Business In Brief - June 13, 2007

Business before hours Thursday in Rock Hill

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a business before hours from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Griffin of Rock Hill, 515 S. Anderson Road.

Chamber members are invited for a light breakfast and the unveiling of the new Buick Enclave. A response is not required. Chamber members can bring business cards to register to win door prizes.

For more information, call Sonja Burris at the chamber office, 324-7500, or e-mail sburris@yorkcountychamber. com.

Park Pointe Village chef attends culinary training

Antoine Robinson, chef at Park Pointe Village, along with 20 chefs from ACTS Retirement-Life Communities recently completed a culinary training program provided by The Culinary Institute of America in New York.

Each year, ACTS sends its chefs to the culinary school. This year, members of the ACTS culinary and nutrition services team spent a week in training with focus on preparation of healthy choice desserts, preparing gluten-free products and Latin-American cuisine.

The program is part of the ACTS' employee training branch, ACTS Corporate University, which provides educational and professional growth opportunities for residents and employees.

ACTS Retirement-Life Communities is the parent company of Park Pointe Village. Park Pointe Village is a continuing care retirement community in Rock Hill for people older than 62, offering resort-style retirement living in private residences with access to assisted living and skilled nursing care through ACTS Life care program. The community offers one- and two-bedroom apartment and villa residences on a 66-acre campus.

For more information, call Cindy Pettys at 980-8623.

Lancaster's first chamber monthly meeting Friday

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

Angela Marchi, CEO of 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 about meetings by e-mail. Any member who has not signed up to receive the notification is asked to contact the chamber office. The meetings are free, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the chamber office at 283-4105.

Corestaff team members receive certification

Corestaff Services, with headquarters in Charlotte, announces that Tom Gibson, vice president/general manager; Susanna McCraw, vice president of sales; and Anna Hudson, vice president of service, received their certified staffing professional certification through the American Staffing Association.

They are responsible for the Carolina Region of Corestaff, including the Rock Hill offices.

Rise in bond yields sends stock market down

NEW YORK -- Wall Street plunged Tuesday as investors, driving the Dow Jones industrial average down nearly 130 points, grappled with a seemingly relentless rise in bond yields.

It was a fitful trading session that saw stocks tumble, claw their way back and then plummet again when the yield on the 10-year Treasury note soared to a five-year high of 5.27 percent. The climb in bond yields exacerbated jitters about mortgage rates rising, which could hurt the already sluggish housing market, and about the Federal Reserve hiking interest rates, which would slow down corporate dealmaking.

Surging takeover activity had helped boost stocks to record levels until a week ago, when the benchmark 10-year Treasury note's yield passed 5 percent, unnerving stock investors and triggering a selloff.