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June 2017

a greensboro chamber of commerce publication

Vol. 1, Issue #2

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The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in the community serving more than 1,000 member businesses through programming designed to help them succeed and grow. A partner in the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance, the Chamber also serves as Greensboro primary economic development organization, with special emphasis placed on community and entrepreneurial advancement through Action Greensboro and Launch Greensboro.

Photo by Carolyn de Berry



june 2017

a greensboro chamber of commerce publication

Greensboro’s art is all over the map!...................................4 .

Publisher Brent Christensen

Looking for art in Greensboro? Now there’s a handy guide to point you in the right direction.

Editor/Graphic Designer Megan Mabry

Once a year, we celebrate the best of our Small Business Community, see who came out on top in 2017.

Cover Photography by Khadejah Nikouyeh for the Greenbsoro Public Art Map

Small Business Awards........6 If you build it, they will come: Ballpark becomes development hub ...................8

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Downtown Greensboro is moving in new directions: east and west. And the Hoppers are in the middle of it all.

Downtown Guide..................10 Summer is a great time to explore downtown Greensboro


Photo by Julie Knight

greensboro’s art is all over the map Story by Eddie Huffman

Dozens of blue markers dot the Google map of Greensboro, from Gateway Gardens to the airport, Guilford Battleground to Hemphill Branch Library. The markers are especially dense downtown. Each represents a unique piece of art accessible to everyone. “It’s a very worthwhile project, and I think that public art for a time has kind of been under the radar in Greensboro,” said Barbara Peck, a public art consultant. The project is the Public Art Map, created by Action Greensboro. It allows armchair art lovers to sample the city’s murals, statues, and more from their phone, tablet, or laptop. The map also provides a readily accessible, frequently updated guide for anyone wanting to experience the art firsthand. “This will help people connect the

pieces, and it might encourage them to explore downtown further,” said Peck, a member of the committee Action Greensboro assembled to guide creation of the map. The committee also included representatives from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro’s Public Art Endowment, ArtsGreensboro, and the Greensboro History Museum, as well as city officials and politicians. Click the blue markers and you can see photos of everything from seats shaped like fruits and vegetables in the Edible Garden at Gateway Gardens to a statue of a boy playing with a toy airplane in the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden. The map also includes Gate City institutions such as the Nathanael Greene equestrian statue at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and the Greensboro Four statue on campus at N.C. A&T State University.


At last count, the map included 165 pieces of public art. The map was inspired by an intercity trip Chamber of Commerce officials took to Chattanooga in 2015, according to Candace Tucker, operations and communications manager for Action Greensboro. “They had a physical paper map, but it gets dated very quickly, like a lot of paper things,” she said. The photos illustrating each work are more than just snapshots. Most were taken by professional photographers donating their services, such as the husbandand-wife team of Becky and Bert VanderVeen. “We had a list of about 20 to 30 pieces of art between the two of us,” Bert said. “We divided some of it, and some of it we both went out to

the same location and photographed different pieces of art. We tried to pick the right time of day to do it, so sometimes it involved a scouting trip out there and a trip back when it was a better time of day.” Will Leimenstoll helped create the map as an Action Greensboro intern in 2015. He grew up downtown and worked for Action Greensboro after he returned from living abroad and before he started grad school for urban planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. He solicited input from such resources as the Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG and the Greensboro Cultural Center. Leimenstoll started with a database, then transferred the information to an early version of the Google map overlay. “It looks way better than the rough draft I made,” he said. “It has great photos. It’s really cool. I’m glad to see it come to fruition in such a nice way.”

Photo by VanderVeen Photographers

Click on the image below to go directly to the map!


Photo by Luke Jamroz

Congratulations to our 2017 Small Business Award Winners! Brant Taylor Barrier Free Success Award presented by the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities Dr. Stuart J. Schleien, Chair of the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation at UNCG Outstanding Employer of the Year presented by the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities K&W Cafeteria at Signature Place at Friendly Center; Bobby Eaton, Manager (not pictured) Arts in Business Award presented by Arts Greensboro Scuppernong Books Retailer of the Year presented by Guilford Merchants Association Hudson’s Hill Associate of the Year presented by the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship Havilah Hill-Rowe, owner and founder of Communication is Key, PLLC Minority Small Business Person of the Year presented by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Randy Wadsworth and Damion Moore, Dame’s Chicken and Waffles Women in Business Award presented by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Lee Comer, Fresh.Local.Good food group Small Business Person of the Year presented by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Garret Bedrin and Mike Bedrin, Salons by JC Small Business Advocate of the Year presented by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Andy Zimmerman, AZ Development Special Presentation: 2017 Region IV (Southeast) Subcontractor of the Year presented by the US Small Business Administration - NC District Neeta Singh, Tiger Controls



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If you build it, they will come: Ballpark becomes development hub

Story by Eddie Huffman


Photo courtesy of the Greensboro Grasshoppers

“...once it’s all finished, it’s gonna be spectacular.” Donald Moore, President & General Manager, Greensboro Grasshoppers

Downtown Greensboro is moving in new directions: east and west.

development is along Elm Street.” The projects around the ballpark will join a cluster of development in recent years north of the stadium along the path of the Downtown Greenway, including apartment complexes, craft breweries and Deep Roots Market. Area streets have been closed periodically in recent months to accommodate work on the greenway.

