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Bringing Life Back to Main Street

How many of you are like me that when you travel, you seek out and explore main street areas? I truly believe that a main street is the heart and soul of a town and communicates a sense of place and history. I will also say that because a town’s main street tells its story, the state of the main street business district can be a town’s biggest advocate or worst enemy if the main street appears neglected or unsafe. “Main Streets are the traditional center for social, cultural, and economic activity for their communities. They are the big stage,…
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Glen Raven Weaves Successful Industry in Warren County

Last Tuesday I spent the morning at an Industry Roundtable Breakfast, sponsored by the Warren County Economic Development Commission and hosted by Glen Raven in Norlina, NC. Two of my board members accompanied me at this event. Ken Bowman, Warren County Economic Development Director, brought together a gathering of approximately 25 business and government leaders from around Warren County to network and to hear an economic development update. After the breakfast and networking, we enjoyed a presentation about Glen Raven, a North Carolina-based company with a significant history and even brighter future. The Glen Raven Custom Fabrics facility in Norlina…
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Celebrate July 4th around the Lake Gaston Region

“Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’…into the future” is a poignant lyric from “Fly Like an Eagle” by one of my favorite groups The Steve Miller Band that rings more true for me the older I get. Here we are just a few days before July 4th, and it seems I just blinked after Memorial Day and here I am. July 4th is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate around the Lake Gaston region. Despite religious and political differences, July 4th seems to be a time when the United States pulls together to show that we are grateful for…
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Shop Lake Gaston First for Health Care

Health care. These two words are on the mind of every adult in this country. Outside of watching the news and thinking about the Affordable Care Act and how it affects you and your family, how much thought have you really given to the concept? The first word is health, not sick care, not emergency care, but health care. I recently had the privilege of having Will Mahone, CEO of Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, and Shameka Lloyd, HRMC Marketing Director, address our Chamber board of directors. The point that Mr. Mahone emphasized is that hospitals are in…
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Explore Entrepreneurship at LKG Regional Chamber Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting for the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce will be held next week on Thursday, January 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Kennon House in Gasburg, VA. We will reflect on our accomplishments in 2014 and look ahead to 2015. We encourage all Chamber members to attend this meeting. The Chamber Board of Directors and officers for 2015 will be announced, and our platinum, gold and silver level supporters will be recognized. The LKG Regional Chamber of Commerce Business & Civic Awards will also be presented at the Annual Meeting in the following categories: Business…
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Life is Good at Lake Gaston

Life is good. People say it all the time. There is a very successful line of t-shirts and other products, featuring that mantra. Sometimes, we all need to be reminded of that fact. It is a new year filled with the possibility for new beginnings. How fantastic! So, where do we go from here? Let’s take a moment each day to remember why life is good. Me? I’m keeping a life is good journal. I’m taking time each day to make note of one reason why my life is good. This process can also be called counting my blessings, to…
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What is the Chamber?

For this week’s Chamber Talk, I have been talking with one of my all-time favorite people and newest Chamber board member Nina Angle of Anglewood Kitchens & Design. Nina and I have been pondering the questions “What is the Chamber?” and “How does the Chamber benefit a business owner?” Instead of hearing my voice all the time in Chamber Talk, I want you to hear the voice of a small business owner, one who has a true passion for what our Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce is trying to do and for the region as a whole, but also…
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