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McIntosh Law adds new business attorney

Jillian Swett has joined The McIntosh Law Firm as a business and corporate law attorney. A Lake Norman native, she received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and her J.D. from William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, VA. She will focus on business and corporate law, including trademark and copyright matters.


New office suite product offers flexibility, image

Dec. 10. Commercial real estate office brokers say the open floor plans, entrepreneurial tenants and flexibility of co-working space encourages collaboration and connections with like-minded professionals. A recent Yardi Matrix report found that co-working spaces grew almost 62% in the top 20 office markets from 2017 to 2018. Most don’t look like offices. Co-working space […]

Book Reviews December 2019

Decisive Intuition Invisible Edge CEO Rick Snyder brings a no-nonsense approach to learning to trust yourself and your intuition. He explains how three types of intuition — “directional, social” and “informational” – combine to help you make better decisions. He offers exercises and examples to teach you how to access your inner wisdom. Step away […]


Town supports CON for Atrium hospital in Cornelius

Nov. 19. Analysis. By Dave Yochum. The Cornelius Town Board has made clear its druthers around Atrium Health’s plans for a 30-bed acute care hospital on the Augustalee property along Hwy. 21, south of Westmoreland. The board unanimously passed a resolution Nov. 18 supporting the proposal which will have to pass muster under the state’s […]


If commuter rail is on track for Matthews, what happened to the North Line?

Nov. 12. By Debbie Griffin and Dave Yochum. As Charlotte ponders a $4 billion commuter rail between Matthews and Belmont—and a high-speed rail line between Charlotte and Atlanta is in the midst of discussion—it’s more and more clear that Lake Norman commuters are stuck with toll lanes and diminishing prospects for commuter rail. The Charlotte […]


Jobless rate falls, in-migration to continue

By Dave Yochum. The statewide unemployment rate fell a tenth of a percentage point to 4.1 percent in September, ahead of the national rate of 3.5 percent, but metro areas like Charlotte and Raleigh are booming. Since December of 2007, Charlotte and Raleigh have both seen their job number leap 30 percent. Meanwhile, Charlotte added […]

Bill Ingram is new senior VP at HomeTrust in Cornelius

Nov. 7. Bill Ingram has joined HomeTrust Bank as Senior Vice President/Commercial Relationship Manager based in the Cornelius office. He is responsible for expanding the HomeTrust brand in Charlotte and Lake Norman, as well as cultivating new relationships with small- to medium-size businesses for the North Carolina-based bank. Ingram was formerly a commercial banker with […]


New chamber chair appreciates small businesses, entrepreneurs

By Dave Yochum. Richard Pappas, the incoming chair of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, is steeped in small business, the driving force of any chamber. His father owned and operated several food industry business in Charlotte. “It is in my blood to connect with business owners,  thus my career of working with business owners […]


Go ahead, hug your worst boss

Leading with Grace By Ginny Mackin. I made a big mistake in February of 1989: As the manager of media relations for NationsBank, I accepted an invitation to include then CEO Hugh L McColl Jr. in a feature on “toughest bosses.”  I was sure I could influence the reporter from FORTUNE magazine to see Hugh […]

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15th Annual Top Women Awards Honor Leaders

October was a big month: Melinda Gates pledged $1 billion to promote gender equality and eliminate the barriers that women face at work. And Business Today recognized 13 local women who make a difference in business, politics, education and community service. Business Today’s Top Women were selected by their new peers—prior winners from 15 years of recognizing local […]