Lake Norman Chamber President’s e-Brief Newsletter for April 30

Lake Norman Members and Stakeholders 

Property Owners & Small Businesses Sound Off Regarding Property Taxes

Commissioner Karen Bentley at a recent Chamber Focus Friday

Thank you to the businesses who participated in today’s Focus Friday on the Mecklenburg County Tax Revaluation.  Past Chairman John Hettwer facilitated a meeting with county representatives including Commissioner Karen Bentley representing District 1.  We have heard from quite a few Property Owners whose  county revaluations seemed to be in extraordinary conflict with independent appraisals as well as small business tenants whose rent has increased dramatically with CAM (Common Area Maintenance) charges.

We are continuing to ask businesses with concerns to email me at Russell@lakenorman.org  Next month’s Focus Friday on May 18th 8-9:30 am will speak to how businesses can appeal revaluations.  In the meantime, a group of local property owners (both commercial and residential) will be addressing the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night (May 1) at the Government Center 6 PM (600 East 4th Street Charlotte, NC 28202)  Attendance is encouraged to show your support. Commissioner Bentley has a resolution on the agenda to authorize an externally conducted audit to identify and correct issues with the 2011 revaluation and to address other issues so that a new revaluation could be done effective 1/1/2014. 

The Chamber respectfully asks that you consider e-mailing the County Board encouraging Mecklenburg County to adopt the resolution.  Specifically the At Large County Commissioners: Chairman Harold Cogdell Jr., Commissioner Jennifer Roberts, and Commissioner Jim Pendergraph.

All of the Mecklenburg County Commissioners can be found on the County Board website.  I would be happy to address specific points in the emails for anyone requesting it.  Just email me at russell@lakenorman.org

Habitat Fundraiser to Benefit Chamber Habitat Build

The Lake Norman Chamber encourages you to attend a special Business Build 2012 Habitat fundraiser Friday, May 4th from 5:30 to 10 PM at Pelican’s Patio located at 19930 West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius. The event is: Partido un Dia Temprano– for those who do not speak Spanish “Party A Day Early!  We will have Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Music, and a Cash Bar with a $20 donation at the door. The event is sponsored by the Lake Norman Chamber and Wells Fargo Bank. Please come out and support Habitat for Humanity and our chamber project in a fun and relaxing way.  We are approximately $5,500 from our goal of $71,500.  Hope you can join us!

U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick to be honored by Chamber

Luncheon Scheduled for Friday, May 11 at NorthStone Country Club

U.S. Representative Sue Myrick(NC-09) will speak with business leaders from the Lake

Rep Myrick at the Chamber 2011 Business Briefing

Norman Chamber to update our members on business-related legislation and to get input on creating private-sector jobs for hardworking Americans. This discussion on May 11 at the Chamber’s PowerLuncheon will highlight the importance of small businesses as job creators and House Republicans’ current agenda to create a more competitive business environment.  In addition, the Lake Norman Chamber will honor Rep. Myrick for her 18-years of service to our district, state, and nation.  RSVP your attendance by downloading the registration form or call the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922 The luncheon is sponsored by Business Today and Carolinas HealthCare System.

Huntersville Festival to be Held May 12

Lake Norman regional businesses can showcase their business by sponsoring, participating, or attending the Hello Huntersville celebration in a one-day event that will take place on Saturday, May 12, from 10am-2pm in downtown Huntersville. The event showcases local artists as the town brings the arts to the streets of Huntersville! Accompanying the local artists will be local businesses, music, food, rides, and fun for the entire family. The Huntersville Market will be hosting its grand opening as well starting at 7am!

The stage will host music preformed by West Boltz from 10am-noon then followed by Polyester Apocolypse until 2pm. The Civic & Cultural Art Center team of CHALK IT UP/Charlotte has been invited to create a chalk drawing performance during the event. The performance will be led by artist Lee Baumgarten. Kids of all ages will also have fun making expressive drawings on the sidewalk as well.  If you are interested in becoming a vendor or need more information, please contact Michelle Amendolare at 704-766-2253 or mamendolare@huntersville.org.

