Charlotte-area Entrepreneur Noah Lazes to Present at Charlotte Business Guild October Networking

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  • Noah Lazes, president of the Ark Group in Charlotte, to discuss upcoming business ventures on Tuesday, Oct. 15
  • Charlotte Business Guild, Charlotte LGBT professional network, holds monthly networking events open to the public
  • The Guild celebrates its 21st anniversary this year with its second annual gala and LGBT Community Service Awards



CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 14, 2013 – The Charlotte Business Guild’s guest speaker Noah Lazes will answer one of Charlotte’s most unanswered questions in his presentation to the organization on Oct. 15: what are the possibilities for the dilapidated Eastland Mall area?

The entrepreneur, co-founder, President and C.O.O. of the ARK Group will discuss:

  • The launch of the NC Music Factory and its associated risks;
  • The rapport he’s built with the LGBT community and;
  • His newest projects in the Charlotte area.

For more information on the Charlotte Business Guild, the Queen City’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) business organization, visit or follow the organization on Facebook for the most up-to-date information on news and events.

(Photo:; caption: “The Charlotte Business Guild Board of Directors meets to discuss its upcoming events.”)


“Noah Lazes’ relationship with the LGBT community and the Charlotte Business Guild is unique and unlike any other business owner in the Charlotte area,” said Ronald Thomas, Charlotte Business Guild Business Development Manager. “The Charlotte Business Guild is proud to have Noah as a strong ally and looks forward to the changes that he will bring to the Charlotte area.”

In addition to his work with the NC Music Factory, Lazes is also highly recognized for his work as the producer of some of the largest arts and music festivals in the United States including RocktoberFest, Carolina MusicFest, Indy Summer Stages, Center CityFest and CityFest Live!

“Presenting to the Charlotte Business Guild’s members is an honor,” said Lazes. “As many of the Guild’s members are entrepreneurs, I plan to shed light on the risks that I took when starting many of my ventures and discuss the development of my newest project – a ski slope at the former Eastland Mall complex.”

The details of event are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

Place:  The Saloon at the NC Music Factory

(900 NC Music Factory Blvd.)

Time:  Networking Begins – 6:00 p.m.

Appetizers/Dinner for Purchase

Members’ Introductions and Business: 7:00 p.m.

Presentation by Noah Lazes: 7:15 p.m.

The Charlotte Business Guild holds monthly networking socials that are open to the public. In November, the organization will host the second annual gala on Nov. 15 that celebrates its 21st anniversary.  Tickets can be purchased on the Guild’s website.  The Guild will also present its 2013 LGBT Community Service Awards, formerly known as the Don King Awards. Video from the Guild’s 2009 Don King Awards highlights a few of the areas leaders in LGBT initiatives from previous years.

About Charlotte Business Guild:

The Charlotte Business Guild was organized in 1992 to establish and nurture a network of business contacts and friendships, encourage fellowship and support among business, professional and charitable pursuits, and provide and promote positive role models in Charlotte’s Lesbian and Gay community.

The mission of the Charlotte Business Guild is to provide a diverse network of professional, business and social connections among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight communities.

Distribution: This release will serve as a media advisory as well and will go out on Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. prior to the time that most newsrooms have their assignment meetings.  The intention is to have media attend Tuesday’s event.


The Charlotte Business Guild

Organization: The Charlotte Business Guild

Organization Background: The Charlotte Business Guild is a network of business contacts and friendships, that encourages fellowship and support among business, professional and charitable pursuits, and provides and promotes positive role models in Charlotte’s Lesbian and Gay community.

Audience Profile: The audience of the Charlotte Business Guild’s website is mostly made up of business leaders in the Charlotte-area that identify as Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay or Transgender (LGBT) or support the LGBT community.

Many of the companies in the Charlotte-area are members of the Charlotte Business Guild.  Employees work closely with the Business Guild to take information back to other employees and leaders within their companies.

Purpose of Publication: The publication that I will be developing content for will have two primary purposes –

  1. To inform Charlotte Business Guild members of upcoming events.
  2. To provide LGBT resources to its members.

Frequency: Content will be updated monthly to provide audience members with news and event information for the following month.  Resources will be added as needed throughout the month.

Style: A brand new style guide will be created.  The style guide will allow other content creators to add information and keep a consistent format.  The style guide is also important because others Business Guild that will be creating content are probably not writers.

Information Challenges: The greatest information challenge for the Charlotte Business Guild will be having enough content to post.  Unlike organizations that run into having too much information and providing its audience with information overload, the Charlotte Business Guild may not have enough information to make timely posts.  To overcome this issue, it may be helpful to have canned posts that can be used when there is a shortage of new information to provide audience members.