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Complimentary December 2018

Living the Good Life

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Welcome to the December issue. By now you've pulled out your sweaters and wool socks and may even have a steamy mug of hot cocoa in hand. Maybe you've researched your trusty Farmer's Almanac to check on winter weather predictions in this area. Hopefully you've tied a bow on your last gift and are now ready to settle in to enjoy the season. Either way, I hope you find as much exhilaration and merriment as I do during this most wonderful time of year! I'm looking forward to pulling out that old box of decorations full of memories from Christmas past and seeing the glow of bulbs stringing from trees and houses and city sidewalks. I'm ready for choirs singing of peace and energetic kids playing in snow. I'm also ready to gather with those dearest to share tales and indulge in delicious recipes passed down through the generations from friends and relatives. Let us reflect on the closing of another chapter and look forward to a new year! Until next month, Merry Christmas to all and thank you for reading the December issue of Iredell Living Magazine!

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December 2018

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Simplify The Holidays These Organizations Need Your Help In 2019 Make Time For What You Love! What’s Cooking?! Holiday Cookies The Road To Finding Purpose

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THE HOLIDAYS By Kathy Wheeler

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ecember is a busy time of year. Tis the season for buying gifts, decorating, baking for family get-togethers and neighbors, gift wrapping and delivering. Whew! I get exhausted just thinking about all of it. If you intend on doing all of the above, then you should have started in November or earlier! Maybe it’s time to take a breather and simplify the holidays. After all, the season isn’t about all of the hustle and bustle, but rather about spending quality time with family and friends letting them know you love them and giving to those all around us who are in need. When it comes to gift giving, most of the people we know really don’t need anything other than maybe a day off! Instead of buying them something they may not use, or even like, why not plan a day trip or overnight trip somewhere relaxing? Maybe rent a cabin for a night and invite a group of friends and family to sit on the porch, take in the view, and enjoy lunch. Maybe plan a shopping trip where they can knock a few gifts off their list, followed by dinner–your treat. Or, buy tickets to a show that you would all enjoy. By planning an excursion for a group, you can mark all invited off your Christmas gift list while enjoying their company, which is more important than any gift you could wrap.

If you belong to a large family and are expected to bring gifts for everyone, make the suggestion that you draw names, or pool your money with others in the family to purchase parents and grandparents something that no one person could afford on their own, or just buy presents for the children. I bet everyone would be thankful for the break as well. Better yet, maybe you could skip gift buying and donate to a charity in their name instead. Part of the holiday season is about giving of your time and resources. So, in lieu of buying gifts for those who are already blessed with more than they need, maybe focus on giving to those less fortunate than ourselves.

If you love decorating, and I do, then enlist some help! This year my son has agreed to assist me. He couldn’t have given me a better gift. I get to spend time with him, enjoy the decorations after they are put up, and get them done much quicker than if I had done them by myself! You could do the same for whoever is hosting the family meal. Offer to show up early and help with the preparations, or help them decorate or clean. If you enjoy making handmade items or baking, do it with a friend who has similar interests. The holidays will take on a whole new meaning when you enjoy it with those you love instead of running around exhausting yourself trying to mark off a list!

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These Organizations Need Your Help in 2019 By Becky Bergman

December is a great month for giving back to the community you live in. There are so many opportunities to share your resources, talents, and time in causes you care deeply about. Whether it’s helping your neighbors, dishing out meals at the soup kitchen, rescuing animals, or mentoring youth, there is something for everyone. Below is a list of six organizations that could use your assistance, talents, time, or donations. All of these welcome teens and adults, small groups, and families. Corporate teams are encouraged to serve together. Nurture your spirit for serving and make our community better—one person, one organization at a time. BAGS OF HOPE This nonprofit provides free food to students and their families. Volunteers deliver bags of food to schools. Backpacks are given discreetly to children on Fridays to help fill the weekend gaps when students don’t receive free or reduced meals at school. The group hosts packing parties to prepare an estimated 100 to 200 bags at a time. It’s a fun way to serve together with friends, church groups, office teams, and even total strangers. Youth and adults are welcome. Visit http:// bagsofhopelkn.com for more information. CAROLINA BIG HEARTS BIG BARKS This foster-based nonprofit organization started three years ago and is dedicated to saving large breed dogs in the greater Charlotte region. The group welcomes volunteers of all ages for a variety of tasks and events. One of its most popular events is its annual Winter Fur Ball. Whether you have free time to walk a dog, pitch in to help with an event, or foster a dog until they are placed in a “furever” home, there are plenty of opportunities for prospective volunteers. Visit https://www. bigheartsbigbarks.com for more information. 10


