Lake Wylie Chamber after hours Aug. 22

August 19, 2013 

  • More information Farmers market open Fort Mill’s new farmers market is open at 121 Monroe St. The market is managed by the Fort Mill Economic Council in cooperation with the town of Fort Mill and runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 26. The market is for vendors selling agricultural products, produce and plants produced or grown themselves in South Carolina or North Carolina. Brokers will not be allowed. Each 10-by-10 space costs $10, and vendors provide their own tent. Completed applications and the required documentation must be received two weeks before the vendor expects to sell. Applications are available by calling 803-207-0851 or by emailing

After hours event Thursday

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce and Allen Tate Realtors will hold a Business After Hours event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Allen Tate office, 1000 Village Harbor Drive.

United Way hires new president

The United Way of York County has hired Rebecca Melton as its new president and chief professional officer.

Melton has been executive director of the Children’s Attention Home since 2011. Before that, she was chief executive officer of the Upper Palmetto Chapter of the American Red Cross for 23 years.

“Her proven experience in non-profit organizations, her knowledge of county needs, and her relationships in the York County community are strengths that will enable her to continue to move the United Way forward in meeting the needs of this area,” said Judy Mobley, chairwoman of the United Way’s board of directors.

Melton’s first day with the United Way will be Aug. 28.

Apple season begins in York

Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill in York will open for the 2013 apple season.

This year the orchard will be offering tastings of its award-winning hard ciders, as well as offering their usual apple products. The hours of operation, apple picking conditions, and calendar of events can be found at

Budget Bootcamp begins Sept. 5

Pam Horack of Pathfinder Planning LLC will be offering Budget Bootcamp, a hands-on four-week intensive workshop of classroom training and real-life exercises to get participants financially fit.

The first session will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 5-26 at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church. The second session is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 22-Nov. 12, location to be set.

Taught by a live instructor, this program is designed for couples to lay the foundation for building wealth by developing a commitment to financial planning, creating a household budget and emergency fund, paying off debt, determining insurance needs, estate planning, retirement savings and an action plan.

Cost is $450 per couple, but singles welcome, too.

For more information, call 704-301-7522 or visit

Meet Launch Pad contestants

Gaston Regional Chamber’s First Friday Focus will be held at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Dogwood Room. Contestants of the Launch Pad will be introduced to business community.

• Round 2 Presentations to Committee, 4-6 p.m. Sept. 10-11, Gaston Regional Chamber. The field will be narrowed down to the final contestants who will compete at the Oct. 8 event.

Sponsored by Parkdale, Duke Energy and GSM Services, Launch Pad is an entrepreneurial challenge of the Gaston Regional & Montcross Area Chambers of Commerce with a total of $23,500 in grants awarded to the top three finalists.

Launch Pad Live Competition, which is open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Gaston College, Kimbrell Campus & Textile Technology Center auditorium.

For more information, and to see the list of contestants and mentors, visit

Protect our troops, send sunscreen

Local Mary Kay consultant Heather Catts is asking the community to help protect our troops through Operation Sunscreen.

Mary Kay has teamed up with Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to the troops, to supply soldiers with suncare products.

A suncare package – which includes broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen, lip protector broad spectrum SPF 15 and package of cleansing cloths – costs $40. Donations are tax deductible. To make a donation, call 704-231-5760 or email

Join Gaston network program

The Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Prospects Pipeline meets at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the chamber office, 601 W. Franklin Blvd.

Each participant has an allotted time to talk about their business and its value.

Register to attend online at

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