National Small Business Week Scheduled for May 21-25

In recognition of Small Business Week (May 21 – 25), the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will honor a Small Business of the Year.  The business will be recognized at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Lake Norman Chamber. The reception is sponsored by The Lake Norman Citizen and Park Avenue Properties.  Several other events and seminars are being planned for the week.  If you would like to nominate a business, or your own business, please download and email back the Small Business of the Year Nomination Form no later than Friday, May 18. 

 

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Lake Norman Chamber President’s e-Brief Newsletter for April 20, 2012

Next Friday’s Focus Friday will examine Mecklenburg County Commercial Property Revaluations – Friday, April 27  8:00 -9:00 am

John Hettwer

A Chamber Committee, chaired by 2009 Chamber Chairman John Hettwer, is collecting data on Lake Norman / North Mecklenburg commercial parcels in which property owners feel they have been over appraised by the county.  The Chamber Board heard from several property owners who expressed concern that their buildings and land values were extremely inflated. 

The Chamber’s monthly Focus Friday will provide an opportunity for those concerned or frustrated property owners to bring data with them to share with John and members of the community. In addition Cary Saul, director of the county’s Land Use & Environmental Services Agency will be on hand to give a brief update on where the current appeals process stands.  The Chamber will also hear from a member of a committee led by former Cornelius Commissioner Jim Bensman on residential revaluations.  

A big concern for the Chamber of Commerce is that property tax increases will be passed on to small business tenants through Common Area Maintenance (CAM) Charges which could place an extreme hardship on that business. Many of these tenants may not even be aware their respective lease rates will dramatically rise in the coming months.

If you feel your property has been unfairly appraised in excess of a fair market rate, please consider attending this Focus Friday or email Bill Russell at Russell@lakenorman.org with your information and a member of the Chamber’s committee will be in touch with you. Focus Friday is sponsored by DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net and is held Friday, April 27 from 8-9:30 am at the Chamber (Second Floor Board Room).

U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick to be honored by Chamber  Luncheon Scheduled for Friday, May 11 at NorthStone Country Club

Rep. Sue Myrick at 2011 Chamber Legsilative Briefing

 U.S. Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) will speak with business leaders from the Lake Norman Chamber to update our members on business-related legislation and to get input on creating private-sector jobs for hardworking Americans. This discussion on May 11 at the Chamber’s PowerLuncheon will highlight the importance of small businesses as job creators and House Republicans’ current agenda to create a more competitive business environment.  In addition, the Lake Norman Chamber will honor Rep. Myrick for her 18-years of service to our district, state, and nation.  RSVP your attendance by downloading the registration form or call the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922

Huntersville Festival to be Held May 12

 Lake Norman regional businesses can showcase their business by sponsoring, participating, or attending the Hello Huntersville celebration in a one-day event that will take place on Saturday, May 12, from 10am- 2pm in downtown Huntersville. The event showcases local artists as the town brings the arts to the streets of Huntersville!  Accompanying the local artists will be local businesses, music, food, rides, and fun for the entire family. The Huntersville Market will be hosting its grand opening as well starting at 7am!

The stage will host music preformed by West Boltzfrom 10am-noon then followed by Polyester Apocolypse until 2pm. The Civic & Cultural Art Center team of CHALK IT UP/Charlotte has been invited to create a chalk drawing performance during the event. The performance will be led by artist Lee Baumgarten. Kids of all ages will also have fun making expressive drawings on the sidewalk as well.  If you are interested in becoming a vendor or need more information, please contact Michelle Amendolare at 704-766-2253 or mamendolare@huntersville.org.

National Small Business Week Scheduled for May 21-25

In recognition of Small Business Week (May 21 – 25), the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will honor a Small Business of the Year.  The business will be recognized at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Lake Norman Chamber. The reception is sponsored by The Lake Norman Citizen and Park Avenue Properties.  Several other events and seminars are being planned for the week.  If you would like to nominate a business, or your own business, please download and email back the Small Business of the Year Nomination Form no later than Friday, May 18.

Lincoln County – Lake Norman Chamber Networking Event – April 26th

Don’t miss an opportunity to network with businesses from Denver and the Lincoln County area next Thursday April 26th 5:30 to 7:00 pm hosted by Innovative Pest Management.  The networking event will be held at 6596 Campground Road in Denver (NC 28037) co hosted by the White Oak Inn Bed and Breakfast and the Landing Restaurant.  Businesses will be treated to a Caribbean atmosphere serving Jerk Chicken, beans and rice, and cold beverages.

