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from the publisher

Welcome to the September issue.


The summer season is winding down as September ushers in fall on September 22, making this a transitional month. I really enjoy summer and the hot weather, so for me fall is a bit of a letdown. However, the beauty of the fall season is so awe inspiring when the leaves change color that I don't

Living the Good Life

September 2017

know anyone who doesn't like that. I am a huge college football fan, and September traditionally means the kickoff to college football season. Some would say the most exciting part of the Saturday game experience is the tailgating in the parking lot before the game starts, with lots of good food and drink to satisfy any appetite and quench any thirst. Others point to the

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excitement of the game itself, and cheering for their

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favorite team. As for myself, I enjoy the whole experience, from the tailgating to the competition on the field to sitting

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outside on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon...There is nothing that can quite compare!

Editorial Stock photography, unless otherwise noted, is from iStock.

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Summer Fun By Kathy Wheeler

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If there are still items on your summer bucket list, September is your month! It brings us the last day of summer this year and the first day of fall. We even get to take the first Monday of September off to celebrate Labor Day and our contribution to the strength and prosperity of our country—perfect timing for a long weekend. Will you spend it having fun or doing more labor? I vote for fun! I’ve always admired people who found the balance between working hard and playing hard. We are each given 24 hours per day, and we get to choose how we spend it. For many of us, we get so caught up in our chore/work to-dolist that we forget to enjoy life. We’ve mastered a good work ethic, but at what price? I’m not saying that we should neglect work but rather try and reach a balance. There are always important things that need to be done, and in most cases that list creates itself, but the playing part takes both spontaneity and sometimes a little planning. Don’t miss an opportunity to be spontaneous. My mom is 84-years-old, and 8


she gets up every morning and puts her makeup on and gets ready as if she is going somewhere important. I asked her why she just didn’t keep her pajamas on and relax the whole day. She replied, “What if someone comes by and wants to go somewhere? They don’t want to wait on me to get ready.” That woman is always ready to do something fun as soon as she can find something fun to do! The chores will still be there when she gets back.

work. Are there sites in your local area you’ve never visited? Try looking at your community, county, or state as if you were a tourist wanting to see everything that the area has to offer.

Routines are great when you are trying to establish good habits and complete maintenance chores but can also help you in adding fun–just make it part of your routine! Start by scheduling something with friends and family once a week, and then add to it until you have something to look forward to each day.

There are so many fun things to do and some cost nothing more than the gas to get there. Here are a few ideas…go to an outdoor concert, visit a museum, attend a festival, go to the theatre, visit a winery, go camping. Take advantage of local harvests by visiting a farmer’s market. Try to work in as much daily fun as possible. Do you have an appointment? Take a book or your iPad and read while you wait. Don’t miss an opportunity to include fun in your life. September is the perfect time to start before much cooler weather sets in.

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Daly Family Law

Your Attorneys for Today’s Family By Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

The critical word in Judith Daly’s law firm’s name is “family.” Of all the aspects of life that touch our families, legal concerns are where we especially want positive outcomes. Partnering with a dedicated, knowledgeable, and compassionate legal team can help assure the hopeful outcome. “This work needs to be done right,” Judith Daly told me. “Everyone in our firm believes that we can work with opposing counsel in a civilized fashion, in court or out of court, without mudslinging and uproar. When we do that, our focused approach to providing the best possible advice, specific to your personal situation, serves everyone best. We really do make a difference in people’s lives, because we offer solutions to the challenging times.” 12


