Industry Accredited Company by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). This is the first such designation for any company in North Carolina, and only the seventh accreditation awarded in the nation.

To earn this special designation, NALP evaluated LawnAmerica’s demonstration of commitment to customer satisfaction through superior business, financial and ethical standards. Accredited companies are recognized for employing at least 10 percent certified staff with at least one person who is a landscape industry certified staff manager, participating in a national safety program, using responsible and ethical business practices and demonstrating customer service excellence. For more information about the Landscape Industry Accredited Company Program and the National Association of Landscape Professionals, visit www.landscapeprofessionals.org.LawnAmerica employees at a recent Home Garden Show 640x480

“We are proud to be recognized for our efforts to continually improve not only our company, but the lawn care industry in general,” says Benjamin Allen, Chief Operating Officer, and 17-year employee of LawnAmerica. “This designation from NALP is just another way that LawnAmerica is able to prove our commitment to training, education, ethical business practices, and superb customer service.”

LawnAmerica has been the trusted source for lawn care and customer service for the last 19 years. They specialize in weed control and fertilization, but also offer enhancement services such as tree & shrub care, Christmas lighting, aeration, seeding, and mosquito control. For the full list of services, visit www.carolinalawnamerica.com.

LawnAmerica joined the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce in February of 2015.

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nonprofitsEach quarter, the Lake Norman Chamber engages area nonprofits in a roundtable discussion of their activities and events. The purpose is to allow nonprofits to share their mission and current activities so that our organizations can collaborate and assist each other. The last meeting was held March 20th at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House – Huntersville. Previous meetings have been held at Lydia's Loft, The Ada Jenkins Center, and the Lake Norman Chamber.

Our next meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 19th at Collaborative Solution Group, Ballroom 9820 Northcross Center Court in Huntersville. The event will be held 9:00 to 10:30 am.

We will share what our nonprofits are doing, have a brief ten minute presentation from Thrivent Financial who will share information on potential grants for area nonprofits, and have a program on board development facilitated by Bill Russell – president of the Lake Norman Chamber.

If you are a regional nonprofit, and have not RSVP’s and wish to attend - Please RSVP no later than this Friday (June 15th) whether you or a member of your organization can attend this meeting. Email Russell@lakenorman.org or you can call Jack Stevens – Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922.

Those organizations already planning to attend include:

Ada Jenkins, Angels & Sparrows, Answer Scholarship, Beds for Kids, Crime Stoppers, Hugh Torrance House & Store, Lake Norman Community Health Clinic, Lake Norman Kiwanis, Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, Levine Dickson Hospice House, Little Smiles, Lydia’s Loft, Make an Impact Foundation, North Mecklenburg Women’s Club, Olde Huntersville Historic Society, Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg, Safe Families for Children, Solace for the Children, The Catalyst Academy, The Hope House Foundation, The Lotta Foundation, The Raptor Center, United Way of Lake Norman, Welcome Home Veterans.

Also attending is the Lake Norman Chamber 2018 Chair of Community Affairs John Crutchfield.

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