Chamber, CPCC offer business certification program

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Central Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center to offer a business certification program to owners and entrepreneurs. 

The program focuses on strategy, growth and profitability, as well as leadership skills.

The 12-month program will consist of monthly 55-minute sessions at the Peninsula Club, led by certified instructors, community leaders, professional coaches and business advisors.

Benefits of the program include business valuation assessments and one-on-one counseling.

Registration costs $299 per quarter with a $100 discount for Mooresville-South Iredell or Lake Norman chamber members. Companies get a $50 discount for registering before May 12. 

“We’ve had a tremendous interest in this pilot program,” said organizer Joe Vagnone of Carolina Business Associates. “Just from the Lake Norman Chamber Business Expo, we had 20 business owners sign up for more information.”

Details: Contact Vagnone at or 704-895-4275.

Nothing Bundt Cakes makes sweet donation to arts nonprofit

CORNELIUS – Sue Gilbert, owner of the new Nothing Bundt Cakes store in Birkdale, donated $315 and a cake March 21 to the Community Arts Project during its drop-in arts class.

The store donated a portion of sales from its Feb. 21 grand opening.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with Nothing Bundt Cakes to bring free children’s art projects to their grand opening events and raise awareness about our nonprofit,” said Cathy Templeton, executive director of The Community Arts Project. “And the cakes are amazing!”

For details about The Community Arts Project’s classes, visit or call 704-896-8980. To reach Nothing Bundt Cakes, call 704-894-8535.


Quillen to speak at power lunch

DAVIDSON – Davidson College President Carol Quillen will serve as guest speaker for the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s first power luncheon of the year.

The event takes place April 25 at River Run Country Club, 19125 River Falls Drive, Davidson.

Details: or 704-892-1922.


Mecklenburg reports higher jobless rate

RALEIGH – Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate increased from 6.7 percent in December 2013 to 6.9 percent in January, according to statistics recently released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Mecklenburg reported a 9.6 percent jobless rate in January 2013.

Some 34,746 residents of the 506,025-person workforce were out of work in January.


Shop for bargains at Birkdale sale

HUNTERSVILLE – More than 30 homes are participating in a community yard sale at Birkdale Village.

The sale takes place 7:30 a.m.-noon April 5 at homes and on the Green (behind the retail stores).

Details: 704-905-5002.


Center offers counseling, coaching

DAVIDSON – The Sotile Center for Resilience has opened in the Stowe Building at 215 S. Main St.

The center offers a range of services, including individual and family counseling, physician coaching and leadership coaching.

Details: or 336-794-0230.


Summit Coffee adds pastries to menu

DAVIDSON – Summit Coffee has begun selling pastries.

The coffee shop has introduced a number of scones, including cinnamon French toast, oatmeal raisin, and sausage and cheese, as well as muffins, loaves and salads.

Panini sandwiches are in the works.

Summit Coffee is located at 128 S. Main St.

Details: or 704-895-9090.


Committee designed to give developers initial feedback

CORNELIUS — Town officials hope to offer developers feedback before they get too involved in the application process.

The board gave verbal agreement for the establishment of a Pre-Development Review Committee on March 17, holding their official vote until by-laws and other wording are finalized.

The goal is for applicants to receive initial feedback prior to going through the full application process.

Eligible projects are those for conditional zoning and other administrative processes that are not quasi-judicial cases.

The decisions by the committee are non-binding.