Daly Family Law has been growing over the last 11 years, and the team seems to be the right size now. “I’ve brought on board a group of amazing women, and this team is a perfect fit,” Judith continued. “I truly enjoy their energy and enthusiasm, and our clients feel that, too.” Judith’s role is not just family law attorney—she’s trainer, coach, and mentor to the women in her office. While they each bring a unique perspective and experience to the practice, Judith’s guidance and expertise from working exclusively in family law create a supportive team whose values are in alignment. “It’s best when the entire practice is focused on one area of law,” said Terri McKesson, paralegal and office manager. “We keep each other going, and we all know our stuff. Family law isn’t always easy—we support each other when a case is particularly stressful. Most days, we all have lunch together…we’re not going to let anyone burn out.” Family law includes legal issues such as separation and divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, estate planning and administration, grandparents’ rights, paternity and parentage issues, prenuptial agreements, property division, school district guardianship, domestic violence orders of protection, adoption, and more. “One couple might only need a final divorce decree, while another couple’s case might involve child custody, alimony, and property issues,” Judith said. “We determine what course to take by talking and listening as people explain their circumstances. Sometimes they’re glad to learn they don’t even need us.” PROFESSIONALS AT YOUR SERVICE Judith Daly, Attorney ~ Since opening her family law practice in 2006, Judith has earned a reputation as knowledgeable, dedicated, fair, and hardworking on behalf of the families she represents. After experiencing a difficult divorce, Judith knew she could help people in a better way. She understands the nuances of getting good results. She might take a forceful approach if that’s useful, but prefers negotiating a compromise when that’s most effective. Clients spend less time and resources moving toward a favorable resolution. Judith earned her law degree from DePaul College of Law in Chicago. She obtained certification from the NC State Bar as a Certified Family Law Specialist in 2011 and is a member of the Family Law Section of the NC Bar Association.

Photos: On the cover–Daly Family Law attorneys–clockwise, Judith Daly (seated), Meg Stacy, Morgan Ryerson and Ashley Kevitt Opposite page–Front Row–Morgan Ryerson, Ashley Kevitt, and Meg Stacy. Back Row–Gina Carnesi, Judith Daly, Jessica Bailey, and Terri McKesson. Above, top to bottom • Attorney Morgan Ryerson strategizes with certified family law specialist, attorney Judith Daly and Meg Stacy, attorney, on a particularly complex custody issue. • Attorney Meg Stacy analyzes a client’s financial affidavit to determine the amount of money needed for post separation support.

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she’s a dedicated champion of their cause—and she works hard to get them the best possible outcome.” Like all the attorneys at Daly Family Law, Meg knows what she’s doing and exhausts all avenues to help her clients. She’s usually over prepared. “For me, it’s crucial to take time to ask questions so I can provide the right advice and get my clients where they want to be.” Meg is from Raleigh, and she graduated cum laude at NC Central School of Law. She joined Daly Family Law to devote her efforts to practicing family law. Ashley Kevitt, Attorney ~ “People love Ashley,” Judith shared. “She relates to her clients and their circumstances. When she understands the situation, Ashley knows where to go from there. Ashley is personable and smart—a numbers person who’s also a people person. Ashley’s legal expertise is in estate planning, and she works with clients on their wills, living wills, trusts, powers of attorney, tax law, inheritance, estate planning and administration. “What I love about this type of law is that I help people understand their options and plan, not only for today, but also to make sure their wishes are followed and their family taken care of and protected,” Ashley shared. “I often meet with seniors to make certain their documents are still in order, but it’s critical for everyone to manage changes in financial and legal plans.” Ashley earned her law degree from the New England School of Law, where she worked with the Women’s Law Caucus. The firm is a member of the Wealth Council through which Ashley stays informed on all matters of estate planning.

Photos, above, top to bottom:

• A client consults with attorney Ashley Kevitt to discuss drafting a pet trust that will provide money and instructions for the client’s pet, Porter. • Attorney Morgan Ryerson checks the child support guidelines to provide her client with an estimate of child support. • Paralegal Jessica Bailey organizes documents and exhibits for a trial. 14


