Lake Norman Chamber Members and Stakeholders:
Bill Russell and 1995 Chamber Chairman Darrell Gettys at the 2010 Duke Energy AfterHours
Networking on Steroids – Business AfterHours this Thursday May 17th
You don’t want to miss this Thursday, May 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm when the Lake Norman Chamber joins forces with the Mooresville South Iredell and Lincolnton – Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce in the Annual Tri-County Business AfterHours. This AfterHours held at Duke Energy’s McGuire Energy Explorium brings together businesses from three Chambers of Commerce in the largest business networking event held in the Charlotte region.
Enjoy delicious food provided by many of our favorite restaurants and take a relaxing cruise around the lake on the Catawba Queen. We are asking that you consider bringing a canned food item that Leadership Lake Norman is collecting for a Food Drive to benefit Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen.
“Focus Friday” Examines how to appeal the County Revaluation
Join us this Friday, May 18th from 8-9:30 am at the May Focus Friday as we share with commercial property owners how to properly prepare for an appeal to your Mecklenburg County Tax Revaluation. While we expect to hear an update on residential revaluation efforts, this program is focused on Commercial Properties as John Hettwer, 2009 Chamber Chairman and President of Payroll Plus and Robbie Lowrance of Merit Properties – Commercial Real Estate, will share the steps property owners need to take in the appeals process. Hettwer and Lowrance will be joined by Carey Saul, director of the county’s Land Use & Environmental Services Agency, who will review procedures from the County’s perspective.
The Lake Norman Chamber would like to encourage any Chamber Member who owns commercial property in Mecklenburg County, or who has a lease and is affected by CAM charges to attend this meeting which is free and open to the public. Focus Friday is sponsored by DavidsonNews.net / CorneliusNews.net.
Pat Heidrich with Sandler Sales Institute
Chamber Salutes Small Business Week Next Week May 21-25
In recognition of “Small Business,” the Chamber has planned a week-long series of events, seminars, and activities next week May 21-25th. All three north Mecklenburg towns have also issued proclamations declaring it Small Business Week encouraging local citizens to participate and support local retailers and small business.
A seminar has been planned for Tuesday May 22 from 9 to 10:30 am at the Chamber entitled “ I Survived, Now What?” According to Eileen Joyce, a marketing and outreach manager for the SBA, “Our region is slowly coming out of the recession and economic indicators show businesses are or will soon be hiring.” Joyce adds that lenders say they are ready to lend to customers. She and Ben Pelton with SCORE will provide information to help owners and managers grow their business. The presentation will include: Positioning the business for growth; dusting off the business plan and start planning strategically including when to hire; and preparing the financials now to get ready to borrow. The Chamber has also planned a special workshop entitled Networking for the Professional: Making the Most out of Your Networking Opportunities for Thursday, May 24th at 9 am at the Chamber. Wayne Bidelman with AdviCoach, Pat Heidrich with Sandler Sales Institute, and Hilary Broadway with Allen Tate Realtors will lead the discussion on maximizing chamber of commerce and other meetings / events for your business growth.
Both seminars will be held at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce 19900 West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius and are free to any interested business owner or manager. The Chamber would respectfully ask that anyone interested RSVP as seating is limited. The SBA workshop will take place in the Randy Marion Conference Room and the networking seminar in the Sandler Sales Institute conference room adjacent to the Chamber’s space. The week-long series of activities will culminate with the recognition of 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. The criterion includes business growth, innovation management and marketing techniques, and is confined to members of the chamber of commerce who have demonstrated sound business practices and community involvement.
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. For a complete listing of all seminars, activities, and networking events call the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-0892-1922 or see their website at lakenormanchamber.org.
You are the Message!
While few businesses join the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce because of the advocacy role we play, serving as your voice on issues ranging from taxes and employment to healthcare and transportation is vitally important to your business. We take serious our role as the voice of business – but make no mistake, you are the message.
Whether we are supporting Carolinas HealthCare System in their effort to fulfill a critical healthcare need lacking in our market or working to secure additional lanes on I-77, our advocacy is aimed at improving your business and making the Lake Norman market and this region a great place to live, work and visit.
We are delighted that CHS has selected Davidson for the site of its new behavioral health hospital and we applaud the Town of Davidson for reaching out to CHS officials and indicating their strong desire to serve as the home to this critical service. The Chamber also continues to bring awareness to the issue surrounding Mecklenburg County’s Revaluation and in some cases the flawed results which are having a significant impact on local businesses.
Chamber Chairman Jack Salzman, Rep. Sue Myrick, and Chamber President Bill Russell
This past week we hosted U.S. Rep Sue Myrick who shared her insight into Washington politics as we said goodbye and thank you to a servant leader who has spent more than two decades in the public sector working for business and the citizens of the Ninth District and the Charlotte region. Next month we will host new CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison who implement policy that will shape our public school system in the years to come.
Mark Twain once said, “Thunder is impressive but lightning does all the work.” Your Chamber leadership will continue to serve as a relentless advocate for your business – the thunder which will roll through the Charlotte and Lake Norman region, but the real lightning flashing through the landscape of our communities is the businesses themselves – your business. Thank each of you as we head into Small Business Week!
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