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Business Briefcase 1-30-19

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A weekly listing of area business news and events

United Way offers free tax preparation
United Way of Lancaster County volunteers in Indian Land and Lancaster are offering free tax return preparation starting Jan. 30 through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Tax preparation will be done at the Lancaster County Library and the Del Webb Library in Indian Land. The VITA program reaches out to people whose household incomes are $55,000 or less. Volunteers prepare basic tax returns, including Schedules A for itemized deductions, claims for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits, and the comparable state tax forms. Volunteers do not prepare business or complex returns.
Taxpayers must have photo identification and Social Security cards (or individual taxpayer identification numbers) for themselves, spouses and dependents. They should also bring wage and earnings statements (Forms W-2), interest and dividend statements (Forms 1099), a copy of last year’s return, and any other information concerning their income and expenses.
For joint e-filed returns, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
 To register for an appointment, call 2-1-1 or 1-(866) 892-9211.
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.
Tickets are $60 per member and $80 for non-members. 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.
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 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, such as farms, ranches, greenhouses, nurseries and forests. The fee is $100. To register, contact Paul Thompson at (803) 684-9919, ext. 112, or pthmpsn@clemson.edu.
Natural Foods Academy hosts cooking series
The Natural Foods Academy, 1030 Wells Lane, Indian Land, will host a cooking series, “The Power of Food for Prevention & Survival,” with classes beginning Feb. 7. Classes are offered as a four-week series, meeting once a week. The series will discuss the benefits of plant-based nutrition, and will include tips, live cooking demonstrations and lots of food. The cost of the series is $197. For details or to register, visit healthyinstructor.com/bonnie-jean-crook.
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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