Business In Brief - August 16, 2007

J.C. Penney gives grants to two YMCAs

The YMCAs on Charlotte Avenue and in Clover each received a $10,937 grant from J.C. Penney to give after-school financial assistance to 20 children in kindergarten through grade 12, according to a company press release.

The grants will be given for children who are not participating in an after-school program because their families lack the necessary financial resources, or because the children are on the verge of having to leave their after-school program because of the lack of funds.

The grant comes from the J.C. Penney Afterschool Fund. In addition, the company will give each of the local Ys about 20 $50 gift cards to help students buy school clothing and supplies.

Loan help offered for military entrepreneurs

COLUMBIA -- The South Carolina Women's Business Center has announced it will help with the Small Business Administration's Patriot Express Pilot Loan program targeted toward the state's military community.

The Women's Business Center will facilitate the Patriot Express Loan to statewide military community members, including veterans, service-disabled veterans, active duty service members eligible for the Transition Assistance Program, Reservists and National Guard Members, spouses of the aforementioned, and widowed spouses of service members or veterans who died during service or of a service-connected disability.

The low-interest loans are available for most business purposes, including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory or business-occupied real estate purchases. Once qualified, loans are available up to $500,000 and will be eligible for SBA's maximum guaranty of up to 85 percent for loans of $150,000 or less, and up to 75 percent for loans over $150,000 up to $500,000.

For more information on the Patriot Express Loan, visit index.html. For more information on the Patriot Express Loan or other Women's Business Center services, contact Jeannie Jones at (803) 461-8900, Ext. 232, e-mail, or visit the Web site at

--Notary public seminar Aug. 23 at York Tech

A free notary public seminar will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at York Technical College for all South Carolina notaries and those interested in becoming a notary public. The seminar is being offered by Secretary of State Mark Hammond and will address state laws governing notaries, notary responsibility and liability and penalties.

Registration will be held in the Anne Springs Close Library Bowater Room at the college at 452 S. Anderson Road. The course will end by 7:30 p.m. Contact Pat Hamby of the Secretary of State's Office at (803) 734-2512 or to pre-register.

For a complete listing of seminars offered across South Carolina, visit the Notary Web site, notary_seminar.html.