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Business Briefcase 1-23-19

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A weekly listing of area business news and events

Forever stamp prices going up 10 percent
If you’re looking to save money on postage, now is the time to buy first-class stamps.
On Jan. 27, the price of a Forever Stamp jumps from 50 cents to 55 cents, the largest percentage increase in three decades.
The Postal Service is also increasing other prices. Flat-rate shipping boxes and envelopes will cost more. Priority Mail Express rates will increase 3.9 percent, and Priority Mail will increase 5.9 percent.
The U.S. Postal Service is a standalone federal entity run by a board of governors that makes pricing decisions.
The agency lost $3.9 billion in fiscal 2018. Among the reasons were higher health-care and pension costs and a 35 percent decline in mail volume from the previous year.
Pesticide exam workshop Jan. 25
A full-day preparation workshop for the Core and Category 3 Pesticide License Exam is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Clemson Extension Service office, 120 N. Congress St., York.
The workshop will include a review to prepare students for the exam, which is required to obtain a license for applying pesticides on lawns and landscaped areas.
The registration fee is $50, which includes lunch. Applicants may order study manuals for $40 more.
To register, contact Paul Thompson at (803) 684-9919, ext. 112, or pthmpsn@clemson.edu.
Restaurants part of Queen’s Feast
Two restaurants with local ties are taking part in Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week through Jan. 27. During the event, the restaurants are offering three-course prix fixe dinners for $35 per person. See Queen’s Feast menus online.
• Global Restaurant, owned by Indian Land residents Bernard and Shannon Brunet and their son Oscar, offers an international menu. The restaurant at 314 Main St., Pineville, is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3:30-10 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call (704) 835-1072 or visit global-restaurant.com.
• Red Rocks Cafe - RedStone, owned and operated by John Love and Ron Herbert, offers a contemporary American menu. The restaurant, at 9662 Redstone Drive, Indian Land, is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call (803) 547-3200 or visit redrockscafe.com.
Chamber’s annual Soiree Jan. 30
The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will host its 63rd annual Soiree Jan. 30 at The Lodge at Sun City Carolina Lakes, 2955 Sun City Blvd., Indian Land. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by a meal and live music.
Ticket prices are $60 per member and $80 for non-members. The reservation deadline is Jan. 28. For details, call (803) 283-4105 or email Melissa@lancasterchambersc.com.
Morning Business Connections Feb. 1
The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s next Morning Business Connections is 8:30-9:30 a.m. Feb. 1 at INSP’s CrossRidge Café, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land.
S.C. House District 45 Rep. Brandon Newton and S.C. District  16 Sen. Greg Gregory will provide a legislative update.
RSVP to Brenda@lancasterchambersc.com or (803) 283-4105.
UW seeks tax prep volunteers
United Way of Lancaster County is looking for volunteers to do taxes for Lancaster residents this tax season. For details or to volunteer, call (803) 283-8923.
Volunteers will be trained with Internal Revenue Service tax materials to help people whose incomes are $54,000 or less with their federal and state individual income tax returns. Accounting experience not required.
Private pesticide training class Feb. 6
A class for people interested in taking the Private (Pesticide) Applicator License Exam is 1-5 p.m. Feb. 6 at the York County Extension Office, 120 N. Congress St., York.
Certified private applicators, as defined by federal law, are private property owners or their employees who apply restricted-use pesticides to their own property to produce agricultural commodities or on
associated non-cropland. This includes farms, ranches, greenhouses, nurseries and forests. It does not include ornamental landscapes, lawns or vegetable gardens for personal consumption.
The fee is $100.
To register, contact Paul Thompson at (803) 684-9919, ext. 112, or pthmpsn@clemson.edu.
IL Rotary Club meets at Cruzin Reubenz
Indian Land Rotary Club welcomes anyone interested in putting “Service Above Self.” The club meets at 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Cruzin Reubenz, 8390 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. For details, contact Don Hagwell at (216) 533-0150 or dhagwell@yahoo.com.
SBDC offers free business services
The Small Business Development Center offers free business services Feb. 7 (first Thursday of each month) at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, 453 Colonial Ave., Lancaster.
Business consultant Eduardo Venegas offers business planning, financing options, marketing assistance, sales and growth strategies, financial management, human resources, veterans and minority business programs and resources and referrals.
For details or an appointment, call (803) 283-4105 or visit www.winthropregionalsbdc.org.

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