Morgan Ryerson, Attorney ~ Morgan is a recent addition to the legal staff, starting last month. “I offered Morgan a position because she has experience in court and comes with experience in family law issues,” Judith explained. “She’s proven to be trustworthy, reliable, and enthusiastic.” Morgan moved from Winston-Salem, and she intends to “meet lots of new people and get involved in the community here.” Jessica Bailey, Paralegal ~ “Jessica was hired as my paralegal, and over the last year she has become an important part of our team,” Judith explained. Jessica handles everything from legal research, preparing and reviewing pleadings, motions and discovery, drafting documents, and answering questions and keeping cli-

ents updated. “I love working in downtown Statesville,” she shared. “What I enjoy most is helping families in crisis mode work through their issues and coming to a positive conclusion, especially in custody cases. I believe my job really matters.” Jessica earned her A.A. in General Education and A.A.S. in Paralegal Technology from Central Piedmont Community College. Terri McKesson, Paralegal, Office Manager ~ Terri has been with Daly Family Law since 2009, so she’s often the go-to person for everyone in the firm. “Terri is the face of our office, and she’s perfect for that. She’s friendly and remembers everybody—she loves people and they love her,” Judith says. “And, she’s the best when it comes to details and accuracy.” In her paralegal role, Terri assists the attorneys with guardianships, estate planning, and inventory—all areas that require accurate work. “This work is important to me because we have opportunities all the time to help people go through tough situations,” Terri said. “It’s not always easy, but when you see how you can help, it’s very rewarding. At the end of the day, it’s good to see people able to get on with their lives.” Gina Carnesi, Paralegal ~ Gina just recently joined the firm with 10 years’ experience as a litigation paralegal in New York. She obtained her paralegal certificate at Adelphi University and with extensive experience in other legal areas, she is now interested in learning the specialty of family law and helping clients with their family situations. ALWAYS READY TO HELP To fully discover the client’s needs and goals, a free consultation is offered. “It’s important to have a time to listen and understand what the issues are, determine what needs to be done, and plan the right strategy to move forward to benefit a client’s long-term interests,” Judith explained. “We are advocates for our clients, and we all take that role very seriously.”

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Photos, above, top to bottom:

• Paralegal Terri McKesson completes financial calculations on a final accounting in a probate estate. • Paralegal Gina Carnesi places calls to certified mediators to obtain possible dates for mediation for a client’s equitable distribution matter. • Attorney Ashley Kevitt and attorney Judith Daly discuss Ashley’s motion for declaratory judgment in superior court. IREDELL LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2017



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Left–Founder and president of BYH, Jerlyn Dishmond and Kortney H. Myers, VP of operations. The mother/ daughter duo enjoy working together, establishing that one-of-a-kind business. Opposite page–Holden Cloer & Julie Petrovich, both research specialists and account executives, discuss an extensive pre-hire package that included numerous state background checks, driving records, sex offender reports. Krista Weatherman, certified specimen collector, along with Amber Brown, perform a drug test via a hair specimen.

Jerlyn decided to leave the staffing industry and take a leap of faith to open her own full-service screening company. She provides full menus of services and testing under one roof, with one invoice, and with exceptional turnaround times. Jerlyn made it her goal to offer “superior, unparalleled service, along with cost-effective prices.” Now, in her 17th year of business, she and her staff have done just that. Around the clock availability, stellar customer service, and quick turnaround time keeps their long term client base of close to 1,000 very happy. She believed she could so she did!

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In her staffing experience prior to opening Before You Hire Inc. in 2001, Jerlyn Dishmond said that completing proper screening when hiring temporary positions was always important in reducing turnover. Then, when an employee was hired full time, HR had to go to one place for a drug test, another place for a background report, another for a physical, sometimes had to wait two to three days, plus deal with multiple invoices! This could be time consuming and frustrating at times. 18


At the time Jerlyn was starting Before You Hire Inc, her daughter, Kortney Myers, was making decisions about her career while she earned her degree in business. Kortney joined the company in 2003 and is now the vice president of operations. She also helps oversee 500-plus truck drivers, serving as vital support with their federalDOT compliance requirements and assisting with state and federal DOT audits. “Growing up, seeing my mom as a successful businesswoman, made a huge impact on me,” Kortney said. “I remember thinking I wanted to grow up to be just like her.” “Kortney is a carbon copy of me in many ways, and I think we read each other really well—most of the time, haha!” Jerlyn said. “The mother-daughter dynamic team, running a small business, is very respected and unique, especially in today’s world. It’s about family and taking care of our staff and clients. That contributes to much of our success.” Jerlyn is founder and president, however, she gives a tremendous amount of credit for her success to her dedicated staff. “They are the best of the best,” she said. “They are not only my staff, they are my family, and it is an honor to be their boss.”

