Business Briefcase 3-20-19

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A weekly listing of area business news and events

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.
High tunnel workshop March 23
A high tunnel workshop will be 1-4 p.m. March 23 at Howell Specialty Farmz, 9004 Pryor Drive, Indian Land. The workshop will discuss how to install and use a high tunnel effectively.
Admission is $20, but free for S.C. New and Beginning Farmer participants. To register, call (803) 385-6181 before March 22.
Hot Tub Haven cuts ribbon April 2
Owners Anthony Benson and Alexis Carberry will hold a ribbon-cutting at 2:30 p.m. April 2 at Hot Tub Haven, 9499 Old Bailes Road, Suite 107, (behind Movement Mortgage), Indian Land. The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will assist with the event.
The business is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday by appointment only. For details, call (877) 349-7727 or email Hottubhavencharlotte@gmail.com.
SBDC offers free business services
The Small Business Development Center offers free business services April 4 (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.
After 5! Mix-n-Mingle April 4 at Ivy Place
Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s next After 5! Mix-n-Mingle will feature a special guest winner from ABC’s “Shark Tank” – Cousins Maine Lobster.
The event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 4 at The Ivy Place, 8603 Van Wyck Road, Van Wyck.  
Tickets are $25 for chamber members and $30 for non-chamber members. After April 1, tickets are $35 each. To buy tickets, call (803) 283-4105 or  email Melissa@lancasterchambersc.com.  
Event is limited to 200 people and registration is required. Cancellations must be 24 hours in advance.Sponsorships are still available at only $200.
Free ‘Google My Business’ workshop
The Winthrop Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is helping small businesses grow their presence online with a “Get Your Business on Google Maps” workshop, which will feature a lesson about getting your business listed on Google My Business (Google Maps).
The workshop will be 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 5 in Room 222 of Hubbard Hall at USC Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster.  
Registration is required as space is limited. To register, visit www.scsbdc.com/training-events.
Morning Business Connections April 5
The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s next Morning Business Connections is 8:30-9:30 a.m. April 5 at INSP/CrossRidge Cafe, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land.
The topic will be the Medical University of South Carolina’s arrival in Lancaster County.
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.
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.

HOPE offers free tax preparation help
HOPE in Lancaster, 2008 Pageland Highway, offers free tax help through SC Thrive noon-3 p.m. March 28 and April 11. 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 a phone number.
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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