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Weaving the Fabric of a Thriving Economy at the Small Business Summit

For this week’s Chamber Talk, I want anyone in the Lake Gaston region who has a small business, home-based business or who is interested in starting a small business or making their art into a business to join the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vance-Granville Community College and several other partners for an exciting Small Business Summit next Tuesday, October 20. The details of the summit are in the press release below. The Small Business Summit planning committee has worked very hard to plan an exciting and educational day. I guarantee everyone will walk away learning something new. The…
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Watching the Weather

“Here comes the rain again…falling on my head like a memory…” These are just some lyrics for a favorite song of mine from the 80s. Well, I don’t know about you, but last week I had just about enough of the rain. For nearly my entire working career, save my very first job out of college, I have been involved on some level in planning outdoor events. Let me tell you that doing so is one of the most frustrating experiences one can have. By nature, I am a planner, and I like to think a very good one, but…
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Lakeland C.A.R.E.s for The John 3:16 Center

The businesses and citizens of the Lake Gaston region genuinely care about our communities, our non-profit organizations, civic clubs, churches and other citizens in need. I have witnessed this deep level of caring many times during my two-year tenure here at the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce, but I had another opportunity to experience this community outpouring on Sunday. I am on the board of directors for C.A.R.E./The John 3:16 Center, and I, along with my daughters and dear friend and her daughter, attended the Gospel Music Fundraiser for the center at Lakeland Theatre Company. Produced by Lakeland volunteer…
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Don't Just Say You Support Local Businesses...Show It!

I had the blessing of having a double date on Saturday evening with my wonderful husband and my parents. We attended the 2nd Annual Shrimp Boil at The Corner Lot/Norton’s at the Lake. The food was delicious! It was what some folks call a Low Country Boil or what my family calls Frogmore Stew (don’t ask me the origin of the name – I have no idea). The Nortons had even brought in well-known Lake Gaston regional DJ Kevin Smiley and Double Shot Acoustics to entertain the crowd. It was so wonderful to sit out on the newly renovated Front…
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Great Things Like Office Supplies and Printing Come in Small Business Packages

Many of you may be aware that big box office supply store Staples closed in Roanoke Rapids in mid-August. Our LGGO Editor Della Rose was “johnny-on-the-spot” in reporting how we can find all our office supply needs from local businesses right here around the Lake Gaston region. I wanted to expound on her story just a bit. Staples primarily offered, well, staple items for your office or business. They were also able to print brochures, posters and some signs and banners in house. Well, all of those same needs can be taken care of, more easily and professionally and for…
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Eating Locally-Sourced Products

Last Wednesday the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for a business expansion at Warren FoodWorks, our locally-sourced ingredient café in downtown Warrenton at 108 S. Main Street. Business expansion means economic development. Economic development doesn’t always come in the form of big boxes like national retailers and industries. Oftentimes, economic development takes the form of small (and tasty) packages. What was that business expansion, you ask? You can now not only enjoy meals and desserts made from fresh, local ingredients while at Warren FoodWorks, but with the addition of cooler/freezer space, you can take items…
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Learning about the NC Education Lottery

I had the opportunity recently to attend a lunch with the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce, as well as representatives from the Northampton, Halifax, Roanoke Rapids and Weldon school systems and other business and community leaders, to learn more about how the North Carolina Education Lottery works. Whether or not you agree with the lottery, and this article is not intended to endorse or condemn, merely inform, it is always best to learn as many facts as you can about something before making a judgment. What I learned about the lottery was very interesting. The representative who spoke to our…
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Loving and Caring for Lake Gaston

Lake Gaston is remarkable. I had a wonderful time on Saturday volunteering at the finish line of The Crossing to hand out t-shirts with a great team of volunteers consisting of Chamber board members, O’Sail board members and caring community members. I give high praises to Kathy and Randi Dikeman and the many O’Sail volunteers who give their ideas, time and talents so generously to offer top-quality events like The Crossing to showcase Lake Gaston. They have not only created three different highly successful recurring events but also give the proceeds from these events to further efforts around the lake…
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