Business Today’s Newsmaker Breakfast Tuesday April 24   7:30am  at The Peninsula Club

Branding Cornelius around a new art-infused bridge design for West Catawba at I-77 is the topic of Business Today’s Newsmakers Breakfast April 24 at The Peninsula Club. The speakers are Lynette Rinker, mayor pro tem of Cornelius, and Andrew Grant, assistant town manager, both of whom are playing a key role in the new design as well as the so-called diverging diamond which will shift traffic flows from one side of the bridge to the other.  The cost is $12.   RSVP to 704-895-1335

Final Thoughts

This week’s selection by our Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board of Dr. Heath Morrison to lead our Mecklenburg Public Schools and the announcement of the Chamber’s Champions of Diversity were highlights of the week.  Last week I told the Charlotte Observer, after serving as a panelist on the Citizen and Business Interview Process, I left the afternoon, motivated, excited, and inspired.  I literally felt I had been to an “Hours of Power” event listening to all three candidates detail their vision for the district.

I declined to give reporters or anyone else my favorite of the three.  However, now that the selection has been made, and I still stand by any of the three education leaders would have made a profound difference for our district, I was very impressed with Dr. Morrison.  Dr. Morrison used business authors Stephen Covey and Jim Collins to underscore points about effectively managing and operating the school district.  We will need an effective administrator who carries out the policy of the school board and a very articulate communicator who can reach out to families who may have lost faith in the public school system.

Pictured (Left to right) Habitat’s Tammy Cox representing Malcolm Murray, Brian and Tricia Sisson along with Trish Stukbauer owners of the Range at Lake Norman, Jack Salzman of Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, and Lake Norman Chamber President Bill Russell. Photo courtesy of Business Today / Cornelius Today

The selection of Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Ram, The Range at Lake Norman, and the recognition of longtime community activist Malcolm Murray is testaments to how far we have come as a community, region, and nation at overcoming the racial, gender, and cultural boundaries that once held back many of the best and brightest of our community.

I just finished a great book by Ted Sorensen about John Kennedy called Counselor: A Life on the Edge of History.   On June 11, 1963, President Kennedy intervened when Governor Wallace blocked the doorway at the University of Alabama to stop two African-American students from attending. Wallace moved aside only after being confronted by the Deputy Attorney General and the Alabama National Guard, which had just been federalized by order of the President, and which had hours earlier been under Wallace’s command. That evening Kennedy gave his famous civil rights address on national television and radio, launching his initiative for civil rights legislation – to provide equal access to public schools and other facilities, and greater protection of voting rights.His proposals became part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Kennedy once said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”  We all live in an exciting time, when the discrimination of the past is either still being felt or fresh on our minds.  Yet, we have those who are not content with how things have always been and they refuse to allow prejudice, discrimination, and mediocrity to stand in the way of their goal.  Some are regarded as Diversity Champions or community activists.  To others they are neighbors, friends, business associates… and a few just refer to them as “mom or dad”.

They are a testament that working hard, working smart, and working together – there is no limit to what we can accomplish as a community and nation.

Lake Norman Chamber President e-Brief Newsletter for Friday, April 13, 2012

Champions of Diversity Awards Breakfast Tuesday, April 18th at Birkdale

Bill Russell

RSVP today for the Second Annual “Champions of Diversity” breakfast, hosted by the Chamber’s Diversity Council, April 18 at Birkdale Golf Club in Huntersville. The Diversity Council is part of the Chamber’s efforts to better reflect the local business community.  Their mission is to support the diverse minority business community in the greater Lake Norman area and create access through education, networking, and advancement opportunities.

The Champions of Diversity Awards include an individual Lifetime Achievement Award as well as recognition in the small and large business category. Nominations for the business awards emphasize a proven support of diversity through work practices, services, hiring policies and support within the community. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has influenced, motivated and enabled others to promote a diverse community.    To register for the breakfast register online at  the calendar section of the Chamber website, www.lakenormanchamber.org, or contact Jack Stevens, Member Services, at 704-892-1922.

