HUNTERSVILLE – If anyone is constantly seeking out ways for local businesses to succeed, it’s Mayor Jill Swain.

Her involvement with Huntersville Connection has helped many businesses get on their feet.

Huntersville Connection has been around for six years now. The forum provides networking, marketing and sales opportunities for Huntersville businesses and organizations.

Meetings are held at 8 a.m. every third Tuesday of the month at different locations.

Cherie Fields, general manager at Iron Tribe Fitness, was proud to host the June 17 meeting at her gym.

“Huntersville Connection provides an excellent platform for local businesses to connect and build meaningful relationships,” Fields said.

Fields heard about the forum as soon as she moved to the town last May to launch the Iron Tribe Huntersville location. For her, being an active member of the community is important.

“I left the meeting feeling energized and pumped about the overall experience, as well as the connections I made.” Fields said. “I appreciated having the opportunity to give my Iron Tribe elevator speech in front of such a high-caliber group of business leaders.”

After Fields attended her first Connection meeting a while back, an attendee emailed Iron Tribe to learn more and ended becoming an active member.

Huntersville Connection used to be called Destination Huntersville, but the name changed when Swain became mayor because she liked the idea of businesses connecting, speaking and partnering with one another to spread the word.

She said Huntersville Connection works to Fields' advantage because now people know about Iron Tribe. 

“It’s all about networking and partnership,” Swain said. “It’s incredibly valuable if a business has a special event.”

Swain said if an organization like the Carolina Raptor Center brings birds to an event, not only do they gain exposure, but they also pick up potential partners along the way to help them in the future. 

During the meeting, Swain asked all the representatives from each company to get into a circle, introduce who they are and make a name for themselves. Afterward, representatives had additional time to chat and promote their businesses.

Bill Gombert, owner and tournament consultant at BG Golf Inc., said Huntersville Connection motivates small businesses.  

“It is a great help in terms of meeting people, and it opens an avenue for businesses to get going,” Gombert said. 

Ann DellaValle, community relations director at Earth Fare, supplied the snacks at the meeting. She, too, believes in the mission of Huntersville Connection. 

“The group allowed us to get in touch with other businesses and connect with the community of Huntersville,” DellaValle said.

Companies that attended the  meeting included Kilwins, Total Office Services, Discovery Place Kids, Applebaum Salon, Moliver Chiropractic, Ancient Thai Foot Massage and Wells Fargo.