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Lake Norman Chamber President’s eBrief Newsletter for Dec 7, 2012

Chamber Members & Stakeholders:

 Chamber 25th Annual Gala and Awards     Dinner Set For Thursday, January 24th at  Havana Banquet & Ballroom

You will not want to miss the Lake Norman Chamber’s 25th Anniversary Awards Gala set for Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Havana Banquet & Ballroom.  The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a VIP Cocktail Reception for Sponsors and will include beer, wine and  hors d’oeuvres.  The remainder of the evening will include a plated dinner and formal program beginning at 6:45pm.

In honor of the 25th Year Anniversary, we’ve built in some surprise guest speakers and awards you will not want to miss.  This year will focus on “Growing Business, Involving the Community, and Touching Lives.” Please help us honor some of the distinguished members and volunteers of our business community.  For more information on sponsorships please visit the website or call Brett Zabek at 704-892-1922.

Chamber seeking 2013 Expo Sponsors

The region’s largest business trade show is set to make its return to the Davidson College Belk Arena on Friday, March 8th from 11 am until 5 pm. The Chamber has again signed up many of its marketing partners who will promote the sponsors and event.  Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Randy Marion Automotive are back as the Presenting Sponsors and MI Connection, Lake Norman Magazine, and Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville are Gold Sponsors.  Piedmont Natural Gas and Carolinas Healthcare System are Silver Sponsors.  Also on board marketing the show is The Herald Weekly as a Silver Sponsor and Bronze Sponsors Currents Magazine, Business Today / Cornelius Today, and the Lake Norman Citizen. (A full listing of Bronze sponsors to date will be listed on the Chamber’s website next week.)

The Chamber is seeking additional sponsors, both Silver (Limited to five) and Bronze Sponsors.  2012 sponsors will be contacted to renew their sponsorships which include the benefit of directing their booth placement, VIP event, and recognition on marketing material including the Chamber’s homepage and Expo website. Deadline for sponsorships is December 31st and payment must be received by January 31, 2013.  Download and reserve your sponsorship in the lake’s largest business trade show at: 2013 Lake Norman Business Expo.

Community Corner

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with many of our outstanding local businesses during this holiday season.  VisitLakeNorman’s Visitor’s Center and the Chamber of Commerce is a drop off point both for Toys for Tots and a Pet Supply Donation Drive.  To show your support for Toys for Tots, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Lake Norman Visitors Center (Chamber & Visit Lake Norman 19900 West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius) by December 14th, 2012. Toys for Tots will distribute all toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Pet Supplies are also being accepted through December 24th with the KobeCares project.  For more information see the Chamber’s website.

For What it’s worth-

A couple of weeks ago Cornelius Commissioner John Bradford and I called on 19 local Cornelius businesses, stopping in to see how the business was doing and how the town and chamber might be able to assist.  Of the 19 businesses,16 were local chamber of commerce members.  This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to do the same with Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips with 12 businesses.  (We intend to make similar visits in Davidson next month).

More visits are planned with John and Danny in the next couple of weeks.  Overwhelmingly the feedback has been extremely positive.  Business revenues have improved over 2011 and most of our businesses expect an even better 2013.  That sense of optimism exists with both service and retail businesses.

While signage concerns were cited in both towns, and the businesses in the Sam Furr Rd / NC 21 quadrant were concerned if not distressed with the new “Quad Left” configuration, overall business is picking up at the lake.  That is why it so is very important that each of you, when you consider your holiday shopping needs, please Shop Lake Norman and support you local merchant!

From the NorthLake Mall to retail centers in Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Mooreseville – we likely have that perfect gift for a family member or friend.  The staff of our retail stores are our neighbors, family members and friends and they in turn look locally for their local services: from banking to healthcare, insurance to real estate.  Bottom line – it pays to shop local.

Both Commissioner Bradford and Phillips run small businesses themselves – one a real estate and property management office and the other a retail store and I deeply appreciate their willingness to take time to visit out local businesses with me and listen as some of you share both your success stories and concerns.

Danny Phillips, as many of you know, runs the family-owned  Old Store Produce at 14720 Brown Mill Road (Huntersville) at the Corner of Hwy 73 and Beatties Ford Road.  The other day when I took Danny back to his store, it was bustling with activity as people were shopping for their Christmas Trees (starting at just $39), wreaths, and produce.

It’s exciting to hear business is doing better at the lake and each of us can play a part supporting our local merchants.  Shop Local this holiday season and remember the job you might be saving – might be your own!     

Bill Russell

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