Belmont business hosts Backyard griller contest

September 9, 2013 

Backyard griller contest this weekend

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

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

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

For information, call 704-829-7711.

Group to meet Sept. 18 in Lake Wylie

The Lake Wylie Friends in Business will hold its September lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at All Saints Catholic Church. Catered lunch will be available.

This is a local business networking group and is seeking new members. Visitors are welcome.

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 police officers will show parents how to properly install child safety seats.

For more information, call 803-487-6033.

Tailgate auction set for Sept. 21

The Market at Inman Farms will host tailgate auctions at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 and Oct. 19.

The auctions will be offered with Spaulding’s Auction Service. Spots can be reserved for $10. Items will be sold to the highest bidders.

The auction also will include market vendors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., music and barbecue. To register or for details, email or

Red Cross names interim director

The Palmetto SC Region of The American Red Cross welcomes Carey F. Smith as interim executive director of the Upper Palmetto Chapter in Rock Hill, serving Chester, Lancaster and York counties.

Smith hopes to enhance the chapters relationships in the community. He will work closely with the chapter’s board of directors and will assist with the operating responsibilities and fundraising activities for the chapter. Smith also will assist with the recruitment and selection of a permanent executive director.

Smith retired as city manager for the city of Rock Hill in November 2010. He has since served in an interim capacity as city manager for the cities of Georgetown and Hardeeville.

The Upper Palmetto Chapter is part of the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region, which is made up of seven Red Cross Chapters in 35 counties of South Carolina.

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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