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Lake Norman Chamber President’s January 4, 2013 e-Brief Newsletter

Russell colorChamber Members and Stakeholder:

Chamber U: A New Small Business Training Program this Tuesday –  Jan 8th 3:30 – 5:00 pm at the Marion Board Room

The Chamber is pleased to announce a new small business development program called “Chamber U.” This 90-minute program held the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5:00 p.m. will focus on the operations of a small business including finance, staffing, marketing, and sales. The Chamber will partner with SCORE, the Small Business Administration, Department of Commerce, and our educational partners such as Central Piedmont Community College and Pfeiffer University.

The first program will be held Tuesday, January 8th at the Lake Norman Chamber Randy Marion Conference Room and will be facilitated by SCORE. The Topic is: Developing and Growing your Business: An introduction to SCORE with SCORE counselors John Kurti and Nancy Ridenhour. Don’t miss this exciting event!

Chamber Seeking Nominations for Business Person & Duke Power Citizenship Awards

The Chamber seeks your help in identifying two outstanding individuals in our region. Each year, the Chamber selects a Business Person of the Year. In addition to our Business Person of the Year, we will also present the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. Both of these awards will be presented at our Annual Banquet Thursday, January 24, 2013. If you know of individuals who should be considered, please email Bill Russell at with an explanation of why they should be considered. The Business Person must be a member of the Chamber. The Citizenship Award does not have to be affiliated with the Chamber and can be a person, group or business. The award will be presented at the Annual Meeting January 24th.

25th Annual awards Gala set for Thursday, January 24th 6:30 PM  –  Havana Banquet & Ball Room

The Chamber will celebrate 25 years of service to the Lake Norman business community Thursday, January 24th at 6:30 pm at the Havana Banquet & Ball Room in Cornelius. Cost per person is $65 and you can RSVP to Jack Stevens at 704-892-1922. Don’t miss this exciting event as we celebrate 25 years of making an impact in the Lake Norman region! For more information, visit the Chamber website.

Transportation Summit set For January 17th

The Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission is hosting a summit on January 17, 2013. The summit, Transportation & Land Use: Impacts of Growth on the Lake Norman Region, takes place at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville at 1:15PM. The focus of this Summit is to look at growth in the Lake Norman area – both historical and projected – and explore the public policy impacts of that growth on land use and transportation in the region. Presenters are Jeff Michael, Director of the Urban Land Institute at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Barry Moose, SEPI Engineering.

A detailed schedule and registration information are available at:

Sea TowRegister NOW for 2013 Business Expo

The 2013 Lake Norman Chamber Business Expo is scheduled for Friday, March 8th at Davidson College Belk Arena. We are still registering sponsors for the event and are now accepting booth registrations. A standard booth is $250, a booth with electricity is $300. For only $500, you could have a booth with electricity and your company or business name on marketing materials for the Expo. Expo registration forms can be found on the Chamber website, are in the January issue of the Lake Link Newsletter, or you can contact the Chamber at 704-892-1922. If you want more information on sponsorships, general booth registrations, or want to help on the Expo committee – contact Bill Russell at

*** Correction to Wednesday, January 9th Ribbon Cutting ***

8:00 AM – Ribbon Cutting @ Riva Aesthetic Dermatology

Come out and celebrate the first ribbon cutting of 2013 and welcome one of our newest members. Riva Aesthetic Dermatology is located at They are holding the Mixer at: 17039 Kenton Dr #100 in Cornelius (next to Bruster’s Ice Cream).

Lake Norman Women’s Conference set for February 7th

A speech by one of the region’s most-listened to radio personalities and a team-building session highlight the activities during the Lake Norman Women’s Conference, scheduled for Feb. 7 in Huntersville. The conference, which is being organized by the Chamber’s Diversity Council, will be held at the Hendrick Luxury Auto Mall. Registration starts at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and a day of activities concluding with a networking reception at 5 p.m.

The keynote speaker for the conference is former WBT-AM commentator Stacey Simms, while the team-building session will be led by Phil Horton, vice chairman of the chamber’s Diversity Council. There will also be a fashion show, a panel discussion and door prizes. The Women’s Conference is $50 to attend. To reserve a spot, call the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922. For sponsorship information, contact Gail Williams at Cornelius Today, 704-895-1335.

Mark Your Calendar!!!

The 2013 Lake Norman Chamber Business Expo
Friday, March 8, 2013
Davidson College Belk Arena

Presented by
Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Randy Marion Automotive

Gold Sponsors
Lake Norman Magazine, MI Connection
Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville

Silver Sponsors
The Herald Weekly, Piedmont Natural Gas, Carolinas Healthcare System

Bronze Sponsors
Advanced Disposal * Alphagraphics Lake Norman* Aquesta Bank & Ins.
Ballas Chiropractic * blueharbor bank * Business Today / Cornelius Today
Capital Advisory Group * Cool Breeze Cyclery * Currents Magazine
Davidson News, LLC * Eastern Roof Technologies
Energy Explorium at McGuire Nuclear Station * EnergyUnited
Fogle Insurance Group * Griffin Brothers Tires Wheels Auto Repair
J.J. Wade & Associates * Joseph Mott Insurance Group, Inc * KS Audio
Lake Norman Citizen * Little Wood Flooring  * Massage Envy Spa              Huntersville *  Newport Properties  *   North Meck Soccer Club  *  Park Avenue Properties * Raymer – Kempner Funeral Home * Redblue, Inc. * Sandler Sales Institute * Sign Innovations * The McIntosh Law Firm * The Range at Lake Norman * Vein Center of Lake Norman * Visit Lake Norman

Sponsors as of January 3, 2013.  Sponsorships are still available by calling Bill Russell 704-892-1922

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