Business In Brief - October 26, 2008

Mpact Systems is Small Business of the Month

Mpact Systems in Rock Hill has been named Small Business of the Month, a newly created award given by the York County Regional Chamber's Small Business Council.

Mark Mills is the company's owner and president. The company, founded 4 1/2 years ago, specializes in the integration of audiovisual, conferencing and automated control technologies for customers throughout the Carolinas. It has 14 employees along with several part-time installation partners.

For more information about the Small Business Council, contact Becky Adams at badams@yorkcountychamber. com.

Herb Kirsh gets Guardian of Small Business award

S.C. Rep. Herb Kirsh of Clover was given the 2008 Guardian of Small Business award by The National Federation of Independent Business, South Carolina's leading small business association. Kirsh represents the 47th District, which is composed of York County.

The Guardian of Small Business award is the most prestigious honor that NFIB bestows on legislators in recognition of their efforts to support small business issues. NFIB/South Carolina's Leadership Council voted to honor Kirsh for his work in this year's legislative session.

Seminar to focus on employment law issues

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Labor and Employment Law Seminar from 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in the training room at the Piedmont Regional Association of Realtors, 147 E. Main St. in Rock Hill.

The seminar, led by Michael D. Carrouth of Fisher & Phillips, will focus on how to understand today's employment law issues and how to effectively handle them. Topics to be covered include:

• Update and analyses on important court decisions and proposed legislation.

• Understanding and complying with the new South Carolina Immigration Law and other compliance issues.

• Avoiding common wage and hour pitfalls and headaches.

The program is designed to help managers, human resource managers and business owners identify these issues and to be able to address them. A continental breakfast will be sponsored by Andrew's Insurance Agency.

The cost is $35 for chamber members and $45 for nonmembers. The deadline to RSVP is Monday. To register, contact Trina Ricks at 324-7500 or e-mail her at tricks@yorkcountychamber. com.

Sweet Peppers Deli plans ribbon-cutting Tuesday

FORT MILL -- Sweet Peppers Deli, with the assistance of the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, will have a ribbon-cutting for its grand opening at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The deli is at 936 Market St., Suite 106, in Baxter Village, between Beef O'Brady's and Starbucks.

After the ceremony, from 5 to 9 p.m., the deli will contribute all of its proceeds to the Red Fez Shrine Club in Lake Wylie. The deli will open at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The owner is Tabitha Poteat. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For details, call 396-8888 or visit

For information on the event, call Trina Ricks at the chamber at 324-7500.

Citizens South Banking reports income decrease

Citizens South Banking Corp., the holding company for Citizens Southern Bank, reported net income for the quarter that ended Sept. 30 of $882,000, or 11 cents per diluted share, compared with $1.3 million, or 18 cents per diluted share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30, 2007. This represents a decrease of 39 percent and 38.9 percent, respectively, compared with the same quarter last year.

Mike Better joins Signature Event Group

Mike Better has joined Signature Event Group as staffing and recruiting manager.

Signature Event Group of Rock Hill is the parent company for The Side Porch, a high-end catering company and Picnic People Western Carolinas, specializing in corporate picnics and other casual corporate events.

Better will oversee staffing and recruiting for both divisions.

Eric Neigenfind trains in latest termite control

YORK -- Eric Neigenfind, employee and supervisor with Pioneer Services in York, has completed the master termite training program at Clemson's Sandhills Research Facility in Columbia.

The program includes the latest termite treatment technologies and techniques.

Neigenfind also recently passed the North Carolina Pest Control License examination, and the company can service customers in North Carolina.