Business In Brief - November 27, 2007

Educator to speak at chamber lunch

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host Ann Marie Stieritz, statewide coordinator for the Regional Education Centers, at its November membership luncheon Wednesday.

The luncheon will begin at noon at the City Club of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St.

The topic will be the Education and Economic Development Act. The event is sponsored by Venture Industries and Junior Achievement of York County.

Reservations are $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. To reserve space or for more information, contact Trina Ricks at 324-7500 or

Ship On Site to cut ribbon at new store

YORK -- The Greater York Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting for Ship On Site, an office and shipping supply store, at 11:30 a.m. today.

The store, owned by Darryl Cook, opened recently at 1240 Alexander Love Highway, Suite 104, York. Ship On Site offers copies, faxes, passport photos, rubber stamps, business cards, invitations, greeting cards and gift items. Ship On Site also provides packaging and shipping via DHL, FedEx and UPS. The store also offers eBay online auction services.

Tega Cay networking event to be Thursday

TEGA CAY -- Members of the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce are invited to Networking in Tega Cay from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fishbone Grille at 501 Crossroads Plaza, Tega Cay.

The free event will include networking and complimentary food and drinks. No reservations are required, but attendees are asked to bring business cards. For more information, call Pat Pardue at 324-7500.

Weakening credit market unnerves investors

NEW YORK -- Wall Street sold off sharply Monday as concerns about a weakening credit market wiped out investors' enthusiasm about strong retails sales over the holiday weekend. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 240 points.

The Dow's decline from its mid-October closing high is now 10.03 percent, putting the blue chip index past the 10 percent threshold that signifies a correction.

The swoon comes as investors were unnerved by another series of announcements that pointed to continuing problems in the credit markets, the result of home loan debt going bad under the weight of a faltering housing market.

'Cyber Monday' kicks off online shopping season

NEW YORK -- After a long weekend of battling maddening crowds at the malls, the last thing most people want to do is go back to the stores after work to do more shopping.

To make it easier for the bruised, battered and otherwise shopped-out, retailers kicked off the official start to the online season, dubbed "Cyber Monday," with lots of come-ons to keep the cash registers ringing as consumers return to work.

With an overall holiday season that is expected to be the weakest since 2002, and the number of new online customers leveling off, Web retailers are dangling even more incentives to keep them buying online, from fat discounts to free shipping without minimums.