Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx will discuss the 2012 Democratic National Convention at a luncheon to be held, Thursday, July 21, at 11:45 at NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville. Mayor Foxx will address how business and our local region will benefit from the event, aid in our economic development and stimulate commerce, and position Charlotte as a destination for travel and tourism. The announcements are already impacting conference and convention bookings by the CRVA. Register for the PowerLuncheon here or call the Chamber at 704-892-1922. The luncheon is sponsored by Peoples Bank.
Focus Friday to examine Victim’s Advocate Friday, July 22 8 am
Join us Friday, July 22nd at 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Lake Norman Chamber as we examine the Victim’s Advocate position which will assist victims in rape, domestic violence and abuse cases . Kathryn Firmin-Sellers, the United Family Services Region Director for Mooresville and Lake Norman, will present the topic along with Huntersville Commissioner Danae Caulfield and Cornelius Commissioner Lynette Rinker who are both advocates for the new position.
The Focus Friday is open to all members and is designed to show multiple views on a regional issue. Participation by those who attend is encouraged. Focus Friday is sponsored by DavidsonNews.net / CorneliusNews.net.
– Note – There will be no meeting of the Public Policy Committee this week. –
Congresswoman Sue Myrick to host Job Fair
On Tuesday, August 2nd, US Representative Sue Myrick will be holding a job fair from 8:30 am-1 pm at the Harris Conference Center 3216 CPCC West Campus Dr. Charlotte in Charlotte. Rep. Myrick’s staff informs us they are able to accommodate 40 local businesses on a first-come, first-serve basis. They expect to have 200-300 job seekers in attendance. If interested in participating, please contact Heather Whillier at 704-362-1060 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chamber is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 session of Leadership Lake Norman. Leadership Lake Norman is a program to develop a group of informed, committed, and qualified individuals capable of providing visionary and progressive leadership for the Lake Norman region. The tuition for the nine-month course is $425 for Chamber members and $500 for non-members. Applications should be received by August 19, 2011 to be eligible for the program. All applicants will be notified in writing regarding acceptance in the program by August 26, 2011. To download the on-line brochure visit Leadership Lake Norman.
Junior Leadership Created for High School Students – Business Sponsors Sought
Alumni Graduates from Leadership Lake Norman have created a Junior Leadership program for High School Juniors for the upcoming year. Applications have already been made available to High School students. Junior Leadership applications are due August 1, 2011. The cost of the program is largely paid for through business sponsorships. To view sponsor benefits download the sponsor investment form. All contributions are paid to the Lake Norman Chamber Foundation and tax deductible.
2011 Plan of Action / 2010 Year End Report Published
The Chamber has published the 2011 Chamber Plan of Action as well as the 2010 Year End Report on the Chamber’s website. We encourage our members to view what we accomplished together last year and what the Lake Norman Chamber is focused on in 2011 as we work together to grow our business community! View the plan and report on our website at Chamber Plan of Action.
Big Day at the Lake
This past weekend was overcast but a great time was still had by all. The Lake Norman business community and residents were incredibly generous with their time, money and talents with Big Day at the Lake. If you could not participate and would still like to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters, you make checks payable and send to Big Brothers Big Sisters care of: Dave Yochum editor of Business Today and chair of Big Day at the Lake, PO Box 2062, Cornelius 28031.
North Carolina Chamber and N.C. General Assembly Action
The General Assembly came back into session last week to work mostly on redistricting maps for legislative and Congressional districts, and also possible votes to override gubernatorial vetoes on certain bills. On Wednesday (7/13) the Senate convened and voted to override the governor’s veto on several important bills. The House is tentatively scheduled to take up those bills on July 25. The N.C. Chamber is still working on numerous pro-jobs priorities including:
Senate Bill 781: Regulatory Reform Act of 2011 was vetoed by Gov. Perdue on June 30. The North Carolina Chamber and their business allies are working with the governor and legislative leaders on how to make the primary provisions covered by the bill a reality this year. Read why S781 is a jobs bill.
Senate Bill 33: Medical Liability Reform was vetoed on June 30 by the governor. The N.C. Chamber continues to work with allies and state leaders to see if a compromise can be worked out this session. Read more on why SB33 is good for NC’s business climate and for a list of allies.
Senate Bill 709: Energy Jobs Act, also vetoed, will increase energy production in NC to facilitate job creation and expansion of business and industry opportunities, creating an estimated 10,000 jobs and $500 million in tax revenue for the state. Read more on why this bill is good for business.
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has not specifically taken action on any of the three above bills.
As we approach this week, with the presentation on Thursday of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and the impact of the 2012 DNC on the Charlotte region, we should keep in mind the words of Sam Ewing who said, “Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said could not be done.”
When you believe you can do something – even when countless friends and advisors have told you otherwise – you open up the possibility that others will follow with you. That is the essence of entrepreneurship and what makes this country so great.
Have a great day at the lake!