Business In Brief - March 26, 2008

Operation Thank You slated for Friday

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Operation Thank You, an appreciation event for chamber members, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Eagle Room at Winthrop Coliseum.

The event, presented by Godbold Financial Associates, involves several volunteers hand-delivering membership materials to the chamber's 1,100-plus members and personally thanking them for their support. The membership materials include the new Business Resource Guide, a membership directory with faxes, Web site and e-mail addresses, a plaque and a decal. Chamber members are asked to be on the lookout for the delivery of their new membership materials between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Before the Business Resource Guides are delivered, the newly designed cover will be unveiled to the public at 8:30 a.m. by regional board chairman Wayne Wingate. Breakfast will be sponsored by Panera Bread. The event officially ends at 4 p.m. with a reception and prizes awarded to volunteers.

Complimentary Business Resource Guides will be available at the chamber offices in Fort Mill, Rock Hill and Tega Cay. For more information, contact Pat Pardue at 324-7500 or ppardue@

Marketing professional to speak Thursday

FORT MILL -- Fort Mill Friends in Business will host York Technical College's Paula Chapman for a marketing seminar at 8 a.m. Thursday at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church's ministry building, 292 Munn Road.

Chapman has more than 20 years of marketing and communication experience, and she and her husband own and operate a small business marketing company. The seminar is open to the public. Tickets are available in advance by calling 548-3559 or by e-mailing The Fort Mill chapter meets at 7:30 a.m. every Thursday at St. Philip Neri.

Toyota sponsors teen driving course

FORT MILL -- Toyota is hosting a free, hands-on teen and parent advanced driving skills program called "Toyota Driving Expectations" at Knights Stadium, April 4 through 6.

The program puts teens behind the wheel to face challenging, real-world scenarios under the supervision of professional drivers. It is one of the only programs of its kind that requires teens to attend with a parent or guardian so they can learn how to drive safely together. In Fort Mill, 14 program sessions will be held: two four-hour sessions on April 4 between 1 and 6 p.m., and six four-hour sessions on April 5 and 6 between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Registration is open online at www. toyotadrivingexpectations. com.

The driving courses help teens practice how to keep their eyes on the road, learn how anti-lock braking systems work on both wet and dry roads and demonstrate how everyday distractions, to which new drivers are especially prone, can have unexpected, hazardous effects. Parents also drive a distraction course so they can experience how reducing focus on the road poses serious dangers.

At the end of the program, to reinforce what they learned, teens and parents develop a safe driving contract together to be put into practice when they return home.