Charlotte Magazine honors area dentist

CORNELIUS – A local dentist who loves giving his patients glowing smiles has found one on himself recently. The November 2013 issue of Charlotte Magazine named Dr. Martin White to its list of “Top Charlotte Area Dentists 2013,” which was followed by The American Registry’s addition of Dr. White to its “Registry of Business Excellence.”  

“The fact that Charlotte Magazine included me in its selection … signals that my constant effort to deliver excellent work has paid off,” White said. “It is gratifying to be recognized in this way.”

A Charlotte native, White attended Davidson College and Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and has practiced since 1997. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Association.

Details: or 704-896-7955.


New home design available at The Farm

DAVIDSON – Those in search of a new home now have another design available to choose from at The Farm at River Pointe.

NVR Inc., one of the nation’s largest homebuilding and mortgage banking companies, has announced its new Florence single-family model home, priced from the $190,000s.

Built by NVR Inc.’s Ryan Homes division, The Farm at River Pointe offers resort-style amenities, including a community clubhouse with a fully equipped fitness center, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts and a soccer field, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, playground, walking trails and a dog park.

Details: or 980-225-8098. 


Fitness center hosts open house

CORNELIUS – CoreFIT 24-7, a new fitness center, will host an open house.

The event features face painting for kids, smoothie samples from Madalyn’s Coffee & Tea and raffle prizes every 15 minutes including an originally autographed framed picture of NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young.

The first 25 people to sign up for a membership will receive a special welcome gift. 

The event takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14 at 17105 Kenton Drive. 

Details: CoreFIT 24-7, or 704-895-4545.


Simplicity Interiors celebrates opening

CORNELIUS – Simplicity Interiors hosted a Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for its official opening in November.

Ally and Scott Whalen own the retail and design shop at 19801 South Main St.

Scott handles marketing and Ally is the interior designer out of UNC Greensboro. Ally’s credits include articles in Better Homes & Gardens and Cottage Style, with two others to be published in the spring.

Details: 704-618-8189. 


Consultant joins the Rose & Associates

DAVIDSON – Judy Bezler has joined Rose & Associates.

Bezler has worked with a wide variety of high-tech vendors, including IBM, Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems and Intel.

As global account manager, she previously managed a $300 million payment solutions portfolio for American Express, New York. She has also served as vice president of operations for Benefit Council of America Inc.

Judy is past chair of the economic committee for the Great American Downtown, Nashua, New Hampshire.

She is past president of Success! For Women Entrepreneurs and was recognized as Woman of the Year for the State of New Hampshire by the mentoring group, Women Owner's Network.



Pinnacle Building gets new tenants

HUNTERSVILLE – The Pinnacle Building welcomed CAG Publishing LLC and Jordin’s Dance Studio as new tenants.

CAG Publishing LLC leased 1,300 square feet. Jordin’s Dance Studio leased 3,000 square feet.

The Pinnacle Building is located at 15905 Brookway Drive.

Tadd Holzen represented the landlord on both transactions.     

Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate Advisors specializes in commercial real estate.

Details: Tom McMahon, 704-904-7276.


Corporations form in Lake Norman area

RALEIGH – The N.C. Secretary of State reported the following corporations were registered Dec. 2-6. Items include applicant and address:

• Amy Ellis Photography LLC – Amy Ellis, 452 S Main St., Suite A, Davidson.

• Bell Equipment North America Inc. – Alicia Suddreth, 11024 Bailey Road, Suite C, Cornelius.

• Brunson Holdings Inc. – John Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius.

• BSL Sales and Rentals LLC – Brian Lee, 17219 Cranwood Ave., Huntersville.

• Care to Remember LLC – Lynn Young, 12111 Moonshadow Lane, Huntersville.

• Davidson Roofing & Remodeling Inc. – Nicholas Rice, 318 Armour St., Davidson.

• Inc. – Christopher Griffin, 15415 Kennicott Way, Huntersville.

• Exquisite Conglomerate Communications LLC – Garland McLaughlin, 8618 Lake Pines Drive, Cornelius.

