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Michael Waltrip Raceworld complex under contract to top auto dealer

By Dave Yochum. The owners of Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge have the old Michael Waltrip Raceworld under contract for an undisclosed amount. LKNCJD owners Robin and Jack Salzman plan a new retail facility that would include a prep shop and 10,000 square feet of space for non-profits and community events. The dealership plans to […]


Leading business consultant hops into craft beer

By Dave Vieser. Lost Worlds Brewery has found a place in a strip shopping center on West Catawba in Cornelius. If all goes as planned, the suds will be flowing sometime this winter according to co-owners Dave and Allison Hamme. The brewery was founded to create a “basecamp for adventure-seekers,” said David Hamme, a nationally […]


Aquesta 3Q net soars 43%

Oct. 15. Aquesta Financial Holdings reported third quarter net income rose 43% to $1 million from the same year-ago period. “We experienced another quarter of exciting growth in earnings, core deposits and loans. Our annualized 37.1 percent growth in core deposits continues to demonstrate our employees’ dedication to serving our customers and the community at-large,” said […]


Top Women event honors achievers

By Katie Sherman. Twenty women with exceptional backgrounds, backbones and positive attitudes will be honored at Business Today’s Top Women Champagne Reception & Mini Business Expo Oct. 17 at River Run Country Club. Winners will be announced at the event, and in the November edition of Business Today. Twenty-five percent of this year’s nominees identified […]

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2 Cornelius finance execs sued by SEC

Oct. 11. UPDATE 5:30 pm. By Dave Yochum. Two Cornelius financial executives have been charged with fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC says Marlin Hershey and Dana Bradley fraudulently raised nearly $6 million from investors, some of whom were family and friends. The SEC’s complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, […]


LKN Biz Expo: Networking in a digital world

Oct. 10. The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is under way right now at the Huntersville Recreation Center. In a digital world, there is room for old-school analog—and dialog. This particular B2B expo—which runs until 5 pm—has held its own since the very first year when Chamber CEO Bill Russell asked a Cornelius […]


Ice cream franchises aren’t just desserts

Oct. 9. Ice cream franchises are hot and it’s not just this year’s prolonged heat. Andy’s Frozen Custard will open a new location in a 48,000 square foot shopping center in Cornelius to be known as Catawba at Knox. The Missouri-based chain has some four dozen locations in eight states. The 48,225-square-foot shopping center on […]

New EVP at Uwharrie Bank

Stafford Kelly is the new executive vice president and senior relationship manager at Uwharrie Bank. The new EVP will be responsible for developing, leading and executing growth in both new and existing commercial relationships throughout the Charlotte region. CEO Brendan Duffey said Kelly is a rising star in Charlotte’s commercial banking landscape and an “excellent” […]

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Champagne Reception & Expo at River Run Oct. 17

The 15th Annual Top Women Champagne Reception & Mini Business Expo Oct. 17 at River Run Country Club is one of the oldest and largest events honoring women in Lake Norman and Cabarrus County. Prior winners judged the nominees—a diverse group, ranging from small business owners and developers to real estate executives and artists. We […]


Regional economic outlook remains bright

By Dave Yochum. Despite devastating hurricanes and uncertainty around international trade, the regional economy appears to be going strong as we approach the final quarter of 2019. The Charlotte region—home to a growing array of financial and technology firms—is driving much of the state’s growth, which is increasingly concentrated in professional and business services, financial […]