HOCHOKA The nonprofit organization Hochoka works to improve the lives of people with autism, PTSD, addiction, abuse, and more, and they welcome your help. Volunteers assist with a variety of tasks, including caring for the animals. Visit http:// www.healingwithhorses.com for more information. IN HIS STEPS DANCE Join the In His Steps Dance community, where girls in pre-K through 12th grade experience weekly dance instruction along with spiritual development through biblically-based devotions in each dance class. Volunteers will have fun connecting with Christ-centered friends, learning new dance moves and most importantly, having a positive impact on girls. Visit https://www.ihsdance.com for more information. SANDBOX This nonprofit group works with families of children with cancer and lifealtering illnesses. Volunteers work to empower children and their families throughout their healthcare journey. They provide evaluations, education, and resources that help each family. Visit https:// gotsandbox.org to learn how you can get involved. SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF METROLINA This nonprofit supplies more than 54 million pounds of food and grocery items to charities that assist people in need in 19 counties. Second Harvest Food Bank provides training, technical assistance, and hunger education to partner agencies. Whether you have time to give a few days a week or just once a month, it’s easy to jump in and serve. Kids, teens, and adults are welcome to serve. Visit https://www.secondharvestmetrolina.org for more information.

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Let’s Meet at Main Street! By Kristie Darling | Photography by Heather Edmunds

For many of us, shopping is a well-known retail therapy. When you’re on a mission, however, and find that very special something, a gift most unique among the amazing, the perfect item that finishes off the look you’re after, well, the therapeutic benefits can be life changing. Step into Main Street Antique Mall and Design Gallery, three blocks south of Historic Downtown Mooresville, and your senses come alive! The atmosphere of this truly awesome shopping destination is peaceful…but in a very exciting way. Shoppers wander the wide aisles on a steady discovery expedition, searching for something very particular or something that spontaneously catches the eye. Either way, there’s something for every taste and style.




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HANDCRAFTED TREASURES I met Matt Bishoff as he was setting up his new display, JMB Wood Works, near the main entrance. Matt is a designer and builder of custom furniture. And, I will tell you, his work is heirloom quality, beautiful furniture. “I’m a one-manshop—everything I make is touched by me,” Matt said with a smile. “If you don’t see what you want in my booth, I can design it and build it, so you can have just what you want.” Matt explained that he starts from rough cut lumber—oak, cherry, walnut, Sapele (a medium-priced African wood that resembles mahogany but with an iridescent quality) and other species, and then makes a sketch of the design. He can easily work from a photo or picture and can make just about any piece of furniture, but he especially likes to build chairs. “My favorite pieces I’ve made so far are the cherry dining chairs,” he said. “Chairs are harder to make, and I like that challenge. I also know that if I can make more complicated or curvy furniture, then I can handle the less complicated, straight designs. I’m pretty much selftaught—my only real formal training goes back to eighth grade shop class. So, my

credo is, if it doesn’t work, you learn from it, and try again. I’m more picky than my customers.” Your bedroom, living room, or dining room set, china cabinet or hutch, desk, bookshelves, and tables will be made to last, with real wood, not fiber board—unique, handmade antiquesto-be that you can hand down to your children…just talk with Matt. Main Street Antique Mall and Design Gallery was named Best Antique Store in 2018 by the Herald Citizen readership. Among the hundreds of Main Street booths, you can find just about any special treasure you want, and then some. During a tour, I fell in love with Folk Art Birdhouses, whimsical, Gothicstyle wooden birdhouses made with all sorts of old hardware and wooden embellishments. A can’t-find-anywhere-else booth filled with movie and TV show props is fascinating—a unique resource for local commercial and theatre productions. The ultimate in unusual antique lighting can be found at ‘lil Rusty’s booth. He makes lamps from his collection of metal plumbing and industrial hardware. They are one-of-a-kind beautiful. And the selections are just about


