Steve and Linda DiTrolio and Chris Lais have opened Independent Lending Solutions LLC at 181 N. Main St., Mooresville.
The firm assists auto dealers in providing financing to car buyers.
Many automotive dealers find that their customers have been shut out of auto financing or forced into costly long-term contracts, Linda DiTrolio said.
By providing financing sources to dealerships for all kinds of credit situations, ILS helps dealerships help their customers buy new, used or leased vehicles, she said.
Linda is chief financial officer of the company. Her husband is chief operating officer, and Lais is chief executive officer.
ILS works with various Charlotte-area dealers. People seeking to buy cars can obtain the list of participating dealers by calling ILS at 1-800-232-8092.
Camp Wagging Tails, 10835 Bailey Road, Cornelius, will host a fundraiser for the Cornelius Animal Shelter noon-2 p.m. Saturday.
There will be microchipping, adoption of shelter dogs and cats, licensing, training demonstrations, door prizes and tours of the camp. All proceeds go to the animal shelter.
Details: Owner Jim Bensman, 704-905-1089, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bottom Dollar Foods is helping Mooresville teenager Stephen Daspit reach his goal of collecting 10,000 cans of food for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen.
A donation bin for Stephen's "One Can One Person Big Difference" campaign is at the store entrance at 247 Plaza Drive East.
At 4 p.m. Feb. 28, the store will host a celebration with the arrival of a Bottom Dollar tractor-trailer. Police will escort the truck to the soup kitchen at 275 S. Broad St. Residents are asked to bring canned foods to the event.
Statesville police Officer Joe Prevette was honored as a 2010 Main Street Champion Jan. 27 at the N.C. Main Street annual awards program in Shelby.
Downtown Statesville Development Corp. honored Prevette for his contributions to downtown Statesville's revitalization.
After the Statesville Police Department renewed its commitment to keep downtown a priority, Prevette signed on as the community impact officer there in July 2009. Prevette had worked 22 years in the patrol division, as a canine handler and as field training officer.
With no patrol car or office in sight, Prevette walks his beat with clipboard in hand, watching over downtown and keeping it safe.
Two local businesses in Concord are teaming up on a Valentine's giveaway.
From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Miss M's Sweets will sell 100 specially made heart-shaped boxes of its handcrafted chocolates for Valentine's Day. Each box will cost $25 and contain one pound of homemade chocolates. One special box will also contain a Milk Chocolate Diamond Infinity Necklace, courtesy of Ellis Jewelers.
The necklace is 0.40 carat of round white and milk chocolate diamonds on an 18-inch white gold wheat chain. It retails for $1,200.
Miss M's Sweets is in Afton Village, 5405 Village Drive N.W., just off Interstate 85.
Ellis Jewelers is at 29 Union St. S.
Place orders at Miss M's Sweets or call 704-723-6500. Ordering by Friday is recommended. Joe Marusak