Speaker shares six essentials of running a successful business

By Michele Dotson

Chamber meeting

Guest speaker and business coach Harvey Smith addresses the Mint Hill Chamber members and guests. “What skills and knowledge do we need to develop to be exceptional in 2014?”

The monthly meeting of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce was held at Pine Lake Country Club on Thursday, March 27. Members gathered for lunch and listened as guest speaker, business coach Harvey Smith from who spoke on the six essentials of running a successful business.

Smith is President of Carolina Business Coach and has worked with over 1,500 individuals and organizations helping them to achieve greater success in their businesses and their lives.

Smith described the six essentials of running a successful business as a way to build a toolbox of usable skills to motivate and engage people, who are often tuned out of their jobs. Continue reading


Biz Expo brings public, local businesses together

By Michele Dotson dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

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Visitor Donna Baldivid talks with Complements Salon stylist Jane McLamb while filling out a raffle form.

The 2nd annual Biz Expo was held at Blair Road Methodist Church Family Life Center in Mint Hill on Thursday, March 13 from 4 to 7 pm. The event, sponsored by the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, was well attended with large crowds anxious to see what local businesses had to offer. Continue reading


Blessed Assurance breaks ground on new addition

By Michele Dotson
Blessed Assurance

Blessed Assurance’s Nate Huggins is joined by Town of Matthews Mayor, Jim Taylor and Rep Bill Brawley in a ground breaking ceremony at the facility.

Spend five minutes with Nate Huggins and you’ll understand the need for adult day care in the Mint Hill area. Spend 10 minutes with him, and you’ll likely be signed up for the upcoming golf tournament or helping the cause in some other way.

The passion he has for the adults and their caregivers is his driving force, and that determination to provide services for families has led to the recent approval of an expansion to the Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care Center. Continue reading


Public invited to Biz Expo to learn about local businesses

By Michele Dotson

Chamber event promises fun, food, and prizes

Mike Cochran

Mike Cochrane from Yadkin Bank welcomes visitors at last year’s inaugural Biz Expo.

Mint Hill has managed to maintain a good balance of larger corporate presence along with locally owned and operated businesses in its efforts to preserve the small-town feel that makes the town unique as a suburb of a fairly large city.

To celebrate this feat of good business sense, the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2nd Annual Biz Expo event on Thursday, March 13 from 4 to 7 pm at Blair Road Methodist Church Family Life Center in Mint Hill.

Approximately 50 local businesses will showcase their products and services to the community in an effort to expand their customer base in the area.   Continue reading


Seniors enjoy annual Christmas lunch

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimescom

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.08.52 PMAt 8:30 am on Saturday, December 7, about 50 volunteers converged on Independence High School to prepare for the annual senior citizen Christmas lunch.

In just under two hours, 600 gift bags were prepared, 600 places were set for lunch, tables were decorated, food brought in, drinks prepared and prizes displayed.

Just before the opening remarks by emcee meteorologist Larry Sprinkle, organizer Mike Cochrane pulled some young volunteers aside for a little pep talk.

“Thank you all for coming out today,” says Cochrane. “There’s nothing better than giving of yourselves, your time and effort.” Continue reading


Johnson honored for 10 years of service to chamber

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.04.17 PMThe Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce recently honored attorney, Tony C. Johnson for his 10 years of service to the board of di- rectors. Johnson, who has served as the organization’s secretary, will still offer his legal counsel to the 2014 board.
New officers and di- rectors elected for the Mint Hill Chamber will begin their term in Janu- ary. Boyd Davis of First Citizens Bank will serve as President; Mike Cochrane of Yadkin Bank as Vice President; John Hurst, Fi- nancial Advisor, will serve
as Treasurer; and Sue Wolf of Abbey Rose Floral Art- istry as Secretary.
The remainder of the 13-person board are as follows: Phil Angelo of Leisure Travel, Bonnie Broadwell of Novant Health, Barbara Costa of HB Cantrell & Co, Denise Hallett of Vulcan Materi- als Co, Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance, Bob Lucas of Allstate Insur- ance, Tony Long of Mint Hill Tool Rental, Rodney Rothoff of Time Warner Cable Business Class & Colleen Rhyant of Caroli- nas Healthcare System.
The chamber invites all businesses in the Mint Hill area to join. Networking events are already planned for the new year. Visit the chamber website for details and information on mem- bership. www.minthillcha mberofcommerce.com