Clover’s Eng School of Self-Defense students kick out hunger

December 14, 2012 

Eng students kick out hunger

Students at the Eng School of Self-Defense in Clover spent the evening of Nov. 20 kicking for a cause with the school’s first fundraiser, dubbed Kick Hunger out of Clover.

The students generated pledges to raise money for the Clover Area Assistance Center, a nonprofit food bank. CAAC currently supplies several days of food to 300 to 350 households every month.

On the day of the event, they came to class for a quick warm-up and stretch and the kicking began. The kids accumulated more than 200 kicks each, with three students determined to break their pledges.

Morgan Osborne of Rock Hill, and Michael McCann and Nathan Brooks, both of Clover, all worked up to 320 kicks each. Eli Bowers is credited with the single largest amount of money raised with $300.

The kids have “exceeded any goals we could imagine for a first-time event, raising $716,” said owner and instructor Brian Boling.

Boling said the students also have been collecting toys for Toys for Tots.

Eng School of Self-Defense is located at 503 N. Main St. in Clover.

Reunion Tradeshow vendor space available

Plans are under way for the second annual Reunion Tradeshow to be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Baxter Hood Center.

The event will feature area attractions, hotels, caterers and other local vendors with products and services that support reunions, club parties and social gatherings.

Businesses and organizations interested in reserving booth space can download the application at, or pick up an application at the York County Visitor Center at the Baxter Hood Center. The deadline to submit an application is Dec. 28.

For more information, call 803-329-5200.

Business growth workshop scheduled

The Chester County Economic Development and South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership are hosting a Business Innovation Masterclass Workshop to help companies implement a sustainable business growth system. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at Gateway Commons Business Park, 3200 Commerce Drive, suite B, Richburg.

South Carolina’s leading economic development engines along with statewide private consulting groups are facilitating the event. This half-day workshop will teach companies how to implement a sustainable system to introduce new products or services, expand into to new markets, and launch new messaging campaigns. The workshop covers business innovation strategy, marketing, and modeling and simulation for growth. Executives and upper level managers from manufacturing and distribution companies are encouraged to attend.

The workshop facilitators are representatives from the SCMEP, which will help participants with developing better business innovation strategies to benefit companies. Participants will learn how Nike, Hewlett Packard, Walt Disney, Procter & Gamble, Slumberger and Ford Motor Co. have applied this system to generate sustainable business growth.

The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. To register, call 803-252-6976 or visit

Friends in Business invites new members

Friends in Business of Lake Wylie is a local specialty-business networking group that welcomes visitors.

The group meets at 7:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Cafe 49, and 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at All Saints Catholic Church. For more information, call 803-631-5161 or visit

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