Weekly News
31 December 2018

This Week's Meeting:

2 January 2019 CHLG Meeting - Canceled

In observing the 2018 Holiday Season, the regularly scheduled Chapel Hill Leads Group 2 January 2019 meeting is canceled. Chapel Hill Leads Group will resume regularly scheduled meeting on 9 January 2019 with a presentation by Earl Hadden of Small Business Success Project.

See you there.

More importantly, Bring plenty of Business Cards and be ready to network!

If you missed last Wednesday's meeting ...

Open Networking Meeting

Last Wednesday, 19 December was an Open Networking Meeting at the Chapel Hill Leads Group. New business relationships were forged. Introductions with first time CHLG attendees were created. Member business networks were grown by reconnecting with existing CHLG members. Make an effort to get to know them and how you can help their business grow.

... You were indeed missed.

More importantly, Bring plenty of Business Cards and be ready to network!

Speaker's Schedule for January 2019
9 January - Earl Hadden, Small Business Success Project
16 January - Open Networking Meeting
23 January - Barnesly Brown, Spirited Solutions
30 January - Maxecine Mitchell, For The Moment Event Services

Keep It Simple - Attend the Leads meeting at least 50% of the time for 3 consecutive months and have an up to date member business profile in the Member's Directory. Ask Marie Snider to place you on the speakers schedule. Continue to attend at least 50% of the Leads meetings until your presentation. Continue to attend the Leads meeting to strengthen your new referral network.

CHLG Meeting

The Chapel Hill Leads Group regularly scheduled weekly meeting is held every Wednesday morning at Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, 104 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Meeting Dues are $5.00 per week. Place your business card and $1.00 in the Optional Drawing. One card will be selected and that person will receive the week's kitty. For Express Check-In, please arrive with a $5.00, a $1.00, and a business card and we will check you in. We greatly appreciate your bringing correct change. We cannot change large denomination bills ($10, $20, $50, etc.) and cannot accept checks.

EXPO OPPORTUNITIES - Each week arrangements have been made for you to show your products. Two (2) tables are available for this "mini-expo". Do not miss the opportunity to display your products or services so that your fellow Leads members can see what it is you do!

Chapel Hill Leads Group Inclement Weather Procedure

What weather conditions will cancel a CHLG Wednesday meeting?

Any weather conditions causing the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools to cancel or impose a 2 hour opening delay on Wednesday, will cancel the CHLG meeting for that Wednesday. Weather conditions include, but are not limited to, tropical storms and hurricanes, snow, and icy roads.

What is the procedure for when school is not in session?

These represent general guidelines. Under all conditions, if you feel that the weather conditions in your area make travel hazardous, Stay Safe - Stay Home.

Which months are most likely to have inclement weather?

  • Hurricane season is from late August to mid November.
  • Winter months from mid December through March

How do I know if the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools are closed or on delayed opening?

  • Visit the Chapel Hill Leads Group website for the current status of the Wednesday meeting.
  • Join Chapel Hill Leads Group on Facebook to receive notices concerning the status of the Wednesday meeting.
  • Visit the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City school website [http://www.chccs.k12.nc.us/] and check the District Alert post on the home page.
  • Visit WRAL Weather, school closing [http://www.wral.com/weather/closings/] and check the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City school status. On this page you can sign up to receive an email from WRAL when there is a change in status to the schools closing status.

Did You Know:

From: Lee Schearer,
To: My Fellow Chapel Hill Leads Group Members

"Ellis Island - A New Beginning"

On November 12, 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. Today, an estimated 40 percent of all Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island. The previous information was garnered from "This Day In History" @www.history.com.

So, you may ask why is Lee offering this information and how does it relate to the Chapel Hill Leads Group in the coming year 2019? If you think about it, our Leads Group is a "gateway" to new entrepreneurs, and self-employed business owners. It is through our group that newly self-employed business owners can chart their own destinies through associations with an array of business mentors, from those who have just started their business to those who have been successful in business for over 47 years.

Just like those 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island and started their new life in the "land of opportunity" where anything is possible, so are the opportunities to those who are willing to work hard and associate with other like-minded small business owners on a regular basis. Let us act as your business mentors.

I invite you to join me this Wednesday morning and to witness the reason why the Chapel Hill Leads Group is the longest lasting business referral group, coming up to our21st year, within the Triangle Region. Remember to bring a smile on your face, a patriotic song on your mind, a skip in your step and an attitude of gratitude for the opportunities available to you in our great country, America.


Lee Schearer

Support the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Attention CHLG Members - The Chapel Hill Leads Group's goal is to raise 100+ boxes of cereal a month. If everyone brought one box of cereal to two meetings this month, the Chapel Hill Leads Group would easily exceed the 100 boxes of cereal goal.

Chamber News:

Chamber Office Closed, 24 December 2018 through 1 January 2019

Open for Business on Wednesday 2 January 2019 ... Read the complete story.

International Travel Information Session, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday, 7 January 2019

This information session is FREE but RSVP is required. ... Read the complete story.

CHYP | 2019 Kick- Off at Linda's Bar & Grill, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Sign up for your CHYP membership! ... Read the complete story.

Taking Care of Business | January, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, 9 January 2019

How to Start a New Business ... Read the complete story.

Networking In Your Neighborhood

There are several other Triangle Area Leads Groups available. These groups meet on different days of the week and at different times of the day. They provide the business person a more focused access to the local market. Try one of these other area leads groups soon.