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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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$300 million Kannapolis project will further jump-start downtown

By Kate Stevens. An Alabama-based real estate development company plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in efforts to transform downtown Kannapolis through four proposed projects including the construction of office, retail and restaurant space. Corporate Realty Inc., of Birmingham, Alabama, plans to invest $300 million in new construction and the redevelopment of downtown […]

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​Regional clout: Newsmakers Breakfast ​Feb. 22 features all 3 N. Meck mayors

  ​The three mayors of North Mecklenburg will ​field questions from the audience at the Newsmakers Breakfast ​Feb. 22 at The Peninsula Club.​  ​The mayors—Woody Washam in Cornelius, Rusty Knox in Davidson and John Aneralla in Huntersville—show signs of cooperating on issues ranging from development to affordable housing, from I-77 to education. Their opinions, especially when they are in concert, […]

Davidson will try to exit contract with Continuum

Jan. 24. By Dave Vieser. With a new mayor in town, Davidson plans to look for a quick exit strategy from the Continuum/Mi Connection purchase agreement. The $80 million purchase, spread between Davidson and Mooresville, was inked in 2007 to take over a piece of the bankrupt Adelphia system. Thus far, it has cost Davidson […]

Social media played a role in who was, wasn’t elected

By Kate Stevens​. Social media plays a large role in how political candidates run their campaigns and interact with constituents and potential voters, but the online platforms also have the power to impact election results, according to local campaign experts. Look no further than the town of Davidson where one grassroots group with social media […]

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