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New NC entrepreneurial council includes CLT members

Feb. 23. Gov. Roy Cooper has established a North Carolina Entrepreneurial Council to support policies that encourage entrepreneurship, foster economic development, and support sustainable, high-quality jobs. “Entrepreneurs play a key role in stimulating our economy, creating new businesses and jobs and helping to revitalize communities across our state,” the governor said. “This diverse council will […]

Allison Emrey during the second round of the Symetra Tour's Florida's Natural Charity Classic at the Country Club of Winter Haven on March 11, 2017 in Winter Haven, Florida.

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River Run CC putts Symetra on 2019 calendar

Feb. 9. Women’s professional golf returns to the Charlotte area later this year when the Symetra Classic is held at River Run Country Club. The 54-hole event will be played May 13-17, 2019. This will be the second year the event is held at River Run. The tournament was held at Raintree Country Club in […]

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Meck property revals coming in: Some commercial up 60 percent since 2011

Jan. 24. The last few years have been awesome from a property owner’s point of view; their homes are worth considerably more. How much more is becoming apparent today as the new Mecklenburg County tax values come online. One lakefront property in The Peninsula in Cornelius, with around 5,000 square feet of living area, climbed […]

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Ingersoll Rand lands environmental and energy awards

Nov. 20. Ingersoll Rand has won the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Award for Best Environmental Stewardship. The Davidson-based maker of commercial heating and air-conditioning systems was recognized for addressing greenhouse gas emissions in its own operations and products, and continued research for a sustainable future. The company achieved its commitment to reduce its own […]

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 […]

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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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Harassment differs by race, gender

    By Kate Stevens. Without many of the same resources to fight sexual harassment in the workplace as large corporations, small-business owners need to be aware of the type of work environment they are creating for their employees and have harassment policies already in place to handle problems if they arise. That’s according to […]

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Dynamics of brick and mortar play bigger role in restaurants

April 13. By Dave Yochum. The Papa Murphy’s pizza franchise in Magnolia Plaza in Cornelius has closed, the phone is disconnected and the storefront is locked up. The Tastebuds Popcorn next door is also closed, testament to the fact that the food franchise business requires a cast iron constitution no matter where you are. Business broker […]

LKN Small Business Network is new model for leads groups

By Dave Yochum. If business owners start to meet, greet and network in a new way during the 2020s, chances are Jim Vogel will be leading the way. The founder of Lake Norman Small Business Network attracts 70 to 90 people at stand-up networking meetings every Wednesday morning in Cornelius. It all began as a […]

After Beaty St. fight, Davidson has variety of new projects

By Erica Batten. When Mayor Rusty Knox and a handful of members of the Davidson Board of Commissioners met last month with citizens for the informal coffee chat, the discussion centered on one topic: The 19-acre Beaty Street property owned by the Town. Plans to develop the property for residential and commercial use were scrapped […]

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