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Incoming chamber chair rooted in investments, business

By Dave Yochum. A behind-the-scenes name in Cornelius business and local GOP politics will be out there more next year. Joshua Dobi takes over the volunteer reins of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. The incoming chairman at age 42 is already a quiet force having hosted a number of fundraisers and campaign openings for […]


Growth vs. aesthetics: Never-ending battle

  By Dave Vieser. The economic engine of the Golden Crescent continues to purr along nicely, but it looks like developers will have to pay more attention to context. The challenge facing local officials is balancing development with preserving natural beauty, heritage and aesthetics. In Davidson, the Beaty Street project pitted the town’s unique aesthetics—and apparently […]


In an Amazon world, cities market seriously

By Kate Stevens. Three years ago, the city of Kannapolis, a former mill town also known for the North Carolina Research Campus, the Music Hall of Fame and hometown of Dale Earnhardt, was at a crossroad. The city’s population had exploded especially near its western edge along N.C. Hey. 73. At the same time, city […]


Alton Updike will open Table 31 in LangTree in Mooresville

By Dave Vieser. Restaurateur Alton Updike, the owner of Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Cornelius,  is taking his skills to the old Block & Grinder space in LangTree ​Lake Norman. The new 6,000 square foot eatery, called Table 31, will open early next year. Updike views this as a golden opportunity to grow, while at […]


Top Women in Business: Celebrate Class of 2017

By Katie Piccirillo Sherman. Business Today recognized 14 women business leaders who have had a substantial impact on their community. This dynamic group of ladies has weathered both good and bad times and adapted, learning new skills while still maintaining an admirable service record in the community. Their professional accomplishments and record of giving back were […]


New Beaty St. valuation is double Town of Davidson’s

The town is currently forming a committee to negotiate a contract with the developers, said Cristina Shaul, the town’s public information officer. The board of commissioners will eventually vote on the contract once it has been reviewed by attorneys for both sides, but Shaul said she is unsure when the vote would happen. Davidson Development […]


Successful ladies vie for Top Women

Twenty-one successful women will be recognized at the 2017 Top Women in Business Awards, one of the oldest and largest events honoring women in Lake Norman and Cabarrus County. This year’s Top Women finalists are a diverse group, ranging from small business owners to physicians and Realtors. Business Today’s Top Women awards have a 13-year-long […]

New Beaty St. valuation is double Town of Davidson’s

By Kate Stevens. Development plans in this picture-postcard college town continue to move fast despite one volunteer organization’s efforts to preserve its trademark green space and hold elected officials accountable for what organization members say is unchecked growth. Save Davidson, an online Facebook group with more than 1,500 members, has mobilized since its inception in February, […]


Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Honors 2017 Diversity Champions

Me​cklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham has won the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce​ Champion of Diversity Award for individuals. Well-known for her work for a diverse constituency—from transgender individuals to the homeless—Cotham is also a staunch opponent of the current plan for tolls on I-77. Realtor Kay Fisher was the finalist in the individual category. The […]


Message from the Chamber Chairman

By Jay Lesemann. From day one, the focus of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has been to provide value for our members. For some, that ​value is delivered via our many networking events while others receive ​value by attending our monthly Focus Friday meetings that address local and state political issues and concerns. Some […]