Business Briefcase 2-27-18

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A weekly listing of area business news and events

HOPE offers free tax preparation help
HOPE in Lancaster, 2008 Pageland Highway, Lancaster, will be offering free tax help through SC Thrive noon-3 p.m. Feb. 28. To qualify for this free service, applicants should have an adjusted gross income of $65,000 or less per year for individual filers and $95,000 or less for married coupes filing jointly. For details or to request an appointment, call (803) 577-3456 and leave a message and number.

Morning Business Connections March 1
The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s next Morning Business Connections is 8:30-9:30 a.m. March 1 at INSP/CrossRidge Cafe, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land.
Michael Bilodeau with MPV Properties will speak on development in Indian Land.
This free event allows chamber members the opportunity to introduce themselves and their company to all those attending. Bring business cards to share.
RSVP to Brenda Thompson at (803) 283-4105 or Brenda@lancasterchambersc.com.
Ribbon-cutting at North Corner Haven
North Corner Haven, a family farm and event venue, will hold a ribbon-cutting at 9:30 a.m. March 5, with the help of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. North Corner Haven is at 3420 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster.

IL Rotary Lunch Club info meeting March 5
An informational meeting about the creation of the Indian Land Rotary Lunch Club will be held at noon March 5 in the Oak Room at Hickory Tavern, 8364 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. Call or text (803) 984-5059 or email tracy.little.szy1@statefarm.com to reserve a seat.
Chamber member orientation March 6
The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber 101 is 8:30-9:30 a.m. March 6 in the board room at TownePlace Suites, 1047 Red Ventures Drive, Indian Land.
The program helps new members get involved and inform them of great ways to better use their chamber membership.
RSVP to brenda@lancasterchambersc.com or (803) 283-4105 to register or for details.
SBDC offers free business services
The Small Business Development Center offers free business services March 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.
Ag+Art Tour seeking farm tour sites
The South Carolina Ag+Art Tour is seeking farms to participate in the nation’s largest free farm tour in June. The self-guided tour is an opportunity for farms to showcase their operations and expand their exposure to locals and visitors. The tour includes local artisans on location at participating farm sites during the tour weekends.
Lancaster County’s tour is June 22-23, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For details or to apply, visit www.agandarttour.com/farms. The deadline to apply is March 20.
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.

Free tax assistance service available
Free tax preparation assistance is available 1-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 15 at the Lancaster County Council on Aging, 309 Plantation Road, Lancaster.
Bring a photo ID, Social Security cards or ITIN numbers for all statements of income, W-2 and 1099 forms, brokerage statements of sales of stocks or bonds, health-care forms, marketplace exemption letters, and checking and savings account information for direct deposit or refund. Walk-ins welcome.
United Way offers free tax preparation
United Way of Lancaster County volunteers in Indian Land and Lancaster are offering free tax return preparation for those with household incomes of $55,000 or less through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the Lancaster County Library and the Del Webb Library in Indian Land.
Volunteers prepare basic tax returns, including Schedules A, claims for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits, and comparable state tax forms. Volunteers do not prepare business or complex returns.
Taxpayers must have photo ID and Social Security cards (or individual taxpayer ID numbers) for themselves, spouses and dependents. They should also bring wage and earnings statements (Form W-2), interest and dividend statements (Form 1099), a copy of last year’s return, and any other income and expense information.
For joint e-filed returns, both spouses must be present to sign forms.
To register for an appointment, call 211 or (866) 892-9211.

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