Business In Brief - October 10, 2007

Small business workshop today

York Technical College will host a public workshop today for people interested in starting their own businesses. The keynote speaker for the free event is Tom Carlisle, vice president of operations for CG Technology.

The Expo of Entrepreneurs, divided into morning and evening sessions, is designed to educate aspiring entrepreneurs by sharing the experiences of people who have their own businesses.

The event will be held in the Anne Springs Close Library, Room L100 from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

IRS to host tax workshop Oct. 16

The Internal Revenue Service is sponsoring a tax workshop for small business owners or prospective small business owners in the Rock Hill area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Small Business Development Center at Winthrop University.

The workshop is designed to provide information and instruction about business taxes, tax benefits and obligations connected with starting a business as well as tax responsibilities for new employers. Other topics to be discussed include tax record-keeping and tax filing deadlines.

To register for the workshop or to get more information, call 323-2283.

Local officers graduate from state training

Administrative Capt. Richard Martin Jr. of the York County Sheriff's Office and Lt. Steve Parker and Lt. Larry Vaughan, both of the Rock Hill Police Department, are three of 20 criminal justice officials from around the state to complete an eight-month-long executive leadership training course at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.

The program was offered as part of the academy's Law Enforcement Leadership Institute and focused on providing executive leadership skills to officials from law enforcement, corrections and pardon and probation agencies.

Salmonella concerns raised over pot pies

OMAHA, Neb. -- ConAgra Foods voluntarily stopped production Tuesday at the Missouri plant that makes its Banquet pot pies after health officials said the pies might be linked to 139 cases of salmonella in 30 states.

ConAgra officials believe the company's pies are safe if they're cooked properly, but the Omaha-based company told consumers Tuesday not to eat its chicken or turkey pot pies until the government and company investigations are complete.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also issued a health alert Tuesday afternoon to warn consumers about the link between the company's product and the salmonella cases.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been tracking reports of the salmonella cases since last week. A CDC spokeswoman said the largest numbers of salmonella cases had been reported in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Missouri.