Weekly News
7 January 2019

This Week's Meeting:

Earl Hadden - Small Business Success Project

Earl has been a business improvement consultant for nearly 40 years, working in 28 countries with over 300 clients from Fortune 100 companies to solopreneurs. He is recognized for helping organizations implement innovative systems that get results.

For the last 15 years, Earl has worked with mid-tier businesses, from start-up to 25 million in sales. He helps them identify Income Producing Activities (IPA’s) and develop creative ways to optimize performance on those business areas.

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
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

"Business habits"

As we usher in the new year 2019, most of us think about changes that we hope to implement. The normal s are things like losing weight, spending more time with family, friends etc.

As business owners we should also take some time to consider things that will benefit our customer base and implement the changes within our business so that they will become habits.

In the Mebane Enterprise publication there was an article by one of our members, Dr. Lane Anderson, entitled "A guide for happiness each New Year". Within the article there are two sentences that caught my attention regarding how to change any habit, business or personal. The first sentence reads:

"It's always more realistic to take one day at a time toward becoming a "new you." The second sentence reads:

"Research has shown that it takes about 6-8 weeks of consistently changing behavior to replace an old habit with a new one."

As we start the new year we all should set realistic habits and those which will eventually become one's that will reap rewards towards a successful business. One such habit should include regular attendance in the Chapel Hill Leads Group, which is the oldest business referral group in the Triangle Region, celebrating 21 years in existence next month. It is also a referral group that gives each member in attendance an opportunity to inform us about your business, plus an informal gathering with other business owners in the region.

I invite you to join me this Wednesday morning and to witness for yourself why the Chapel Hill Leads Group is the oldest business referral group in the region. For more details about our group please see www.chapelhillleads.com.


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:

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.

Central Carolina Women in Business Social, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Central Carolina Women in Business Monthly Social! ... 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.