Fort Mill Times

Business in Brief - July 23, 2008

Brad Little
Brad Little

Tega Cay Bash set for Saturday

The York County Regional Chamber and the Tega Cay Area Council will present the eighth annual Tega Cay Bash from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Tega Cay Golf Club and Community Center. This year's theme is "Football Fever!"

Entertainment will be provided by the Rum Punch Bandits, and there will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, games and contests. Come and show your spirit by wearing your favorite school or professional team colors.

The Kitty & Bruce Updike Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual for their strong commitment and service to the Tega Cay community, will also be presented. This individual will have been a member of the York County Regional Chamber for at least three years, and shown sustained commitment to serving the Tega Cay community through involvement in the chamber or other local civic organizations.

Tickets cost $35 in advance for chamber members or $40 at the door. For tickets, call 324-7500 or 547-5900.

Shope earns certification

Christine Shope of Fort Mill has earned the Certified Administrative Professional rating from the International Association of Admin-istrative Professionals.

This advanced professional designation requires applicants to satisfy education and experience requirements, and pass a comprehensive four-part examination.

Shope has been an administrative professional for 25 years and a member of the Rock Hill Area Chapter of IAAP for four years. She received a diploma in desktop publishing and design from NRI School in Washington, D.C., in 1993 and works at Citicorp Trust Bank in Fort Mill as an administrative technician IV for the director of communications.

Little appointed

Brad Little of Fort Mill was recently appointed to the Case Handyman and Remodeling Franchise Advisory Council. He is one of eight Case Handyman and Remodeling business owners out of more than 50 to receive this special appointment.

Advisory council members are those consistently demonstrating excellence in quality and craftsmanship. The purpose of the council is to provide advice and feedback from a franchisee standpoint to assist in shaping the direction of Case Handyman and Remodeling.

Springs exec reappointed to state board

Springs Global Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety Ralph "Nick" Odom has been reappointed to the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education by Gov. Mark Sanford.

Odom has served on the board since 1996 and served as its chairman from 2002 to June 2008. He also served two terms as vice chairman, and chaired the board's Economic Development and Training Committee. Odom has also served on the board's Fiscal, Audit and Personnel Committee.

Simms joins American Community Bank

Aaron Simms has joined American Community Bank as the city executive for the Tega Cay and Fort Mill markets. Simms has worked as a business banker in the area for the past 10 years, most recently with First Charter.

American Community bank is headquartered in Monroe and Charlotte, and has four branches in York County.

Posh Pineapple is open

Tiffany Gilliam and Linda Wilhelm branched out on their own nearly a year ago to open the Posh Pineapple, a salon at 1642 Hwy. 160 West, suite 108.

Both had been cutting hair at Dolce Lusso in Baxter where Gilliam was a co-owner. They have been friends for years, since attending beauty school together.

"I left Dolce Lusso to open a smaller, more intimate salon with Southern hospitality," Gilliam said.

Both owners have been in the styling business for the past decade. The Pineapple specializes in color and highlighting, and is an official Redken salon. The owners believe in thorough consultation with clients to ensure they get the right cut.

The salon, which is near Jump 'N Java Cafe, is open "10-ish to 7-ish," Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday, and serves men, women and children. Men's haircuts start at $25, women's at $42. Hair coloring costs $70 or more.

Network in Baxter

Business Networking International meets at 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning at Beef O'Brady's on Market Street in Baxter Village off Hwy. 160 West, Fort Mill. Everyone is welcome to stop in.

BNI also has an Indian Land Chapter. For details, visit, call (704) 966-6692 or send an e-mail to

Move Fort Mill Forward meets

Move Fort Mill Forward, formerly known as the Fort Mill Downtown Association, meets quarterly at Edward Jones Investments on Main Street, and the public is invited. For information, e-mail Chip Smith at

Learn to invest

A four-week financial workshop for individual investors is hosted by local Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Keith Sandvoss at his office at 208 Main St., Fort Mill. The class meets every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the year.

The workshop is a way to learn how to save, invest and work toward financial goals. Whether you're just starting out or want to learn something new, the workshop will give you real-world strategies that are easy to follow. For more information, call


Make a friend in business

Fort Mill Friends in Business consists of local business owners and managers that have organized to provide quality services to the community. The group was established to help local businesses interact with other local business owners to present opportunities to expand their markets. For more information, call 396-9913.

CBL group meets

Carolina Business Leaders, a networking and community development group of business owners and professionals from Fort Mill and surrounding areas, meets 7:45-8:59 a.m. every Wednesday at Ida Roselle's on Main Street in Fort Mill. For more information, call (704) 572-0732.

Businesswomen meet monthly

The Professional Business Women Club meets at 12:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Fort Mill Golf Club. Annual dues cost $20 for York County Chamber members and $40 for non-members. Cost for the lunch is $12. Call the group's information mailbox at 396-8815 for details.

--compiled by staff