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It’s summertime, so why not read a book to build your sales team?

By Cheryl Kane. Getting everyone in an organization pulling in the same direction can seem like an insurmountable task. A leader works from department to department encouraging, instructing, and keeping the strategy alive.  Within a department a manager interacts person by person to create a collaborative team working contiguously on a multi-part plan to achieve […]

Workers line Marigold Place in the Blume subdivision in Harrisburg, NC.  150 homes have been built since construction began in 2013.  With 297 lots planned multiple homes are under construction with lots selling quickly. Photo by Marty Price

Finding solutions to workforce housing crisis

By Erica Batten. A “tidal wave” of rising home values is pricing housing out of reach for a wide range of ordinary people—everyone from musicians to teachers to firefighters. Case-Schiller says Charlotte single-family home prices rose 6 percent over the past year. Some neighborhoods are considerably higher, but the homes that rank and file workers want […]


Serial entrepreneur Lemonis will open Gander store in Mooresville

May 31. None other than Marcus Lemonis, the star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” will be at the grand opening of Gander Outdoors in Mooresville. Lemonis bought Gander Mountain assets in bankruptcy court in May 2017. On “The Profit,” the serial entrepreneur lends his expertise to struggling businesses in various industries while using his People/Process/Product principle. […]


A great experience steers sales your way

Identify the destination Tell the customer where you will take them. Define your core competencies in your customer’s language vs. your internal terms to ensure all sales interactions are in ‘you-view’-directed toward their needs. Example: If one of your goals is excellent service quality, internally you may train staff to deliver, “97% of all service […]

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North Carolina women make progress toward parity

By Melissa Atherton American women have come come a long way in the past 236 years: Deborah Gannett, the first female soldier in the US Army, enlisted in 1782 because she disguised herself as a man. And in the past three years, North Carolina has risen from the worst third in the nation to the […]

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Former Burlington Mill converting to millennial-friendly office

By Dave Yochum. Look for more retail space to be converted to office space—a growing trend in commercial real estate. Indeed, some 60,000 square feet of space that was Merino’s Home Furnishings near downtown Mooresville will be turned into office space after the end of this month. “The conversion of retail to office is a […]


New burger concept coming to Cornelius

A new burger concept—​Little Big Burger—is coming to a Publix shopping center in Cornelius. NASCAR superstar Denny Hamlin​ ​is partnering up with Chanticleer Holdings, a Charlotte-based restaurant company with $41 million in revenue last year. The 1,500-square-foot Little Big Burger store is expected to open in about 90 days, says Mike Pruitt, Chanticleer CEO. Chanticleer […]

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D9 Brewing will more than double in size

May 8. D9 Brewing plans to more than double the size of its Cornelius brewery, and at the same time add even more science to the art of brewing beer. D9 CEO Andrew Durstewitz, an engineer for 15 years, has grown the three-year-old company from $100,000 a year to what’s expected to be a $4.8 million […]

Carrie Hewitt is new compliance officer, chief of operations at Aquesta

May 4. Carrie Hewitt is the new chief operations and compliance officer at Cornelius-based Aquesta Bank. A Davidson resident, she has 14 years of banking experience as well as 10 more years in finance and audit in other industries. She most recently served as director of internal audit and compliance officer at Albemarle-based Uwharrie Bank. […]

New managing broker at Premier Sotheby’s in Cornelius

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has named Jason Gentry as managing broker of its Lake Norman office, located at 19825-D N Cove Road in Cornelius. Prior to his appointment, Gentry was a broker associate in the firm’s Charlotte office. A North Carolina native, he became a licensed broker associate in 2010 and was identified as a Rising […]

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