Business In Brief - August 23, 2007

Footprints to provide mental health treatment

Footprints South Carolina will provide mental health treatment in York, Chester and Lancaster counties beginning Sept. 4, according to Lucy Easler, director of clinical services.

The outpatient mental health provider will be located at 454 S. Anderson Road, Suite 2. Three therapists are expected to begin in September, bringing employment at the center to eight.

Footprints is the first South Carolina branch for the service provided in 29 North Carolina counties.

Appointments are available during evening hours and weekends as well as traditional office hours. Clinicians will travel to alternate sites if necessary. Services will include diagnostic assessment, one-on-one intervention, mentoring, job training and developmental therapies.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 322-8897 or 1-866-217-3737.

Bank of York names two as vice presidents

YORK -- Two have joined the Bank of York as vice presidents, according to a company statement.

Robert G. Sandifer Jr. will be the commercial relationship manager covering the bank's entire service area, and James D. Westmoreland III will be the commercial relationship manager in the Lake Wylie office.

Sandifer has been in banking in York County for more than six years. He received his undergraduate degree at Clemson University and his master's degree in business administration at Winthrop University. He is a 2007 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He serves as president-elect of the Rock Hill Kiwanis Club and is on the local and state board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Westmoreland is a native of Clover and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the South Carolina Banker's School and the South Carolina Banker's Association's Commercial Lending School. He has eight years of experience.

Bank of York was formed in 1935 and has offices in York, Rock Hill and Bethel/Lake Wylie.

Small business seminar Monday at Winthrop

Seminars on "How to Start a Small Business" will be conducted at 6 p.m. Monday at 212 Thurmond Building, College of Business at Winthrop University.

Sponsored by the Winthrop Small Business Development Center, the sessions are free and will provide information needed to start a small business, write a business plan and apply for financing.

The Small Business Development Center is located at 118 Thurmond Building. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fridays.

For information, visit the Web site at or call the office at 323-2283.

Speakers planned for 3D September conference

Representatives from Bell Helicopter, Burton Snowboards and Honda Japan are among industry leaders to speak at the 3D Systems World Conference from Sept. 24 to 27 at the corporate headquarters in Waterford Business Park in Rock Hill.

3D employees use three-dimensional technology and computer-aided software to design models and prototypes for everything from cars to hearing aids.

The conference will include classes, hands-on training sessions, presenters and exhibits.

For qualified attendees, there is no conference or registration fee, and 3D Systems will pay for food, in-town transportation and entertainment. For information, visit

3D Systems moved its headquarters to Rock Hill from Valencia, Calif., last fall. The company and York Technical College recently opened 3D Systems University next to the headquarters.

China lashes out at U.S. over product safety

BEIJING -- China, on the defensive over the safety of its products, lashed out Wednesday at the U.S. by claiming its soybean exports contained pesticides, poisonous weeds and dirt and blaming American manufacturer Mattel in part for lead tainting that prompted the recall of millions of toys.

China is facing a global backlash after discoveries of high levels of chemicals and toxins in a range of Chinese exports from toothpaste and seafood to pet food ingredients and toys. Beijing has tried to defend its safety record and reassure consumers by highlighting similar problems in other countries.

Motorola's new Q phone hits online store

CHICAGO -- The next generation of Motorola's Q smartphone went on sale online Wednesday through Verizon Wireless, and will be available in Verizon Wireless's retail outlets on Aug. 29.

At retail outlets, the Q9m, as it's dubbed, will cost $300 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year wireless plan with Verizon. Until the phone hits stores, Verizon is offering it online for $200 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a wireless contract. The original Q, in May 2006, was Motorola's first smart phone featuring a full typewriter keyboard. The new Q has improved battery life and runs on Windows Mobile 6.0.

Motorola says the Q keyboard prevents finger slippage.

The Verizon Q is equipped for music, featuring two stereo speakers and a dedicated user interface for Verizon's V Cast music service.

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