Chamber members and stakeholders:
Focus Friday – Focus on Gun Rights vs. Property Rights
Friday, Chamber members will have a chance to weigh in on a controversial bill in the North Carolina General Assembly:
The Chamber’s monthly Focus Friday program will feature discussion led by Brian Sisson, former Huntersville Town Board Member and Owner of The Range at Lake Norman who will speak in favor of the bill and gun rights. Mohammad Jenatian, president of The Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance will present “property owners” rights and why the bill should not be approved.
The event will be held Friday, April 29 from 8-9:30 am at the FLATIRON Kitchen & Taphouse in Davidson. A light continental breakfast will be served with the FLATIRON serving as the event Food Sponsor and CorneliusNews.net / DavidsonNews.net serving as the Focus Friday Presenting Sponsor. While there is no cost to attend, the Chamber asks that those interested in attending RSVP by visiting the Focus Friday event registration on the website under This Month’s Events – Focus Friday or by calling the Chamber at 704-892-1922.
Chamber Mixer at Peninsula Yacht Club – Friday, April 29th 5:00 –8:00 pm
Lake Norman Chamber members and their guests are invited to a special networking mixer at the Peninsula Yacht Club on Lake Norman this Friday, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. This special open house will include light Hors d’oeuvres, musical entertainment, refreshments and tours. Music by Wally & Dave will highlight an afternoon on the water as businesses and guests have the chance to socialize and network on beautiful Lake Norman with the Peninsula Yacht Club as the backdrop. You must RSVP to Sue Riessett at 704-892-9858 ext. 31.
Small Business Week – May 16-20
Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America. During the week, we will recognize a Small Business of the Year. If you have a nomination for the award or would like to nominate your own business, Visit Lake Norman Chamber Small Business of the Year.
Many members are following me via social media at Linkedin and perhaps are participating in the Chamber’s Group on Linkedin following discussions and posting business tips. One feature of the site is the recommend reading and several of you follow my reading list. I am currently reading a book called Twitterville which discusses the creation of Twitter and how businesses are using this important social media to promote their business in a conversation versus traditional marketing.
I use Twitter to keep members informed on community and legislative issues, upcoming chamber networking events and programs. If you are a Twitter user, consider following my Chamber post @LKNChamberprez.
May PowerLuncheon – “Creating the Amateur Sports Capital of the South”
Charlotte Travel and Tourism leaders, including Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation have a goal to make the Charlotte Region the Amateur Sports Capital of the South. Plans to build the largest youth baseball facility in Mooresville may make that dream a reality. Join us as we hear presentations from Mecklenburg County, Cooperstown Dreams Park, and Visit Lake Norman on this dynamic vision for our region!
The luncheon will take place Friday May 13, 2011 at 11:45 am at the Havana Banquet and Ballroom 8325 Copley Drive – Kenton Place in Cornelius. Register online at PowerLuncheon.
Visit Lake Norman
While legislative leaders in Raleigh are considering HB508 which would secure funding for Visit Lake Norman and remove travel and tourism, and that organization, as a political football tossed around each budget cycle, local business leaders continue to voice their support for the state legislation.
Frank Free, owner of Lake Realty and a former Huntersville Town Commissioner, recently wrote an editorial urging our local town boards to support the state legislation. Frank was on the Huntersville Town Board that entered into the partnership between the Chamber and North Mecklenburg Towns in 1994 that created our Visitors Center and he has seen first hand how Visit Lake Norman has grown into an effective travel and tourism authority.
Letters of support for Visit Lake Norman are shared with members of our state delegation including North Carolina House Speaker Tillis. We encourage you to continue to voice your support of an effective economic development authority which is creating visitors spending and jobs in our community – Visit Lake Norman. Editorials can be sent to The Herald, The Citizen, DavidsonNews.Net, and Business Today.
Chamber receives honor from Charlotte Business Leader Magazine
Last night, I was privileged to represent the Chamber as a recipient of the 2011 Business Leader of the Year Awards Dinner in Charlotte. I was one of 24 other Charlotte business leaders including Humpy Wheeler. While my name was called out, the recognition itself is for our Chamber. I cannot say enough about our small but dedicated staff. Janet Rollins is the back bone of this Chamber of Commerce. Her touch is evident on every program we present.
Jack Stevens, while new to our staff, has become that warm, encouraging, and informative voice on the other end of the phone or in person if you stop by. We have perhaps the most dynamic and energized group of Chamber Ambassadors we have ever been fortunate to have representing our organization involved in every program and event we host.
This year marks 16 years at the helm of your Chamber. Each year I am blessed with an outstanding Board of Directors who provide leadership and vision but who have embraced new approaches and sometimes stepping out supporting challenging and controversial issues when it would be far easier to avoid the criticism and settle for mediocrity. However, that’s not in keeping with the leadership of our Chamber or the members we represent. I am so fortunate to live and work at Lake Norman and I thank each of you for that opportunity.
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