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WORKSHOP SLATED: The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a business fundamentals workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Led by Ed Powell, the session will cover getting a business license, identifying the market and writing a business plan that will build credibility with potential lenders.

The cost is $35. To register, visit www.wvsbdc.com and click on Training Calendar or contact business coach Donna Schramm at (304) 214-8973 or Donna.L.Schramm@wv.gov.

The workshop is part of the center’s Three Start Jump program, which involves one-to-one meetings with its business coaches.

MEETING SET: The Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Station Grille.

The board is expected to hear from representatives of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle and the Brooke County Economic Development Authority.

All chamber members are welcome.

ATLANTA POWER: Atlanta airport officials are looking to boost its backup power in the wake of the power outage that crippled the world’s busiest airport last month.

Roosevelt Council, general manager of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, told the city council transportation committee Wednesday that he wants to determine if it’s possible to physically separate the main and redundant power systems.

Council says he wants to set up a system of emergency generators powerful enough to keep concourses operating. He says the airport has a say in facility maintenance, but Georgia Power is responsible for design.

Delta profit: Delta Air Lines Inc. reported fourth-quarter profit of $572 million.

The Atlanta-based company said it had net income of 80 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 96 cents per share.

The airline posted revenue of $10.25 billion in the period.

Delta shares have decreased slightly since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen roughly 3 percent. The stock has climbed almost 10 percent in the last 12 months.

Park the Ranger: Ford is telling owners of about 2,900 2006 Ranger pickups to park them after discovering that a man was killed in a wreck involving an exploding Takata air bag inflator.

The death occurred July 1 in West Virginia. It’s the second involving a Ranger and the 21st worldwide due to the faulty air bags.

Ford issued a new recall for the 2,900 Rangers because their inflators were made the same day as one involved in a 2016 crash that killed a South Carolina man.

The company will make repairs at homes or tow trucks to dealers.

NO, CODFATHER: The federal government is trying to keep the disgraced fishing magnate known as the Codfather out of the seafood business.

Carlos Rafael was sentenced last year to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal.

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they filed a charging document against Rafael, two of his scallop boat captains and 28 businesses related to Rafael on Wednesday.

A NOAA spokeswoman says the case seeks to deny any future applications by Rafael for any permit issued by the agency.

It also seeks nearly $1 million in civil penalties. The agency also hopes to revoke a seafood dealer permit issued to Carlos Seafood in New Bedford and 38 commercial fishing permits.

From staff and wire reports

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