Business In Brief - July 24, 2007

York County chamber luncheon Wednesday

The York County Regional Chamber will hold a membership luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the City Club of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St.

The featured speaker will be Charlie Miller, president and chief executive officer of Piedmont Medical Center, a position he has held since 1999. His topic will be "Healthcare in an Ever Changing World," with a focus on the uninsured, the aging population, the looming nursing shortage and key health-care issues facing York County.

The luncheon is sponsored by the Rock Hill Galleria.

Reservations are $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. There is limited seating this month. To respond or for more information, call Aimee Pertuset at 324-7500 or e-mail apertuset@

Wingate earns honors for insurance work

CHESTER -- Donald Wingate of United Insurance Co. of America in Chester has received several honors with the company.

He has been named Agent of the Month four times and was named Fire Agent of the Year for District 609 in 2005 and 2006. During his 39 years in the insurance business, he has served as agent, staff manager, district manager in 10 cities, field trainer and regional vice-president.

Wingate, formerly of Rock Hill, has been a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for 26 years and serves as the association's South Carolina state president.

United Insurance is located at 102 Crestwood Circle.

The phone number is 1-800-614-0090.

Lake Wylie chamber event Thursday

LAKE WYLIE -- Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce will hold a second business after hours this month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at City Tavern in RiverGate Shopping Center, 14142 RiverGate Parkway, Charlotte.

City Tavern is sponsoring the event, with assistance from Nationwide Insurance/Bill Buchanan Agency and AAA Carolina Mega Team at Re/Max Executive Realty. The event will include food and music by a steel drum band. Whippoorwill Ranch Carriage Tours also will offer guests rides in a horse-drawn carriage.

Call Susan Bromfield at 831-2827 for information about membership.

Starbucks raising its drink prices again

SEATTLE -- Starbucks is raising the price of its drinks again, this time by an average of 9 cents following a 5-cent hike last fall.

It is unusual for the Seattle-based coffee shop chain, whose stock has suffered in recent months, to raise prices even once a year. The last price increase before last October came in 2004.

The latest increase applies only to U.S. company-owned stores, but shops run by partners -- such as grocery stores and airport vendors -- often follow suit.

The increases, effective July 31, will apply only to brewed coffee and other beverages that baristas make.