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‘Shark Tank’ coming to CPCC

March 20. If you’re an entrepreneur and you’d like to pitch your business on “Shark Tank,” the CPCC, Small Business Center is where you need to go. CPCC  is offering free workshops to entrepreneurs in the weeks prior to the official April 29 audition with the ABC-TV casting team. Approved pitches will be featured on a future episode […]

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Visit LKN has new video

March 20. Visit Lake Norman, the local convention and visitors bureau, debuted its first destination marketing video recently at the annual awards luncheon at the Peninsula Yacht Club. The video highlights signature attractions, events, lake activities and dining in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. The destination marketing video is part of VLN’s sales and marketing plan. The […]

Unpopular Cintra deal rolls through public opinion, financial close.

NCDOT will launch independent review of I-77 toll contract

March 16. By Dave Yochum. The NC Department of Transportation will hire an outside firm to undertake an “independent comprehensive review” of the 1,345 page contract between the state of North Carolina and Ferrovial-Cintra, the foreign conglomerate that landed the 50-year, $655-million deal to build toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville. “The plan is that […]

Catawba College, NCRC partner on new database

March 13. Catawba College Information Systems class is creating a searchable database to help the North Carolina Research Campus  and the scientists at its eight university research centers target their business development efforts to companies in need of nutrition research. The students, all from Catawba’s Ketner School of Business, will spend their spring semester on […]


Craig Smith new sales director at Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep

Craig Smith, ​g​eneral ​m​anager of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, was recently promoted to ​s​ales ​director over the dealership and its sister store Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Together, the dealerships sold 4,800 cars in 2016. ​He​ has been with ​the dealership​ since 2003​. “I’m looking forward to the new challenges presented by managing […]

NC State’s online MBA ranks in Top 20 worldwide

March 9. NC State’s Jenkins Professional Online MBA program in the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management is No. 18 among the Top 20 programs worldwide, according to the Financial Times’ 2017 ranking of global online MBA programs. NC State placed 11th among U.S.-based institutions and was the only North Carolina-based MBA program listed in the ranking. This […]


Downtown Concord continues to attract new retail business

By Joe Habina. As a new restaurant owner in downtown Concord, Jason Pressley has a taste for competing for stomachs with other establishments in the neighborhood. “In my opinion I would rather be in a cluster of really good restaurants,” said Pressley, the owner of The Grill at 11 Union. “You get people to come to […]


Tax incentives for brewery on Monday’s Board Agenda

March 3. By Dave Vieser and Dave Yochum. It looks like Cornelius will provide economic development incentives through tax abatements to facilitate Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s likely $10 million investment in a manufacturing site on Zion Avenue. The Charlotte based craft brewer plans to open a new brewery in the 51,000 square-foot building on Zion Avenue formerly […]


NC forecast: More slow growth in 2017

March 2. The North Carolina economy will continue the slow growth pattern in 2017, but the state will need to focus on productivity growth this year, said UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton. If the rate of growth  continues, 2017 would represent the eighth consecutive year of expansion for the Tarheel economy. “While this is an […]


Don Miller wins United Way honors

Racing legend Don Miller received the Leading The Way Award from the United Way of Central Carolinas at the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame. The drag racer and NASCAR mover and shaker rose from humble beginnings to become Roger Penske’s most trusted confidant and a mentor to a variety of NASCAR champions. He is […]

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