INDIAN TRAIL – With so many businesses in Indian Trail and no networking opportunities, Charlotte Media Group’s newest employee Julie Foras sought a way to meet that need in the community. The Indian Trail Newsmakers Network was born.
The network serves as an opportunity for local business owners, employees and representatives to showcase their services, partner with others, advertise in the Indian Trail Weekly and its sister newspapers, and schmooze over coffee and pastries. They will meet Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at The Trail House. Membership costs $75 for a year. ITNN members get “chair exclusivity,” meaning only one type of business can hold a chair at a meeting.
ITNN had its first meeting Jan. 30 with attendees representing a variety of industries, including a massage therapist, photographer, lawyer and Realtor. Each member was given one minute to share their story and what brought them to the meeting. Many hoped to get the word out about their business and collaborate with others to achieve their goals.
“Connecting with local business owners is the key, rather than trying to spread yourself thin,” said Tenha Patel, who owns Massage Envy in Indian Trail. “When you’re focused, here and part of the community, I think it’s awesome.”
Through ITNN, Patel hopes to connect with local gyms and fitness centers to collaborate.
“I feel the audience that we cater to is primarily the same, but we approach it in two different ways,” Patel said. “We have a great synergy that we can provide to people, whether it’s the clients who visit a fitness center or vice versa.”
Every meeting, business owners introduce themselves and share their stories for one minute with the entire group. One business will get 10 minutes to give a presentation.
Foras will lead each meeting. She plans to set up more ways for these business owners to connect.
“Indian Trail is so underserved that this was not in the community before,” Foras said.
Want to join?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Indian Trail Newsmakers Network.