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Small Business Event of the Year!!! Facebook LIVE

Small Business Event of the Year!!! Facebook LIVE

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM) (EDT)


Don't miss the best Small Business Event of the Year!  We will be Live on Facebook on the WSIC News or Lake Norman Chamber page on May 4 from 6-9 pm.

Our 9th Annual Small Business Event of the Year will feature 5 Dynamic Speakers, and 4 of this area's top hosts! If you're a Small Business Owner or Manager, or a big-time supporter of Small Business, join us - you'll be glad you did! 


William E. “Bill” Russell, Jr., CCE, IOM ~ Bill Russell is the President and CEO of the Lake Norman Chamber. He serves on the Boards of Visit Lake Norman, Lake Norman Economic Development., Ada Jenkins Center, and Hugh Torance House & Store. The Chamber has approximately 900 members in the Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, and greater Lake Norman region. In 1996, he was recognized with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor bestowed upon a citizen in the State of South Carolina for his civic involvement.  In 1992, Bill was president of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), the largest young people’s leadership training organizations in the country.  In 2008, Bill received his Certified Chamber Executive designation by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Tracy Alston: is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a mental fitness consultant, and board certified in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback, a radio host and podcaster for the Mental Fitness Matters show on WSIC radio station that airs weekly on Thursdays from 8:30 am to 9:00 a.m. on 105.9, 100.7FM, 1400AM. Tracy is also an entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of two companies located in Mooresville & Cornelius, N.C., New Mentality ( ), and Mental Edge Fitness Solutions, Inc. ( . Tracy is a former basketball player and college graduate of Wake Forest University and she is passionate about creating innovative strategies and solutions for improving the mental health and mental fitness of her clients.

Ben McDonald: After selling his first business at age 24, Ben McDonald has continued down the path of entrepreneurship. Today Ben is the CEO & Owner of BGW Wealth Advisors, Owner of Crossfit Huntersville, and host of the Anything But Typical podcast.

Joe Vagnone: Joe Vagnone is a small business broker and advisor who lives in Cornelius, NC.  Joe is the managing director of the Charlotte Region of ENLIGN Business Brokers. “I'm passionate about small business. As a Designated Industry Expert, I have owned, operated, bought, and sold businesses since I was 17 years old. In addition, I have helped many individuals realize their own dreams of being a small business owner.  I can maximize the value of your small business through a proven and perfected proprietary marketing program (P4 marketing). Further, I offer access to a unique buyer-qualified searchable database of over 16,000 independent buyers and a robust referral partner program.” 

Nancy Friedman:  Nancy Friedman, The Telephone Doctor, Founder & Chairman of Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training, St. Louis, MO, is a popular speaker in all industries covering her specialty of customer service, communications and sales.  She’s been knocking it out of the park to businesses for years and now and will bring some of her business wisdom to the May 4th 9th Annual Small Business Event. Ideas, tips, skills & techniques you will use immediately & forever!

Gary Frey:  Gary Frey is a connector, “MacGyver,” and confidant for CEOs as well as the co-host of the Anything but Typical Podcast featuring vulnerable, behind-the-scenes stories of ripple-making entrepreneurs to encourage others.  He has served as president of four successful companies, including, a business news portal which he helped transform from a three-person organization to a $100 million company. He has done two turnarounds and held executive positions in two Fortune 100 companies. He leads business growth coaching and business development efforts for a regional CPA firm that serves privately held businesses and their owners.

Chuck Gallagher: Grow Your Business Through the Magic of QUESTIONS! Want to unlock the secrets of massive traffic? You won't want to miss this intensive program that shows the simplicity of using technology to grow your business.  Seen on CNN, Fox Business, and heard on NPR, Chuck Gallagher is a leading business strategist known for his insights on what can grow your business. Having been a founder in a startup that was merged into a public company, where Chuck serves as Sales and Marketing VP today, Chuck knows how to grow from an idea into a multi-million dollar enterprise. Likewise, as owner of Primeau Productions, a leading video production company that produces powerful marketing videos nationwise, Chuck will share insights that can elevate your business. 

Meridith Powell:  Sales strategist, leadership expert, Certified Speaking Professional, and award-winning author, Meridith Elliott Powell wants today’s businesses to stop viewing uncertainty as something that prevents them from being successful. This is why her virtual programs, leadership coaching, online courses, and keynote presentations leverage her 9 step formula for making uncertainty your company’s strategic advantage™.

Steve Gilliland: Steve Gilliland is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on only 227 men and women worldwide since 1977. In 2015, eSpeakers recognized him as one of the top 10 motivational speakers in the world from over 9,000 candidates. In addition to being one of the most sought-after speakers in the world, he is a prolific and accomplished author, evidenced by six of his books becoming bestsellers and him being named Author of the Year for his book Enjoy The Ride. He recently was recognized by Forbes as North America’s most award-winning speaker.


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Wednesday, May 4, 2022 (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM) (EDT)

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