Networking focus of Feb. 5 meeting in Charlotte

January 28, 2013 

Sybil Melton, area director consultant for Business Network International, will hold an interactive networking workshop at the Feb. 5 meeting of The National Association of Women Business Owners, Charlotte Chapter.

Melton will hold an interactive networking workshop designed to give business owners networking skills necessary to activate and build relationships in business and community organizations. Both original and “new” definitions of networking will be explored and contrasted.

Melton is a graduate of Wake Forest University and received her MBA from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She and husband Ed owned and operated three companies in Connecticut. In 1999, they relocated to North Carolina and live in Sherrills Ford. She has been a member of BNI for 14 years and serves as area director consultant, providing networking training and support for the members of 11 BNI chapters in the North Charlotte area and in Hickory.

The meeting is 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at Byron’s South End, 101 W. Worthington Ave., suite 110, Charlotte, and will include networking time, lunch and speaker. Members and non-members are welcome. Reservations can be made at

Reunion Tradeshow Feb. 9 in Rock Hill

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. Some vendors will offer food samples, special offers and information that will help coordinators plan. There also will be information presentations by local travel and tourism professionals.

For more information, call 803-329-5200.

Learn about investing Feb. 12

The York County Library and Family Trust Federal Credit Union are offering free finances and money management workshops “Know Your Dough: Inspiring Financial Freedom,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the library on Black Street in Rock Hill.

Investing with Confidence will be held Feb. 12. Conducted by Matt Griffin, financial consultant at Family Trust Investment Services, get an overview of stocks, bonds and mutual funds, how to determine your tolerance for risk, asset allocation, diversification and rebalancing.

Handouts will be provided and books on the topic will be available for checkout.

Up next are: Identity Theft: Who’s got Your Number?, March 12; Legal Planning for Seniors, April 9.

Participants are asked to register at or call 803-326-2187.

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

Chamber selling charm bracelets

The Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the sale of a charm bracelet to mark the 125th anniversary of Clover.

The bracelet is $25, available from the Clover chamber and at Good Things Consignment & More and Siopa on Main, both in downtown Clover. The packaging for the bracelet has a card attached that tells when each of the 10 charms represents.

The bracelets are silver-plated and each charm has a special meaning for the town. The charms represent Clover’s name, an eagle for the home of the Blue Eagles, a Celtic braid for its Scotch-Irish heritage, a key to represent the key to Clover’s heart, a train to make its railroad history, a Palmetto for the state of South Carolina, a ball of yarn for the town’s textile heritage, the clover that grew under the town’s water tank, love to represent “the town with love in the middle” and a 2012 charm to mark the 125th year.

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