Weekly News
23 January 2017

Inclement Weather Procedure - In case of bad weather, the Chapel Hill Leads Group will not meet if Chapel Hill Schools are closed or delayed on the day of the meeting! Check the Chapel Hill schools closing schedule on Twitter (https://twitter.com/chccs) each Wednesday morning to determine if the Chapel Hill Leads Group meets. Check the CHLG website (www.chapelhillleads.com) for any last minute changes!

This Week's Speaker:

Professional photography is more than pushing a camera's shutter release and charging the customer. This week John Teague of Chatham Real Estate Photography will reveal some of the work that goes into editing photos -- work that customers might not realize is happening, but which has a great impact on the final result. This editing process is one of the key differentiators between photos that are "good enough" and photos that are "great."

If you missed last Wednesday's meeting ...

Join Scottie Gardner of Colonial Insurance Agency and Let’s talk about life! … insurance and other types of insurance. With many insurance companies trying to take the “cool kid” approach with marketing of their company, let’s actually talk about coverages, what they do, and why a quick phone call to a 1-800 # might not be the best approach when purchasing insurance for the things you've worked hard to afford.

Speaker's Schedule for January / February 2017
1 February - Robin Thomas, USANA Health Services
8 February - Skyler Bergman, Morgan Stanley
15 February - Planned Open Networking Meeting
22 February - Dave Stoner, Enviro-Fix, Inc.

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 Lou Umscheid 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 American Legion Post 6, 1714 Legion Road, Chapel Hill, NC from 8:00 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!

Did You Know:

Construction Alert! - Beginning Monday, 25 April 2016, the city of Chapel Hill will begin road improvements in and around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and Fordham Boulevard! As the construction progresses, members may wish to find an alternate route to the Chapel Hill Leads Group meeting, thus avoiding the road work.

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


A few years ago someone in the Leads Group gave me a booklet titled 1776 Things To Love About America. It's underlying theme was about patriotism, a common denominator amongst most Americans and those within the Leads Group.

This past Friday we, the American people, saw the inauguration of our 45th President of The United States of America. While we, as individuals, have differences with those within our political system and parties, one thing that stands out for all the world to witness is the peaceful transition of our national leaders. Inauguration Day is not only about the newly elected officials, it is a celebration of patriotism. It is about the American spirit and the willingness to achieve, not only for our own goals and successes, but also for those of others.

I am excited about the new year and am devoted to making it better, both for myself and those of our members in the Chapel Hill Leads Group. I invite you to join me in this quest. I invite you to come to our Wednesday morning meeting and to join other entrepreneurs who have made the Chapel Hill Leads Group the oldest business referral group in the region. Remember to bring a smile on your face, a patriotic song on your mind and an attitude of gratitude for the life that you have been given 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:

Lights, camera, advocacy!, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Lights, camera, advocacy! ... Read the complete story.

Taking Care of Business, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, 1 February 2017

How to Blog to Increase Visibility and Awareness ... Read the complete story.

Chamber Annual Meeting, 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Thursday, 2 February 2017

Build our community's future with us ... 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.