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Are you starting 2020 in control of your brand?

By Ginny Mackin. I’m not big on resolutions. Sure, a crisp new calendar inspires me to become more organized and mindful of my time and priorities. But the big transformational proclamations leave me cold. There is one commitment I made two years ago that has stuck, and I want to share it in hopes you […]


Siskey-related lawsuits go after Carolina Beer, founders

By Dave Yochum. A memo sent to investors in an LLC related to Mooresville-based Carolina Beer & Beverage and its founders says claims in a lawsuit brought by 18 former investors “are absolutely 100 percent false.” In the memo, the entrepreneur behind CB&B said the disgruntled shareholders’ complaints only came to light in November, more […]


Take steps to protect your internet and company safety

American shoppers shelled out $9.4 billion on Cyber Monday, setting a new spending record, almost 20 percent more than last year. Cybersecurity is a growing concern as the Christmas shopping season gets under way in record fashion. Cybercriminals used a third-party vendor’s stolen username and password to break into a retailer’s systems and steal millions […]

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Growth Strategies: Spot the ‘undertow’ of numbers

Growth Strategies By Cheryl Kane. It can be a good feeling to look at year-end revenue and see a comforting level of sales. It may bring a satisfied sigh of accomplishment; and it generally should.  But do you really know what the numbers tell you? Can you interpret financial statement numbers into meaningful information that […]

Nominate a ‘Hometown Hero’

The McIntosh Law Firm LKN Hometown Hero awards for 2020 are getting under way. They recognize people who go above and beyond with no expectation of anything in return. The Davidson law firm will recognize those who are passionate about giving back, often behind the scenes. Four winners will be selected, January through March. Once […]


LKN hotelier has luxury pedigree

By Dave Vieser. When Brett Krueger left his job as VP at Miami based MRK Investments, one of the first projects he dreamed of pursuing was a resort hotel on Lake Norman. “For a region where lake activities are such a major part of life, the lack of a high-quality lodging facility right on the […]


Microsoft to create 500 new jobs in Wake

  Dec. 17. Microsoft Corp. will invest $47.5 million and add 500 new jobs in the Wake County town of Morrisville, just west of Raleigh. This comes on top of an expansion announced in Charlotte that will create 430 jobs with a $23 million investment. “When tech giants choose North Carolina, they join a thriving […]

Allen Tate raises $144K for public education

Dec. 17. Regional events sponsored by Allen Tate this past fall brought in $144,000 for public education in the Carolinas. Allen Tate’s FUNday 22-year total is $2.35 million. FUNday is a fundraising event where agents and professional staff come together in a social setting, with vendor sponsors. For the first time this year, five regional […]

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TDS boss sees continued growth for Continuum

By Dave Vieser. If you thought TDS Telecom is buying the former Mi-Connection just to be a caretaker, think again. TDS has big plans for the cable system now known as Continuum. It serves Mooresville, Davidson and Cornelius, but it’s owned by Mooresville and Davidson. Voters approved the sale to TDS for $80 million in […]

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.