ELIZABETH WICKER, 36, STUDIO DIRECTOR

ELIZABETH WICKER, 36, STUDIO DIRECTOR

ELIZABETH WICKER, 36, STUDIO DIRECTOR

After graduating from Page High School, Elizabeth Wicker, left Greensboro for NC State en route to earning a degree in apparel design.

The fashion world opened up for Elizabeth as she studied abroad in Spain and worked at a popular clothing boutique in Raleigh while taking all her design, sewing and textile classes. This led her to New York City where she worked with famed American fashion designer, Nanette Lepore.

After nearly six years in the big city, Elizabeth found her way back to her Greensboro roots. “Though NYC certainly has a piece of my heart, this is definitely home. I love living in Greensboro—my parents are here, I’ve got a great network of friends and it helps that I like my job.”

Not long after her return, Elizabeth met Bradshaw Orrell, owner of Bradshaw Orrell Interiors. Bradshaw, also a Greensboro native, made a name for himself by designing the Proximity Hotel, the first Platinum Green hotel in the country, and he continues to work with the Quaintance-Weaver Hotels & Restaurants group. Other projects include Biscuitville, Boulton Creative, Summerfield Farms and a line of furniture designed for Chelsea House.

Elizabeth has been working with Bradshaw for over seven years now. “Working for a small company allows me to see all sides of this industry. I naturally love the creative aspects of the job, but I have had to learn the business side as well.” Though Elizabeth has her hand in the commercial projects, she mainly works on all of their residential projects.

The relationships that they form with their clients are very important. “There is a certain level of trust that is made when you work with someone on their personal home or business. I really value all of those working relationships and many have turned into great friendships”

During Furniture Market in High Point, Elizabeth will be shopping for clients. “Furniture Market for me is fun and exciting. I really enjoy sourcing for items that we can use for our current or future projects.”

Outside of work, Elizabeth has been involved with many organizations like the Future Fund, Junior League and synerG. “I’ve met so many amazing people through my involvement with these organizations. It has really opened up my eyes to everything that Greensboro has to offer and it gives me a strong sense of community pride.”

First Time Home Buyer Lunch & Learn Recap

First Time Home Buyer Lunch & Learn Recap

First Time Home Buyer Lunch & Learn Recap by: Carlee Dempsey

Are you a first time home-buyer? Are you interested in learning how you can cash in on  $15,000? Did you miss synerG’s First Time Home Buyer Lunch & Learn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this post is for you.

Due to the success of its initial program launch, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (aka NCHFA) is offering their $15,000 Down Payment Assistance (DPA) to first time home buyers for the second time. For many of us first time home buyers the loan application process seems daunting. So we sat down with industry professionals over lunch from Potbelly courtesy of our presenters to learn how simple it is to cash in on the program.

The Skinny on the “Loan”

NCHFA’s $15,000 DPA is a 5-year, deferred loan at 0% interest. Which means, if you purchase a home and keep it for at least 5 years, the loan is forgiven.

Yes, it’s basically free money. So now, if you’re like us, you’re thinking “What’s the catch?”. The answer’s simple, there’s no catch as long as you meet the following five criteria.

  1. You’re a first time home buyer using NCHFA Home Advantage financing
  2. You meet household income limits (up to $59,000 total household income)
  3. You purchase an existing home below $245,000 (no new builds!)
  4. You purchase a home in Cabarrus, Cumberland, Guilford, Johnston, or Mecklenburg county
  5. You have a credit score of 640 or higher (Jon Needham with Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group can guide you if you need to raise your credit score.)

Now, if you’re thinking to yourself, “Okay, I think I might meet these criteria…but how do I check?”, in come our industry professionals – Jon Needham with Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group and Ashley Meredith with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Yost & Little.

The first step towards applying for the NCHFA Home Advantage financing, is to give Jon a call. Here’s his cell – (336) 482-8101. Jon will ask for a few documents (W4’s, pay stubs, etc.) in order to assess your eligibility. Then, barring you meet the above criteria, he will be able to grant you conditional approval within 24 – 48 hours.

Seems simple right? It is!

After receiving loan approval, your next step is to reach out to Ashley Meredith (i.e. your realtor). Here’s her email – ashley@ashleymeredithhomes.com. Ashley will walk you through your Initial Consultation (note: you can have your Initial Consultation before receiving loan approval if you wish to do so). During this meeting, Ashley will get an idea of your needs, priorities and your budget, if your loan is already approved.