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Running By Heather Orrill

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Have you ever thought you couldn’t do something? Did you think you didn’t have the motivation, strength, or willpower? As long as I can remember, I always wanted to be able to run. I have never been athletic in my life but wanted to be healthy and active. When asked to run a half marathon two years ago, there was no hesitation. I said “Yes” without even thinking about it. Then fear set in…what had I done? I couldn’t even run a mile on a treadmill without being totally exhausted and feeling defeated. Deciding to run that half marathon changed my life forever. Running does so many things. Running has health benefits, eliminates stress, builds confidence, and instills healthy self-esteem in individuals. It also helps with mental wellness. It clears your mind and can even give you a whole

new perspective on your situation or life in general. What I have noticed about running is that there is a community, a camaraderie where runners cheer and encourage one another. They share tips, pain points, and habits amongst the community. Runners also share upcoming race information with each other and often train together. In the past two years, I have run four half marathons, including three Diva races. This series of races brings women together, uniting them and empowering them. Once again, I have witnessed a true community while at these races. It is a sight to be seen when seven thousand women wearing pink gather at the starting line. Running can be relaxing and an outlet for some, however, summer can be hard

for runners. Beating the heat is a challenge. Some tactics to survive high temps are to run earlier in the morning while temperatures are still cool or to cut your workout in half. Runners can prep for after work races by packing hydrating fruits and veggies such as carrots, cucumbers, strawberries, and cantaloupe, along with plenty of water. Sometimes, the heat can take the life right out of your workout. When this happens, you can change up your routine by heading to the gym, or participate in a spin or yoga class. You could go for a swim indoors or work out on your core by doing weights and machines at your local gym. After enduring the brutal heat of summer months, runners are rewarded with ideal weather during the fall months. Early morning runs or evening runs are nice and cool with beautiful scenery. The air is brisk and the colors are bright. Fall would be a perfect time to go on a trail run through the woods. I encourage you, if you have never tried running before, maybe today is the day you start. I urge you to start by walking around your neighborhood or block. Gradually add distance and set personal goals. Get involved and run 5K races. Choose races that have significance to you. There are many 5K races hosted each year by organizations that support great causes: suicide prevention, child abuse awareness, and eliminating hunger are just a few. If you start with a 5K, you might just fall in love with running and want to run further. Push your mind and body to excel. Go the distance, and run a 10K, a half marathon, and a full, 26-mile marathon. There is nothing you cannot achieve when you put your mind to it. Just remember with running, it is mind over matter. If I can do it so can you. What are you waiting for? Get out there and run! IREDELL LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2017


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hat’s your favorite movie? Titanic? Rocky II? Old Yeller? Mine is Mango Dreams. It’s a gripping story of an Indian doctor’s quest to find his way back to his birthplace. His trip requires him (a Hindu) to rely on a cab driver (Muslim). The chasm between these two religions is deep and broad. The story bridges familial, religious, political, and emotional depths. It is smartly written, with outstanding actors and beautiful scenery. AND…you won’t see it at the local theater. You could, however, have seen it last year at the Full Bloom Film Festival in Statesville. The 3rd Full Bloom Film Festival will be held September 14-16 in downtown Statesville. The event will feature 73 films from 13 countries shown in four venues over three days. Whew! What do you need to know? What is the difference between these films and those at a cinema complex? Most of our films are independently produced. The film makers seek to showcase their productions on a wider scale, as well as to connect with other filmmakers in the industry. Additionally, you have an opportunity to see a broad range of production genres—documen24


