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Uwharrie Sustainable Business Forum Co-Founded By Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorney

Uwharrie Sustainable Business Forum Co-Founded By Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorney

Smith Moore Leatherwood will be presenting sponsor for all 2013-2014 Forum events

August 21, 2013

Greensboro, N.C. – Uwharrie Charter Academy ("UCA"), Randolph County's first public charter school, recently established the Uwharrie Sustainable Business Forum (the "Forum") to bring teenagers, businesspeople, and other members of the Uwharrie community together to explore and promote sustainable business practices.

The Forum is led by UCA students and business partners, but is open to membership and participation by any teenager or businessperson in the Uwharrie Mountains region, which includes the greater Davidson, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, and Stanley County areas. The Forum's concept of "sustainability" is broad. It includes environmental stewardship, community involvement, and worker treatment, training, and engagement.

The Forum will offer four free educational events – open to the general public – during the 2013-2014 school year. Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP is the presenting sponsor for all of the Forum's 2013-14 events. Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney and partner, Lisa Frye Garrison, is a founding Co-Director of the Forum, along with UCA's Chief Curriculum Officer, Rhonda Dillingham. "We hope that Uwharrie area businesspeople will join the Forum and share ideas about how they can make their every day business practices more sustainable. Teenagers in the Forum can engage with these business leaders and learn first-hand how for-profit businesses make the world a better place," says Garrison.

The Forum's first event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at 7 p.m. at UCA, and is entitled, "How Can For-Profit Businesses Find and Grow Their Higher Purposes? Ideas from Area Leaders and the 2013 Best-Selling Book, Conscious Capitalism." The program will include an interactive presentation by Garrison on ideas from the Conscious Capitalism book, a networking break with sustainable snacks, and a student-moderated panel discussion. Panelists will include Ben Owen III of Ben Owen Pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina and Laura Jensen Thornberg, owner and artistic director of Studio J Dance Center in Asheboro and Troy, North Carolina. The first fifteen businesspeople through the doors for this event will receive a copy of Conscious Capitalism (authored by John Mackey, the co-founding CEO of Whole Foods Market, and Raj Sisodia) or a gift card that can be used to buy the electronic version of the book, all donated by SML. 

To join the Forum or learn more about it, join the Uwharrie Sustainable Business Forum Group on LinkedIn or contact Lisa Frye Garrison at or Rhonda Dillingham at UCA is a free, public charter school open to any North Carolina student.  For more information about UCA generally, including how to enroll as a student, contact UCA at (336) 610-0813 or visit the UCA website at  UCA is located at 301 Lewallen Road in Asheboro.

Lisa Garrison
(336) 378-5432


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