On the cover–Cotton Ketchie, nationally recognized Mooresville artist; Mike Reed, manager of Main St. Antiques & Design Gallery; Jessica DeHart, president of Mooresville Arts Opposite page– page–You will find all kinds of antiques and vintage items at Main St. Antiques Mall & Design Gallery. Above–Repurposed industrial light fixtures are functional and beautiful! Vintage Christmas abounds at Main St. Left–Handmade Folk Art Birdhouses are great gift ideas. IREDELL LIVING • DECEMBER 2018


endless. Rex Butler, the previous Main Street manager, quoted owner Michal Bay’s inspiration, “I never wanted this to be the biggest antique mall, I just want it to be the best.” WHAT’S IN STORE Main Street Antique Mall hosts about 469 booths in its 83,000 square feet space, not including the two adjacent restaurants, Alino Pizzeria, a five-star casual restaurant and the Barcelona Burger & Beer Garden—the “best burgers in town,” Rex said. These enterprises and expanding leased office space are under one roof in the former Burlington Industries mill. The 1893 original Mooresville Mill maintains the look and feel of a turn-of-the-century textile mill with spacious wood beam ceilings, brick walls, and floors that have carried decades of local industry. Main Street is the perfect setting for an astounding amount of antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, designer finds, handmade foods, special events, and more. A LITTLE HISTORY “When this project first got going in 2014,” Rex told me, “the owner’s vision was to have an antique store. By inviting a wide variety of high quality traditional, contemporary, and eclectic vendors to join us, we’ve taken that business plan a step further and expanded to become a true vintage antiques, collectibles, and home décor and furnishings shopping destination that Mooresville can be proud of. Repurposing this beautiful historic building anchors our town’s already popular downtown shopping district.” There are several key components to the success of Main Street Antiques. First is the high quality and solid reputation of vendors who have their businesses in the Mall. Rex and manager, Mike Reed, have high standards for this unique retail experience. “Every booth has a different story,” Mike said. “Some are extensions of antique businesses in the region and collectors displaying and selling their treasures. Some booths are mom and pop enterprises or families looking to downsize or sell family treasures they have inherited. Some of our vendors are artists and craftsmen with original or handmade decorator items, clothing and accessories, or one-of-a-kind pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. Some offer home-canned jellies, and other delicious treats. In each case, we have a strict application process for approval with a very affordable, month-to-month lease.”

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• Main St. is located in a renovated, historic 83,000 square feet mill building in Mooresville. (Photo provided) • Unique home décor is everywhere at Main St. • A pottery camera by a Mooresville artist • Old Dog Vinyl Records offers a huge selection of classic albums and posters. 14


A COMMUNITY RESOURCE Other keys to the Mall’s success are the partnerships throughout our area that keep Main Street Antiques in the spotlight and part of the larger community. Three special areas are the Mooresville Museum Annex, the Mooresville Art Guild display, and The Venue. “David Whitlow at the Mooresville Museum felt that an annex display here at Main Street would be a great way to expose more people to the Museum’s historic exhibits and artifacts,” Mike explained as he showed me the large corner dedicated to Mooresville history. “We’re proud to have Cotton Ketchie’s desk, the original signs from McLean Supermarket and John Mack & Son, along with many artifacts from local businesses, institutions, and families. We have old photographs, documents, and, amazingly, the last original wooden street sign from town.” Jessica DeHart, president of Mooresville Arts, shares the work of local artists in their dedicated booth. “Mooresville Arts partnered with us last summer with Arts at the Mill, a three-day, nationally juried fine arts festival,” Mike told me. “We're planning to fill this space with more art in the future.” The Venue has a unique old-world charm that is perfect for special events, par-

ties, meetings, fundraisers, and exhibits. The setting of this spacious venue—with the look and feel, still, of the old mill’s history—makes a unique backdrop for a fabulous fashion show, a family reunion or party, trade show, conference, or a gala hosted by one of our local charities—it’s like no other venue around. “Earlier this year, SONY PlayStation launched a new product in The Venue,” Mike shared. A CLASSY DESTINATION Word spreads fast, and Main Street Antiques Mall has become a shopping destination of choice. “People come back time and again, because there’s something new all the time,” Rex explained. “People bring their out-of-town family and guests for a day of shopping, dining, and relaxing. And, if you haven’t visited the rose garden out front, you’re missing part of the beauty.” I recommend you put Main Street on your calendar now, while holiday shopping is upon us. There really is something here for everyone!


• Cotton Ketchie, renowned artist, author, photographer, in his booth. • Jessica DeHart in the Mooresville Art exhibit in the Mooresville Museum Annex at Main St. • Burke’s Train Depot’s booth offers an incredible selection of trains and accessories. • Designer vignettes, 100s of booths, and 1000s of ideas!

