Need a loan for your business but don’t know where to turn?
The Chamber is hosting a program this Friday on Capital Investments for your business!
The Chamber has created a program Friday morning especially for our retailers and small businesses who need an injection of cash for their business. The last three years have taken a toll on many lake businesses, and while things are improving and sales are headed in a positive direction, many of our businesses may need short-term financing to get back on track.
On Friday, August 26th from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. the Chamber will coordinate a program at the Chamber on the Capital Access program. Several local banks in the region including Aquesta, BB&T, blueharbor bank, Citizens South, First Citizens Bank and Trust, and Piedmont Bank participate in the program and are expected to be part of the session. N.C. Representative Rodney Moore is also expected to speak on the program along with Tom Wall, the Associate Director of NC – CAP.
The North Carolina Capital Access Program is a small business lending program ramping up across North Carolina and being managed by the NC Rural Center. By reducing risk, it encourages banks and other qualified lenders to consider loans that otherwise fall just outside conventional underwriting standards. To date, fifty-six banks have enrolled in the program including many with branches in the Lake Norman/Charlotte area.
The program will enable up to $800 million in business lending over the next several years, freeing capital in a tight credit market. NC-CAP is made possible by $46.1 million in federal funding under the federal Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. Gov. Beverly Perdue designated the Rural Center to administer the program in all 100 counties
If your business, or someone you do with business with, is interested in small business financing, please consider attending this informative program. There is no cost and the Chamber is allowing any business to attend. This event is part of our Focus Friday Program and is sponsored by DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net.
Chamber Business Networking Event at The Galway Hooker this evening
80% of all Chamber members cite the opportunity to establish relationships and to network is the number #1 reason they look to the Lake Norman Chamber for assistance. We have strived to provide those opportunities and tonight (Thursday, August 25th) there is no better venue than The Galway Hooker at Waterford Hall located at 17044 Kenton Drive in Cornelius. The Chamber Mixer event 5:30 – 7:00 pm will give you an opportunity to network with other local businesses in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Join us this evening!
Chamber’s Leadership Lake Norman Program has “one” open position
The Chamber has one spot open in the 2011-2012 session of Leadership Lake Norman. Leadership Lake Norman, comprised of 21 business leaders, 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.
Payment plans can be arranged by contacting the Chamber. All applicants will be notified in writing regarding acceptance in the program on Friday, August 26, 2011. To download the on-line brochure visit Leadership Lake Norman.
Charlotte Women Entrepreneurs Summit to be held Sept 15th
Lake Norman Women business owners are invited to attend a summit which will explore business challenges facing women entrepreneurs; promote dialogue among the women’s business community; guide national policy recommendations for Congress; and provide networking opportunities for women business owners.
This event is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and will begin at 8:00 am until 1:00 pm at the Federal Reserve Bank 530 East Trade Street Charlotte. To register visit the Summit Registration on the website.
Join us as the Interim Superintendent for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Hugh Hattabaugh discusses the state of the public school system and education trends and priorities for the year at a luncheon to be held Thursday, September 15th. The Luncheon will be held at Kabutos of Lake Norman 11:45 am until 1:30 pm. To register for the event, visit the PowerLuncheon registration on the website. The event is sponsored by Park Avenue Properties.
Lime Energy Relocates Headquarters to Huntersville
Lime Energy, a leading provider of clean energy solutions, announced Monday the relocation of its headquarters from Chicago to Huntersville, NC. The company will consolidate IT, accounting and engineering functions along with corporate management with the move. The company anticipates that the headquarters move will be completed in October. The move brings 50-75 jobs to our region.
Chamber sets dates on fall candidate forums
The Chamber has planned local candidate forums this fall for the three North Mecklenburg Towns. The Cornelius Forum will be Tuesday, October 4 from 7-9 pm. held at the Cornelius Town Hall.
The Huntersville Forum will be held Thursday, October 13 7-9 pm at Huntersville Town Hall.
The forum for Davidson will be Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7-9 pm at the St. Albans Episcopal Church Sanctuary in Davidson The event is co-hosted by the Chamber, the St. Alban’s Neighborhood Committee and sponsored by DavidsonNews.net.
The Cornelius forum is the only event which will include the candidates for Charlotte Mecklenburg School District at large candidates.
Last month, I had the chance to speak to our new Lake Norman Jaycees chapter which has been established here at Lake Norman. The group is composed of young people (21-39) who gain leadership training as they conduct community service programs. It was exciting to hear about their planned activities.
Yesterday afternoon, I attended an orientation of the Chamber’s new Junior Leadership program. While we will host the 15th year of our Leadership Lake Norman program, the graduates of that program have created a program for High School Juniors similar to the curriculum of the adult program.
They will hold a retreat at Historic Rural Hill with sessions over seven months on History and Education, Government, Health Care, Economic Development, Community Infrastructure, and Travel and Tourism.
We have 17 students from 4 area High Schools including Hopewell, Hough, Pine Lake Prep and Lake Norman Charter. We are indebted to a great many of sponsors who have made the program possible: Presenting Sponsor Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, Retreat Sponsor McIntosh Law Firm, P.C., Graduation Sponsor Park Avenue Properties, L.L.C.; and session sponsors National Financial Services Group, Time Warner Cable, Lake Norman Infiniti, The Park – Huntersville, Shelley Johnson & Joyce Fox Team – Keller, and Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. We are also indebted to Scholz and Associates and The Range at Lake Norman.
Most of the costs of the program is being absorbed through sponsorships by area businesses rather than assessing the students. We lack two (2) $200 sponsors which would allow us to pay for the program and offer one more scholarship to a student to participate in the program. If your company would be willing to participate please call me (Bill Russell) at 704-892-1922 and I can share what exposure your businesses would receive for the investment in the program.
Seeing the energy in the room last month with our new Jaycee Chapter and the excitement on the faces of the student attending the orientation, I could not help but feel a renewed sense of optimism for our region and our nation.
Driving home from the event, I remembered attending a national conference in 1992 and having a chance to meet and have lunch with President Reagan. He was four years removed from office at the time but Reagan stirred my blood when he spoke to our group talking about how some people looked back toAmerica’s “Good Old Days.” When times were simpler but people seemed to be happier. However, Reagan gripped the podium, paused for a moment, and then looked us in the eyes with his steel resolve, “I believeAmericais a country of tomorrow and her best days lie ahead of her.”
I have a Reagan quote on my refrigerator at home. I look at it every morning when I wake up for breakfast and perhaps it is one of the last things I see before I go to bed. I guess that betrays my habits a bit. But the sticker says, “It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams.”
Looking in the faces of the young people in the room at the Jaycees and Junior Leadership program, I see more than dreams. I see words which speak boldly of our intentions and actions which will speak louder than the words. I know, just as Reagan prophesied, our best days are ahead of us and we all have a great opportunity to play a role in it. Today, it’s time we realized that.
Have a great rest of the week at the lake!
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