Business In Brief - September 14, 2007

Angels from Above opens at Cherry Center

Angels from Above, located at 1807 Cherry Road, is open for business.

The religious inspiration gift shop is located in the Cherry Center Shopping Center between CiCi's Pizza and TCBY Yogurt. It officially opened its doors Aug. 14.

The shop is owned by Bill Reich, who sells a variety of items including figurines, Communion dresses, baby gifts, Bibles, books, jewelry and more. Costs range from $1.77 to $77.77. Why so many sevens in his prices?

"It is believed to be known as the Blessed Mother's favorite number," said Reich.

Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 980-3033.

Bob Norwood buys Fastsigns franchise

Rock Hill businessman Bob Norwood recently purchased Fastsigns from Rob Sewell of Fort Mill.

The operation, one of more than 500 franchises affiliated with Texas-based Fastsigns, is at 2026 Cherry Road in Love's Plaza.

Fastsigns offers sign and graphic services, from vehicles to full-color graphics, site signs and materials for trade shows.

Norwood, 54, a Rock Hill native, purchased the shop in August and recently completed a two-week training course, which included product familiarization and production techniques, at Fastsigns headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

Norwood has served on the Rock Hill school board since 1996 and is in his fourth term as chairman. He spent 26 years in the insurance business before retiring from the Insurance Center in 2006, after 19 years.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, until 5 p.m. Fridays, and by appointment Saturdays.

For more information, call 980-7446, e-mail 461@, or visit the Web site

Entrepreneurs form Carolina Business Leaders

FORT MILL -- Area entrepreneurs have formed Carolina Business Leaders, a group created to help local business owners increase their client base through referrals, word-of-mouth advertising, and relationship marketing.

The group will meet from 7:45 to 8:59 a.m. Wednesdays at Ida Roselle's, 235 Main St.

Carolina Business Leaders is owned and run by its members. Carolina Business Leaders hopes to put the emphasis on leadership. Carolina Business Leaders plans socials, seminars and guest speakers.

The president is Ben Link.

Membership is open to anyone who owns a business and operates it full time; however, only one person per professional specialty is accepted. Anyone interested in membership can attend two meetings as a visitor. For information, contact Link at (704) 442-3417 or

York chamber receives Wal-Mart grant

YORK -- The Greater York Chamber of Commerce received a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to assist with planned renovations to the chamber office.

The chamber office, formerly the old railroad depot in York, will begin renovations this fall. The Wal-Mart Foundation provides funds for community projects across the county.

Sponsors sought for Chester tournament

CHESTER -- Sponsors are being sought for the Chester County Chamber of Commerce's eighth annual fall golf classic Oct. 17 at the Chester Golf Club.

The tournament will begin at noon, with lunch and a tee-off at 1 p.m. A business after hours event will follow at the Chester Regional Medical Center.

Anyone interested in being a sponsor can call the chamber at (803) 581-2431.

Michael Smith certified as family court mediator

Michael Smith, a partner with the firm of Morton & Gettys, has been approved to serve as a family court mediator.

Family mediation is a confidential decision-making process in which a neutral facilitator helps parties reach informed settlement of questions arising from separation, divorce or other family conflicts. Certified mediators must complete an approved 40-hour family mediation training course and meet certain continuing educational requirements.

Smith joined Morton & Gettys in 2003. He graduated cum laude in 1996 from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and earned his law degree from the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 2000.

A native of Rock Hill, Smith practices primarily in the areas of family, criminal and personal injury law. He serves on the board of directors for the Rock Hill Housing Development Corp. and on the Resolution of Fee Disputes Board for the 16th Judicial Circuit.

McColl, Richardson buy into Bojangles'

CHARLOTTE -- An investment group that includes Bank of America's former CEO and the founder of the Carolina Panthers has acquired a controlling interest in Bojangles'.

Falfurrias Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies based in the Southeast, will own more than 60 percent of Bojangles' Holdings, said Hugh McColl, who helped found the Charlotte-based investment group in 2006 after leaving Bank of America.

Also part of Falfurrias is Jerry Richardson, who founded the Panthers and remains president of the NFL team. Richardson also is the former CEO of Flagstar, which once was the parent of the Denny's, Hardee's and other restaurant chains. Richardson owns one of Bojangles' largest franchise groups.

Founded in 1977, Bojangles' has 386 locations in 11 states, Honduras and Mexico. The company posted record sales of more than $500 million in 2006.