Lake Norman Chamber Announces the Lake’s Small Businesses of the Year

Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019
by William Russell

Business and Community leaders gathered at the Lake Norman Chamber to celebrate Small Business Week and recognize local small businesses who have excelled in their market. On hand to take part in each presentation were the Mayors of Huntersville, Davidson, and Cornelius. Elected leaders from the Town of Mooresville were involved in activities surrounding the tragic shooting of Officer Jordan Sheldon and could not be in attendance for the celebration.

In a departure from recognizing one overall recipient, 2019 Chamber Board Chair Tricia Sisson stated that this year the Chamber was honoring a local Small Business in each local community served by the 900-member chamber of commerce. Recognized by the Chamber was Candace Bongiovanni, the owner of CoCo Couture – Lake Norman in Cornelius; Jerry Cook, owner and founder with his son-in-law, Doug Kropelnicki with A-1 Vacuum Solutions in Huntersville;  Dr. Seth Moliver with Moliver Chiropractic in Davidson; and owners Rick and Matt Dinkel of Tier One Graphics with locations in Mooresville and Cornelius. 

Sisson cited the accomplishments of each business including the strong involvement each has in the region giving back to their community that has allowed their business to prosper. The business owners were each provided an opportunity to share their thoughts on the recognition followed by comments from their respective mayors.

Chamber President & CEO Bill Russell reminded everyone that a more detailed write up on the businesses will be available through the Chamber’s website at LakeNormanChamber.org.

The reception was part of the Lake Norman Chamber’s week long salute to Small Business (May 5 through May 11) in conjunction with the Towns of Davidson, Huntersville, Cornelius, Mooresville and the Small Business Administration.

The following is the unedited Nomination from each outstanding business:

Moliver Chiropractic – Dr Seth Moliver   Davidson

 Moliver Chiropractic has been an involved part of the community for the past 8 and a half years and has supported and been a part of many community activities, health fairs and events at Lowes corporate and Ingersoll Rand.

 Dr Seth has two excellent and dedicated employees that provide outstanding customer service.  Dr Moliver is an active member of the Davidson Rotary club, volunteers twice a month at Ada Jenkins Medical clinic providing Chiropractic care; Board member for the Lotta foundation and the Lake Norman Healthcare forum, and an Assistant Scout Master for troop 98

 In their office they provide the latest technology available to Chiropractors (we use computer assisted adjusting).  Most Chiropractors do not offer this technology. 

Seth states, “Here at Moliver Chiropractic we pride ourselves with outstanding customer service and getting great results. This equation has built a loyal customer base. Our success is only because of our repeat customers… Not only do we have great patient retention, but we have a large percentage of our patient base is patient-referral based.

Picture: Dr Seth Moliver and wife Patti with Moliver Chiropractic in Davidson receives the Small Business of the Year from Lake Norman Chamber Board Chair Tricia Sisson and Bill Russell.  Also pictured is Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox.  Photo by John McHugh, Ocaid Photography.

 A-1 Vacuum Solutions Small Business of the Year – Huntersville.    Jerry Cook, owner and founder with his son-in-law, Doug Kropelnicki

 Jerry Cook, owner and founder of Mountain Central Vacuums and A-1 Vacuum Solutions partnered with his son-in-law Doug Kropelnicki in June of 2010, together they opened the Huntersville location in February of 2011.  With the economy struggling to come out of the recession, the construction of Sam Furr, and the fact that seven other retailers offered some type of vacuum for sale in the same shopping center success wasn’t going to be easy.  The first couple of years the Huntersville location struggled as it began to get its feet underneath it.  Every year until 2018 the instore retail sales increased over prior year.

