Friday, May 25, 2018
Mayor Charlie Martin speaking at celebration of new playground and other improvements at Stowe Park in Belmont.
$75,000 state grant helped make the project possible
City of Belmont leaders, staff members and residents celebrated major improvements to Stowe Park with a ceremony and Chamber ribbon cutting. The project, which cost more than $127,000, was paid for in part by a state grant for $75,000. N.C. Rep. Dana Bumgardner, who spoke at the ceremony, received thanks from city officials for his assistance on the grant. Mayor Charlie Martin and City Manager Adrian Miller also thanked the city's public works department staff for doing much of the labor on the project. Improvements include new playground equipment, plus rubber mulch and border, improvements in drainage for the park and a major upgrade of the park's fountain and lighting system. The project included demolition of a large gazebo that will be replaced later by an amphitheater.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Image Source photographer Dodie Huffman during her presentation at Lunch & Learn.
When Chamber members and friends gathered for the May Lunch & Learn program, the subject was "how to take better photos, event with a phone or point-and-shoot camera." Photographer Dodie Huffman of Image Source and Allure Wedding Photography in Belmont was the speaker. Using examples, she demonstrated how to use light to your advantage, how to better frame subjects and covered many other tips to help amateur photographers improve their photos. The Chamber Lunch & Learn program will be on break over the summer and resume in the fall. Watch Chamber emails and the events calendar at www.montcrossareachamber.com for updates.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Holy Angels representatives in front of the giant gumball machine at the Cotton Candy Factory. From the left, are Dennis Kuhn, Sherry Collins, Sr. Nancy Nance, Shannon Childress, Sarah, Erin Johnson, Laurie Lewis and Chamber President Ted Hall. On the second row, are Erin Shepard, Patty Manger, Anne Bogen and Ben Dungan.
Businesses provide residents vocational opportunities
All three Holy Angels businesses on Main Street in Belmont were open to Chamber members and friends during Network After Work on Thursday, May 10, 2018. A threatening storm forced the event indoors after tents and tables already were in place on the Cherubs event lawn beside to the Cotton Candy Factory. But the last-minute change had no impact on the fun, fellowship and great food at the event.
Cherubs Cafe has been open more than 20 years, and the Cotton Candy Factory opened in 2017. Bliss Gallery is the newest of the three. The mission of Bliss Gallery is to offer persons with intellectual developmental disabilities the opportunity to enhance their vocational skills, develop their creative abilities and showcase their art alongside the works of local artists.
All three enterprises, plus the Cramerton Market and Cherubs Candy Bouquets in Cramerton, are operated to provide vocational opportunities for Holy Angels residents.
Network After Work receptions are scheduled at least once each month at a member location. They are free to attend, and non-members interested in the Chamber or in the host business or organization are welcome. Check the Chamber events calendar for for the date and location of the next Network After Work.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Chapter President Phil Champion leads the cheer after cutting a ribbon at the launch for a new BNI chapter in Belmont.
New BNI referral group formed in Belmont
The Belmont Business Builders chapter of the world-wide Business Networking International (BNI) organization launched on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Rivermen Brewing in Belmont. BNI chapters are closed referral groups, with one representative member from each business category. Phil Champion of State Farm Insurance in Belmont is the chapter president. The local chapter formed with more than 25 members, and a crowd of more than 80 attending the launch meeting and Chamber ribbon cutting ceremony. The Belmont group will meet weekly on Thursdays at 8 a.m. BNI has about 3,500 chapters around the world. For more information call (704) 461-8944.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Chris Shaw is cutting the ribbon with his wife Julie and sons Thomas and Bryan. Also representing CJS Wealth Management, from left, are Jim Moseley, Judy Capps and Christopher Dickerson, with Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall, and holding the ribbon (left) Sarah Vingoe of A. McIntyre Law and Melissa Smith of Clearbrook Advisory Services.
Owner Chris Shaw cuts ribbon at reception
Owner Chris Shaw celebrated the opening of CJS Wealth Management in downtown Belmont with a reception and Chamber ribbon cutting on April 17, 2018. CJS Wealth Management is located in the Stowe Building at 100 N. Main Street, Belmont. CJS Wealth Management has been serving clients’ retirement and wealth management needs since 2010. “Building and maintaining strong client relationships is what our organization prides itself on,” Chris said. “And that mission continues to be at the center of who we are as a company.” For more on CJS Wealth Management call 704.413.4073, or visit www.cjswealthmanagement.com.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The Lunch & Learn crowd overflowed the private meeting room and was moved to the main Rivermen dining area. When Guy Flemming talks networking, he gets really into his subject, as you can tell from the photo below.
Networking guru Guy Flemming presented the program
The opportunity to learn tips to improve networking skills brought a large group of Chamber members and friends to a Lunch & Learn event on April 17, 2018, at Rivermen Brewing in Belmont. Guy Flemming of Dignity Memorial, who is well known here for his professional approach to networking, presented the program. Lunch & Learn is a new Chamber monthly program coordinated by Dodie Huffman of Image Source. Watch the Chamber event calendar at www.MontcrossAreaChamber.com for details on the location and program for the next Lunch & Learn.