Weekly News
13 March 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:

This Wednesday, 15 March is an Open Networking Meeting at the Chapel Hill Leads Group. Take this opportunity to develop one new relationship. Introduce yourself to someone attending the CHLG for the first time. Expand your CHLG network by connecting with an existing CHLG member for the first time. Make an effort to get to know them and how you can help their business grow.

See you there.

Bring plenty of Business Cards

If you missed last Wednesday's meeting ...

Happy Birthday Chapel Hill Leads Group!

This February, the Chapel Hill Leads Group celebrated its 19th birthday. Since 1998, the CHLG has helped over 650 Triangle businesses build better business relationships one meeting at a time. The Chapel Hill Leads Group was founded on the concept of "old-fashioned marketing and business dealings" or dealing with people that you trust and in whom you have faith.

Through the years, CHLG members have transformed the group into the premier business referral organization that it has become today.

Speaker's Schedule for March / April 2017
22 March - Barnsley Brown, Spirited Solutions
29 March - Guest Speaker
5 April - Joe Jacob, The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co.
12 April - Randy Menear, The Menear Group - KW Realty
19 April - Planned Open Networking Meeting
26 April - Tom Faulkner, Real-Time Pain Relief

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

"CHLG Celebrating Our 19 years"

The other day I saw a billboard with 3 words "Believe, Belong and Become". Those three words embody the very spirit of the Chapel Hill Leads Group.

As a self-employed entrepreneur of 46 years this March 21st, I can attest to this formula as a method to become successful in business and one that has proven successful to many of our members over these past 19 years.

At one time or another we all came to "believe" that we could choose our own destiny. We then decided that we needed to "Belong" to organizations such as the Chapel Hill Leads Groups. Finally, we would "become" successful if we believed in ourselves and we devoted the time to develop sustained business relationships.

The motto of the Chapel Hill Leads Group is that we are "building business relationships one meeting at a time". This saying is more than that of a motto, it is the very spirit and devotion of our members. It is a local business meeting that has stood the test of time, 19 years' worth. I invite you to join me this Wednesday morning and to experience for yourself why the Chapel Hill Leads Group is the oldest and the premier business referral group in the region. Remember to bring a smile on your face, a song on your mind and an attitude of gratitude for the privilege and the life that you have been given and the opportunities available within our great country, America.


Lee Schearer

Operation - We Care

The Chapel Hill Leads Group is collecting donations of food and non-food items to send to our troops overseas. Items for our troops may be brought to the American Legion Post 6, 1714 Legion Road, Chapel Hill. Cash donations will be used to defer shipping costs of approximately $15.00 per box.

Donations will be accepted during the regular CHLG meeting from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the next two Wednesday's, 22 February and 22 March.

The following is a suggested list of acceptable Food and Personal Care items as well as some items to avoid.

Suggested Snack Items
(Please, No Glass Containers)

* Hard candy
* Cookies and Snack Bars, Crackers
* Sunflower Seeds, Trail Mix
* Gum, Twizzlers, Life Savers
* Pop Tarts, Popcorn, Chex Mix
* Beef Jerky, Slim Jims
* Coffee, Hot Cocoa Mix
* Tea Bags (individually wrapped)
* "On the Go" Powdered drink mix for bottles water

Suggested Personal-Care Items
(Please, No Glass Containers)

* Lens Cleaning Wipes, Eye Drops
* Tape (electrical/duct)
* Chapstick, Blistex
* Vaseline Nasal Saline Spray
* Foot Powder, Body Wash, Loofahs
* Toothpaste
* Batteries (AAA, AA C)
* Tissues (pocket size)
* Baby wipes (pocket, no tubs)
* Socks, Boot Insole

Items to Avoid
(Please, No Glass Containers)

Bar soap
* Cheap Razors
* Aerosol cans
* Large bottles of shampoo
* Chocolate is OK during winter months
* No fruit in plastic cups (cans are OK)

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:

Kevin V. Cooke State Farm Grand Opening, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday, 17 March 2017

Planned Giving for Nonprofits ... Read the complete story.

Retail Roundtable, 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Provide peer counseling to fellow business principals in the retail trade ... Read the complete story.

CHYP at Linda's Bar & Grill, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Spend the evening on Franklin Street with your peers ... Read the complete story.

Lights, Camera, Advocacy!, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.,Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Lights, camera, advocacy!  ... 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.