Chamber looking into Mecklenburg County Commercial Property Revaluations Subject of this month’s Focus Friday – Friday, April 27  8:00 am

A Chamber Committee, Chaired by 2009 Chamber Chairman John Hettwer, is collecting data on Lake Norman / North Mecklenburg commercial parcels in which property owners feel they have been over appraised by the county.  The Chamber Board heard from several property owners who expressed concern that their buildings and land values were extremely inflated.  Past Chairman Hettwer spoke about the commercial revaluation both at the Chamber’s recent real estate PowerLuncheon and in a recent edition of the Lake Norman Citizen.

A big concern for the Chamber of Commerce is that property tax increases will be passed on to small business tenants through Common Area Maintenance (CAM) Charges which could place an extreme hardship on that business. Many of these tenants may not even be aware their respective lease rates will dramatically rise in the coming months. This aspect of the revaluation was reported in last week’s online version of Business Today Rent expenses climbing in wake of revaluations

If you feel your property has been unfairly appraised in excess of a fair market rate, please email Bill Russell at Russell@lakenorman.org and a member of the Chamber’s committee will be in touch with you.

While the Chamber has expressed support for a local effort on residential properties led by Jim Bensman, Bob Deaton and others with the Flawed Revaluation group, our efforts will focus primarily on commercial properties.  The revaluation is the subject of this Month’s Focus Friday:  Friday, April 27 at 8:00 am sponsored by DavidsonNews.net.

Public Workshop Planned for Widening of I-77

The Lake Norman Transportation Commission, a joint agency of the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, and Mooresville along with representatives of the Mooresville – South Iredell and Lake Norman Chambers of Commerce, encourages business owners to provide comment on the proposed revision to the Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2012-2012 Transportation Improvement Plans.  The public can see project details and comment at the Huntersville Town Hall on Wednesday, April 18 from 5 pm to 8 pm.  There are improvements to I-485 as well as I-77 HOT and HOV lanes.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Narrows Superintendent Search to Three

It was a real honor this week to serve as a panelist which asked questions of the three finalists for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District Superintendent position.  Ann Clark, Heath Morrison, and Kriner Cash are all articulate and capable administrators and I left the Government Center inspired, motivated, and excited hearing their comments and sharing their vision of  CMS.  Ultimately our next superintendent will not only have to be an excellent administrator who raises the bar further in what we can achieve as a district – they must carry out the policy directives of the board and be an excellent communicator.

Effective communication with our stakeholder groups is critical – the most important of which are the students themselves.  However, it also includes the parents, residents, non-profits, and the business community who will ultimately cultivate and select those students as future employees.  The students will in turn one day work at, manage, and own businesses as entrepreneurs and business leaders.  Education is the foundation of our economic and business development and we have much at stake in the selection of the next leader of our public school system.

My biggest take away of the day however was the perception from those on the outside of Charlotte Mecklenburg who regard CMS as one of the better School Districts in the nation.  I think we are quick to be our biggest critic, loudly citing our own short comings and not doing a good job at all of discussing those things we do well – our success stories – and there are quite a few to cite.

Joseph Addison once said, “I consider the human soul without education like marble in a quarry, which shows none of its inherent beauties until the skill of the polisher fetches out the colors and makes the surface shine.”

We as business and community leaders must work hand in hand with our parents, educators, and elected officials if we are to properly polish that marble.  It requires all of us to work hard, work smart, and work together such that the rest of the nation continues to recognize CMS as the best of the best.

Mark your calendar!

Don’t miss next week’s networking opportunities beginning with Tuesday’s (April 17) Business BeforeHours at The Pines in Davidson 8-9:30 am; a reception Tuesday night for our Business Expo Sponsors only at the Lake Norman Visitors Center; the Champions of Diversity Breakfast Wednesday morning at Birkdale Golf Course in Huntersville; a ribbon cutting at Carolinas Office Systems Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm in Huntersville; the Business AfterHours Thursday, April 19 at Travis Pointe Water Front Event & Vacations in Mooresville; and the Rural Hill Scottish Games April 20-22.

There’s a great deal going on at the Chamber and the Lake Norman region.  Join us!

