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Today’s Email Announcements

Upcoming Small Business Workshops at CCC&TI

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Small Business Centers in Caldwell and Watuaga Counties offer free and low-cost workshops, one-on-one assistance and many more services to help local small businesses. To reserve your seat at one of the workshops, call 828-726-2242 (Caldwell), or 828-265-5385 (Watauga) or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness to register.

Here is a list of upcoming free workshops in Caldwell County:

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Caldwell Small Business Center will offer a free workshop titled “Small Business Startup Series: Marketing and Market Research” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 7 at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce in Lenoir. This workshop will focus on the importance of market research and target market when developing a marketing plan. Participants will learn how Marketing Mix decisions can be made using the 5 P’s of Marketing. Attendees identify target market segments and develop a marketing strategy for a sample business using SWOT Analysis. To reserve your seat at this workshop, call 828-726-2242 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness to register.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Caldwell Small Business Center will offer a free workshop titled “Small Business Startup Series: How to Finance Your Small Business and Understand Business Finance” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 4 at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce in Lenoir. Participants will learn the various alternatives to financing a small business and the risks involved. The seminar introduces break-even analysis as a tool to assist the entrepreneur in measuring financial feasibility. Activities identify the kinds of data needed to project the revenue, start-up and operating costs of a business. The seminar helps attendees develop an understanding of cash flow and break-even analysis and its relationship to business planning. To reserve your seat at this workshop, call 828-726-2242 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness to register.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Caldwell Small Business Center will offer a free workshop titled “Small Business Startup Series: Record Keeping and Taxes” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 2 at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce in Lenoir. This seminar addresses the financial records needed for good business management. Attendees develop systems and practices for collecting necessary information for tax reporting and business decision-making. To reserve your seat at this workshop, call 828-726-2242 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness to register.

Upcoming Watauga County Workshop:

Small Business Center Presents Best-Selling Author, Gary Chapman

The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Small Business Center, in partnership with the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, will present best-selling author Dr. Gary Chapman at 7 p.m. on March 22 at the Samaritan’s Purse Training and Conference Center in Blowing Rock. Chapman’s talk is titled “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People.” Chapman is a relationship counselor and author of the “The 5 Love Languages” series of books. He is the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants Inc., and also has a radio program on marriage and relationships that airs on more than 100 stations as well as on the Internet. The cost of the event is $10 per person. To reserve a seat, register online www.boonechamber.com

Financial Literacy, Student Loan Workshop March 9

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join us for the third in a series ofFinancial Literacy Workshops for teens and young adults on March 9th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at NC Works Career Center, 130 Poplar Grove Road Connector, Boone, NC 28607.

Presenter: Amber Mellon, Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences at Appalachian State University.

This month’s focus will be on paying for college. Specifically, teens will learn how to evaluate college costs, avoid the credit card craze, calculate taxes, and decipher payroll deductions. They will learn how to prepare for emergencies and gain an understanding of the risks and annual expenses related to investing. Budgeting and saving will be revisited for their critical role in dealing with these challenges.

Food will be served at the event!

To RSVP or for more information please call

(828) 264-8784 ext. 2. 

Talk to a Lawyer for Free on March 4

North Carolina lawyers will be standing by to take your calls on Friday, March 4, as participants in the North Carolina Bar Association’s ninth annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day.

 Seven call centers spanning the state will be in operation from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

 Six of the call centers will be supported by local television stations that will promote their specific phone numbers throughout the day. The phone number for the Wilmington call center is 910-777-6001 and that number will be available throughout the day should citizens be unable to get through to their local call center.

 Stations hosting call centers are WLOS News 13 in Asheville; WBTV News in Charlotte; WNCT 9 On Your Side in Greenville; and WRAL-TV5 in Raleigh. WFMY News 2 in Greensboro will promote call centers hosted by the United Way of Greater Greensboro and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Winston-Salem.

The Wilmington call center is hosted by Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog.

The statewide service project coincides with the NCBA’s 4ALL campaign to provide civil legal aid to those who otherwise would not have access to a lawyer. The event was first held in 2008 during the term of NCBA President Janet Ward Black of Greensboro and has since taken on a life of its own and hundreds of volunteers gather annually to provide free legal information to thousands of North Carolinians.

The 2016 4ALL Statewide Service Day is led by Sharon Robertson and Ashley Bennington.

Please note that the phone numbers for this event should only be accessed during the 12-hour window in which N.C. attorneys are answering the phones, and that the statewide service day is a telephone-only program.

Weekend Events at Lost Province

Friday March 4

Tapped at 5pm, we feature something fun and new every Friday. Get it while it lasts; there is only a limited amount!

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Lazybirds. Lazybirds is a classic American band with roots in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Formed in 1996, the quartet began by immersing into the old forgotten styles of blues, jazz, country, and ragtime that had been the soundtrack of the American underground several decades earlier. The band quickly developed a reputation in the High Country for playing music that touches people at their core in a way that hearkens back to a time when music was more closely intertwined with nature. With Mitchell Johnston on stand-up bass and vocals, James T. Browne on drums and vocals, Jay Brown on guitar, harmonica and vocals, and Alfred Michels on fiddle and guitar, Lazybirds have created a sound that is all their own, at once familiar and original.

Saturday March 5

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Andy Ferrell. Currently emerging with his debut EP whose title, I Was Born, boldly asserts his presence as a compelling new voice on the traditional American roots music scene, Andy Ferrell grew up in the small Blue Ridge Mountain town of Boone, North Carolina, not far from the birthplace and home of his greatest musical influence, bluegrass/country/folk music legend Doc Watson.

Sunday March 6

Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10% off food with verification of residency.


The Bristol Ballet and Other Shows Coming Up at Heritage Hall

Saturday, March 19, 7pm. The Bristol Ballet will present Unbroken Circle, sponsored by Farmers Barbecue & Grill and Mountain View Nursery & Landscaping. A celebration in dance and song of the Bristol Sessions – the early recording days for talent such as the Carter Family when old time country music was first discovered and began to grow in popularity as the records were played on radio. Produced in cooperation with Birthplace of Country Music, this is a dance and music performance that everyone will love.

Friday & Saturday, April 1, 2 – 7pm & April 3 – 3pm, JCHS Players’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” a classic children’s story by C.S. Lewis. Most of the story is set in Narnia, a land oftalking animals and mythical creatures that the White Witch has ruled for 100 years of deep winter. In the frame story, four English children live in a big, old country house during theirWorld War II evacuation from London. The youngest visits Narnia three times via the wardrobein a spare room. All four children are together on her third visit, which validates her stories. In Narnia the siblings seem to fulfill an old prophecy, so they are soon adventuring both to save Narnia and their lives. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a wonderfully powerful classic that provides entertainment for the entire family. $7 Adults,        $5 Youth. wikipedia.org/wiki/The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Heritage Hall is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the Area with quality entertainment at affordable pricing. Most evening shows start at 7pm; most tickets are $10 advance and $12 at door, and most youth seats are $5. For tickets, or reservations, call 423-727-7444 and leave a message. The Box Office is open on Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 2 pm at 126 College Street, For more information visit heritagehalltheatre.org.

Upcoming Programs at Elk Knob State Park

Art Hike

Come Hike the Beech Tree Trail with a ranger and see the art along the trail Sunday, March 6that 2:00 p.m.  Meet at the trailhead parking lot.

Elk Knob:  Becoming a State Park

Learn how Elk Knob became a state park, how many other parks got their start, and how state parks have evolved over the last 100 years.  Meet Saturday, March 26th at 2:00 p.m. at the park office.