Business briefs for Oct. 3

October 3, 2013 

Clover surveying business owners

The Clover Economic Development Board is inviting all Clover business owners to complete a short survey.

The survey will help the board to develop strategies for improving the existing business climate and to better market the town to industries and businesses looking to relocate and/or expand.

The survey link is available on the town’s website at Blank surveys also are available at Clover Town Hall, 114 Bethel St. Survey responses will be collected until Oct. 18.

Windy Hill plans harvest festival

Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill, 1860 Black Highway, York, will host its 20th annual harvest festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

The event will include hay rides, fresh apples and apple products, scarecrow making, apple cider tasting, music, apple butter making, blacksmith demonstrations and more. Hard ciders will be available in the cider garden from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Johnny Appleseed story and apple cider making demonstrations will be at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m.

Family Trust marks five years in Clover

Family Trust Federal Credit Union will celebrate five years of serving the Clover community this week.

The celebration will include daily giveaways and a hot dog lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 for members and business partners.

“We are grateful to be a part of the Clover community for the past five years. This community is supportive and has welcomed us with open arms” says branch manager Cathie Sherer of Sharon.

Since its beginning in 1957 as the Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Co. Credit Union, Family Trust has grown to serve more than 45,000 members with its seven York County branches.

The Clover office opened in September 2008. The branch supports Clover schools and chamber events, and will host Know Your Dough, a free four-month money management series for the public in early 2014.

Inman Farms plans pumpkin contest

Inman Farms will host a Pumpkinpalooza pumpkin decorating contest from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5. Winners will be announced at noon.

Categories are, ages 4 to 6; 7 to 8; 9 to 10; 11 to 12; and family/adult. A grand prize will be given and there will be prizes for each age division and treats for every contestant.

Group or individually prepared pumpkins may be carved, painted or decorated with any material. Contestants may register between 10 a.m. and noon.

Pumpkins must be finished at home and brought to the event decorated. Contestants may glue or pin objects, paper and material to the pumpkin, cut designs in the pumpkin surface, dress them up and draw or paint on the surface or carve or hollow out the pumpkin.

Pumpkins may be picked up after prizes are given. Contestants will be given a number when they register; do not put your name on the pumpkin.

To register, email

York County Natural Gas offers seminars, tailgate

York County Natural Gas will observe National Public Natural Gas Week Oct. 6 to 12. This nationwide event is intended to build public awareness about the value of a locally operated natural gas utility.

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, seminars will be offered on tankless water heating. Register online for a free lunch and learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or an after-hours session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The session will be led by Rick Hopkins from Gardner March and will offer information on the technology and cost benefits.

On Friday, Oct. 11, York County Natural Gas will have a fan appreciation tailgate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 965 W. Main St., with a free barbecue lunch and other foods. The community can tour the showroom, have cider on the patio and visit with vendors including Rinnai, Empire, and SC811. Big Stuff will visit with the Winthrop cheerleaders. Natural gas vehicles will be on display and visitors can register for hourly prize drawings including a Grand Prize Broilmaster Grill.

For details, contact Amy Cassidy at 803-323-5350 or

York schools hosting Oct. 14 vendor fair

The York school district will host a vendor fair as part of its instructional in-service day on Monday, Oct. 14 at York Comprehensive High School. The event will offer local businesses a chance to network with about 300 educators to promote their products and services.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with set-up beginning at 7 a.m. The cost is $100, with the fee waived for nonprofit groups, and a box lunch is included, with a table to display products, brochures and other items. The cost is $50 for each additional table. Electrical outlets will be available to vendors on a first-come, first-served basis due to space restrictions.

Deadline to register and pay is Oct. 9.

For details, contact Maria Duncan, director of human resources, at 803-684-9916 or email

Inman Farms to host tailgate auction

The Market at Inman Farms will host a tailgate auction at 10 a.m. Oct. 19.

The auction will be offered with Spaulding’s Auction Service. Spots can be reserved for $10. Items will be sold to the highest bidders.

The auction event also will include market vendors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., music and barbecue. To register or for details, email or

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