Lake Wylie Friends in Business meeting Oct. 2

September 28, 2013 

Friends in Business meets Wednesday

The Lake Wylie Friends in Business will hold its October breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. Oct. 2 at Grid Iron in Steele Creek.

This is a local business networking group seeking new members. The group meets twice a month. The October lunch meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at All Saints Catholic Church. Catered lunch is available and visitors are welcome.

The group is sponsoring the 17th hole during the Oct. 10 Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at River Hills Country Club.

Visit for more information.

4-H honors Tractor Supply in York

Tractor Supply store No. 1163 was honored by the national and York County 4-H programs for being the No. 1 store in the district of South Carolina with the highest Paper Clover donations for spring 2013.

In the Paper Clover program, for every $1 donation shoppers make to support 4-H youth programs at the store register, they receive a paper clover to sign and post in the store window. The money supports the national, state and local 4-H program.

Four York County 4-H members presented store manager Jeremy Jones with a certificate of appreciation.

For more information about 4-H, call 803-684-9919 or visit

Steele Creek resident hired as Thread Trail director

Karl J. Froelich of Steele Creek has been hired as the new director for the Carolina Thread Trail, effective Oct. 28.

Froelich brings more than 30 years of professional experience in management, business development and project administration to The Thread. Since 2010, he has been a consultant specializing in new business development and product commercialization for small businesses in the technology and energy sectors.

Froelich volunteered on greenway and trail initiatives, served on Mecklenburg County’s greenway advisory council, and later became a park and recreation commissioner for the county’s southwest district.

He also served as project manager for the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit land conservation group. He worked with conservation groups and government officials on land acquisition and fundraising efforts for the Nation Ford Greenway in York County and on greenway projects in Mecklenburg, Lancaster, Gaston and Cabarrus counties.

As director, Froelich will manage all aspects of The Thread’s operations including working with community partners and staff to add trail miles to the system, advancing fundraising efforts to engage new and existing donors and supporters, and securing funding for The Thread’s community grants program.

Froelich, who is an avid biker, kayaker and hiker, lives in Steele Creek with his wife, Sandy, and is the president of Steele Creek Residents Association and chairman of the neighborhood’s greenway committee.

N.C. Secretary of Commerce coming to Belmont

North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker will deliver the keynote address at the region’s second annual Entrepreneur Summit on Oct. 11 in Belmont.

A former Gaston County resident who joined the administration of Gov. Pat McCrory in January, Decker will speak following lunch at the Kimbrell Campus of Gaston College in Belmont.

The summit is part of the Montcross Area Chamber’s Forward Together initiative to create jobs in Gaston County by strengthening existing businesses, helping entrepreneurs start successful new businesses and attracting needed new businesses to locate here.

Leading off the summit will be a presentation “So You Have An Idea, What Now?” by Louis Foreman, CEO of Enventys and creator of the popular PBS television series “Everyday Edisons.” His design, branding and marketing company helps inventors bring new products and ideas to the market.

Also on the program will be panel presentations on funding new businesses, e-commerce and women entrepreneurs.

Presenters scheduled to appear include: IMAF Charlotte Executive Director Dan Gotte, SBA Lender Specialist Karen Hoskins, BB&T Market Leader Ben Edwards, SKoolAide founder Reg Gabriel, founder of eComDash Laura “Bell” Greeno, Lyerly Agency CEO Elaine Lyerly, Noire Naturals founder Ashleigh Thornton and My Big Sister’s Closet founder Janice Gravley.

Moderating panel discussions will be Dr. Cheryl L. Richards, CEO and regional dean of Northeastern University in Charlotte.

ImageMark Business Services is sponsoring the Keynote Luncheon with Secretary Decker. Other Summit sponsors are Wilbert Plastic Services, PSNC Energy, Duke Energy and Stress Free Home Care.

The summit begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Cost is $59 for Montcross Area and Gaston Regional chamber members and $79 for others. Register and pay online at, or call 704-825-5307, ext. 3.

Tailgate auction Oct. 19 in York

The Market at Inman Farms will host a tailgate auction at 10 a.m. Oct. 19.

The auction 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

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

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

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