Chamber, CPCC offer job help

CORNELIUS The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will partner with Central Piedmont Community College to offer a new certification program in August.

The program will develop leadership skills, enhance business contacts and improve marketing plans and business strategy. 

“Through our strategic partnership with CPCC’s Small Business Center, we hope to see a positive ripple effect on the local economy,” said Bill Russell, president of the chamber.

Students will engage in seminars and one-on-one counseling with Small Business Center mentors and area professionals, receive an analysis of their company’s finances and meet with business leaders during CEO roundtable events.

The program costs $199/quarter for chamber members and $299/quarter for others. Sign up before July 1 to get a $50 discount. 

Details: or 704-892-1922.


Molivers, Tenders collaborate on cancer fundraiser

CORNELIUS – Dr. Seth Moliver, of Moliver Chiropractic, and his wife, Patti, teamed up with Tenders to help raise money for the 24 Hours of Booty, a 24-hour bike ride that raises money for cancer research.

The Molivers will ride 160 miles each at the fundraiser in memory of their cousin, Camden, who lost his battle with Leukemia at only 5 months old. The 24 Hours of Booty takes place July 25–26 in Myers Park.

Tenders Fresh Food, located at 18341 Statesville Road, donated a percentage of sales 5-9 p.m. May 28 to Team Camden for 24 Hours of Booty.



Carefree Boat Club hosts business networking event

CORNELIUS – The Carefree Boat Club of Lake Norman hosted a Business BeforeHours event May 21 for the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. 

Carefree operates and docks boats in the Morningstar Kings Point Marina, 18020 Kings Point Drive. 

Owners Oana and Marc Graveline and John Gillette started their business in 2010 with three boats. Carefree has grown to 15 boats and just passed the 100-mark in members. 

Details: 704-557-0848.


Small business seminar draws crowd

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce kicked off National Small Business Week, May 12-16, with its Second Annual Business Luncheon/Workshop on May 12 at the Peninsula Club.

“We had a better than expected turnout for this event,” said Joe Vagnone, of Carolina Business Associates. “We had 160 guests pre-registered, but many more showed up at the door to hear from eight high profile business and community leaders who are shaping Lake Norman.” 

Speakers included Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins, Davidson Mayor John Woods, N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte, motivational speaker Dave Ferguson, R.L. West developer Barry Rigby and entrepreneur Art Sabates.


Realtors host homebuyer’s seminar

HUNTERSVILLE – Amber Whitaker and Tricia Lafrate, of the Allen Tate Company in Huntersville, will host a seminar for potential homeowners.

Insurance, mortgage finance and new home construction professionals will also be on hand to answer questions.

Register in advance.

Details: 704-779-4168.

Startup donates half of profits

HUNTERSVILLE – Provoke Fitness Threads announced at its grand opening that half of all profits will be donated to charity.

The company, which produces fitness clothing and accessories, hopes to inspire change, starting by raising medical expenses for a premature baby of U.S. Army First Lt. Mark Gorgoglione.

Baby Ella was diagnosed with  a blockage that doesn’t allow bile to travel from the liver to gallbladder. She has spent most of her life in the hospital in Kansas where her father is stationed.

He faces a nine-month deployment to Kuwait.



Chamber holds networking next month

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host a pair of networking functions June 2-6.

• Business BeforeHours networking, event 8-9:30 a.m. June 3 at The Wine Cellar, 19712 One Norman Blvd., Cornelius.

• June mixer, 5:30- 7 p.m. June 5 at Sweet Dreams Mattress & Furniture, 20647 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.