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Institute of Political Leadership is looking for candidates

March 28. Sometimes unusual people run for public office—and win. The Lake Norman and Statesville Chambers of Commerce have found a way to improve candidates with coaching on everything from fundraising to polling. It’s the Institute of Political Leadership. “It is our hope that the IOPL program will provide a foundation for a diverse pool […]

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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 […]

Art on Tap Friday

Millennials can mix bourbon and photography at Art on Tap Friday evening. The Cabarrus Arts Council’s membership group for young professionals presents Lights & Libations from 7-10 p.m. in The Galleries, 65 Union Street South in Concord. The event will feature two photography activities led by professional photographers Mary Beth Taylor and Garrett Price. Mary Beth […]


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 […]

Novant sets $11 hourly floor in NC

March 1. Novant Health is implementing a minimum wage based on local costs of living over and above the state-mandated minimum wage, commonly referred to as a living wage. It means that the floor for hourly workers in North Carolina will be set at $11 an hour. The official national minimum wage is $7.25 an hour; some […]


Alevo investing $251 million, adding 200 jobs

Feb. 28. Alevo will spend $251 million on new production lines and equipment at its battery manufacturing facility in Concord, creating 200 jobs. Salaries will average $56,327. Cabarrus County’s overall average wage is currently $37,808 per year. The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners and Concord City Council approved two 5-year, performance-based tax incentives totaling $4,291,596 for the City of […]

Kannapolis Farmers Market needs vendors

Attention farmers, crafter and bankers, the Kannapolis Farmers Market is looking for vendors. The market is looking for people who offer a wide variety of fresh, local produce, as well as cheese, ice cream, honey, baked goods, spices, jewelry, soaps, candies, crafts and more. The market is open May thru September and operates every Thursday from 4-7 […]

Novant begins medical office building in Denver

Novant Health has broken ground on a two-story 25,000 SF medical office building at the intersection of Hwy. 16 South and Hwy. 73. It is expected to be finished in August of 2017. Mike Wiles from Southern Real Estate represented Novant, and Mark Newell and George Macon with MPV Properties represented the landlord in this transaction. Robert Johnson Architects […]


Black entrepreneurs must work harder

By Karen Lawrence, Founder, It’s My Affair. Being a black woman entrepreneur means being committed to your business, taking risk, owning the decision, failing sometimes and getting back up.  It’s no different than any other entrepreneur.  However, there are a few exceptions—competing to get business certifications that used to be strictly for minorities, but no longer; finding […]

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