Now you’re well on your way to purchasing your first home!

Want to learn more about the home buying process? Click here to see the complete Home Buyer’s Guide courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Yost & Little.

Video from the NCHFA website – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKqwm–1EfQ

Made In Greensboro – Andrew Norman, 28, Head Distiller

Made In Greensboro – Andrew Norman, 28, Head Distiller

21st Feb 2017 homeslider, Made in GSO, Profiles

GREENSBORO DISTILLING CO. – FAINTING GOAT SPIRITS

ANDREW NORMAN, 28, HEAD DISTILLER  AND BILL NORMAN, 57, MASTER DISTILLER

Distilling spirits at Greensboro’s Fainting Goat Spirits is a family affair as dad Bill Norman serves as the Master Distiller and son Andrew serves as the Head Distiller. Together, this father-son duo is serving up Greensboro’s first legal spirits since Prohibition.

There were several ideas for the name of the new company, but Fainting Goat Spirits won. According to Bill “this describes our family dynamic. The fainting goat is our family mascot. When a goat faints, it’s funny as hell, but on the other hand, they are odd and okay with that. Just like our family, when we try something and fail, we deal with it and get right back up.”

The family has been part of the Greensboro community for years as they also own Kneaded Energy, where sister Lesley manages the practice, step mom Shelley oversees the laws and legalities of all the businesses and manages the massage school.

“We specifically chose the West Lewis Street location because of all the innovation and other businesses that are on this end of town. We love the renaissance of the community and wanted to a part of it,” said Bill.

“I was born and raised in Greensboro. It’s exciting to see the growth in Greensboro and be a part of it, especially in downtown,” added Andrew.

Fainting Goat Spirits currently offers its Tiny Cat Vodka and Emulsion American Gin for sale. They’re also working on a single-malt whiskey, rye whiskey and bourbon that will be ready for sale in the coming years.

“Once our single-malt hits the shelf, we will experiment with things like tequila and rum,” said Andrew.

Before starting the company, Andrew was a mortgage banker and sold property insurance, but was ready to trade in his suit and ties for overalls. I enjoy making a product that people like. “This is a labor of love that I get to give to people. The taste testing isn’t a bad way to spend the day either.”

Bill added “Whether you realize it or not, this is a chemical process and it’s an art. Andrew is an artist at this. He is able to slightly alter or tweak a product and make it his own. Our family is full of entrepreneurial spirits. We love doing what we do every day.”

“People ask if we are Fainting Goat Spirits or Greensboro Distilling Co.; we are both. Fainting Goat Spirits is our brand, but it is important for us to let everyone know that we are a Greensboro product.”

Each bottle proudly displays that it is distilled and bottled in Greensboro, NC.

 

Find more Made In Greensboro profiles here.

Lead Your City Summit February 2

Lead Your City Summit February 2

Join synerG at the Lead Your City Summit to help young professionals GROW their leadership skills, BUILD on their ideas, SERVE their community, and CONNECT their network.

12-1 Keynote speaker Melody Warnick, author of “This is Where You Belong”

1-2 Place attachment brainstorming session

2-5 Personal & City brand identity, career development and community engagement sessions

5-6:30 Networking social with community members profiled in Made in Greensboro

$35 registration fee covers entire summit including lunch, personal copy of “This Is Where You Belong” and networking reception.

Lead Your City is sponsored by the synerG Young Professionals and Lincoln Financial.

*Interested in information on how your employer can cover your costs for this event? Contact Hillary Meredith at hmeredith@actiongreensboro.org

It’s not easy being GREEN Photo Contest

It’s not easy being GREEN Photo Contest

08th Dec 2016 Community

Here’s how it works:

  • Photos should be taken between now and January 1, 2017.
  • During this time-frame, post your photos to a public Instagram profile.
  • Each photo posted for consideration must include one of these three tags: #DowntownGreenway or #soGSO or tag @downtowngreenway via Instagram.
  • Each Wednesday, between December 14, 2016 and January 4, 2017, we will announce a winner of a $50 gift card to one of the local establishments. Additionally, we will announce the “People’s Choice Award” on January 4th for a $25 gift card to each of the four, totaling $100!
  • Photos will be judged by a committee of Action Greensboro and the Downtown Greenway.
  • The “People’s Choice” prize will be given to the photo that receives the most “likes”… so share news of the contest with others and get them to vote!

