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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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Is a healthy lifestyle contagious?

By Dee Jetton. Is obesity contagious? Research shows there’s more to it than genetics and over-eating. Indeed, genetics are a given. However, researchers theorize social circles might have an influence on non-genetic transmission and prevalence of obesity. Diana Thomas, a math professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, says the people you associate […]

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Clean Juice will open 60 stores in 2018

By Erica Batten. Given its devotion to boosting health, it may seem ironic that organic juice bar Clean Juice is going viral. Since opening its flagship location in Birkdale Village in 2015, stores have appeared in Concord, Mooresville and Davidson, to name a few, and husband-and-wife team Landon and Kat Eckles have awarded franchises in […]

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Future of Antiquity Woods project in doubt

By Dave Vieser. In May 2016, with a strong local economy and Cornelius’ Antiquity neighborhood growing day by day, developer Joe Roy of Charlotte-based Meeting Street Co. filed a rezoning application which, if approved by the town, would permit him to build Antiquity Woods, a mixed-use community on 16 acres of vacant land. Eighteen months […]

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Tax reform means bonuses for Aquesta staff

Dec. 22. Tax reform will enable Cornelius-based Aquesta Financial Holdings to give a $1,000 bonus to all employees in January, according to CEO Jim Engel. Aquesta Financial is the parent  of Aquesta Bank and Aquesta Insurance. “Decreased tax rates will allow Aquesta Bank to continue to grow by accelerating lending to small businesses and hiring […]

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