After work event brings 3 businesses together
BELMONT My Big Sister’s Closet, Anna P’s Consignment and Christopher’s 125 N. Main Restaurant, all of Lowell, teamed up to host the Montcross Area Chamber’s Network After Work event Aug. 21.
Chamber members and guests enjoyed networking, making business contacts and dining on food and beverages at 125 N. Main Restaurant, and scooping up discounts next door at My Big Sister’s Closet and Anna P’s. Prize drawings included a $328 Michael Kors purse, won by Angel Edwards, who was celebrating her birthday.
For chamber information, call 704-825-5307 or visit montcrossareachamber.com/.
Celebrating business growth
BELMONT Celebrating a major expansion, GiGi’s Boutique and Fine Consignment at 24 N. Main St. hosted a Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony.
GiGi’s owner is Grace Hohman. For more information, call 704-461-8053 or visit gigisboutique-nc.com.
Yoga studio opening in Pineville
PINEVILLE Thrive Yoga Fitness is hosting a grand opening celebration 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the studio, 600 Towne Centre Blvd.
There will be free classes all day with live entertainment, exhibits, vendors and food. Visit ithriveyoga.net for information.
Budget Bootcamp begins Sept. 24
LAKE WYLIE Pam Horack, owner of Pathfinder Planning LLC in Lake Wylie, is offering Budget Bootcamp 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 15 at Lane Realty, 4609 Charlotte Hwy.
This four-week intensive workshop of classroom training and real-life exercises is designed for couples to lay the foundation for building wealth. Learn to develop a commitment to financial planning, create a household budget specific to your family, work toward creating an emergency fund, develop a plan to pay off debt, determine insurance needs, develop a simple estate plan, begin to build wealth through retirement savings and establish a personal action plan.
Cost is $450 per couple. Singles welcome, but encouraged to bring a friend. Register at pathfinderplanningllc.com/budget-bootcamp.html or call 704-301-7522 for more information.
Launch Pad accepting applications
BELMONT The Gaston Regional and Montcross Area chambers announce the second annual Entrepreneurial Challenge – Launch Pad 2.0, a business plan competition designed to encourage, reward and support entrepreneurship and create jobs in Gaston County.
Contestants will have the opportunity to compete for grants of $12,500 (first), $7,500 (second), $3,500 (third) and a Best Pitch bonus of $1,000 based upon the audience vote during the live, final round.
Applications will be accepted from small business owners and entrepreneurs who have a desire to develop existing business or to start a new business in Gaston County.
Launch Pad participants will be judged on a point system based on the elements of a written business plan and an oral presentation of their concept. The judging panel will be made up of distinguished entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Final competition will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at Gaston College. For information, call 704-864-2621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock Hill lawyer named to best list
ROCK HILL Rock Hill attorney W. Henry “Hank” Sipe III of Sipe Law Firm, LLC was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Trusts and Estates. He has been listed for 13 consecutive years.
Sipe has more than 25 years of experience in estate planning, estate and trust administration, business/corporate law and tax. Sipe has a master of laws (LL.M.) in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, and is a certified tax specialist.
Farmers markets open
• The Clover Farmers Market behind Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St., is open 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays through fall, weather permitting. For more information, email@example.com
• Market at Inman Farms is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through mid-October. Market vendors must meet homegrown and handmade product criteria. Nonprofits, Scouts and church groups are invited to participate with fundraisers. For more information or to register, call 803-207-6682 or visitinmanfarmsyorksc.webs.com
Buy local with mobile app
ROCK HILL The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce announces a new buy-local partnership with Thanx Inc. to motivate people to support local businesses.
Thanx is a mobile application that connects businesses to 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 toward available rewards. As new merchants join, customers will be alerted through their mobile device.
Each participating business will have access to a private merchant analytics dashboard through Thanx, which reveals insights and data on that individual business. York County retailers, restaurants and service providers can get started with Thanx by calling 803-324-7500.
York County visitors app available
ROCK HILL The Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched its first mobile app: Visit York County, SC. It is available in the Apple Store for iPhone users and on Google Play for Android users.
Visit York County, SC is an eat, stay, and play app and was created to help visitors and residents find restaurants, places to stay, and things to see and do.
Visit visityorkcounty.com for information.
Join Gaston networking 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., Gastonia.
Each participant has an allotted time to talk about their business and its value.
Register to attend at gastonchamber.com.