OPEN Mon–Sat 10AM–6PM Sun 10AM–5PM 500 S. Main St. • Mooresville 704.746.3636 mainantiques.com IREDELL LIVING • DECEMBER 2018


Make Time For

What you Love! By Lauren Davidson

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Isn’t it funny how certain things stick in your memory? For instance, I was half listening to a radio show a few years ago while I was driving to work. The topic of that morning’s show was how to keep your marriage fresh. The featured expert was fed up with people complaining about being too busy to give their spouses the attention they craved. “People make all sorts of time when they are having affairs,” said the expert. “They sneak away during their lunch hour. They steal off to write romantic letters. They may be a CEO of a company, but they will make time for a lover. Treat your marriage like an affair.” I’m not sure why that sentiment stuck with me, but I’ve been applying it to my life for years; not necessarily in relation to my committed partnership, but mainly to my relationship with creativity. Let’s face it: day-to-day dreams can become dashed when living in the throes 16


of dropping the kids off, working on another hectic project, trying to keep sane. The last thing I want to do when I get home after a long day of putting out fires is to work on another project. You can bet that I don’t want to write. I don’t want to exercise. I certainly don’t want to take the time to cook a healthy meal. All I would really like to do is kick up my feet, put on some Netflix, and take a long nap. At the end of the day, I’m wiped out! There is no part of me that still has that passionate driving force that motivates my creativity. Besides, I usually have to do additional work, clean the house, and manage the daily upkeep that life requires, just as we all do. So, I make time during other parts of my day. Between meetings, on weekends, in the mornings. I fit in time for my creativity, which in turn acts as a stress reliever and actually helps me do

a better job at work. Last week, it wasn’t writing at all; sometimes it’s painting, sewing, trying out a new recipe. What matters is that I feel fulfilled afterwards; I get that old childhood feeling of having fun with my creativity. If you’re a parent, it’s something you can relive with your children. Sometimes, I choose to involve my partner. I’ll invite him to help me cook or I’ll bounce around story ideas with him. The point I’m trying to make is that when you are determined enough, you’ll find the time to do whatever it is that sparks the flame of joy in your heart. Is it gardening, woodworking? Whatever you love, it’s important not to let that go. Reclaim the joy! Whether it’s your relationship or me-time, make time for it. Sneak it in and make it a priority. Life is meant to be lived, after all. Find what makes you feel alive and treat it like an affair!

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White’s Sales Home Furnishings and Statesville Carpet: Family-Owned Experience You Can Trust By Meredith Collins | Photos by Heather Edmunds

Whether you are building a new home, updating a room, or designing a commercial space, White’s Sales Home Furnishings and Statesville Carpet can help you visualize your new space, and choose the perfect flooring and furnishings. As a customer, you have a team who works with you from the beginning of your project through its completion. This family-owned business has served the community for over 48 years. Pressly White opened the business in downtown Statesville in 1970. His daughter, Jennifer White Martin, now operates White’s Sales and Statesville Carpet at 583 Turnersburg Highway and offers top-of-the-line products, experienced installers, and customer service that is second to none. 18


“The furniture side of the business has grown a lot,” said Jennifer. “We can custom order any sofa or living room group to fit your specific needs, or customers can choose something from the showroom floor. We enjoy helping people make their selections and have many repeat customers who visit to see what’s new and plan their next project.” White’s Sales showcases a wide selection of furniture from Craftmaster, Paula Deen, and Rachel Ray Home. Whether your style is traditional, old world, rustic, modern, or contemporary, they offer beautiful designs and multipurpose furniture that you will love! If glam is what you are looking for, you can choose from soft luxury fabrics and add nail heads for a touch of glimmer. The choice is really up to you. And,

if you get overwhelmed…the staff at White’s Sales is there to help you make the perfect selection. They also carry a great line of reclining and power furniture from Flexsteel and UltraComfort, and have added lift chairs to their collection. Bedroom suites, dining sets, sideboards, end tables, and cocktail sets can be ordered. You will want to browse their large collection of table and floor lamps, too. In addition to name brand furniture, Jennifer meticu-

lously selects one-of-a-kind pieces for the showroom. It’s always a surprise to pop in to see what she has found. Everyone knows that to be comfortable in your home, you need a good mattress. White’s Sales carries the popular line of Spring Air Back Supporter mattress sets and offers a showroom where you can test the comfort level of each style. As for floor coverings, there are no requests Statesville Carpet cannot satisfy. In hardwoods, luxury vinyl tile, luxury vinyl plank, laminate, or a myriad of hard surface materials, they have you

covered! Concerning carpet, they offer hundreds of textures, twists, loops, and patterns. Trusted name brands like Shaw, Mohawk, Armstrong, Congoleum, and Karndean are found throughout the spacious showroom, and their experienced install crews make sure everything goes smoothly with a perfect installation. “One of the hottest products in the flooring industry today is luxury vinyl tile and luxury vinyl plank, which mimics the look of high-quality hardwood and ceramic tile at a fraction of the cost,” said Jennifer. “It’s not only highly styled but also durable and easy to clean.”