Prize Announcement Dates:

Wednesday, December 14

Wednesday, December 21

Wednesday, December 28

Wednesday, January 4

Volunteers needed on Election Day!

Volunteers needed on Election Day!

28th Oct 2016 Community

Volunteers needed on election day to help with the Vote Yes 4 Greensboro Bonds Campaign! Three shifts available.

SynerG’s mission as an organization is to positively impact the quality of life of young professionals in Greensboro, and we endorse the bond referendum up for vote on November 7th. We believe the four bonds on Community & Economic Development, Housing, Parks & Recreation and Transportation will make Greensboro a better place to live, work and play. As a result, Greensboro will be better able to not only attract young professionals, but retain them as they grow in their careers, start families, and develop roots in this community.

Click here to sign up!

synerG advocates in favor of Greensboro Bonds through educational events

synerG advocates in favor of Greensboro Bonds through educational events

synerG’s mission as an organization is to positively impact the quality of life of young professionals in Greensboro, and we endorse the bond referendum up for vote on November 8th.  We believe the four bonds on Community & Economic Development, Housing, Parks & Recreation and Transportation will make Greensboro a better place to live, work and play. As a result, Greensboro will be better able to not only attract young professionals, but retain them as they grow in their careers, start families, and develop roots in this community.

Join synerG for an educational series of four lunch & learns on each of the bonds up for vote and an after hours event featuring panelists from the community passionate and knowledgeable about the impact the bonds will have on Greensboro and its citizens. All events are free to attend with an option to purchase a lunch for $8 for any of the lunch & learns.

Lunch & Learns, 12-1pm—FREE to attend, $8 for lunch
Parks & Recreation Bond, September 29 at First Citizens Bank, 1414 W. Northwood St.
Community & Economic Development Bond, October 4 at Union Square Campus, 104 E Gate City Blvd
Transportation Bond, October 13 and First Citizens Bank, 1414 W. Northwood St.
Housing Bond, October 18 at Union Square Campus, 104 E Gate City Blvd

Yes 4 Greensboro Bonds Panel Discussion, 5:30-7:00pm, FREE
October 20 Union Square Campus Auditorium, 104 E. Gate City Blvd.

For more information on the bonds visit yes4gsobonds.com and to RSVP for any of the events visit the synerG.org/events. Questions? Email Hillary Meredith at hmeredith@actiongreensboro.org.

Downtown Greensboro’s New Addition

Downtown Greensboro’s New Addition

26th Aug 2016 (Y)our Greensboro, Community

By: Cedric Blue II

August 8, 2016 marked the beginning of a new era in downtown Greensboro. The first to be completed in a series of major construction projects changing the face of downtown Greensboro, LeBauer Park opened to the public with one of the largest group ribbon cuttings that I have ever witnessed. That diverse crowd of excited locals simultaneously cutting the ribbon would foreshadow one of the most dynamic and important features of the park; its ability to bring people together.

Where We Met- from belwo

      Where We Met- the view from below

Art lovers will tell you how gorgeous the Janet Echelman sculpture “Where We Met” is when it is lit at night above the Price/Bryan Performance Place. Kids are prone to gush over the Children’s Garden and its innovative features that make it one of the most unique play spaces in the county. And dog lovers will tell you what a welcome addition the Downtown Greensboro Animal Hospital Dog Park is to the area. However, the most impressive aspect of LeBauer to me is its patronage.

As a born and raised Greensboro local I can say with a fair amount of certainty that the crowds flocking to the park daily are some of the most diverse that I have ever seen at a public meeting space in Greensboro. People of all ages, races, and walks of life not only share the space but interact with one another on many different levels.

All of this has given me so much more context for the park’s artistic centerpiece, “Where We Met.” Echelman’s interpretation of the converging NC rail lines that gave us the nickname “The Gate City” is a macro concept happening on a micro level right now in Greensboro at LeBauer Park. Not even two weeks old, the park is one of the strongest points of convergence in Greensboro. It is my sincere hope that this sense of unity and camaraderie continues to flourish in the park and carries on to the different other projects being completed downtown in the coming years.

And by the way, if for some unthinkable reason you’re not impressed thus far, keep your eyes on the park this winter. Chatter on the line has it that there’s a strong chance of snow…..

