Not long after Teresa Booth casually mentioned to her sister Nancy Beck that they should open a driving school, Beck was scouting out locations in downtown Monroe.
"Before we knew it, we had our building and our car and had our lettering done," said Booth, a longtime drivers education teacher. Booth and Beck grew up in Union County.
B & B Driving School opened in early April in office space between M-Bellish and Mary's Beauty Salon on Main Street in downtown Monroe.
Booth, who is the data manager for Cuthbertson Middle School, has taught drivers education since 2003 to students at Cuthbertson, Monroe and Porter Ridge high schools.
"I love being around teenagers, and it's fun to teach them something they are really excited about," Booth said.
Beck and Booth's daughter, Brittany Russ, 23, also are certified to teach drivers education. Russ plans to help out at the school.
"It's a family affair type thing," Booth said.
Beck oversees the school during the day, and Booth runs it in the evenings. B & B Driving School has a class schedule on its website, www.Bbdrivingschoolinc.com, and Booth and Beck will work with people's schedules and are forming new classes daily.
The driving school is certified by the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and certified to teach teenagers and adults, Booth said. Contact the school at 704-635-8345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenspring Energy has opened an office in Charlotte, the company's second regional office in the U.S.
The company, which focuses on the mid-Atlantic region, helps homeowners and small businesses permanently reduce their utility costs with solar energy systems and other energy-saving products such as tankless water heaters and solar attic fans.
"We are very excited to offer our solar and efficiency products and services to residents of North and South Carolina," said Jay Radcliffe, regional president of Greenspring Energy, in a press release. "When you use energy from the sun to power your home or business, there is a huge opportunity to save money and you are also doing your part to save the environment."
To contact Greenspring Energy's office, call 704-525-6767 or visit www.greenspringenergy.com.
Charlotte businesswoman Vicki Parker is a finalist for the Charlotte chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners' Rising Star Award.
The award is given to the NAWBO member who has shown creativity and determination in managing a business less than five years old.
Parker oversees The Brain Trainer, a brain training and speech therapy center on Golf Links Drive in southeast Charlotte. Parker is a speech language pathologist, and The Brain Trainer works with children and adults with reading and math difficulties, ADD/ADHD, autism and Asperger's Syndrome.