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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 […]

Traffic on I-77 near Exit 30 at Davidson.

Toll lane advisors will look at I-77 options, including ‘complete and delete’

By Dave Vieser and Dave Yochum. Just when it seemed as if the state has hemmed and hawed as much as it can on the I-77 toll lane debacle, the NCDOT is putting together a new advisory group “to learn the advantages, disadvantages, costs and timelines” of the options presented this fall by Mercator Advisors, […]

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Novant Health Huntersville will increase bed count 50%

  Dec. 4. By Dave Yochum. Fast growth around Lake Norman is one of the driving forces behind Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center adding 50,000 square feet and 48 new patient beds to the 13-year-old community hospital. The $50 million expansion, which includes a 20,000 square foot renovation, will transform the facility into a 139-bed […]


Incoming chamber chair rooted in investments, business

By Dave Yochum. A behind-the-scenes name in Cornelius business and local GOP politics will be out there more next year. Joshua Dobi takes over the volunteer reins of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. The incoming chairman at age 42 is already a quiet force having hosted a number of fundraisers and campaign openings for […]


Growth vs. aesthetics: Never-ending battle

  By Dave Vieser. The economic engine of the Golden Crescent continues to purr along nicely, but it looks like developers will have to pay more attention to context. The challenge facing local officials is balancing development with preserving natural beauty, heritage and aesthetics. In Davidson, the Beaty Street project pitted the town’s unique aesthetics—and apparently […]


In an Amazon world, cities market seriously

By Kate Stevens. Three years ago, the city of Kannapolis, a former mill town also known for the North Carolina Research Campus, the Music Hall of Fame and hometown of Dale Earnhardt, was at a crossroad. The city’s population had exploded especially near its western edge along N.C. Hey. 73. At the same time, city […]


Alton Updike will open Table 31 in LangTree in Mooresville

By Dave Vieser. Restaurateur Alton Updike, the owner of Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Cornelius,  is taking his skills to the old Block & Grinder space in LangTree ​Lake Norman. The new 6,000 square foot eatery, called Table 31, will open early next year. Updike views this as a golden opportunity to grow, while at […]


Top Women in Business: Celebrate Class of 2017

By Katie Piccirillo Sherman. Business Today recognized 14 women business leaders who have had a substantial impact on their community. This dynamic group of ladies has weathered both good and bad times and adapted, learning new skills while still maintaining an admirable service record in the community. Their professional accomplishments and record of giving back were […]


New Beaty St. valuation is double Town of Davidson’s

The town is currently forming a committee to negotiate a contract with the developers, said Cristina Shaul, the town’s public information officer. The board of commissioners will eventually vote on the contract once it has been reviewed by attorneys for both sides, but Shaul said she is unsure when the vote would happen. Davidson Development […]


Successful ladies vie for Top Women

Twenty-one successful women will be recognized at the 2017 Top Women in Business Awards, one of the oldest and largest events honoring women in Lake Norman and Cabarrus County. This year’s Top Women finalists are a diverse group, ranging from small business owners to physicians and Realtors. Business Today’s Top Women awards have a 13-year-long […]