Archer Automotive opens in Lake Wylie
LAKE WYLIE Ted Bowman of Lake Wylie opened Archer Automotive, LLC, with Scott Kelly of A & K Rebuilders, at 3386 Hands Mill Highway, York.
Bowman was the master auto mechanic at Lake Wylie Auto Care since 2007 before the business recently sold. Bowman has 20 ASE certifications, three Master Certifications and more than 27 years of experience.
“It seems almost every time I go to the store, I run into someone who has been looking for me, because I used to do the work on their cars,” Bowman said. “Scott and I have enjoyed the mutual benefits of pooling our experience and resources.”
Archer Automotive is a general auto repair service company, performing maintenance, diagnostics, and repair on foreign and domestic cars and trucks. A & K Rebuilders continues to build high performance and racing engines, as well as building custom cars and performing antique car restoration.
“We can help you with the high performance and off road parts you want installed, things that other shops can’t or won’t do,” Bowman said.
Bowman also is a partner in Archer Limousine LLC, a Lake Wylie business specializing in nights out, events and airport shuttle service.
Archer Automotive is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 803-979-7704. For Archer Limousine info, call 803-979-5602.
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.
Rock Hill lands data center Immedion
ROCK HILL Immedion, LLC, a South Carolina-based dedicated data center and Cloud services provider will open its fifth data center in Rock Hill by the end of the year. The newest data center will be at 471 Lakeshore Parkway in Rock Hill’s 200-acre business park, Tech Park, and will be launched in conjunction with Comporium, Immedion’s major investor.
“The Rock Hill location will further enhance Immedion’s disaster recovery offerings to our customers located in other parts of the Carolinas and elsewhere,” said Immedion CEO Frank Mobley.
In business since 2007, Immedion’s services include Cloud computing, colocation, dedicated Internet access and managed technology services that allow companies to minimize the downtime of critical computer systems.
For more information, visit immedion.com.
Entrepreneur Summit Oct. 10 in Belmont
BELMONT Entrepreneurs and business owners will converge in Gaston County at the third annual Entrepreneur Summit 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Kimbrell Campus of Gaston College.
Best-selling author and professional trainer Tim Connor will deliver a keynote luncheon presentation on “Keeping Your Sales Process Relevant.”
Gaston County’s Julie Busha, who appeared on the ABC hit TV show “Shark Tank,” will present her marketing of a unique slaw-salsa hybrid condiment she created called Slawsa. In just two years, she has placed Slawsa in the relish aisles of more than 5,200 stores in the United States and Canada, and expects to be distributed coast-to-coast in 2015.
Leading off the summit and serving as host will be Jesse Cole, founder of Team Cole and Associates and managing partner of the Gastonia Grizzlies baseball team. He recently was named Executive of the Year by his league.
“The purpose of the summit is to bring valuable information on starting and growing successful businesses to current and future business owners in our area,” said Ted Hall, president of the Montcross Area Chamber.
Cost is $45 for Montcross Area Chamber and Gaston Regional Chamber members, and $60 for others. Register or for a list of more speakers, visit MontcrossAreaChamber.com or call 704-825-5307.
Curves offering open house
YORK COUNTY Curves will hold an open house this week through Sept. 20 offering free workouts and tours.
Gyms are at 131 N. Main St., Clover, and 2034 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Contact Clover Curves at 803-222-9893 or email@example.com, or Rock Hill Curves at 803-328-0766 or 9B28WIO@curvesmail.com.
For more information about Curves, visit curves.com.
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.
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.