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Canadian firm tees up redevelopment of Birkdale Golf Club

May 16. By Dave Vieser. Romspen, the Canadian company that owns Birkdale Golf Club, will invest $45 million into the aging complex. Plans include replacing the clubhouse, the addition of up to 225 apartments and a 155 room hotel. The application for the project was filed within the past week, and faces a lengthy review and approval […]

Mr. Cooper, tear down this contract

OPINION. The fight against the managed lane project on I-77 got a subtle boost when the schedule of the I-77 Advisory Group meetings was not just enlarged, but it was changed to accommodate NCDOT Secretary James Trogdon’s schedule. An NCDOT spokeswoman said the governor’s highways boss wants to attend the I-77 meetings and hear feedback […]

I-77 Advisory Group seems to settle on 1 toll lane, 1 GP lane

May 10. By Dave Vieser. In a meeting which consumed barely more than one hour, the members of the I77 Local Advisory Group voiced nearly universal agreement to complete the current construction, then to modify the I-77 expansion in Mecklenburg County from two toll lanes to one general purpose lane and one toll lane. The […]

Carrie Hewitt is new compliance officer, chief of operations at Aquesta

May 4. Carrie Hewitt is the new chief operations and compliance officer at Cornelius-based Aquesta Bank. A Davidson resident, she has 14 years of banking experience as well as 10 more years in finance and audit in other industries. She most recently served as director of internal audit and compliance officer at Albemarle-based Uwharrie Bank. […]

New managing broker at Premier Sotheby’s in Cornelius

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has named Jason Gentry as managing broker of its Lake Norman office, located at 19825-D N Cove Road in Cornelius. Prior to his appointment, Gentry was a broker associate in the firm’s Charlotte office. A North Carolina native, he became a licensed broker associate in 2010 and was identified as a Rising […]


I-77 Advisory meeting moved to May 10

The next meeting of the I-77 Advisory Group, originally scheduled for April 30, has been moved to Thursday May 10, from 1-3 pm. It will be held at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce in Cornelius. DOT Secretary James Trogdon was recently requested to make a presentation to the state legislature on April 30, according to […]

Allen Tate raises $161K with Tate Cares campaign

April 24. Allen Tate Realtors have raised $161,000 for local arts and cultural programs and United Way agencies in North and South Carolina. The Tate Cares campaign was managed by Stephanie Gossett, Allen Tate regional vice president. Each year, agents and employees are given the opportunity to support local and regional arts and cultural organizations and […]


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 […]


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 […]

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