Business In Brief - July 20, 2007

Belle Vive Spa & Wellness Centre adds services

FORT MILL -- Belle Vive Spa & Wellness Centre, at 134 Clebourne St, has added new services.

The spa has introduced three new chemical peel options: a Tri Blend Gel Peel, 15 percent Alpha-Beta Peel and 30 percent Alpha-Beta Peel. These peels resurface and provide deep pore cleansing, helping to alleviate congested skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Multiple package options are available, including a six session process that includes a micropolisher for at-home care during the peel process.

The spa offers Buff & Glow Treatment that includes a sugar scrub exfoliation, followed by a full-body tanning lotion application. This treatment is used to fight the effects of harmful UVA/UVB rays of the sun and tanning beds.

The spa also is offering the ancient practice of Ear Candling, which involves a process of cleansing the outer ear canal and is said to improve the sinuses and remove other impurities from the body.

Belle Víve Spa & Wellness Centre is a full-service salon and spa in historic downtown Fort Mill.

For information, call 548-8772 or visit

Ouzts and Delaney of Allen Tate recognized

Real estate broker Robert Ouzts and buyer specialist Connie Delaney of the Allen Tate Company have been awarded national designations from the National Association of Realtors.

Ouzts received the Certified Residential Specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialists. Fewer than 38,000 Realtors nationwide have earned the credential.

Delaney received the Accredited Buyer Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council. Only 32,000 Realtors nationwide hold this specialty designation for Buyer Representation.

Ouzts and Delaney represent buyers and sellers in the York County real estate market.

Sloan to direct S.C. financial education group

CLOVER -- Angela Sloan, president and CEO of Clover-based Sloan Financial Group, was recently asked to serve as South Carolina Chapter Director of the Foundation for Personal Financial Education.

The Foundation for Personal Financial Education is a non-profit, 501c3 organization dedicated to financial awareness in the community. It includes various financial professionals who donate their time to speaking and counseling. Financial advisers, attorneys, accountants, mortgage brokers, real estate agents and long-term care specialists conduct instructional workshops on a variety of topics ranging from retirement planning to estate planning.

Sloan has been in the financial services industry and a tax professional for more than 25 years. She has expanded her practice to now include insurance services. She specializes in income tax planning and conservative investments.

Comporium's directory service lands N.C. client

Randolph Telephone, located in Randolph County, N.C., and Comporium Business Solutions have announced that Randolph Telephone has contracted for Comporium's Directory Publishing Services.

Comporium Publishing has specialized in printed telephone directories for 75 years, producing not only directories for its own telecommunications company affiliate in South Carolina but also for numerous other clients throughout the United States.

In addition to the printed telephone book, Comporium Publishing will also provide Randolph Telephone with an Internet-based searchable database for online yellow pages ads.

Comporium Business Solutions provides support services to all sizes and types of telecommunications carriers and cable television operators. For information, visit

Carolina Sports to hold ribbon-cutting today

Carolina Sports in the Rock Hill Galleria, across from American Eagle, will hold a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. today. Refreshments will be served.

Carolina Sports' hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 329-8133.

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will assist with the event.

Regional chamber to hold training next week

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold Total Resource Campaign Team training from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the Rock Hill office, 116 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

The purpose of the team training is to provide team members with all the information they need to sell chamber memberships, sponsorships, and budget reduction trades.

The secured teams for this year include Bowater Inc., Coated & Specialty Papers Div., Chamber Ambassadors, Comporium Communications, First Citizens, Founders Federal Credit Union, Individuals, Piedmont Medical Center, Provident Community Bank, Rinehart Realty, South Carolina Bank & Trust, The Herald, Wachovia Bank, NA, York County Natural Gas and York County Regional Chamber Board.

Teams will be earning incentives over the course of the 10- week stretch and ultimately working toward the top producer trip to Cancun, Mexico, to be taken in January 2008. The campaign will kick off Aug. 1 with a goal of $165,000. Last year, the campaign brought in an unprecedented $127,000.

Anyone interested in providing a team or serving as an individual volunteer in the Total Resource Campaign can call Becky Adams at 324-7500 or e-mail

Dow closes above 14,000 for first time

NEW YORK -- Wall Street moved soundly higher Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrials to their first close above 14,000 as investors kept jitters about the economy at bay and focused on a string of upbeat earnings reports.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index also had a record close.

Profit news from companies like International Business Machines Corp., network equipment maker Juniper Networks Inc., and business software company SAP AG help lift stocks and boosted investors' appetite for technology issues.

Resurgent concerns about the health of subprime loans, which are made to borrowers with poor credit history, hurt financial stocks.