Business In Brief - October 2, 2007

Diagnostic Center offers digital mammography

Women who have their annual mammogram at the Women's Diagnostic Center at Piedmont Medical Center now benefit from digital mammography.

Digital and film mammography use X-rays to create images of the breast, but a National Cancer Institute study shows that digital mammography provides better images for women younger than 50 and women with very dense breasts. Digital mammography also uses less radiation than standard film mammograms.

Mammographs aid in the early detection of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 270,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. The society recommends that women at age 40 begin having annual mammograms. Physicians may recommend that women with certain risk factors begin at an earlier age.

Piedmont plans to add digital mammography at Fort Mill Mammography later this year.

To schedule a mammogram, call 329-6878.

Starting a business seminar begins Oct. 6

The Winthrop University Small Business Development Center will sponsor seminars on "How to Start a Small Business" beginning Monday.

Subsequent dates will be Oct. 22, Nov. 12 and Nov. 26. The free sessions will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 212 of the Thurmond Building at the university's College of Business.

Entrepreneurs wishing to start a business will learn how to write a business plan and apply for financing.

Hours for the Small Business Development Center located at 118 Thurmond Building are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fridays. For details, visit or call the office at 323-2283.

Family Medicine to cut ribbon Wednesday

Family Medicine & Psychiatry of the Carolinas at Rock Hill will hold a ribbon-cutting at noon Wednesday at 1420 Ebenezer Road, Suite 105.

The practice offers adult medical care, adolescent medical care, immunizations, laboratory services, health and nutritional counseling, marriage counseling and general therapy.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For information, call 324-7792.

TV station owner Belo to spin off newspapers

DALLAS -- Belo Corp. said Monday it plans to spin off its newspapers, which have been struggling to keep readers and advertising dollars, into a new company that will operate separately from its 20 television stations.

Investors had pressed Belo to consider splitting up the company, arguing that the struggling newspaper business was a drag on the stock price. The TV stations accounted for half of Belo's revenue but two-thirds of its gross earnings.

Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Decherd had resisted, however, saying the newspaper side of the company was too small to stand on its own. But on Monday, Decherd said the move recognized the "profound" changes in both businesses and was good for shareholders.