Startup continues winning awards

HUNTERSVILLE – ProctorFree was among the winners of the Charlotte Venture Challenge competition.

More than 100 high-growth tech startups apply each year to compete in the challenge as well as receive mentoring for successful entrepreneurs.

ProctorFree, an on-demand, automated online proctoring service that deters cheating in online testing environments, claimed the top prize of $12,500 in the consumer products and services division.

The company says its service eliminates the need for human proctors.

ProctorFree won a $40,000 NC IDEA grant last spring designed to support and retain North Carolina-based high-growth startups.



Chicks With Sticks Golf Invitational benefits Chamber of Commerce

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Diversity Council is organizing the third annual Chicks With Sticks Golf Invitational.

The tourney starts at 9 a.m. June 16 at Northstone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Drive. Registration starts at 8 a.m.

The event includes a “Knights of the Fairway” mulligan package, putting contest and a 50/50 raffle. 

Registration costs $75 for individuals and $280 for foursomes. The price includes a boxed lunch and beverage cart, a wine and cheese awards reception, goody bags and golf shirts for all players. 

Proceeds will benefit the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Foundation. 

Register online at


MI-Connection offers free on-demand movies to customers

MOORESVILLE – MI-Connection is thanking customers this summer by giving away a MI-Choice 1 movie free each week.
MI-Choice 1 is the video-on-demand channel with movies, events and TV programming. Coupons will be mailed to digital households each of the three months to be redeemed by mail.

The only requirement is to have a digital box.

“We want our customers to know how much we value them,” CEO David Auger said. “Offering free movies throughout the summer is just a small way for us to show our gratitude.”

Call MI-Connection at 704-660-3840 to upgrade and get a digital box.


Lake Norman Realty office undergoes transformation           

CORNELIUS – Lake Norman Realty’s Cornelius office on West Catawba Avenue will close May 14-16 for renovations. 

Renovations will include new client conference rooms with state-of-the-art technology, expanded workspace, solar window shades and overall new appearance.

The old carpet is to be recycled and outdated furnishings are being donated to charitable causes, unless they can be refreshed and reused.



Retailer vows to help charities with 52-week campaign

KANNAPOLIS – Starting July 15, Rug & Home will donate one rug per week to 52 charitable organizations in the hopes that nonprofits will be able to use the rugs to raise money for their causes.

Donated rugs will come in various sizes and styles, but will make prizes for silent auctions, raffles and other fundraisers.

Charities can apply at and submit by June 30.

Rug & Home is a family-owned business with locations in Asheville, Gaffney, S.C. and Kannapolis.


Realtors pitch in at school

CORNELIUS – Keller Williams Lake Norman Cornelius worked with The Children’s Schoolhouse on May 8 for RED Day, the company’s annual day of service.

Associates did various projects at The Children’s Schoolhouse, ranging from deep cleaning, painting, gardening and building a chicken coop. 

The Children’s Schoolhouse, located on Caldwell Station Road, is a parent co-operative preschool with multi-age classrooms.


Facial surgery clinic opens

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce helped Pure Facial Plastic Surgery and Med Spa celebrate its recent opening April 30 at 10210 Hickorywood Hill Ave.

Dr. Briggs Cook’s office includes surgery rooms, Pure Med Spa, weight loss suite and make-up and brow bars. 

Cook is an experienced facial and reconstructive surgeon.

Details: 704-450-7563.


Mecklenburg reports lower jobless rate

RALEIGH – Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate decreased from 6.6 percent in February to 6.5 percent in March, according to statistics recently released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Some 33,260 residents of the 508,005-person workforce were out of work in March.