To celebrate "American Enterprise Day" on November 16, the Stanly Community College (SCC) Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter visited a variety of organizations related to business growth in Albemarle and Stanly County.
Members were greeted at the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce by President and CEO Kathy Almond. Ms. Almond served as president of the PBL chapter when she was a student at Stanly Community College and a state winner in one of the business student group's public speaking events.
Topics included attracting new businesses and industries, building relationships between county businesses, and marketing the county as an attractive location for business.
The group then moved to the Stanly County Small Business Center. Small Business Center Director Alicia Herrin is also a graduate of SCC and was a member of PBL and President of the Student Government Association.
Ms. Herrin talked about the various programs the Center sponsors to assist new businesses and help established small businesses continue their productivity.
Meeting the students at the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation office was Director Ms. Dana McDow. Ms. McDow discussed preservation of historic properties and organizing such promotions as the Christmas parade to bring potential customers to the downtown business district.
Phi Beta Lambda chapters throughout the country do activities in November to make their members aware of the career and business opportunities available through the American Free Market economic system.
SCC PBL member Dony Santos examines the bust of the Duke of Albemarle, for whom the city is named, located in the Albemarle Downtown Business Development Corporation.