taries, animation, short films, as well as feature-films. How do you see 73 films? Film lengths vary considerably, and perhaps twothirds of the selected productions are less than 20 minutes. The schedule for Full Bloom Film Festival is broken into sessions that last two hours or less. Typically, films in each session have some common bond—NC films, children’s animation, etc. It would not be uncommon to sit through a film session and see 10 short productions or one feature film. Do foreign films have subtitles? Absolutely, it is one of the requirements we place on all foreign films. Do directors and actors attend as well? Yes. The first year, we had several directors, including one from Pakistan. Last year, we hosted over 20 directors and crew. This year, we expect a substantial increase in attendance by people associated with the featured films. We try to have a Q & A session with film makers after their film is shown. That opportunity sheds a bright light on his or her vision for the film, barriers that were overcome, and any surprises along the way. We also include panel discussions with all the visiting film makers.

Where are the venues? We are delighted to have four venues this year, all within walking distance of each other: Shearer Hall (Mitchell Community College), the Iredell Arts Council, Twisted Oak American Bar & Grill, and 212 S. Center Street. Is there anything else going on with the Full Bloom Film Festival? I’m glad you asked. We offer an opportunity for you to see outstanding films that will stretch your mind, heart, and soul. We also have opportunities to spend time talking with the folks who produced these artistic gems. We ALSO have (with a VIP ticket purchase) access to our BEE-yond the Red Carpet Opening Night party—Under the Stars, a Saturday night soiree, and the Saturday evening awards Celebration. How can I find the schedule and purchase tickets? For almost all information, please go online to:

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What's Cooking?! Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

When busy mornings give way to a hectic workday followed by homework and after-school activities, a fresh, simple meal is often the only option. Before you hit the drive-thru or settle for an equally unhealthy alternative, check out these delicious dishes you can prepare and serve without the hassle.

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eggplants, quartered lengthwise medium zucchini Canola oil cooking spray pound whole-wheat lasagna noodles ounces low-fat ricotta or low-fat cottage cheese eggs cup grated Parmesan cheese teaspoon ground nutmeg teaspoon garlic powder cups low-fat mozzarella cheese cups low-sodium tomato sauce, divided


Heat oven to 450˚ F. Grease 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan; set aside. Slice eggplant and zucchini in 1/2-inch slices. Layer on two baking sheets and coat both sides of vegetables with cooking spray.

Roast 20 minutes. Toss vegetables and continue roasting until well browned and soft, about 20 minutes more. Transfer vegetables to large bowl. Reduce oven temperature to 375˚ F. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Separate noodles and let cool slightly. In medium bowl, mix together cheese, eggs, Parmesan, nutmeg and garlic powder. To assemble: Spread thin layer of sauce over bottom of prepared pan. Cover with layer of pasta (noodle strips slightly overlapping). Spread with one-third of ricotta mixture.

Sprinkle 1/4 of the mozzarella over ricotta. Spoon 1/3 of roasted vegetables on top. Top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and continue assembly as directed until there are four layers of pasta and three layers of filling. Spread remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until golden and bubbly, about 15 minutes more. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Recipe courtesy of Photo courtesy of Getty Images. IREDELL LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2017




