Bricks 4 Kidz kicks off summer camps

June 10, 2013 

Bricks 4 Kidz kicked off its first summer camp season with a Montcross Area Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony May 24.

Colleen Kirk Gozur brought the Bricks 4 Kidz program to Gaston County in fall 2012, and offers classes in Steele Creek at Berewick Elementary and Palisades Episcopal schools. Bricks 4 Kidz after-school classes and summer camps integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts as children build motorized models using LEGO bricks.

Summer camps will be held throughout the area, including Steele Creek locations and two weeks of camp at the J. Paul Ford Recreation Center in Belmont.

For more information about Bricks 4 Kidz programs, call 704-574-9140 or visit

Realtors graduate Allen Tate training

Allen Tate Realtors announces the following individuals have graduated from the company’s Winner’s Edge training in the Charlotte region:

• Lake Wylie: Trisha Graves, Diane Kuiper and Anthony Sconzo.

• Steele Creek: Janice James, Darius McClure, Stacey Sheridan and Lakisha Summerson.

Exclusively for Allen Tate Realtors, Winner’s Edge is a required, comprehensive real estate training program. The curriculum includes the latest in national real estate trends, technology, license law, sales and marketing techniques, integrated with detailed information about the local real estate market. As a result of this intensive course of study, Realtors are equipped with the latest tools in the industry in order to serve their clients in a knowledgeable, caring and professional manner.

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.

For more information, visit

Friends in Business to meet

Lake Wylie Friends in Business will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. June 19 at All Saints Catholic Church.

Applications available for business competition

Gaston Regional and Montcross Area chambers of commerce have 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 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 or and click on the Launch Pad logo for an application.

Airport offers parking tips

Charlotte Douglas International Airport says expect congested parking lots during summer travel as airlines report an increase in passengers.

Along with signs on roads near the airport alerting drivers if parking lots are open, Charlotte has added smart phone access ( for up-to-date parking information. Visit to view real-time parking information, along with a real-time parking map application, on the airport’s parking status page or call 704-359-5555.

For guaranteed parking, CLT suggests using the Business Valet deck at the corner of Wilkinson Boulevard and Harlee Avenue. At $10 a day, it is a five-minute shuttle ride to and from the terminal.

Other parking options include: Long term, $5 daily; Daily, $7 daily; Curbside valet, $19 daily; free cell phone lot.

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