Carroll at Bellmeade, Roy Carroll’s project at the corner of Bellmeade and Eugene streets, has been under construction for months two blocks west of Elm Street. It has already transformed the look and feel of the area around First National Bank Field, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers, and will eventually boast 300 apartments and a Hyatt Place Hotel. Carroll’s project will be joined by a new ninestory building across the street, incorporated into the baseball stadium.

“It’s been a little painful navigating through this area, but once it’s all finished, it’s gonna be spectacular,” Moore said. “The greenway is a big part of that.”

“We are very excited to be a partner in the office building project adjacent to the ballpark,” said Donald Moore, the Grasshoppers’ president and general manager. “It will be very exciting to watch it come to life over the next year and see this part of downtown change right in front of our eyes.”

He welcomes the kind of expansion happening around the ballpark and hopes to see more of it. “What I’d love to see are some neat retail, restaurants and bars and things like that, in addition to what we already have,” Moore said. “Turn this area into a ballpark district with people living here, good spots to eat, have a drink, come to a baseball game, and all of it within walking distance.”

The top two and a half stories of the new building will provide offices for Tuggle Duggins law firm. The building, projected for completion in the third quarter of 2018, is a joint venture between GEMCAP Development of Winston-Salem and Carolina Investment Properties of Lexington.

The construction of the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts at the other end of Bellmeade is further indication of downtown’s expansion in new directions, he said.

“I think the project is a statement for Greensboro, confidence in our downtown,” said John Martin, managing partner with GEMCAP Companies. “Our tenants are a big part of that – they want to be where energy is, near the Grasshoppers’ stadium. It also relates to the development of our downtown. It’s providing density along an east-west axis on Bellmeade, which is great. A lot of our

“It’s been a long time coming,” Moore said. “We were so heavily concentrating on manufacturing all these years. When we lost all of those jobs, we really searched for a new identity and new jobs. It’s nice to see urban development, and to know that we play some part in it.”


Summer 2017 Downtown Guide Welcome our new members and click here to see the schedule of Cash Mobs and other events throughout the summer! #lovedgso

Horigan’s House of Taps

Scuppernong Books

“ We love being a part of the downtown community! It’s got a great energy and offers a personal connection to the people who live and work here.”

“We’re thrilled to be part of Greensboro’s reimagining of city life and we hope we can continue to contribute to its diversity, its deepening and its will to change.”

Just Be

“Being downtown is always exciting! We love all the events, community vibe, and atmosphere of downtown. It is also really fun to meet people from all over and tell them about our wonderful city!”


“We enjoy doing business in downtown Greensboro for the beautiful traditional yet modern scenery and the overall diversity of the area.”

Krave Kava Bar

Deep Roots

“Greensboro is a vibrant, diverse, and progressive city, and we love being a part of the Downtown Greensboro community.”

“Deep Roots Market moved downtown to be more centrally located in the community we serve.”


Greensboro Downtown Yoga “ Downtown Greensboro just keeps growing and becoming more and more vibrant every day! It’s a beautiful and kind community to grow with.”


“We chose downtown Greensboro for our brand, because we believed that the area had great potential for growth and we wanted to be a part of that growth. Five years later, downtown has truly come full circle and continues to grow with each new year. We truly love this community.”

Modern Day Hypnosis

“I love doing business in Downtown Greensboro because the vibe and energy of the other businesses around me support and compliment the eclectic nature of what I do.”


“Downtown Greensboro has been our home for almost 125 years. We love seeing it grow and flourish with new business opportunities.”

Main Event Sports Bar

“We are excited to be in downtown Greensboro! Our goal is to strengthen the downtown area as we provide great food and positive entertainment in a comfortable environment.”

Greensboro History Museum

“From the city’s beginnings in 1808, downtown Greensboro has been the center of the action.”

These are only a few of our members in the downtown area. Visit our website for a full listing of all 1,100+ of our members.

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Want to join or get more out of your existing membership? Contact Kathi Lester for more information on how you can be a part of the Greensboro Chamber.

“1618 loves being part of the Greensboro community and being invested in the heart of Downtown seemed like the best next step for our commitment tso Greensboro”


grow Magazine - June 2017  

Published quarterly, we seek to bring you timely stories and up-to-date information about your Chamber and your community. Vol. 1; Issue #2.

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