Business In Brief - December 9, 2008

Administrative professionals to meet

The Rock Hill chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet at 6:30 tonight for their annual Christmas social.

The group will meet at the School of the Deaf and Blind, Midlands Outreach Center, 197 Piedmont Blvd., Suite 202.

Those attending are asked to bring a gift of $15 or less to exchange.

FireBonz receives business honor

FireBonz All American BBQ & Grill on Cherry Road in Rock Hill has been selected for the 2008 Best of Rock Hill Award in the restaurants category by the U.S. Local Business Association.

The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country.

Each year, the USLBA identifies local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

FireBonz is an active member of the Rock Hill community, supporting local schools with Family Night fundraisers and donating items and food for various charity events around town.

Reynolds & Reynolds Printing wins award

The York County Regional Chamber's Small Business Council has awarded Reynolds & Reynolds Printing with its newly created Small Business of the Month Award.

Reynolds & Reynolds Printing, at 1330 W. Main St., is a commercial printing company that offers a wide range of printed products including business forms, brochures and stationary. The company, started in 1984 by brothers Don and Ray Reynolds, has nine employees.

Their primary focus is on high-end four-color products such as sports media guides, color rack cards and art prints. The company has printed the annual Vernon Grant Christmas cards since starting 24 years ago.

Ray Reynolds, owner of Reynolds & Reynolds, has lived in Rock Hill since 1950. He attended Rock Hill High School and earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of South Carolina. He is married to Debbie Reynolds and they have two children and one granddaughter.

For more information about Reynolds & Reynolds Printing, call 803-324-7520 or e-mail

Tribune media seeks bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK -- Media conglomerate Tribune Co., smothered by $13 billion in debt and a drop-off in advertising, on Monday became the first major newspaper publisher to seek bankruptcy protection since the Internet sent the industry into a tailspin.

Most of the company's debt comes from the complex transaction in which the company was taken private, with employee ownership, by real estate mogul Sam Zell last year. Although Tribune's next major debt payment isn't due until June, the company has been in danger of missing financial targets set by its lenders.

Other newspaper companies have also struggled with their debts, but many have negotiated with lenders to ease their targets in exchange for higher interest rates.

Anheuser-Busch InBev to cut 1,400 U.S. jobs

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Anheuser-Busch InBev announced Monday it would cut some 1,400 U.S. jobs.