Weekly News
9 October 2017

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.

This Week's Speaker:

My website was hacked! What do I do?

Tim McCauley, President of Get Visual Business Solutions, has encountered this problem quite frequently over the past 18 months among his customers who host their own websites at Bluehost, HostGator, GoDaddy and others. He'll provide some insight into what's at the root of the problem and what business owners can do. Tim will also try and keep the geek speak at a minimum and inform in a manner everyone can understand.

See you there.

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

If you missed last Wednesday's meeting ...

Suzanne has her Bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Southern California and her graduate degree in biochemistry from UCLA.  She will ask the question, "What you would like your health to be 10, 20, 30 years from now?"  Learn simple changes you can make to avoid the diseases common to many Americans.  Think of people you know who would like to improve their health trajectory.

... You were indeed missed.

Bring plenty of Business Cards to this Wednesday's Meeting

CHLG Saturday Social

Date:         21 October 2017
Time:        4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location:  1121 NC 86 N, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Join your fellow CHLG members on the covered patio for the CHLG Evening Social on Saturday, 21 October, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at 1121 NC 86 N, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Pot Luck dinner, refreshments provided. ( guests are welcome to supplement with their own special item beer or wine). You are encouraged to invite your families, partners, and potential members. Plan to attend this event and to enjoy the opportunity to socialize with your fellow Chapel Hill Leads Group members. Plenty of parking. You may wish to bring a chair.

Driving Hint: Driving North on NC86 N, The driveway is on the right, 25 yards past the only Deer Crossing sign on NC86 N.

To make sure enough refreshments are present, an RSVP is requested.

See you there.

Speaker's Schedule for October / November 2017
18 October - Open Networking Meeting
25 October - Statler Gilfillen, Gilfillen Architect
1 November - Scottie Gardner, Colonial Insurance
8 November - Philip Gialenios, Sandler Training
15 November - Open Networking Meeting
22 November - Dutch-treat Breakfast at Bob Evans, Durham
29 November - Tom Faulkner, CowboyPain.com

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 Chapel Hill University Inn, 1301 Fordham Boulevard,Chapel Hill, NC 27514 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:

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

"The fear of Public Speaking"

Throughout my 46 (+) years of self-employment I have had many occasions of having the opportunity to speak before the public. Studies have shown that most people actually fear speaking before an audience. This fact is seen even within business meetings such as a "Leads Group".  It is evident when we have to ask our members to sign-up to be on the speakers list.

So, here are a few methods that I have used to overcome the fear of speaking before the public and one's that may help you as well.

1.) Talk from the heart. You have already made the decision to be self-employed and hopefully, within a field or product-line in which you believe.

2.) Talk with enthusiasm! Your connection with an audience may result in ongoing sales, which equates with business success.

3.) Do not shown your nervousness. If your hands are shaking and you are holding a paper, the audience will focus on the shaking paper and not on your subject matter.

4.) Hold an exhibit relevant to your talk or a podium when speaking. Both serve to "ground" you and will keep the attention of your audience, especially on your exhibit.

5.) Finally, do not try to memorize your talk. I have witnessed many speakers "freeze-up" and believe me, it did not end well for either the speaker or the audience.

I invite you to join me this Wednesday morning and witness for yourself why the Chapel Hill Leads Group is the oldest business referral group in the Triangle Region. Remember to bring a smile on your face, a song on your mind and an attitude of gratitude for the opportunities of business success available within our great country.


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:

Performance Golf Classic, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday, 9 October 2017

Spend the day on the course!.   ... Read the complete story.

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

Providing networking and educational opportunities for non-profit professionals.   ... Read the complete story.

CHYP | Cocktails with the Candidates, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Cocktails with the Candidates.   ... Read the complete story.

Central Carolina Women in Business Social, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Join the Central Carolina Women in Business group for its 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.