York Electric’s annual meeting May 11 in York

May 5, 2013 

York Electric Cooperative Inc. will hold its 72nd annual meeting Saturday, May 11, at 1385 E. Alexander Love Hwy.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with entertainment by Carolina Rhythm from 9 to 11:45 a.m. The business meeting and prize drawing will be held at noon.

Friends in Business meeting May 15

Friends in Business of Lake Wylie, a local business networking group, will hold its May lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m. May 15 at All Saints Catholic Church.

The group meets at 8 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 lakewyliebusinesses.com.

Applications available for business competition

Gaston Regional and Montcross Area chambers of commerce has launched the Launch Pad, a business plan competition similar to television’s “Shark Tank.” Applications are due by June 28.

Grants will be awarded for first place, $12,500; second, $7,500; and third, $3,500.

The final competition will be held Oct. 17 at Gastonia Conference Center.

Small businesses or entrepreneurs with a desire to further develop existing business or start a business in Gaston County with ongoing mentoring and exposure are encouraged to apply.

The Launch Pad committee will review all applications and contact all applicants on July 19. All applicants will receive constructive feedback. Applicants will present their idea to the committee on Sept.10, where they will receive constructive recommendations to improve their presentation in anticipation of the Oct. 17 live competition.

Visit gastonchamber.com or montcrossareachamber.com and click on the Launch Pad logo for an application.

Lowe’s Shamrocks raise more than $8M for MDA

Shamrocks popped up at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores across the country this spring as Lowe’s and its customers raised $8.8 million during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s seven-week Shamrocks campaign.

Lowe’s and its customers have raised more than $38 million for MDA since 2001. In addition to their fundraising efforts, Lowe’s employees volunteer at MDA summer camps and other events throughout the year.

To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

Arts council to honor businesses

The Business and the Arts Partnership Award winner will be honored at the Arts Council of York County’s annual celebration June 13 at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St.

The award recognizes businesses for impact; involvement in the arts including employee volunteers, donation of in-kind services and goods, tie-ins that involve the arts in advertising, marketing, promotion and public relations campaigns, establishments of arts collections; and originality of the support programs.

Nomination forms, due at 5 p.m. May 30, are available by calling 803-328-2787 or at the office.

For more information, visit yorkcountyarts.org.

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