Business In Brief - October 24, 2007

Leadership Lancaster begins next month

LANCASTER -- Leadership Lancaster, a program of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, will begin its 20th year Nov. 14.

The seven-month course, open to anyone who lives or works in the county, includes seven all-day sessions to be held monthly from November to May, a two-day mandatory retreat, participation in a legislative visit to Columbia and a graduation dinner.

Monthly topics for the 2007-2008 program include history, education, leadership techniques, health care, economic development, social services, local government and local and state law enforcement.

Information is available at the chamber office.

The enrollment deadline is Oct. 29.

Blank opens new dentist office

FORT MILL -- Dr. Jeff Blank has moved his Fort Mill dental practice, the Smile Center, to Baxter Village.

The office is located at 1701 First Baxter Crossing, Suite 102, Fort Mill.

For details, call 548-6480 or visit www.carolina

MaryKay Metz hired as consultant

FORT MILL -- MaryKay Metz of Fort Mill is now an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple, a national food sales company.

Metz sells the company's food and beverages and shares samples and meal ideas during homed tasting parties. She can be reached at (704) 426-7683.

Amazon's profits up four times of last year

SEATTLE -- Web retailer said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit more than quadrupled as shoppers around the world bought more books, music, electronics and other goods than they did in the same period a year ago.

Earnings for the quarter ended Sept. 30 skyrocketed to $80 million, or 19 cents per share, from $19 million, or 5 cents per share, during the same period last year.

Revenue climbed 41 percent to $3.26 billion from $2.31 billion in the year-ago quarter. Analysts had predicted $3.14 billion in sales.