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Chamber Celebrates 25th Year of Service to Lake Norman Regional Business Community

Annual Banquet & Meeting: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Havana Banquet & Ballroom

Bobby Cashion and 2011 Chamber Chairman Robert Reed present John Bradford of Park Avenue Properties, LLC (center) with the 2011 Robert T. Cashion Business Person of the Year.

Bobby Cashion and 2011 Chamber Chairman Robert Reed present John Bradford of Park Avenue Properties, LLC (center) with the 2011 Robert T. Cashion Business Person of the Year.

On Thursday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m. Chamber officers and members will gather at the Havana Banquet & Ballroom 8325 Copley Drive in Cornelius to celebrate this past year of accomplishment and reward key individuals who set the benchmark in our region at the Lake Norman Chamber Annual Awards Gala.  The prestigious Cashion Business Person of the Year will once again be bestowed upon a deserving individual in the region. In addition, the Duke Power Citizenship and Service Award will be presented to an individual, group, or business.  The purpose of the award is to recognize and reward leadership and/or involvement in volunteerism and community service.

Chamber Chairman Jack Salzman will give a brief recap of 2012 highlights before handing the reigns of leadership over to incoming Chamber Chairman Wendy Moran.

Chamber President Bill Russell stated that since the Chamber of Commerce was celebrating Twenty-Five years, the organizing committee felt something unique and memorable should take place in lieu of the typical dinner speaker. “This year we will have three dynamic community leaders who will share how the Chamber “Grows local business, serves as a relentless advocate for business, and touches lives.”

Current Board Chairman Jack Salzman, owner of Lake Norman Chrysler

Chamber President Bill Russell with newly elected NC Senator Jeff Tarte

Chamber President Bill Russell with newly elected NC Senator Jeff Tarte

Jeep Dodge Ram, has focused on the creation of a new website for the Chamber to enhance the organization’s ability to promote the membership as well as make it easier for members to access information regarding programming and member benefits online.  Salzman also introduced a new business development program called the “Competitive Edge”, held in November, and which will debut this month on the Chamber’s website.

Wendy Moran is a Vice President and Business Center Manager for Peoples Bank in Denver, North Carolina.   Moran’s banking career spans 20 years and a myriad of titles.  But her passion for working directly with clients, developing market share and her community involvement made her the unanimous choice as the 2013 Board Chairman for the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.  The Black Tie optional event is presented by the Lake Norman Citizen; Gold Sponsors include Duke Energy Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville and Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram; and Silver Sponsors are The McIntosh Law Firm, Ice by Premo, n2 Publishing, Business Today and Regions Bank. The 2013 Bronze sponsors are Bentz & Associates and CommunityOne Bank.  Sponsorships are still available and the cost per person is $65. To make a reservation or inquire about sponsorships call Brett Zabek at 704-892-1922.

January 10, 2013 Posted by | Chamber of Commerce | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lake Norman Chamber to Give Away Flat Screen TV at Biz Expo

Join Us Monday March 5th for the Lake Norman Chamber Business Expo   10:00 am until 5:00 Pm at the Davidson College Belk Arena

Visitors as well as exhibitors will be eligible to win a 42″ Insignia – Plasma Flat screen television donated by Best Buy in Mooresville simply for visiting with some of the many businesses exhibiting at the Lake Norman business trade show.  Guests will be encouraged to visit at least twenty-five percent of the exhibitors (35 booths), getting cards initialed from the exhibitors, and then turning in the cards at the registration table.  A $1 donation will be solicited for the Chamber’s Junior Leadership Lake Norman program – a nine month program the chamber conducts for high school juniors

The 2012 Business Expo, is the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s signature event, and will be held Monday, March 5th at the Davidson College Belk Arena from 10 am until 5 pm.  The Expo is presented by Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.  Gold Sponsors include Lake Norman Magazine and MI Connection.  Silver Sponsors are The Herald Weekly, M&M Graphics, and Carolinas Healthcare System.  Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend with approximately 135 businesses and 25 non-profits exhibited in what has become the Charlotteregion’s largest business trade show.  Lunch will be provided by three Lake Norman restaurants: Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails, Fox and the Hound Birkdale, and the Honey Baked Ham Company & Café will serve meals for $8 including beverage.  Tickets can be purchased at the Expo or in advance at the Chamber.  The restaurant menu can be found at

Special event activities will take place throughout the day including dance exhibitions by the Havana Banquet and Ballroom and a Business Fashion Show coordinated by Vickie Stevens. A highlight of the fashion show is participation by area elected officials and business leaders.  The Carolina Raptor Center will also be present with Birds of Prey and area arts and cultural facilities.

Bill Russell, president of the Chamber said, “The Business Expo, now in its eleventh year, is an excellent opportunity for local businesses and non-profits to showcase their products, services, and organizations to the community.  It has also become a tremendous networking opportunity as we re-establish old friendships and create new relationships.

Bill Russell presents the 2011 Best of Show to Wendy Moran and the staff of Peoples Bank

The Chamber at 4:00 pm will draw for the Television as well as offer awards for the most outstanding exhibitors: Best of Show, Most Creative, and Most Professional Booths.  You do not have to be present to win the flat screen television.

For a complete listing of sponsors and exhibitors, directions, and other information see the Expo website at or call the Chamber for more information at 704-892-1922. The Chamber offices will be closed Monday for the show.  Anyone needing to reach the Chamber can contact Bill Russell at 704-650-8987 cell.

March 3, 2012 Posted by | Chamber of Commerce | , , , , , , | Leave a comment