Weekly News
10 April 2017

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.

This Week's Speaker:

"Credit Cards and Telephones" - Discover how Dick O'Donnell, the boy from New Jersey, went from a preeminent wholesale distributor of major cosmetics and fragrances in Hawaii and the South Pacific to the dynamo behind Ring Central/Total Merchant Services.

If you missed last Wednesday's meeting ...

Joe Jacob has founded three different paddlesport businesses.  The most recent is The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. which is in its 12th. year of business with a main location in the Village of Saxapahaw and a satellite operation in the Village of Bynum.  Joe's presentation will provide insights into the Saxapahaw business community and cover what his company offers to the people of the Triangle.

Speaker's Schedule for April 2017
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!

Save The Date

13th Annual CHLG Family Picnic

The 13th Annual Chapel Hill Leads Group Family Picnic will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Watch this space for further details as they become available.

Did You Know:

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

"The 5-W's"

I recently had a conversation with a few of our members, after the regular meeting, in which we discussed what I call good business practices. These very basic steps can be applied to many situations, however, when used routinely they act as muscle-memory of the brain. As a result, like those used by professional athletics, these basic steps will result in business success. I might also add that the steps can be used during your 60 second infomercial. The steps are what I call the 5-W's;

Tell the potential client or referral partner;

     1.) Who you are,

     2.) What it is you do,

     3.) Where you do it,

     4.) When you are available and finally,

     5.) Why it is you are passionate about your profession and
          why should that person do business with you or refer their client to you.

I encourage you to practice the 5-'W's end to integrate them into your 60-second infomercial this week. I invite you to join me this Wednesday morning and to see why the Chapel Hill Leads Group is the oldest business referral group in the region, celebrating our 19th continuous year in helping small- business owners achieve success.

Remember to bring a smile on your face, a skip in your step and an attitude of gratitude for the life that you have and the opportunities available to you in our great nation, 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:

YouthWorx on Main Grand Opening, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Celebrate the opening of YouthWorx on Main   ... Read the complete story.

Non-Profit Roundtable, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Strategic Board Development: How to find the best board members   ... Read the complete story.

Tri-County Women in Business Social, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tri-County Women in Business Group for the April Social   ... Read the complete story.

CHYP at 1701 North Apartments, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Peer to peer mentoring on how to "spring clean your life"   ... Read the complete story.

Community Bocce Derby, 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,Thursday, 20 April 2017

No time for the Kentucky Derby?   ... 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.