Reunion Tradeshow Feb. 9 in Rock Hill

February 4, 2013 

The second annual Reunion Tradeshow will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Baxter Hood Center.

Tourism professionals representing area attractions, hotels, caterers and meeting venues will be available to give helpful tips for planning reunions, club parties and social gatherings.

Presentations on the essentials of planning a reunion will be given by the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Olde English District Tourism Commission.

There will be door prizes and three grand prizes – an iPad mini, one-year membership to and a York County/Olde English District gift basket. To register for the grand prizes, visit through Friday, Feb. 8.

The Reunion Tradeshow is free and open to the public.

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.

Chamber after hours event set

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce invites members to its next Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Lake Wylie Bowl N Bounce at Lakeside West center off S.C. 49.

The event is sponsored by Elrod Pope Law Firm. For more information, call 803-831-2827.

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

Duke gives $4M grant to Clemson

As part of its commitment to bolster South Carolina’s manufacturing base, Duke Energy will fund the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development with a $4.11 million grant to manage educational, research and outreach activities in support of workforce development and STEM education.

The move will spur job growth by helping develop a labor force with specific skills in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — and specifically in advanced manufacturing to support South Carolina’s burgeoning manufacturing industry.

Duke The Center for Workforce Development will oversee distribution of these funds to partner institutions that include universities, technical colleges, K-12 institutions institutions and STEM-oriented organizations through competitive grants, scholarships and internships.

Barbecue chain recognized at ‘Breakout Brand’

Restaurant trade publication Nation’s Restaurant News has named Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q one of the industry’s “Breakout Brands” of the year. “The NRN 50” list highlights the most exciting emerging restaurant concepts that are making their marks through innovation experiences and cutting-edge cuisine.

The article cites Jim ‘N Nick’s emergence as a visionary for effecting change in the national food system through a combination of networking with the farming community, to utilizing local produce and heritage-bred, free-range pork. Owner Nick Pihakis is commended for connecting pitmasters, fine-dining chefs, and other likeminded individuals to further this movement and devotion to high-quality food. A state-of-the-art inventory and personnel-management system are other factors warranting Jim ‘N Nick’s inclusion in this esteemed group.

Jim ‘N Nick’s barbecue style was developed by Pihakis and his father Jim Pihakis, and passed on to local owners across the country. The brand’s first unit was opened 25 years ago in Birmingham, Ala., in 1985 and today there are 30 Jim ‘N Nick’s locations in Colorado, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, including one on Highway 160 in Steele Creek.

Economic developer gets scholarship

Friends Underwriting Economic Development last week presented Jason Flora, marketing specialist with York County Economic Development Board, with a scholarship to help offset costs associated with attending professional development classes.

FUED distributed a total of $3,925 among five economic developers from throughout the 16-county region. This is the fourth year the group has awarded scholarships, the largest number awarded at one time.

“We appreciate FUED’s recognition of the critical role that regional economic developers play in growing a healthy economy,” said Charlotte Regional Partnership President & CEO Ronnie Bryant. “The scholarships often make the difference in whether these professionals are able to take classes that make them even more effective in working with clients that bring jobs and investment to our region.”

FUED works with the Charlotte Regional Partnership on an annual golf outing that’s used as the major source of scholarship funding. The Partnership, a nonprofit, public/private economic development organization, positions and markets the 16-county, two-state area to be globally competitive, resulting in increased job creation and investment opportunities that expand the state and local tax base.

FUED, a group of realtors, property developers, accountants, attorneys, bankers and other professionals from around the region, meet informally the second Tuesdays of most months at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille.

The Charlotte Regional Partnership 16-county region encompasses Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties in North Carolina and Chester, Chesterfield, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina.

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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