The Cashion Family has made lasting impact on the Lake Norman Region

Bob & Louise Cashion at a 1998 Chamber Banquet

This year, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its our 25th Anniversary and we are looking back at many of our Charter Members who have made a lasting impact on the Lake Norman  region.  One does not have to look far to see the contributions of Bob & Louise Cashion.  I have really enjoyed working with the Cashion family on community events and Bob and I are in Rotary together.

In 2003, we named our “Lake Norman Business Person of the Year” after Mr. Cashion whose presence can be felt throughout the region.  Gordon, his son, continues to be very involved in running the operations of the stores and his other son Bobby is active in the Davidson community.  Both of Bob’s sons have witnessed their parent’s commitment to the community they love and we are fortunate to have a family that has given so much of their time and resources and continue to impact our region.

For more than 50 years Robert (Bob) Cashion has been a household name in North Mecklenburg.  After returning from UNC in 1956 Bob worked in the Cashion’s Grocery business with his mother and father.   Louise Cashion, Bob’s wife joined Robert in the business in 1960.  On Saturday’s, area residents and neighbors would find themselves not just shopping but rather, catching up on the happenings in each other’s lives.   Bob knew EVERY customer by name, he understood and recognized when they were experiencing good times and soothed the more difficult times.   His business was well beyond that of selling food and household items.  He sold comfort, he gave credit when needed, and he would lend a hand or a dollar or anything that was needed to make this world a better place for all who walked through his doors.

Bobby Cashion and Robert Reed present John Bradford with the 2011 Robert T. Cashion Business Person of the Year. Photograph by Deborah Young Studios.

Early in his career Bob recognized the need to support his community and give back financially.  From the beginning of his career, he established a “1% Give Back Policy”.  Every year Cashion’s would “give back”  1% of their sales to the community.  He continued that policy through the life of the grocery business giving back to the community in excess of $2 million via local churches, schools, scouting programs, civic groups and other charitable organizations.  

Bob’s community service was not limited to the grocery business.  A visionary and natural leader Bob and Louise saw the need for a place to gather – a place to enhance the living and growing in their community.   Bob along with a leadership team went door to door to raise the funds needed to establish and build the Lake Norman YMCA   They recently renewed their belief in the Lake Norman YMCA with a gift of $250,000.  The contribution supports the Community Outreach programs and establishes two endowments for the YMCA – ensuring the enjoyment of the YMCA and the waterfront by all in the community.  

Bob and Louise sold the grocery business in 1997 to Lowe’s Foods.  Bob, Louise and their sons had run the grocery business for 30 years.  While running the grocery store, Bob began expansion operations in the convenience store business.  At the time of the Lowe’s Foods’ sale, Bob owned and managed three convenience stores.  He continued to expand his business in the convenience store market and established what is known today as Cashion’s Quik Stops.  His interest in the community has never waned; Bob and Louise contributed $50,000  in 2000 to help build the Cornelius Library, again recognizing a need for literary enrichment in the community.

Bob Cashion has been recognized for his leadership, his uncommon generosity, and his service and commitment to his community at every turn.   In 1992, he was presented with the “Paul Harris Fellows” award by the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club as well as the North Mecklenburg Civitan Club’s “Citizen of the Year” Award.  In 1993, a permanent marker and dedication was made by Cornelius Elementary School for Bob’s unfailing support of Cornelius Elementary.  Additionally, in 1993, he was recognized asLakeNorman’s “Businessman of the Year.”  And in 1996, he was again recognized as Celebrate Cornelius’s” Citizen of the Year.”

Cornelius Mayor Jeff Tarte, Bob Cashion, and Bill Russell

One of my favorite movies of all time is Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  While it has become a Christmas Classic – I could watch it year round.  In the movie George Bailey gets the opportunity to see how his community might have looked if he were not around or never born in the first place.

Fortunately for all of us who live in the Lake Norman region, we’ve had a “George and Mary Bailey” of our own.  Two people who have changed the face of their community and left a living legacy to their generosity and leadership.  I feel blessed to have worked with Bob and Louise who continue to support our community by their work in Rotary and other causes. They are Charter Members of the Lake Norman Chamber and a true Lake Norman treasure!