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What's Cooking?! Holiday Cookies

The next best thing to baking cookies is baking them with friends. Have a Christmas cookie party and try these recipes!

Peppermint Truffle Cookies 8 ½ 1 1 ½ 2 36

ounces bittersweet baking chocolate cup (1 stick) butter cup sugar, divided egg teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract cups flour milk chocolate kiss-shaped candies, unwrapped


Heat oven to 350° F. In large, microwavable bowl, heat chocolate and butter on high 1-2 minutes, or until butter is melted. Let stand 10 minutes to cool slightly. Add ½ cup sugar, egg and peppermint extract. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually beat in flour on low speed until well mixed. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Press chocolate candy into center of each ball, forming dough around candy to enclose it. Roll in remaining sugar to coat. Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes, or until cookies are set. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

12/3 cups flour 1 /3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1½ teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1¼ cups granulated sugar 2 eggs 1½ teaspoons red food color 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup confectioners’ sugar Nonstick cooking spray


In medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat but-

ter and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, food color and vanilla extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Refrigerate 4 hours. Heat oven to 350° F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in confectioners’ sugar to completely coat. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are puffed. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Recipe and photos courtesy of McCormick. IREDELL LIVING • DECEMBER 2018



Finding Purpose By Emily Buckley

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Shakespeare once said, “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” In a world where news and social media are available every step we take, it’s easy to have high expectations and lose sight of what true happiness really means. We scroll through a timeline with update after update about fancy vacations, new cars, shopping trips, and achievements. Media gives us a Photoshopped, high definition, picture-perfect expectation of who we should be. There are statuses complaining about first-world problems, people wishing they could be this or be that. Constant exposure to this cycle can lead to rewiring of the brain causing us to think that the measure of happiness depends on what we have or the lack of problems we face. The interesting thing is, we would never know what happiness is if we don’t experience the opposing emotions of grief, anger, pain and fear. Joy would feel incredibly mediocre if it was all we knew and could process. Think about the pleasure of eating a home cooked 24


meal if you have been living off fast food and carry out for weeks. During that first savory bite, dopamine levels skyrocket. For someone who has learned to conquer the heavy weight of anxiety, the task of making new friends can become a riveting experience, whereas before, it was daunting and panic-inducing. It’s important to experience lows in order to realize when you hit the highs. And sometimes between the ups and downs and fleeting serenity, there’s a period where it feels as though life adds up to a lot of nothing. Restlessness and frustration can begin to surface. We forget that a pathway can consist of a long-stretch. There’s the waiting. The meanwhile. This is the in-between time where we reflect and grow from either spectrum. We must trust this process of delay. We can avoid an abundance of disappointing circumstances if we embrace uncertain moments with gratitude and contentment. Life will throw plenty of unexpected failures and victories our way. We must appreciate every stretch

of the road—it means we’re still alive for the journey! For me, true happiness consists of a meaningful life full of purpose. Material gain is temporary and can blind the eye to a purpose of substance. Developing intellect, skills, relationships, and character may take time, but they are the meaningful gain of substance you can use for a lifetime. Through these means, we can impact people and truly make a difference throughout a hurting world. We can spread the hope of surviving and thriving, because we know there is no need to give up during a hard time. You see, happiness isn’t everything. Because whether we find our purpose through heartache, ailments, hard work or misfortune, it’s only then that we can strongly feel results of real love, healing, achievements, and good fortune. And that, my friends, is the everything that counts.


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Hey Statesville! My family and I are excited to begin our next chapter in your city. I'd like to take a moment and thank the Search Committee, Executive Committee, board members, and community leaders for the opportunity to serve Statesville. We appreciate your hospitality and look forward to meeting everyone and getting to know the area.

