Business In Brief - March 12, 2008

Bella's Red Hat Boutique to open Saturday

Bella Mitchell will open Bella's Red Hat Boutique at 11 a.m. Saturday and host a grand-opening celebration.

The shop will cater to the Red Hat Society, a women's social club, by selling clothing, jewelry, hats and boas. Mitchell said the store also has a tea room and will make space available for Red Hat Society events.

Bella's Boutique, to be located at 2443 Cherry Road behind Sake Express, will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. The store is closed on Sundays.

For more details, call Mitchell at (803) 207-2592.

Family Trust to sponsor teen finance event

Family Trust Federal Credit Union on Thursday will sponsor "Real Life ... Real Money," a youth financial education event for teens.

Teenagers are invited to the Family Trust office on Dave Lyle Boulevard from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, or they can visit other branches through the week. Participants will learn about online banking, security and identity theft prevention, budgeting, check writing, ATM and check card tips, and credit cards.

Participants can open a checking and savings account and receive a free gift, check card register and coaching on how to manage their account. They will be entered to win one of three $100 cash prizes.

For more information, contact Katie Stacks at (803) 367-4100 or

Chamber seeks human resource nominations

The York County Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and the York County Regional Chamber are seeking nominations for Human Resource Management Professional of the Year for 2008.

Nominations are being sought in four categories: human resources management consultant serving multiple organizations; human resources management professional for organizations of 200 or fewer employees; organizations with 201 to 750 employees; and organizations with more than 750 employees.

Anyone can nominate a human resource professional in any of the categories. Nominees must be employed in Chester, Lancaster or York counties or in Mecklenburg County, N.C. Nominations are due April 4.

Chosen nominees will be recognized during a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 29 at the City Club of Rock Hill. The awards are sponsored by the York County Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Family Trust Federal Credit Union and First Sun EAP.

For a nomination form, e-mail Russ Knight at, visit the York County Regional Chamber's Web site at www.yorkcountychamber. com, or call the chamber at 324-7500.

Google wraps up $3.1B DoubleClick deal

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's long-anticipated acquisition of online ad service DoubleClick is expected to turn the Internet search leader into an even more powerful marketing vehicle that's fueled by better insights about consumers.

The $3.1 billion deal, completed Tuesday after nearly a year of regulatory wrangling, also may intensify the pressure on Microsoft and Yahoo to resolve their stormy courtship so they don't risk further distractions while Google tries to sprint further ahead in the race for Internet advertising.

Google took control of DoubleClick hours after Europe's antitrust regulators removed the final stumbling block by approving a deal that was first announced 11 months ago.