 Jerry and Doug state, “We already offered the industry’s best vacuums and did service and repair on all vacuum brands.  Customer needs for cleaning extend beyond just a vacuum however.  We then began to turn our focus to becoming more of a complete green cleaning store.  Now not only offering vacuums but we have become the go to place for products and information on how to make your home cleaner and healthier.  With lines of green and organic cleaning items, we are able to fulfil customers’ unique needs.  We consider ourselves very blessed for the success we have had here in the Lake Norman area over the past several years so we have always enjoyed giving back to the community that has been so good to us. “

 A1 has done several different fundraisers for various autism charities from raffling a vacuum off for KAMPN to selling puzzle piece shaped dog treats for Autism Speaks.  But their biggest and most successful event was the initiating of the 2016 Family Fun Puzzle Run for Autism Society of NC.” 

 Picture:  Jerry Cook and Doug Kropelnicki with A-1 Vacuum Solutions in Huntersville receives the Small Business of the Year from Lake Norman Chamber Board Chair Tricia Sisson.  Also pictured is Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla and Tyler Sheets, an intern with A-1.  Photo by John McHugh, Ocaid Photography.

CoCo Couture – Lake Norman   Cornelius Small Business of the Year    Candace Bongiovanni, Owner

Candace Bongiovanni has always been intrigued with fashion and loves working with the general public. Growing up on a farm and in a small town you find out early on what work ethic and building a relationship with your customers and peers really means.   CoCo Couture was started in October 2016 with the vision of bringing designer apparel to the heart of LKN with an atmosphere for women of gorgeous apparel hand selected with LKN women in mind.....and at an affordable price point. Building a relationship with every client is of utmost importance, Candace states “I want women to feel good about their self and love who they are and if I can help accomplish that...then I\'ve done my job”.  She has always had a passion for philanthropy and truly believes that giving back to the community or the less fortunate is not only an act of kindness but what God has planned for us.  You will find a \"One Minute Prayers\" on the desk at CoCo Couture in which to start each day by a daily devotion. 

 CoCo Couture recently hosted a \"Women helping Women\" event in April to help women that needed to get back into the work force or simply....needed a little help with their resume, head shot or even wanting to open a new career path.  Over 30 attendees take advantage of this free event.  Candace states - We support and encourage \"Keeping it Local\"

 Involvement in The Community includes: Pet Rescue and Adoption. Compassion International sponsoring a child in poverty, Zoo to Do Sponsor in Randolph County, Ada Jenkins Fundraisers, Catwalk for a Cure Donator

 Picture: Candace Bongiovanni, the owner of CoCo Couture – Lake Norman in Cornelius receives the Small Business of the Year from Lake Norman Chamber Board Chair Tricia Sisson and President Bill Russell.  Also pictured is Cornelius Mayor Woody Washam.  Photo by John McHugh, Ocaid Photography.

 Tier One Graphics – Mooresville and Cornelius.   Owners Rick and Matt Dinkel (father / son)

 Tier 1 has been open for over 8 years with 2 locations in Cornelius and Mooresville.  Their work can be seen in vehicle wraps, monument signs, banners and many other forms of their sign business that promote commerce in our area and beyond. 

 They currently employee 10-12 individuals with an action plan in place to grow into a new facility that can house business expansions, employee growth and revenue.  Matt Dinkel was selected by the Small Business Administration in 2018 to be a nominee of their elite program,  SBA Emerging Leaders, which he accepted and graduated.   In 2019, Tier One Graphics became one of the few companies in the Greater Charlotte area to become Certified by Avery Dennison as Certified Wrap Installers.  

 Tier One Graphics continues to grow year over year with repeat clientele, referrals, web exposure and just great customer service.   From start to finish we make sure each client, job and delivery of service is a successful experience for all involved.

Tier One Graphics has made an impact in the success of other local small businesses.   By designing their form of advertising, they have shared in many success stories in the Lake Norman area! 

 Picture:  Rick and Matt Dinkel of Tier One Graphics with locations in Mooresville and Cornelius receives the Small Business of the Year from the Lake Norman Chamber.  Also pictured is Cornelius Mayor Woody Washam.  Photo by John McHugh, Ocaid Photography