More than 400 York County business and community leaders are expected to attend the 15th annual Meeting and Awards Program of The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce on Thursday at the Events at Manchester, 1965 Cinema Drive in Rock Hill.
Regional Chamber Chairman, Jeff Bushardt of Comporium Communication passes the gavel to Jerry Helms of Carowinds, chairman for 2014. Also on the program is recognition of several of York County’s outstanding business representatives.
Awards will be presented to the Business Person of the year for the Fort Mill, Rock Hill and Tega Cay areas; Small Business Achievers and Small Business Person of the Year awards; the Ambassador of the Year recognition; Lifetime Business Achievement Award; and Duke Energy will present The Eddie Black Memorial Award, recognizing an individual who has worked for positive progress in the York County.
• WRHI of Rock Hill will carry Charlotte Knights baseball for the 2014 season., broadcasting Knights games except mid-week day games.
The Knights and WRHI have been radio partners since 1991, the team’s second season at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill.
The “Voice of the Charlotte Knights” Matt Swierad will return for his 17th season behind the microphone. Swierad, a veteran of more than 3,000 professional baseball broadcasts, has been calling games for the Knights since 1998.
The Knights flagship station is ESPN 730 AM. Knights games can also be heard online at charlotteknights.com, ESPN730.com, and WRHI.com.
• National moving company Two Men and A Truck recently filmed a commercial at the Indian Land community of Barber Rock.
The Charlotte area was selected for its selection of homes, climate, and ultimately, its people. Local actors were cast for the roles and the film site is owned by Matthews-based builder, Bonterra Builders.
The commercial follows a typical family through their daily routine which does not change during their move day. The movers work seamlessly with the ebb and flow of the family’s schedule until every piece of furniture is out of the house and the truck is ready to go.
The commercial is expected to air on TV in February.
• The Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau is holding a Harry Potter Costume Contest on Feb. 15 in conjunction with the International Quiddich Southern U.S. Regional championship.
The costume contest is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex in Rock Hill.
Participants of the costume contest can dress as any one of their favorite Harry Potter characters. Contest registration will be on-site and is open to youth and adults of all ages. There are two age brackets,youths 12 and under and ages 13 and older. There will be two winners each each bracket and the winners will receive two tickets each to Carowinds.
This will be the first time that Rock Hill has hosted the International Quidditch Southern US Regional Championship. The field will have up to 20 college teams including Florida State University, University of Miami and Winthrop University.
For information about the Harry Potter Costume Contest, contact the Rock Hill/York County CVB at 803-329-5200.
• WTVI PBS Charlotte is holding a contest to highlight nonprofit groups
The winning group will receive $10,000 in free underwriting on PBS Charlotte! Plus. PBS Charlotte will create a video story/profile of each of the finalist and the profiles will air during “Carolina Impact.” To enter, nonprofits should send three paragraphs: one describing a nonprofit’s story/mission, another on how many people the nonprofit serves and the last on how winning the $10,000 in underwriting would advance the nonprofit’s cause. Nonprofits in York and Lancaster are eligible. Information should be e-mailed by Feb. 14. to firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Recycled Closet, carrying new and recycled clothing, jewelry and other accessories for women and teenage girls has opened at 2210 India Hook, Suite 107 in Rock Hill. Owner Lori Benson finds and purchases the store’s inventory to assure consistent style and quality. She acquired her passion for fashion while living and shopping in Tokyo for 15 years. The Recycled Closet is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For information go to ShoptheRecycledCloset.com or call 803-517-5507.
• Mercury Marine and Tracker Marine Group, Gregory’s Marine and RV, LLC of Rock Hill has been named the Mercury, Mercruiser and Tracker Marine official dealership for the Southern Charlotte and The Olde English District of South Carolina.
Gregory’s Marine and RV, LLC, has been in boating repair and service business for 30 years. In February 2007, Gregory’s moved operations to its current location at 3021 Mt. Gallant Road in Rock Hill. With the addition of Tracker Marine, Mercury and Mercruiser lines, Gregory’s Marine will be adding 21 new boats to its current used and consignment inventory. Winter office hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
• Chip Smith of Fort Mill has retired from EW Process, a distributor of industrial equipment headquartered at 100 Main St. in Fort Mill.
Smith founded Process Equipment, Inc. in 1990, which became EW Process in 2009 when the company merged with Emory Wilson Industrial. The company, grew from three to the 23 employees and more than $15 million in annual sales. Smith is leaving to dedicate more time to a non-profit organization he founded, Education Equals Hope, which provides scholarship assistance to needy children in Ecuador, Haiti and Uganda.
Mark Pettibon replaces Smith as president. Pettibon previously was president of PEP Filters and former partner in Process Equipment, Inc. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and lives in Rock Hill.
Michael Taylor has been promoted to vice president of sales. Taylor has been with Process Equipment and EW Process 17 years, serving as the regional sales engineer for the Greenville/Upstate. He is a graduate of Clemson University.
• The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce has a new buy-local partnership with Thanx Inc. Thanx is a mobile application that connects businesses directly to their customers and allows them to reward those customers with each return visit. Using the app, customers can flip through a list of all participating local merchants and track their progress towards available rewards; and as new merchants join, customers will be alerted right away through their mobile device.
This project is the latest effort in the Regional Chamber’s Buy-Local campaign, encouraging York County consumers to keep their dollars here at home. For information contact Alisha Rosenthal at 803-324-7500.
• Advanced Home Care has opened a Rock Hill store at 2067 Celanese Road. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 803-285-2026. Services include oxygen therapy, CPAP, infusion and nutrition and home medical equipment.
• The York County Community Foundation is accepting applications from eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, congregations, governmental and educational institutions for its 2014 Grants Program.
Priority will be given to projects and programs in the following areas: Arts & Culture, Education: K-12, Environment, Health and Human Services. Proposals must fall within one of these areas to be considered. Additional guidelines can be found at the Foundation’s website www.yorkcounty-cf.org. Deadline to register is Feb. 28. asfasf
Tuesday - Piedmont Family Practice at Baxter Village is having a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. at 502 Sixth Baxter Crossing, Suite A in Fort Mill.
Same day or next day appointments are available. Hours of operations are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 803-835-2088 for appointments or go to www.PiedmontFamilyPracticeAtBaxter.com.