Lake Wylie business receives regional award

January 3, 2014 

Lake Wylie business receives regional award

RBC Utilities Inc., a Lake Wylie business, has been named one of the fastest growing businesses in the greater Charlotte region. The utility contracting business is the seventh fastest growing privately held business as recognized by the FAST 50 Awards, sponsored by the Charlotte Business Journal.

Bill and Rose Cummings of Lake Wylie own RBC Utilities. The company installs water, sewer and storm drain utilities in both residential and commercial projects in the Carolinas. Offices are located in the Heritage Business Park on Charlotte Highway.

The FAST 50 businesses were selected and ranked by average revenue growth from 2010 to 2012. To qualify, business had to have at least $1 million in revenue in 2012. The numbers were analyzed and verified by CliftonLarsonAllen. RBC Utilities saw an average of 145 percent growth during the period.

The 50 recipients were honored at a December luncheon at the Ritz Carlton in Charlotte.

Join groundbreaking in York

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a groundbreaking for Silcotech Carolina at noon Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 1616 Timberland Court in York.

Silcotech operated by President Michael Maloney and Vice President Isolde Boettger, originated in Canada in 1998 and is new to South Carolina. They specialize in manufacturing precision silicone parts.

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Free financial workshops offered

Family Trust Federal Credit Union will offer a free money management workshop series at its Clover and Fort Mill locations beginning Jan. 14.

The series, “Know Your Dough: Inspiring Financial Freedom” will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Basic budgeting will be the first topic presented Jan. 14 at the Clover office, 1219 Highway 55 E. The speaker will be Jennifer Panther, certified financial counselor at Financially Focused Inc.

Registration is available at or call 803-326-2187. Handouts will be provided.

Other topics will include improving your credit score, home-buying basics and documents needed in the event of death or incapacity. Speakers will include representatives from Family Trust’s Mortgage Service Center and Mitchell Payne of Warner, Payne and Black. Participants will be entered to win prizes at each workshop.

Other Clover workshops: Improve Your Credit Score, Feb. 11; Home-Buying Made Easy, March 11; Growing Old is No Place for Sissies, April 7.

Fort Mill workshop: Home-Buying Made Easy, Feb. 4.

Restaurant Week Jan. 17-26

The winter installment of the semi-annual Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week will run Jan. 17-26, featuring 117 upscale restaurants in the metro Charlotte area offering three courses or more at dinner for $30 per person (not including tax and gratuity).

First-time restaurant participants include Nan and Byron’s in South End; Tanner’s Bistro & Lounge in uptown Charlotte; Chillfire Bar & Grill and Trattoria Al Gusto in the Lake Norman area; Rodi Med-American Grill in Gastonia; Stone Mountain Grill in Ballantyne; and Fish Market Bar and Grill in Fort Mill.

Visit to see participating restaurants’ prix fixe menus and reservation information.

Budget Bootcamp begins Jan. 21

Pam Horak of Pathfinder Planning LLC is offering Budget Bootcamp from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 21-Feb. 11, location to be determined. Registration deadline is Jan. 14.

This four-week workshop for couples will help shape up the family budget, strengthen savings, curb debt and work toward building wealth. Topics include budgeting, saving, debt management, insurance, estate planning and retirement for an action plan guide to meet specific goals.

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Family Trust gives more than $45K

Family Trust employees gave more than $45,000 to area charities in 2013, according to Sula Pettibon, chairwoman of the Employee Fundraising Committee.

The Children’s Attention Home, the Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County each received more than $10,000. The Worthy Boys and Girls Camp in Rock Hill, the Adult Enrichment Center in Fort Mill, the First Baptist Preschool in York and God’s Kitchen in Clover each received $3,000.

Employees also donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s project at the Children’s Hospital at the Greenville Hospital System, and to WRHI’s Toys for Happiness program benefiting local children.

Most of the money was raised during Family Trust’s annual Charity Golf Tournament in May. The remainder was raised through the sale of candy and stuffed animals. Eleven employees on the committee research area non-profits and select the recipients.

In 2014, the Children’s Attention Home, the Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home, and the Boys and Girls Club of York County will again benefit from the golf tournament on May 20.

Join Gaston networking 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., Gastonia.

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

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