Lake Norman Chamber President e-Brief Newsletter for Friday, April 4, 2012

Chamber looking into Mecklenburg County Commercial Property Revaluations

John Hettwer 2009 Chamber Chairman

 A Chamber Committee, Chaired by 2009 Chamber Chairman John Hettwer, is collecting data on Lake Norman / North Mecklenburg commercial parcels in which property owners feel they have been over appraised by the county.  The Chamber Board heard from several property owners who expressed concern that their buildings and land values were extremely inflated.  Past Chairman Hettwer spoke about the commercial revaluation both at the Chamber’s recent real estate PowerLuncheon and in the April 5th edition of the Lake Norman Citizen.

 A big concern for the Chamber of Commerce is that property tax increases will be passed on to small business tenants through Common Area Maintenance (CAM) Charges which could place an extreme hardship on that business. Many of these tenants may not even be aware their respective lease rates will dramatically rise in the coming months. This aspect of the revaluation was reported in this week’s online version of Business Today Rent expenses climbing in wake of revaluations

If you feel your property has been unfairly appraised in excess of a fair market rate, please email Bill Russell at Russell@lakenorman.org and a member of the Chamber’s committee will be in touch with you.

While the Chamber has expressed support for a local effort on residential properties led by Jim Bensman, Bob Deaton and others with the Flawed Revaluation group, our efforts will focus primarily on commercial properties.  The revaluation is the subject of this Month’s Focus Friday: Friday, April 27 at 8:00 am sponsored by DavidsonNews.net.

B.A.S.S. Fishing Tournament Brings Big Dollars to Lake!

Before last year, it had been five year since Lake Norman hosted a B.A.S.S. event, but for the second straight year Visit Lake Norman will host the Bass Pro Shop’s Bassmaster Southern Open April 5-7, 2012.  B.A.S.S., which is based out of Celebration, FL and operates the renowned Bassmaster Classic, has held the Junior Bassmaster World Championships in 2004, the CITGO Bassmaster Tour Stop (precursor to what is now called Elite Series event) in 2005 and the Women’s Bassmaster Tour (WBT) in 2006.

This year’s Bassmaster Southern Open will launch out of Blythe Landing featuring close to 200 boats and 400 of some of the best anglers from across the country.  Official practice days will precede the first day of fishing April 2-4 making for a week-long event.  Boats will launch at 7am each morning with the first two-day weigh-ins lakeside beginning at 3pm.  The final Saturday weigh-in will be held at Bass Pro Shop in Concord beginning at 4pm.  Last year’s same event had 358 anglers from 23 states and generated an estimated $478,380 in direct visitor spending.

Fast Facts: 

Visit Lake Norman & Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation are hosting the Bass Pro Shop’s Bassmaster Southern Open – April 5-7, 2012 at Blythe Landing

  • Launches will be held at 7am & weigh-ins at 3pm at Blythe Landing;  Saturday final weigh-in 4pm at Bass Pro Shops in Concord
  • 184 boats; 368 anglers representing 23 states
  • Estimated to generate $509,200 in direct visitor spending

Champions of Diversity Awards Breakfast Set for April 18th at Birkdale

Mark your calendars now for the Second Annual “Champions of Diversity” breakfast, hosted by the Chamber’s Diversity Council, April 18 at Birkdale Golf Club in Huntersville. The Diversity Council is part of the chamber’s efforts to better reflect the local business community.  Their mission is to support the diverse minority business community in the greater Lake Norman area and create access through education, networking, and advancement opportunities.

The Champions of Diversity Awards include an individual Lifetime Achievement Award as well as recognition in the small and large business category. Nominations for the business awards emphasize a proven support of diversity through work practices, services, hiring policies and support within the community. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has influenced, motivated and enabled others to promote a diverse community.    To register for the breakfast register online at  the calendar section of the Chamber website, www.lakenormanchamber.org, or contact Jack Stevens, Member Services, at 704-892-1922.

Public Workshop Planned for Widening of I-77

The Lake Norman Transportation Commission, a joint agency of the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, and Mooresville along with representatives of the Mooresville – South Iredell and Lake Norman Chambers of Commerce, encourages business owners to provide comment on the proposed revision to the Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2012-2018 Transportation Improvement Plans.  The public can see project details and comment at the Huntersville Town Hall on Wednesday, April 18 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

There are improvements to I-485 as well as I-77 HOT and HOV lanes.