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Deborah Young lands small business award from LKN Chamber

Deborah Young receives the Chamber award from Mayor Woody Washam as, (l-r) Bill Russell, husband Rick, Michael Osborne and Colin Furcht look on

June 8. By Dave Vieser. Deborah Young, who has operated a photography studio in Cornelius for more than 30 years, has been named Small Business of the Year in Cornelius.

The award, which is given by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, was presented to the veteran photographer at the Cornelius Town Board meeting this week.

Young started in The Catawba House on Catawba Avenue before moving to a house at 20916 Catawba Avenue in 1997.

She said her studio has grown and changed, just as Lake Norman has grown and changed over the past three decades.

“My studio has had to grow and change as well to remain relevant,” she said.


“Receiving this award at Town Hall was truly an honor I will never forget, and I am truly grateful for the relationships I have built and nurtured for over 30 successful years in our town,” Young said.

More businesses recognized

Also recognized by the chamber were: Todd Olson, artistic director of the Davidson Community Players; Ron Gomilla, owner of Lake Norman Graphics; and Matt and Lynette Santomenna of Race City Marine.

The awards were given by the chamber to celebrate Small Business Week.


2 Responses to “Deborah Young lands small business award from LKN Chamber”

  1. Congratulations! Well deserved!

    Posted by Cathy Bentz | June 8, 2023, 2:11 pm
  2. Deborah is amazing. She’s so deserving of this acknowledgment. She gives back to the community big time! Our family has worked w her many times over the years! She never disappoints!! Rock on Deb!!

    Posted by Lori and Joe Owens | June 9, 2023, 10:28 am

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