Learn more about our Rely On Local Business Sponsor Members and how they contribute to our community.
These business owners represent Local Business Leaders in our community that have a global understanding of what it means to support our local movement in bringing vitality back into our community through the support of local business. Our Sponsor Members not only support the Rely On Local Business campaign, but they are involved in your local Chambers of Commerce, Civic Groups and other non-profit organizations helping to make a difference in our community!
Rich Ferretti, Realtor/Broker (NC/SC)
Rich Ferretti has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and puts his passion to work for each and every one of his clients. As a real estate marketing specialist, Rich offers a wide variety of useful information and resources designed to help you find the right home as well as access to the latest information on local communities, finding a mortgage, and how to prepare your home to sell…read more
Judy Horn, Owner
After 20 plus years in real estate management, I chose to buy my own business. With the help of my husband’s amazing wood working skills, we chose to work in the custom framing business….read more
Ken and Jennifer Manchester, Owners
As local residents of Mint Hill, Ken and Jennifer pride themselves on having a family-owned business and enjoy being very active in their community. Ken volunteers as an assistant coach for the wrestling team at Independence High School and together, they are contributing members of the Mint Hill community. Wherever you go, you see them around Mint Hill. Whether its in the carpool lane, the grocery store, kids sporting events and local eateries, Ken and Jennifer are living in their community!…read more
Dave Martinson, Owner
After graduating in Mint Hill from Independence High School, David went on to UNCC and graduated with a degree in Business Administration (1977). It was his love of video and photography that began with a job in a local TV station as a film/video news photographer while in college. After graduating, David went on to work at PCA International in the areas of sales, marketing, operations and advertising…read more
Laurie Horne, Owner
Having grown up in Alaska, I have always had a great interest in wildlife and animals, so much so that my backyard is a certified wildlife habitat. Taking over ownership of Backyard Wild, now known as Backyard Birds, has been an awarding career transition for me after spending 30 years in the cosmetics industry, 21 years of that with Belk as their cosmetics buyer…read more
Dawn Stodolski, Owner
Originally from Connecticut, Dawn Stodolski moved to North Carolina thirteen years ago. With an undergraduate degree from Bryant College and a graduate degree from University of Connecticut, Dawn worked for both Bank of America and Price-Waterhouse before opening Madison’s Coffeehouse in 2011…read more
Nancy Bradley, Marketing Professional
Nancy Bradley is a Certified Marketing Professional and owner of NAN-Z-ORIGINAL. She has twenty years of proven expertise in directing the creation of strategic marketing plans while steering the execution of marketing campaigns, event planning, public relations, and online branding strategies. As a local Charlotte area native, Bradley feels a very strong tie to the community…read more
Sandy Welfare, Certified Biblical Life Coach
Sandy Welfare started Not Counseling in 2008 to reach out to people who were often in the midst of a loving church family, but weren’t dealing with life issues because there seemed to be no where to turn to get the help needed to deal with life’s struggles – unloving marriages, children drifting into dangerous behaviors, infidelity and recovery, and sadly, other damage caused by evil and selfishness.
Sandy has a Master’s degree in Christian Ministry with a minor in Pastoral Counseling. She is a certified Life Coach with a passion for women in difficult relationships, who feel lonely and isolated. She offers one-on-one as well as group sessions.