Friday, June 12, 2020
Mona Fore and her daughter Hannah at Mona’s Boutique & Gifts at 115 Main Street in McAdenville have been in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic to share in videos how they successfully embraced online marketing just as their business was being forced to close for in-store customers. Back open now, their online sales continue to be strong.
Mona gives Hannah credit for making online marketing work for their business, getting most of their products photographed and posted online for shoppers to purchase.
Their first video appearance was in a presentation for Gaston County officials arranged through the Gaston Business Task Force. That led to a call from a Charlotte television station, another video and valuable publicity. Most recently the mother-daughter team was interviewed by Tech Works of Gaston County Executive Director Terry Cox for an in-depth YouTube video in which they go into detail about how they made online marketing work for their business.
More on Mona’s at www.monasonmain.com.
For anyone thinking of adopting online marketing, you should watch the YouTube video. It can be seen on the TechWorks website at: www.techworksgaston.com/events. Here's a link to watch the video now:
Monday, May 25, 2020
Taps Across America
The sound of Taps echoed down Belmont’s Main Street on Memorial Day afternoon as Capt. Matthew Hanks of the North Carolina Army National Guard played by the city clock in honor of all serving in the United States armed forces and especially those who have given their lives in service to their country. The ceremony was part of a national “Taps Across America” campaign, and the Montcross Area Chamber assisted in arranging the observance, which was recorded and shared on social media and seen live on the Chamber’s BelmontCAM, which is affiliated with EarthCAM. Matthew Hanks is the owner/broker at Hanks Realty Group on South New Hope Road in Gastonia.
Photos by Wil Neumann
View from the Chamber's BelmontCAM
Saturday, May 23, 2020
A drawing among all bike ride participants and donors determined prize winners. In the photos below are first-prize winner Belmont Mayor Pro Tem Jim Hefferan and second-prize winner Ruthaa Wooldrige of Right At Home. Susan Norris of Chick-fil-A Belmont won third-place. Prizes were gift certificates to local businesses.
Rain no problem for a "virtual" bike ride
A rainy Memorial week wasn’t the best weather for an actual bike ride, but it worked well for a virtual event in which participants could ride whenever and wherever they wanted. Some chose not to ride at all and instead made a donation to the Chamber to offset funds lost by postponement and cancellation of spring fund-raising events.
The City of Belmont and South Main Cycles were presenting sponsors for the event. Other contributing sponsors were: Lyerly Agency, Chick-fil-A Belmont, ASM Ventures, Belmont Eye, Wellzesta, Blue Harbor Bank, Schooley Mitchell, the Town of Stanley, Brad Frazier and Nicole Flowers.
A drawing from among all participants and donors determined the winners, and the prizes were gift certificates to local businesses. Belmont Mayor Pro Tem Jim Hefferan’s name was drawn for the first-place prize, Ruthaa Woolridge of Right At Home got second, and Susan Norris of Chick-fil-A Belmont won third.
The Chamber thanks everyone who participated or donated.
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Help Gaston Fund: Donate and become a fundraiser
More than $433,000 has been contributed to date by 165 donors to the Help Gaston Fund established by United Way of Gaston County and the Gaston Community Foundation. And more than $230,000 has been awarded to help residents in need during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Funds requested so far total more than $941,000.
Duke Energy, the City of Gastonia and the Gaston Business Task Force are collaborating partners in the Help Gaston effort.
Gaston County 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funds to address the needs of residents. Organizations can submit applications through the Help Gaston website.
Remembering Austin Matching Donations
The Remembering Austin Foundation is one of several listed fundraisers on the site. And Remembering Austin is matching donations up to a total of $10,000. To have your contribution matched, designate your gift to Remembering Austin, or donate at www.rememberingaustin.org.
Donate, become a fundraiser, or submit an application at: www.helpgaston.org.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
A sharp, rapid increase in coronavirus infections will overwhelm the the healthcare system in the United States, resulting in thousands of deaths.Therefore, the goal of every resident must be to "Flatten The Curve" to enable hospitals and other providers to cope with the severe cases and minimize deaths.
Gaston Business Resources COVID-19 Task Force Website: https://www.gastondevcorp.com/economic-business-resources