Business In Brief - July 14, 2007

Chester chamber to hold business after hours

CHESTER -- The Chester County Chamber of Commerce will hold a business after hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at The Westminster Group, 121 Gadsden St.

RSVP by calling 581-4142. Chamber members can bring business cards for a door-prize drawing.

Rock Hill spa to hold open house Thursday

Pure Wellness Medical Spa will hold an open house from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the spa's Rock Hill location, 410 S. Herlong Ave., Suite 103-104.

The open house will feature demonstrations of Botox, laser skin treatments and microdermabrasion, complimentary chair massages, refreshments, drawings for free procedures and 15 percent off any procedure booked during the open house.

For information, call 817-9900 or visit

Expo of Entrepreneurs Thursday at York Tech

York Technical College's Business Administration Department will hold two information sessions for students and community members interested in becoming entrepreneurs. The Expo of Entrepreneurs sessions will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. and again at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Anne Springs Close Library, Room L-100.

Gary Williams of Williams & Fudge will be the keynote speaker. A panel discussion of entrepreneurs will follow. Panelists include: Antonio Barnes of Barnes Hair and Spa Salon in Rock Hill; Eleanor Childers, former owner of Bridal Shoppe, the South Carolina Business of the Year; Katherine Cryderman of Amber Boan; Silvery Moon of Rock Hill; Jim Hayes, financial adviser at Edward Jones in Clover; and Nancy Hegwood.

Kirby distributor cited for reaching goals

LANCASTER -- Cleveland Bey, operator of a Kirby Distributorship in Lancaster, was recently recognized by Kirby World Headquarters for reaching business goals. The recognition is part of the Challenge of Champions "Walk of Fame" Campaign, a yearlong promotion in which distributors can win prizes and trips for their outstanding performance.

The Kirby Co., based in Cleveland, has been manufacturing American-made home care systems for 93 years.

For information, visit

Media mogul Black convicted of mail fraud

CHICAGO -- Former media mogul Conrad Black was convicted Friday of swindling the far-flung Hollinger International newspaper empire he once ran out of millions of dollars, becoming the latest in a wave of disgraced corporate executives to face possible prison time for financial fraud.

Black, 62, who once renounced his Canadian citizenship to become a member of the British House of Lords, was found guilty by a federal jury of three counts of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice for spiriting documents out of his Toronto office in defiance of a court order.

Black was acquitted of nine other counts ranging from tax fraud to the most serious charge -- racketeering.

Wall Street closes books on record-setting week

NEW YORK -- Wall Street ended an extraordinary and record-setting week Friday by surging higher again, sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index past a trading high set in March 2000 and thrusting the Dow Jones industrial past 13,900 for the first time.

Both the S&P and the Dow logged record closes for the second straight day and the Dow's gains put the blue chip index within reach of 14,000. But the technology-laden Nasdaq composite index lagged both in Friday's session as it has in the broader recovery from the dot-com collapse at the start of the decade.

For the week, the Dow swung more than 450 points and rose 283 points in Thursday's session alone.

Price of fuel ticks up by 2 cents

NEW YORK -- Gasoline prices extended their advance at the pump Friday, while gas futures fell again on a growing sense that supplies are catching up to demand.

Oil futures, meanwhile, jumped more than $1 to new 11-month highs on concerns about supply disruptions in the North Sea and growing global demand. Crude futures briefly touched $74 before easing a bit.

The national average price of a gallon of gas rose 2 cents overnight, to $3.046 a gallon, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.