• HMS Cares Inc. – Richard Hirschfeld, 18540 Starcreek Drive, Cornelius.

• Leonard & Associates CPA PLLC – Matthew Leonard, 10219 Lafoy Drive, Huntersville.

• Marvin B. Hamilton & Associates Inc. – Marvin Hamilton, 13540 Robert Walker Drive, Davidson.

• SRPC Insurance Agency, LLC – Jeff Moody, 16032 Grafham Circle, Huntersville.

• The Cochran Group LLC – William Cochran, 738 Dogwood Lane, Davidson.

Chamber seeks sponsors for business expo

DAVIDSON – Plans are underway for the 2014 Lake Norman Chamber Business Expo to be held at Davidson College’s Belk Arena. 

The region’s premier business tradeshow will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 7. 

“Lake Norman is home to many unique businesses,” said Bill Russell, president of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. “These particular businesses meet the lake lifestyle that is attractive to the new homeowners, residents, and businesses moving to the Charlotte region’s dynamic market.”

Russell cites the energy of the event, the attendees and the special events created by the Expo’s steering committee as reasons why the expo has been a success since its inception in 2001.

The Lake Norman Chamber is now seeking sponsors for the event.  

Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Randy Marion Automotive will serve as the presenting sponsors of the event. Gold Sponsors include MI-Connection, Lake Norman Magazine, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and Sam’s Club.  The chamber is working to secure the marketing partners which bring tremendous exposure to the event along with silver and bronze sponsors. 

A benefit to all sponsors includes the opportunity to direct their booth placement. General business booths are expected to be released in early January and are limited to the first 165 businesses. 

For more information about sponsorship in the 2014 Lake Norman Chamber Business Expo, go to or call 704-892-1922.


Birkdale Village gives $2,500 check to nonprofit

HUNTERSVILLE – Birkdale Village presented a $2,500 check to Ace and TJ’s Grin Kids as part of its 2013 holiday fundraiser effort.

Birkdale Village committed to helping Grin Kids this year by hosting a three-week promotional fundraiser Oct. 26-Nov. 16 where many activities took place. The culmination of the promotion was the Nov. 16 tree lighting.

Birkdale Village also donated all the parade registration fees of the Nov. 16 event to Grin Kids.

Ace & TJ's Grin Kids takes children, ages 5-12, who are terminally ill and chronically handicapped to Disney World with their entire family. During the five-day vacation, all expenses are paid, including air travel, hotel and meals.


County jobless rate drops slightly

RALEIGH – Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate decreased from 7.8 percent in September to 7.7 percent in October, according to statistics released Dec. 5 by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Mecklenburg reported a 8.9 percent jobless rate in October 2012.

Some 38,928 residents of the 507,764-person workforce were out of work in October.

Unemployment rates decreased in 56 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in October. 


Jackrabbit Technologies gets business journal ranking

HUNTERSVILLE – Jackrabbit Technologies, a leading provider of online class management software for youth activities centers, was recently recognized for the fourth consecutive year by The Charlotte Business Journal as a growth leader in the Charlotte region.

The company ranked 34th among the Fast 50: Fastest Growing Private Companies.

“Earning a place on the region’s Fast 50 list proves that our team’s commitment to delivering more value to customers each year has a tremendous impact to our growth,” President Mark Mahoney said. “It is an honor to be recognized with the many companies in the Charlotte region that are recording phenomenal growth.”

The Charlotte Business Journal honors the 50 fastest-growing private companies in the region based on growth percentage maintained over a three-year period.

After Hours event takes on Christmas theme

DAVIDSON – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business After Hours networking event with food, drinks and Christmas carols.

The event takes place 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the offices of Lake Norman Publications and McIntosh Law Firm in the Cotton Mill, 209 Delburg St., Suite 203 and 209.

The Davidson Collegium Musicum will perform Christmas carols.



Bank to break ground on branch

HUNTERSVILLE – Aquesta Bank will break ground on its newest branch, which also happens to be its first in Huntersville.  

The event starts at 11 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Northcross Village Shopping Center, 9906 Knockando Lane.