October 2014 Luncheon

Join us on October 16th, 2014 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm for our Membership Luncheon. Our guest speaker will be Ernest Dwight of Southwood Corp.

More about Ernest Dwight:


Ernest is the President and Founder of SouthWood Corporation. Started upon his graduation from Belmont Abbey College in 1970, SouthWood has grown from a one-person shop into a full-service design/build firm, servicing clients across the US, the Caribbean, and into Europe. Equally familiar with the technical and manufacturing aspects of the business as well as the creative and design side, Ernest spends most of his time in executive management, marketing and business development. He has written articles about, and given presentations on, signage, identity and wayfinding to local and national associations and publications serving the architectural, lodging, housing and recreational industries. He is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced experts in his field. Ernest has served on the Board of ULI Charlotte, the Caribbean Hotel Association Education Foundation, the Charlotte Apartment Association and others. He and his wife, Vicky, have 4 children and 8 grandchildren. He is a native of Charlotte, NC and enjoys traveling, woodworking, and auctions.

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August Luncheon

Join us on August 21st, 2014 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm for our Membership Luncheon. Our guest speaker will be John Lassiter of Queen City Forward.

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Business After-Hours Event

Thursday August 14, Business at the Lake

A great opportunity to network and raise money for the
Educational Outreach Programs of the ABA

Admission $20.00
Includes 1 drink ticket and appetizers

Boats will be available for river cruises!
Boat slips available if you want to come by boat.

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November Business After Hours

Join us at Fairfield Inn on November 5th, 2013 for a business after hours networking event.


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Alignment SW Charlotte August Meeting

Close to 90 individuals from the business, faith based, schools, non-profits and city government attended the Alignment SW Charlotte Summit. The round table discussions centered on how to colaborate together to improve our schools.

Check here for progress on this new initiative.

After Summer of Angst, SW Charlotte Steps Up to Support Public Schools
Community Working Together to Coordinate Resources and Make a Difference in Education


WHAT: After a Summer of angst over budget cuts,  about 80 professionals from over 50 organizations will be conducting a work session to determine how CMS K-12 schools can work closer with businesses, churches, the City of Charlotte, nonprofits, colleges, and neighborhood associations.  The movement is being called Alignment SW Charlotte.

Participants from the community will be organized in 7-8 teams and sit at work tables with principals from elementary, middle, and high schools to determine the most meaningful ways that they can work together during the 2013-2014 school year.  Information obtained from a “community assets and needs mapping survey” was used as a “matchmaker” for determining which community partners might best be able to help certain schools.

WHY:  To bring community organizations and resources into alignment so that their coordinated support of Charlotte’s youth has a positive impact on public school success, children’s health, and the success of our community as a whole.

“ We embrace a “cradle to career” focus in finding ways to act together and align interests so more children reach their human potential which will allow communities, neighborhoods and business reach their potential as well,” says Charles Wilkerson, president of the Arrowood Business Association, one of the movement’s keys sponsors.

“We intend to leverage and expand upon the great success that our organization and so many others have had in making a difference at the Olympic Community of Schools — a phenomenal  success story since it started seriously collaborating with the Charlotte community  through public-private partnerships.  We all need to get out of our silos and finds ways to work together with public education.”

WHO: 12 CMS K-12 schools, including the 7 K-8 schools that feed the 5 high schools housed at the Olympic campus, along with significant engagement from the business, faith, nonprofit, and post-secondary communities.

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 14, 2013      1:30 p.m – 3:30 am ET

WHERE: Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church     9401 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28273


About The Olympic Community of Schools

The Olympic Community of Schools consists of five autonomous theme-based high schools housed within Olympic High School campus, and it is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates small school movement.  The five schools are: School of Global Studies and Economics; Renaissance School; Biotechnology, Health and Public Administration; School of International Business and Communications Studies; and the School of Math, Engineering, Technology and Science. The Olympic small schools are committed to providing students a high school learning experience that is relevant and engaging.  Since converting to a small school operational model seven years ago, EOC test scores have increased by over 65% at Olympic, and the small school campus has been recognized nationally by corporate leaders like Microsoft for their innovation and 21st century focus in better preparing students with vital skills needed for success in school, work, and life.

Thank You To Ronnie Bryant!

The ABA would like to thank Ronnie Bryant of Charlotte Regional Partnership for being our guest speaker on April 18, 2013. We had a great luncheon!

Be sure to check out the photos below from the luncheon. They include images of the Olympic High School students Science Olympiad Team who gave us a big Thank You at the luncheon!


This was presented at the membership luncheon on April 18, 2013 as a Thank You gift for the support the ABA has given to the school.

Thank You to the Olympic High School Band!

Thank You to the Olympic High School Band for our musical entertainment at Palisades Country Club on December 6th, 2012.

 Congratulations to Liz Etheredge and Debbie Harris for their outstanding service on the ABA board!

Arrowood Business Association would like to thank Donita Stewart and Southwood Corp for hosting our ABA board meetings this year. Thank You!


Thank You to Bill Anderson!

Thank You to Bill Anderson from MeckEd for a great presentation to the ABA members and guest at Palisades Country Club on October 18th, 2012.