Expanding Iredell County’s Workforce

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



hat a wacky world we live in. Six-years-ago, Iredell County was struggling with a near double digit unemployment rate, trying hard to survive. If a business announced they were hiring five people, we considered celebrating with a parade. Today, there are very few businesses that are not looking, in some cases with desperation, for employees. On April 30th, the unemployment rate in Iredell County was 3.9%. The good news/bad news truth is that as of June 30, 2017, there were 3,800+ jobs available in Iredell County through the NC Works web platform, yet there were only 3,300+ people who were unemployed and looking. Unfortunately, NC Works does not compute the jobs that are expected to grow in the next year. In the Statesville area alone, we would expect another 1,000 jobs to become available by this time next year. There is little question that the anchor keeping us from reaching our economic potential is the ability to find a workforce that can meet the needs of our businesses. Many employers have narrowed their wish list of potential employee skill sets down to two: show up reliably and pass a drug test. A local HR director noted, “We can teach everything someone needs to know about operating our equipment, we simply need to know they will be here to work.” Open and announced positions pay from $10 an hour to well over six figure salaries. There are two facets to attacking this issue. One area of focus is workforce development or preparing the local populace—those either currently looking for employment or those who will

be seeking work—to build skills that would enable them to find success. There are many organizations that are spending time and effort on workforce development. Mitchell Community College does an extraordinary job in providing exceptional training programs for potential employees. Their new NC Manufacturing Institute provides state of the art advanced manufacturing training. There is scholarship money available to attend this two-month program and quality employment following successful completion is nearly guaranteed. Another focus must be devoted to attracting people to consider Statesville and Iredell County as a great place to live, work and play. We MUST create innovative and creative ways to market this community to attract new residents. We have begun an aggressive social media marketing campaign that showcases young people talking about our education system, recreation opportunities, and how much our community has changed in the past few years. The next step will include shorter videos that detail specific job availability and quality of life assets. We are competing with all of our neighbor counties, all with similar employment needs. Our challenge is to be creative, unique, and authentic. We are hard at work building this community’s image every hour of every day. When we, the greater Statesville community, look into the mirror, it is a dramatically different reflection than we saw five years ago. Our challenge must be to imagine what we want to look like five years from now and start working to get there. Finding employees to embrace our beautiful community for working, living, and playing appears to be Job #1.

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We are “Traveling Around the World”

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oin the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce for our Around the World Business Expo to celebrate cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling, intellectual, emotional, moral, and spiritual life. On Thursday, October 26th, the Mooresville Chamber will be a showcase to the world of the ingenuity and imagination of American’s diverse free enterprise system. The international destination-themed Business Expo runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charles Mack Center. With close to 80 booths filled, and hosted by local businesses and organizations, this expo is a networker’s dream. The annual event consistently sells out, filling the Charles Mack Center with businesses and visitors looking to connect with local services and products. This event is open to the public with no admission charge. This year, we've added something fun to our networking event in the exhibition hall to increase booth traffic and maximize the return on the investment for our exhibitors. This year’s theme is Around the World, an international travel theme that will be fun for all. Our business vendors will decorate their booths with treasures from their favorite destinations and travel spots. See if you can find your favorite, and be sure to have your passport stamped at each of the vendor’s booths. This is sure to be a colorful event. Our travel guides will be there with awards for Best Costume Design and Best Set Design, and they will need your help to pick the Best Destination Winner. Don't miss this opportunity to visit and vote for your favorite and most creative costume. Help

us pick the best decorated booth! Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to showcase your products and services and meet face-to-face with hundreds of other businesses and customers who will be actively networking at the exhibition hall all day. Over 1,000 people visited last year’s event. Every visitor at this year’s event, who has their passport stamped from Around the World, can register to win a night’s stay at a special travel destination. The Charles Mack Center is located at 215 N. Main Street in downtown Mooresville. The Charles Mack building offers plenty of free and convenient parking. It’s just a short drive, no matter which part of town you're in. This year we’re hosting Mid-Day Mingle at the Expo from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For Mooresville Chamber members and businesses, immediately following the Expo, is Business After Hours sponsored by blueharbor bank. After Hours goes from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and is held in Alice's Courtyard. Food and beverage will be provided by local restaurants. The Chamber encourages Chamber members and business professionals to stop by. Grow your business by connecting with potential partners and customers at the Expo and experience why previous attendees report this event to be one of their best business development investments year after year. You will not want to miss it! Visit our website: www. for more information on how to apply for a vendor booth or call us at 704-664-3898.

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