N.C. Secretary of Commerce in Belmont Friday
BELMONT North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker will deliver the keynote address at the region’s second annual Entrepreneur Summit on Friday, 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 MontcrossAreaChamber.com, or call 704-825-5307, ext. 3.
Strike Back offers classes in York
YORK Strike Back Self Defense for Women and Children is holding self-defense classes for women and teens at the York Recreation Center on White Rose Lane.
A class will be held for women from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, and Oct. 28. Each class costs $25.
A class for ages 13-21 will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 2. Cost is $35 per person.
Strike Back is owned by Alicia Bolin and Carrol Ostendorf. Both are black belt martial artist and certified instructors from the R.A.D. Systems of Self-Defense (Rape Aggression Defense System).
For more information, call 803-684-3742.
Friends in Business meeting Oct. 16
LAKE WYLIE The Lake Wylie Friends in Business will hold its lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at All Saints Catholic Church. Catered lunch is available and visitors are welcome.
This is a local business networking group seeking new members. The group meets twice a month.
The group is sponsoring the 17th hole during Thursday’s Oct. 10 Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at River Hills Country Club.
American Society of Safety Engineers announces Local Safety
OSHA compliance training Oct. 24-25
STEELE CREEK A two-day OSHA safety certification course will be held for general industry and construction firms from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24-25 at the Charlotte Police & Fire Training Academy, 1770 Shopton Road.
The program is intended to help businesses stay current on requirements of the Occupational Safety & Health Act. The course teaches recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health exposures in business and industry. Information regarding worker’s rights, employer’s responsibilities and how to file a compliant will be included.
The classes are open to the public. Both general industry and construction programs will run concurrently. Membership in ASSE is not required. Either course costs $99 with a $20 discount for those who register by Thursday, Oct. 10.
Participants will receive an official 10-hour Department of Labor OSHA Card.
Tailgate auction Oct. 19 in York
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.
Farmers market open
FORT MILL 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 email@example.com.
‘She’s Strong’ begins Nov. 14
LAKE WYLIE Elite Combat Defense Tactics, suite 102 at Shoppes at the Landing, is offering a 12-week “She’Strong” course for females ages 15 and older beginning Nov. 14.
This course is focused on teaching women how to defend themselves against an assault. The course consists of two classes a week for 12 weeks to ensure each participant feels comfortable with the techniques so it can be instantly recalled if a situation occurs.
Coaches are owner Eric Schanno and head coach Josh Flamm. Flamm started boxing in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the age of 5 moving to kickboxing at 10. At 15, he started Karate and then Taekwondo, gaining senior levels of black belt in both. He trained and instructed in Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu and MMA through his 20s and 30s, enhancing the overall aspects of his self-defense program.
To sign up or for more information, call 803-746-7176 or visit elitecombatdefense.com.
Chamber honored with award
LAKE WYLIE Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce has been selected for the 2013 South Carolina Excellence Award by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce.
Each year the SBIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community.
For more information, visit sbiec.org.
Join Gaston network program
GASTONIA 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 gastonchamber.com.