Business In Brief - June 9, 2007

Rock Hill administrative professionals to meet

The Rock Hill Area Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will have its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the United Way office, 226 Northpark Drive, Suite 100 (under the Civitas). The meeting will include installation of new members as well as new officers and committee chairs for the upcoming 2007-2008 fiscal year. All administrative and office professionals are invited to come and bring a friend.

For more information, call Sara Hancock CPS at or visit

Rinehart Realty career night set for Tuesday

Rinehart Realty will hold a career night drop-in from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at both the Rock Hill location, 1339 Ebenezer Road and the Fort Mill location, 2879 West S.C. 160.

The event is open to people who are interested in a career in real estate.

For more information, call 329-3333.

Lancaster business after hours Thursday

LANCASTER -- Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will hold a business after hours event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at First Palmetto Savings Bank, 409 N. Main St., Lancaster. The event is also sponsored by Chick-fil-A and will include refreshments, networking and door prizes, which will include two tickets to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, previously known as the Peach Bowl. Business cards will be used for door prize drawings.

Reservations need to be made by Tuesday. Call 283-4105 or send an e-mail to

Lancaster Chamber's monthly meeting Friday

LANCASTER -- The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is starting a new series of monthly membership meetings open to all members, with the first meeting to be from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at USC-Lancaster.

Angela Marchi, CEO at Springs Memorial Hospital, will be guest speaker for this meeting. She will update the chamber membership about recent and planned expansions as well as new services at Springs Memorial. She also will discuss the new ambulatory surgery center planned for the Indian Land area.

Members will be notified and reminded about each monthly meeting by e-mail only. Any member who has not signed up to receive the notification is asked to contact the chamber office. There is no cost to attend the meetings, and coffee/doughnuts will be available. The meetings will feature local and state speakers of interest to the business community.

For more information, call the chamber office.

Lake Wylie business after hours Thursday

The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce will hold a business after hours event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at River Hills Marina Picnic Pavilion. The event also is sponsored by T-Bones on the Lake, Q-2-U Catering, Carteret Mortgage, Lake Wylie Business Centre and Lake Wylie Radio-WYLI-LP 93.7 FM.

Business cards will be used for door prizes.

Outstanding Advisor award goes to Carroll

Rock Hill native Larry Carroll recently received the 2007 Outstanding Advisor award from Registered Rep Magazine. The award honors outstanding financial advisers based on superior performance in money management and client service, acknowledged peer recognition and respect and philanthropic activities.

Carroll is the founder and president of Carroll Financial, a 30-person financial planning firm located in the SouthPark area in Charlotte. He is also the chairman of Park Sterling Bank, headquartered in Charlotte.

Carroll is profiled in the May issue of the magazine and was honored at a ceremony held at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City. The article noted his focus on retirement planning and his outstanding support for the local community in Charlotte and York County.

For more information, call Sandy Cleasby or Ruth Todd at Carroll Financial Associates at (704) 553-8006.

Joel E. Wood & Associates is York Business of Month

YORK -- Joel E. Wood & Associates has been chosen June Business of the Month by the Greater York Chamber of Commerce.

The company is a multidisciplinary professional civil/geotechnical consulting engineering firm located in their new offices at 2160 Filbert Highway. Their staff has provided a wide range of engineering services for residential, commercial, industrial and municipal projects across North and South Carolina.

The principal, Joel Wood, has more than 38 years of engineering, design and management experience and is supported by Christopher Wood and Andrew Wood, who have a wide background of experience in design and value engineering.

The company was chosen for being sensitive to their clients' needs and being responsive and dedicated to providing clients with innovative and cost-effective engineering solutions to a wide variety of design commissions. They also were cited for having a good working relationship with local/state agencies, which enables them to provide permits for projects in a timely manner.

Trade deficit dips in April; exports at all-time high

WASHINGTON -- The trade deficit dropped sharply in April as continued strong overseas demand pushed American exports to an all-time high.

The Commerce Department reported Friday that the gap between what America sells abroad and what it imports totaled $58.5 billion in April, a 6.2 percent decline from the March deficit.

Exports edged up 0.2 percent to a record $129.5 billion, reflecting strong sales of farm products, commercial aircraft and industrial machinery. Imports fell 1.9 percent to $188 billion, reflecting big declines in foreign car imports, televisions and clothing and a small dip in America's foreign oil bill.