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October 2015 Published monthly Business Intelligence for the Golden Crescent: Lake Norman • Cabarrus • University City

Volume 14, Number 7 $1.50

Business Today’s Top Women Class of 2015

Path to growth

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New George Liles Parkway extension includes bike lanes Page 6

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Cabarrus elections

There are plenty of issues, growth is just one of them Page 7

Production under waY

Alevo produces first batteries, more hiring imminent Page 8

She said, she said

Sherre DeMao, Cheryl Kane have advice for small business owners Pages 10-11

BT People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 News-e . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Book Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

By Suzanne Fulton Thirteen successful women from Lake Norman to Cabarrus, from bankers to politicians, have been elected to Business Today’s Top Women Leaders, Class of 2015, by a jury of their new peers: Winners from 10 prior years. The 11th annual tribute to women in the Golden Crescent recognizes those who have established a successful organization, excelled in their field and devoted considerable

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By Dave Friedman The economics of NASCAR are surprisingly simple, and byand-large have remained intact for a long time. Unlike most other professional sports, for decades there has been no union, drivers work as independent contractors, and if you have the cash and car, you can race against the big boys. However, times are changing, and some observers believe the sport is on the verge of an overhaul. “In the next 10 years we’re going to see a revolutionary change in how NASCAR does business,” says racing legend Humpy Wheeler. After running Charlotte Motor Speedway for years, he now is the chairman of Speedway Benefits, an organization that consults with and combines many short tracks to give them bargaining power based on scale. Wheeler thinks the near future will bring a major change in who owns NASCAR teams, who runs the tracks, where and how far races are run, what race day looks like, the way revenue is split up, and quite possibly, a new NASCAR circuit. Investor Rob Kaufman has turned Michael Waltrip Race-

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