Business In Brief - January 31, 2008

Bob Evans Restaurant goes smoke-free

Rock Hill's Bob Evans Restaurant, 520 John Ross Parkway, Rock Hill, this week announced its dining area will be 100 percent smoke-free effective Feb. 9.

The decision to change to a nonsmoking format is the result of customer comments, national and local restaurant industry trends and the U.S. Surgeon General's report on secondhand smoke issued in 2006, the company said.

Already, more than 80 percent of Columbus, Ohio-based Bob Evans Restaurants are smoke-free, with additional units expected in the future, the company said.

"We recognize that our customers and their families are increasingly interested in dining at nonsmoking restaurants," Bob Evans CEO Steve Davis said in a prepared statement. "We hope that this change will make our restaurants more welcoming."

The Manchester Village area restaurant seats 129 customers and employs about 50 workers.

For more information about Bob Evans restaurants, visit the Web site The Rock Hill location can be reached at 328-1122.

Financial consultants get new designations

Steve Heckard and Richard Heckard of Heckard Financial Services recently were awarded the Professional Plan Consultant designation from Financial Service Standards and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation from Fiduciary360.

The PPC designation signifies a commitment to education and service excellence in the qualified retirement plan industry. PPC designees have completed extensive course work and an examination and have to meet on-going continuing education requirements.

The AIF designation signifies knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies that meet a defined standard of care. The designation is the culmination of course work and an examination.

Heckard Financial Services provides wealth counseling to individuals and families as well as corporations.

Its address is 1162 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732. For details, call (803) 325-1020.

Sonny Hancock to host ribbon-cutting today

Sonny Hancock Galleria Automotive will have a ribbon-cutting at noon today at 2166 Manna Court, Rock Hill.

The used-car dealership has been open in Rock Hill for the past two months. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (803) 980-2244 or visit

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce is assisting with the event.

Entrepreneur classes open for registration

The South Carolina Women's Business Center is offering "The Entrepreneur's Blueprint" class beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 in Rock Hill.

The three-hour class, which will meet weekly until Feb. 28, provides aspiring and new business owners with information on the four "core" areas of new business development: goal setting, market planning, cash flow and operations planning.

The class meets at York Technical College's Baxter Hood Center. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Cost is $89 for the course series. Register at the Web site or call 325-2888.

The Daily Gamecock seeks former staffers

The Daily Gamecock, the University of South Carolina's student newspaper, celebrated its 100th anniversary this week.

As part of its celebration, The Daily Gamecock is looking for former reporters, writers, editors, photographers, designers or anyone who worked with the newspaper during the last century to attend an alumni event Feb. 22 through 24.

The celebration will include a cocktail party, a panel discussion, a campus tour, sporting events and a banquet. A block of rooms have been reserved for The Daily Gamecock alumni at the Clarion Hotel at a special rate.

Registration for the event will close Feb. 18. For more information, or to add your name to the alumni list, contact Meghan Goldfinch at (803) 777-6576, e-mail or visit the Web site alumni.