 

 

 

Made in GSO: Stephanie Adams

Made in GSO: Stephanie Adams

07th Jul 2016 Made in GSO

STEPHANIE ADAMS, 30, REFUGEE ADVOCATE

Growing up, Stephanie Adams saw how hard her mom, who immigrated to the United States from Colombia, had to work to make sure her children were successful.

Now, as the Greensboro office director for CWS, Stephanie and the team welcome more than 200 refugees a year to Greensboro who are hoping
to start a new life, free of persecution and political turmoil. CWS-Greensboro provides refugees with assistance in finding employment, getting legal advice and enrolling in schools, among its many programs.

“Our role is to help them get to where they want to be, to be a cheerleader,” Stephanie says.

 
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In January 2012, Stephanie met the Chhetri family, a family of four who fled Bhutan in 1990 due to violent ethnic unrest and political instability. The Chhetris were the first family to whom Stephanie was assigned to as a newly hired case manager, working with several other CWS staff members and volunteers. After fleeing Bhutan, the Chhetris went to India and soon after, resettled in Nepal where they would spend the next two decades before being accepted into the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program. The Chhetris credit their faith in God as the source of strength and motivation they needed along their journey.

Stephanie spent a lot of time with Indra Chhetri, his wife Meena and their two children, Birendra and Bijaya, during the 90-day resettlement program. She accompanied them in exploring churches in the area, helped to get Bijaya enrolled in school and put Indra on the path to network, which led him to secure a job with Guilford County Schools as a teacher’s assistant – a position very similar to what he was doing in Nepal. Meena is now a team lead at her job, Birendra graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Bijaya is headed to her brother’s alma mater fall 2016.

Resettling refugees like the Chhetri family means more than just spending time with them; it also means working with the community to foster a welcoming and supportive attitude. “One of our goals is to help the community become active refugee advocates,” Stephanie says.

Four years after resettling her first family, Stephanie continues to fight for and help those who come to Greensboro seeking a better chance at life.

“Knowing that they can be here and feel safe and at peace, and have the opportunity to prosper makes it all worth it,” Stephanie says.

Upcoming Events

Mar
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7:00 pm Bikes & Bourbon Party @ GreenHill
Bikes & Bourbon Party @ GreenHill
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Bikes & Bourbon Party @ GreenHill | Greensboro | North Carolina | United States
Join us for a night of bikes and bourbon with live music by Elemeno. Check out The Gallery to view M.A.D | Motorcycle. Art. Design, a multimedia experiential exhibition combining light, art, sound, industrial design and cultural elements. At 7:30 ...
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9:00 am ArtsRevolution @ Revolution Mill
ArtsRevolution @ Revolution Mill
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
ArtsRevolution @ Revolution Mill | Greensboro | North Carolina | United States
Join us at the second annual ArtsRevolution on April 1st at Revolution Mill! ArtsRevolution is a one day, two part event that will bring artists and art lovers together for a day of entrepreneurial development and family-friendly festival fun. The ...
10:00 am Bags to Wishes Cornhole Tournament @ LeBauer Park
Bags to Wishes Cornhole Tournament @ LeBauer Park
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bags to Wishes Cornhole Tournament @ LeBauer Park | Greensboro | North Carolina | United States
We are less than one month away from our inaugural Bags To Wishes Cornhole Tournament and we just can’t thank our sponsors enough! Our Presenting Sponsor, Chick-Fil-A invites your family and friends to enjoy lunch at the tournament, all sandwiches ...
Apr
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8:00 pm Vivace’s German Giants @ Dana Auditorium & World of Beer
Vivace’s German Giants @ Dana Auditorium & World of Beer
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Vivace's German Giants @ Dana Auditorium & World of Beer | Greensboro | North Carolina | United States
Don’t miss the final Vivace event of the season on Friday, April 7th at Dana Auditorium and World of Beer! After an all-German Symphony concert of Schumann, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, join us at WOB for a Grimm’s Fairytales-themed after-party, complete ...
Apr
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5:30 pm synerG On Tap @ GIA
synerG On Tap @ GIA
Apr 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Join the synerG young professionals for networking at On Tap at GIA Wednesday, April 12 from 5:30-8pm. Drinks are on you. Connections are on us. Find out more about GIA here.

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