A few fun facts about me:


• I love to run and just completed my first half marathon. • During football season, you can find me cheering for the USC Gamecocks. • Coffee is my life. • I've been married to my photographer husband for 23 years. • Things stay busy at our house with eight-year-old twin boys. • Life was made complete when we adopted our dog, Cali, two years ago. Looking at all the activities going on in Statesville, I know my family will have

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many opportunities to get engaged and be involved. There are festivals, live music, museums, sports, history, not to mention the local shopping and dining. With all there is to do and see, we know we will be busy all year long. Being selected to lead the Greater Statesville Chamber is a great honor, and I look forward to working with the business community and local leaders to continue to grow the mission of the Chamber and the City of Statesville. Stop by my office anytime to chat and say hello. I have an open-door policy when it comes to issues of the day and talking about businesses. What I enjoy most about chamber work is that every day is different. You never know which direction your day will take. I look forward to bringing my energy, enthusiasm, and passion to your community. I believe collaboration and, most importantly, collective impact move a community forward. Statesville has much to offer, and my family and I are happy to be here.

Shannon Viera, IOM President & CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



New Member Spotlight Todd and Sheila Lange with Allen Tate are happy to be new members of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce. They moved to Statesville and the Mitchell College Historic District in 2008 from Huntersville. Sheila is an enthusiastic booster of downtown Statesville and actively involved in bringing some of Statesville’s historic homes back to life. Todd is a former board member of the Statesville Historic Preservation Commission and a current member of the Statesville Planning Board. They enjoy the diversity of people and activities available just a short walk from their home. They have three children and one granddaughter. 121 North Center Street, Suite 101 • Statesville, NC 28677 www.statesvillechamber.org • (704) 873-2892




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he Forbes’ website states in its profile of North Carolina, and I quote…

North Carolina Ranked #1 Best State for Business by FORBES

“North Carolina ranks as FORBES’ Best State for Business for the first time. With one of the highest net migration rates in the U.S., people have been flocking to North Carolina for the past decade. The state has the second smallest union workforce in the U.S. in terms of percent of total employment (South Carolina is first). The resulting benefit is labor costs that are 10% below the national average—fifth lowest in the country. North Carolina has ranked in the top five overall for 13 straight years.” Choosing the right state to start your business might mean the difference between success and failure. This is because different states have vastly different tax environments, labor pools, costs of living, and more. To help you make the right decision, Fit Small Business compiled publicly available data from sources such as the Kauffman Foundation, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Small Business Administration. They then analyzed the data for each state to put together a definitive ranking of the best states to start a business.

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Raleigh's educated population and its high-quality research facilities earned it the top spot among cities statewide for starting a business. More than 40 percent of Raleigh's population over 25 held at least a four-year degree, compared to just over one-third of Americans nationally.

• Access to Capital– Capital–Venture capital and small business loans • Startup Activity–Rate of new entrepreneurs and survivability of business • Taxes–Corporate tax, individual income tax, sales tax, unemployment insurance tax, and property tax • Cost of Living–Grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, and health • Labor Market–Location desirability, and bachelor degree attainment • Quality of Life– Life–Access to healthcare, education, and physical safety • Cost of Starting a Business–Per capita income and commercial rent

The state of North Carolina is home to more than 800,000 small businesses and the NC Department of Commerce is strongly committed to their success. The Commerce Department serves as a one-stop resource for small businesses and start-up companies with big ideas. Many partners and allies support NC Commerce’s work in assisting North Carolina’s small businesses, but the Commerce Department provides a centralized point of contact to assist them. Services include planning and feasibility assessment, licensing, individualized research-based products around change management, strategic performance and leadership development, help accessing and acquiring government contracts, and assistance in commercializing new technologies and accessing innovation research. Through marketing and outreach activities, the NC Commerce Department reaches small business owners and those considering a start-up to offer services and support designed to ensure these businesses are afforded the best opportunity to thrive in North Carolina.

The Tar Heel State comes in at the #1 spot for states to start a business, as it

Forbes. 2017, Nov. “Best States for Business”. Accessed 11/6/18 from https://www.forbes. com/places/nc/

In ranking each state, they chose seven categories that significantly influence an entrepreneur’s chances for survival and success:

President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce

dominated the two categories that are considered the most important to starting a business: labor market and taxes. The State of North Carolina has high rankings in corporate and unemployment insurance taxes. Its labor market is flourishing as the state grabbed the 6th spot in location desirability. External job seekers are likely lured to the state by thriving businesses, a great sign for would-be entrepreneurs. North Carolina ranks 15th in both rates of new entrepreneurs and business survivability sub-categories.





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