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August 26, 2020
ecomaids of Waxhaw-Matthews-Monroe

NEW MEMBER: ecomaids of Waxhaw-Matthews-Monroe

It started with mosquitos. After several years of working for a Fortune 100 company in the Charlotte area, Dan Williams (pictured above) started a methodical search for a franchise opportunity. Mosquito Hunters, a franchise offered by Happinest Brands, seemed perfect EXCEPT that mosquito abatement isn’t a year-round activity here. Dan liked what he was learning about Happinest though, and so he shifted his entrepreneurial gaze toward another of its brands: ecomaids. Today, Dan Williams has founded ecomaids of Waxhax-Matthews-Monroe and is one of the Matthews Chamber’s newest members. Welcome, Dan! Ecomaids offers eco-friendly cleaning services. Their products never contain harsh […]
August 21, 2020
Jason Bernd, President, Novant Health Matthews

Novant Health Matthews Welcomes New President

Novant Health has named Jason Bernd as president and chief operating officer of Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, taking on the role of recently retired Roland Bibeau. In this role, Bernd leads hospital operations. Bernd has been with Novant Health since 2006 and has held a variety of positions, most recently serving as president and chief operating officer of Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. Under his leadership, Novant Health opened its new state-of-the-art orthopedic hospital in 2017 and new ambulatory surgery center in 2018. Read the full press release on the Novant website. Bernd has a bachelor’s degree in chemical […]
August 14, 2020
Matthews Chamber Executive Director Jessica Tullar

Meet the Chamber’s New Executive Director

The Matthews Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to introduce Jessica Tullar, the organization’s new Executive Director. Jessica brings 16+ years of non-profit experience to her role with the Chamber, most recently serving as the manager of Discovery Place, Inc.’s Rockingham location. She worked for Discovery Place for nine years, first as a creative play professional and then a program coordinator, before she was promoted to manager. Prior to Discovery Place, Jessia spent seven years as the education coordinator for a New York museum. In addition to dual undergraduate degrees in Communications and Dance from SUNY Brockport, Jessica […]
July 28, 2020
Central Bark's Jennifer Adams and Annabelle

NEW MEMBER: Central Bark

Matthews Chamber’s newest member, Jennifer Adams, is opening her new Central Bark doggy daycare on Monroe Road to solve her own problem. Where could she take her 7 year-old Boxer, Annabelle, for socialization – without over-stimulating her? This balance, between play and rest, is at the heart of Central Bark’s “whole dog care” philosophy. Central Bark addresses the physical, mental, and emotional health of dogs through Small Group Play: Central Bark’s dog-to-handler ratio is 12:1. Throughout the day, dogs enjoy alternating play and rest periods. Every dog receives Rest Enrichment to promote calm rest and positive associations with the crate. […]
July 5, 2020
Alex Sequina, Shine of Charlotte

NEW MEMBER: Shine of Charlotte

Former beer brewer Alex Sequina (pronounce that suh-KEY-nuh) was looking for a new line of work – one that would be more conducive to family life, now that he and his wife had a baby. His step-dad, a serial business-owner, suggested franchising. Alex started researching, and last March, he inked a deal to become North Carolina’s second Shine franchisee. Shine of Charlotte brings the sparkle to window cleaning, gutter cleaning, washing roofs, patios, decks, siding, and driveways. In the holiday season, SHINE brings electric sparkle to its clients by hanging their holiday lighting. SHINE operates throughout the Charlotte area, including […]
July 2, 2020
Adam Sellars with Keller Williams Select

NEW MEMBER: Adam Sellars with Keller Williams SELECT

Shelby native Adam Sellars loves Matthews. He’s a residential realtor with Keller Williams SELECT, and a new member here at Matthews Chamber. When you meet him, he may tell you stories about how much he loves Keller Williams for its focus on family and community involvement. But he’s more likely to go straight to the family stories: The families here in Matthews he’s served and helped protect through the home-buying process; His regular 6-mile bike rides to C.O.S. Kids – the Matthews mainstay that loves and cares for 2-year-old daughter Hudsyn; The Santa suit his grandmother made for his grandfather, […]
July 1, 2020
Transformation Coach Pat Roque

3 Secrets to Crush Coronavirus Career Chaos

Monday, July 6, 2020 5 – 6 PM, ET REGISTER HERE Matthews Chamber of Commerce recently presented Transformation Coach Pat Roque discussing “Your Network is your Networth.” Now Pat is offering Chamber members access to another of her career-boosting live training webinars: 3 Secrets to Crush Coronavirus Career Chaos! Do you know someone who says that they feel stuck in their career? Are you struggling with what your next move should be? Some would encourage you to hunker down and wait for the pandemic to blow over. #TRUTHBOMB: that’s a TERRIBLE IDEA!! Inertia is NOT your career friend. This may […]
June 24, 2020

Give Your Input on NC Workforce Credentials

Credential Conversations The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance is co-hosting two online sessions for employers in the Charlotte region to gain insight on industry perspectives of NC Workforce Credentials and Work-Based learning, and how they align with the skill sets businesses are hiring for. These discussions will provide an opportunity to shape the initial definition of NC Workforce Credentials and to identify the best models of work-based learning to build a highly qualified workforce. The July 21 session will focus on Information Technology, and the July 22 will focus on Life Sciences and Biotechnology. Tuesday, July 21, 2020: Information Technology Wednesday […]
June 23, 2020
North Trade Street Improvements

Intersection Improvements In Downtown Matthews

Changes are coming to a highly traveled intersection in downtown Matthews. The intersection of North Trade Street and Matthews Station Street will be undergoing construction this summer to improve pedestrian safety. The project, which has been in development since 2017, will raise the intersection, extend the curb, and create hi-visibility crosswalks. Lighting improvements have recently been installed at this intersection.  Construction began Monday, June 22, and will end on August 14, assuming summer weather doesn’t create construction delays. There will be temporary vehicle lane reductions in the 200-block of North Trade Street. Walking traffic will also be rerouted during construction.  The […]
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