Chambers network at nuclear station

HUNTERSVILLE – Members from the Lake Norman, Mooresville-South Iredell and Lincolnton-Lincoln County chambers of commerce will converge for business networking at McGuire Nuclear Station.

Professionals will enjoy food from restaurants and caterers, as well as take boat cruises.

The event takes place 5-7 p.m. May 15 at the EnergyExplorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road.

Details: 980-875-5600.


DeBord acquires towing firm

CHARLOTTE – Capt. Derek DeBord, who has been running the TowBoatUS on-the-water towing service in Lake Norman since 2012, is the new owner of TowBoatUS Lake Wylie.

The company provides prompt towing assistance when they run aground, have a mechanical breakdown, need a battery jump start, or run out of fuel, no matter what time of day or night.

“We are on call 24/7,” said DeBord, who is also a Catawba County reserve deputy sheriff.

Much like an auto club for boaters, TowBoatUS offers on-the-water towing plans for freshwater boaters and anglers for $67 a year that includes BoatUS or BoatUS Angler membership.   

DeBord’s business partner and wife, Cheryl, takes care of accounting and helps out as first mate.  

Ten other licensed captains work for the company. One of them is Capt. Daniel Winegeart, a former tugboat master who pushed barges with a 72-foot tug and just joined the company.

Details: or 704-200-1930.


Goodwill partners with ReStores for donation drive

CHARLOTTE – Goodwill Industries and Habitat Metrolina ReStores will join forces for a household goods and electronics donation drive at nine ReStores, including the one in Cornelius.

From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 17, visitors will have the opportunity to donate gently used items to two organizations:  electronics (computers/computer equipment, printers/ copiers/fax machines, games/gaming systems) to Goodwill and household items (decor, furni-ture, construction materials) to Habitat ReStores.

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity Restore is located at 20414 N. Main St., Cornelius.


Chamber celebrates small business with seminar

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will hold a workshop in honor of Small Business Week.

Scheduled presenters Include David Ferguson, N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte, Art Sabates, Jim Engel, Barry Rigby, Dr. Andy Pipas, and Brad Roche. A panel comprised of Susan Medlin, Wayne Bidelman, Paul Dorsey, David Gilroy, Jesse Jones and Penny Godfrey will answer questions.

The event takes place 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 12 at the Peninsula Club.  

Admission costs $17 for members and $20 for others. Register in advance.

Details: 704-892-1922.


Bank puts fun in fundraising

CORNELIUS – Aquesta Bank and Aquesta Insurance Services staff participated in a tricycle race in the parking lot of the bank's headquarters to raise money for the Cornelius/Huntersville Relay for Life. 

Teams raised money for several weeks in preparation for the May 2 race, generating close to $3,500.

Team Fireball (comprised of Aquesta Insurance Services staff) won the tricycle race. The Mooresville Trippy Tellers (staff from the Mooresville Branch) raised $1,136 to become the top fundraising team. 

“What an outstanding team effort in raising money for the American Cancer Society,” CEO Jim Engel said. “We work as a team, and play as a team and are proud to support a wonderful cause like the American Cancer Society.”


AT&T considers expanding network

DALLAS – AT&T announced a major initiative April 21 to expand its ultra-fast fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including the metropolitan area of Charlotte, Gastonia and Huntersville.

The fiber network will deliver AT&T U-verse with GigaPower service, which can deliver broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second and AT&T's most advanced TV services, to consumers and businesses.


Lime Energy names CFO

HUNTERSVILLE – Mary Colleen Brennan will join Lime Energy as chief financial officer.

She’ll replace Jeffrey Mistarz, who will leave the company following the filing of its quarterly report for the first quarter of 2014.

Brennan comes to Lime with more than 20 years of experience as a senior-level accounting, finance and operations professional.

Brennan spent nearly a decade as the chief financial officer and treasurer of Halcrow and predecessor firm Han-Padron Associates LLP.