Chamber Benefits: Speaking Opportunities

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MINT HILL, NC – Did you know that the Chamber of Commerce offers regular opportunities for members to share their expertise with other business leaders?

One of the most prominent ways the Chamber allows members to do this is at the Monthly Member Luncheon, which always features a speaker.  Speaking at a Chamber Luncheon is a wonderful opportunity to impart valuable knowledge to other Chamber members and increase your exposure in the business community.  Recent speakers at Chamber luncheons have included Mary Beth Foster (The Mint Hill Times), Matt Villmer (Weaver, Bennett & Bland), Amy Laughinghouse (First Citizens Bank) and Melissa Fields (First National Bank), and Caleb and Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill FC).

For Caleb and Dylan Ritch, the opportunity to speak at the January luncheon was an important part of building a relationship with the Chamber from the UPSL elite soccer club’s inception, which the Ritch brothers saw as imperative to their success.

Mint Hill FC practice
Mint Hill FC practice

“We felt that this was the best way to get our name out there while simultaneously highlighting important areas of needs in our community,” said Caleb.  “The best way to address these needs was by exposing them to a big audience at the Chamber Luncheons. Mint Hill is a tight-knit community, so if you want to make a mark here, you must win over the people. The people will only trust something they are familiar with or vouched for by someone they know.”

Although the idea of speaking in front of a crowd might be intimidating, Caleb encourages everyone to give it a try.  “The platform it provided honestly surpassed my expectations,” he explains.  “I don’t think people truly understand the dilemma high school or young adults face when it comes to pathways in soccer and in life. We were able to articulate this issue and our goal on how to fix it through this platform the Chamber provided. It provided us legitimacy while simultaneously allowing us to show our personalities and passion to the “Who’s Who” of Mint Hill.”

Monthly Member Luncheons are held on the third Tuesday of every month at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.  They are open to all current Chamber members, and visitors are always welcome to attend to see what the Chamber is about.  The opportunity to speak is open to all current Chamber members.  If you are interested in attending or speaking at a Chamber Luncheon, contact Paige McKinney at  For more information on joining the Chamber of Commerce, visit

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her eight-year-old daughter Hannah and her six-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: