Lake Wylie Friends in Business meeting Sept. 4 in Steele Creek

August 31, 2013 

Group to meet Wednesday in Steele Creek

The Lake Wylie Friends in Business’ September Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Randazzos’ Grid Iron in Steele Creek.

The group meets twice a month The lunch meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at All Saints Catholic Church. Catered lunch available and visitors are welcome.

This is a local business networking group and is currently seeking new members. For more information, visit

Budget Bootcamp begins Thursday

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

Tourism summit Sept. 5 in Rock Hill

The Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau and York County Partners in Tourism will host the 2013 Tourism Summit from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Baxter Hood Center.

The program, “Building our Bridge to the Future,” will feature keynote speaker Berkeley Young of Young Strategies Inc sharing travel trends.

Marion Edmonds, director of communications for SC Parks, Recreation & Tourism will discuss ways that York County “hidden gems” can produce jobs and impact economic development.

Joe Taylor, president and CEO of Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, will share the Quad Cities best practices for partnering.

The final topic of the program will feature a panel of travel and tourism experts sharing information on the successes of partnerships in travel and tourism. The panel will include, Mike Butts, executive director of Visit Charlotte/Charlotte’s Got-A-Lot; Jayne Scarborough, director of the Olde English District Tourism Commission; Joe Taylor, president/CEO of Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau; Helen Hill, executive director of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Lisa Meadows, executive director of the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Travel and tourism industry partners and supporters of tourism, which includes, but not limited to attractions, hotels, restaurants, meetings and events venues, retail shops and recreational facilities will also be in attendance.

There is no cost to attend. A complimentary breakfast will be served. Register by Sept. 3. Call 803-329-5200.

Meet Launch Pad contestants Friday

Gaston Regional Chamber’s First Friday Focus will be held at 7:30 a.m. Friday, 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

Discovery Place posts new hours, film

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 5, Discovery Place’s fall hours will take effect.

Operating hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Discovery Place will be closed today, Sept. 3, and Wednesday, Sept. 4, for staff development.

The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre new film, “Jerusalem,” presented by National Geographic opens Sept. 21. “Jerusalem” takes viewers on a journey into one of the world’s most ancient and enigmatic cities and explores the intersection of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in this holy place. The movie also follows prominent archaeologists as they uncover Jerusalem’s history and discover the unique crossroads of civilization.

Discovery Place is located at 301 N. Tryon St. For more information or to see more events, call 704-372-6261 or visit

Hiring heroes job fair Sept. 10

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, along with lead sponsor First Command, will host “Hiring Our Heroes – Charlotte,” a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at ECPI University, 4800 Airport Center Pkwy.

More than 50 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America’s biggest employers to dozens of small companies from the region.

The event also will include a free Hiring Our Heroes employment workshop that features one-on-one mentoring sessions on resume building, job search tools and interviewing techniques for all job-seekers.

Interested job seekers should register for free at Walk-in job seekers are allowed; veterans must provide proof of service.

Backyard griller contest Sept. 13-14

The seventh annual Summer Sizzlin’ at Caravan in Belmont starts Sept. 13 with judging and awards on Sept. 14.

This is a non-sanctioned event and is not open to professional teams and individuals. Applications are due Sept. 10.

The public is invited to come out Sept. 14 for samplings beginning at 11 a.m. and to vote for “People’s Choice” award.

For information, call 704-829-7711.

Small Business fair Sept. 21 in Clover

Fred Caldwell Chevrolet will host the first Fred Caldwell Small Business Vendor Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at 974 Bethel St.

Businesses include Tino’s Window Tinting, All Things New, Parker’s Body Shop, Nobel Wheel Repair and Performance Dent Solutions.

“We wanted to create an event that not only provided a tremendous value to our customers, but also rewarded the vendors we use every day to make this a great place to do business, Caldwell said.

There will be food and live music entertainment, and local police officers will show parents how to properly install child safety seats.

For more information, call 803-487-6033.

Harris Teeter gives peachy 26K pounds

Harris Teeter and its vendor Titan Farms on Thursday donated about 26,500 pounds of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

This donation is part of the retailer’s participation in the “Peaches with A Purpose” program sponsored by peach grower Titan Farms. The program spanned four weeks in July and encompassed 150 Harris Teeter stores in North and South Carolina.

For each peach customers purchased during the campaign period, Harris Teeter in turn donated a peach to the food bank. The total donation is in excess of 53,000 pounds of peaches; Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC in Winston-Salem and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte benefit from the program.

Septic business opens in Fort Mill

Billy Blair and Ken Gallentine are partners in City Septic, located on Highway 160 West in Fort Mill.

The firm hopes to stress to homeowners the value of preventative maintenance when it comes to septic systems. Recent rains, they said, have created more demand for septic services as septic fields have become saturated.

For information on City Septic, call 803-984-2655, 803-984-2473 or email

Hawk’s Creek underway

M/I Homes of Charlotte recently held a ribbon cutting for its new development, Hawk’s Creek at Tega Cay on off Gold Hill Road by Highway 160 West.

Hawk’s Creek has 159 home sites. Two home plan collections will be available. Construction will begin this fall.

For information go to

Novant Health signs on to save parade

Novant Health has signed on as the parade’s title sponsor for the next three years for Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, guaranteeing this 67-year tradition will continue.

The parade will now be produced by Charlotte Center City Partners.

US News & World Report included Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Parade on its list of America’s Best Thanksgiving Day Parades.

A meeting for anyone interested in participating or volunteering will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18, location to be determined. Potential participants, volunteers or sponsors may call 704-332-2227.

The Carrousel Scholarship program will continue this year as it has in past years.

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

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

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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