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Affordable housing: What’s the impact of rising property values

Affordable housing—better known as workforce housing in the world of economic development—will be the topic of the Business Today Newsmakers Breakfast March 21 at The Peninsula Club. Workforce housing is a term used by planners and economic developers to describe suitable living accommodations for people like first responders, single parents, teachers and service workers whose […]

Pike piques interest of job seekers; job fair Friday

There are at least a half-dozen jobs o​pen at the newest location of one of​ the nation’s largest independent garden retailer​s. Pike Nursery says it thrives on selection and service—in spite of having both Lowe’s​ and Home Depot less than a mile away. There will be a job fair on Friday at the new store, located at 18234 […]

​Regional clout: Newsmakers Breakfast ​Feb. 22 features all 3 N. Meck mayors

  The three mayors of North Mecklenburg will ​field questions from the audience at the Newsmakers Breakfast ​Feb. 22 at The Peninsula Club.​  ​The mayors—Woody Washam in Cornelius, Rusty Knox in Davidson and John Aneralla in Huntersville—show signs of cooperating on issues ranging from development to affordable housing, from I-77 to education. Their opinions, especially when they are in concert, […]


Crafty Burg’r No. 3 on tap in Denver

Crafty Burg’r will open a third restaurant this spring in Denver. The locally owned restaurant success story opened its first location in Kenton Place in late 2015 and its second in the Antiquity shopping center last year. The new location is in a Publix shopping center being built at the intersection of Hwy. 16 Business […]


Newsmakers Breakfast focuses on sexual harassment in the workplace

  Sexual harassment in the workplace will be the topic of a Newsmakers Breakfast Jan. 25 at The Peninsula Club. A human resources consultant, a labor attorney and a corporate HR executive will discuss and answer questions regarding an issue that has transformed the world of morning TV news, politics and even sports over the […]


Guest Column: Public service from a legislator’s point of view

​ By John Bradford. OPINION.I recently read that some members of the new Charlotte City Council wanted to explore increasing their salaries. Today, Charlotte City Council members make $19,809 in salary, plus a general expense allowance of $5,800, a $4,000 auto allowance and a $3,100 technology allowance each year. Their total pay is $32,709. While […]


Trickle up, trickle down: Tax reform = bonuses

Dec. 22. Tax reform will enable Cornelius-based Aquesta Financial Holdings to give a $1,000 bonus to all employees in January, according to CEO Jim Engel. “Decreased tax rates will allow Aquesta Bank to continue to grow by accelerating lending to small businesses and hiring additional team members to help with that growth,” Engel said. The […]

Signage: Hello Sailor sign will have a retro look

The Cornelius Planning Board has granted a variance for Katy and Joe Kindred’s new restaurant “Hello Sailor.” It means a retro-looking 31.1 square foot sign will go up at the intersection of West Catawba Ave and Henderson Road. The long-awaited opening of Hello Sailor, located in the old Rusty Rudder space, is now projected for […]

RSVP for Top Women Champagne Reception & Mini Expo

By Katie P. Sherman. Twenty-one successful women will be recognized at the 2017 Top Women in Business Awards, one of the oldest and largest events honoring women in Lake Norman and Cabarrus County. This year’s Top Women finalists are a diverse group, ranging from small business owners to physicians and Realtors. Business Today’s Top Women […]

Aquesta reports lower net

July 23. Aquesta Financial Holdings reported unaudited net income during the second quarter of 2017  fell to $482,000 (15 cents per share) compared to second quarter of 2016 net income of $623,000 (20 cents per share). Total assets were $356.6 million at the end of the second quarter vs. $353.1 million at year-end. “The primary […]