Business in Brief

Google will hold a free workshop Thursday in KCK

Updated: 2013-04-23T23:19:29Z

Google workshop

Google is holding a free workshop Thursday in Kansas City, Kan., to help area small businesses develop their online presence.

The event, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at Sporting Park, is part of a series of programs Google has offered around the country to introduce small companies to its online tools.

Training programs are scheduled to run throughout the day and will mainly focus on helping companies create and customize a website, which will include a free domain name and Web hosting for one year. Participants also will learn about Google tools, including Google Places, Google AdWords, Google Analytics and Google Apps.

For more information and to pre-register, go to www.kansasgetonline.com.

Business creation

Entrepreneurial activity fell in tandem with the unemployment rate last year. The annual Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity indicated a small decline in new business startups in 2012.

The report said about 514,000 new businesses a month were created nationally in 2012, compared with 543,000 a month in 2011.

That meant about 0.30 percent of American adults started a business last year, compared to 0.32 percent the year before.

“While a stronger economy is good for business growth, it also means the unemployed find jobs instead of starting firms,” explained Dane Stangler, director of research at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

According to the survey, business creation hit a high when the labor market was weakest because of the Great Recession.

Walk this way

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City employees on Wednesday will join walkers across the country in the seventh annual National Walk @ Lunch Day.

Last year, tens of thousands of walkers participated in events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Earnings

• Delta Air Lines earned $7 million, or a penny per share. Not counting special items, it would have earned $85 million, or 10 cents per share — better than analysts had been expecting. Revenue rose 1 percent to $8.5 billion, matching analyst expectations.

• More loans and higher interest income helped lift Discover Financial Services' first-quarter profit by 2 percent. The credit card company got another boost from more customers paying their loans on time — delinquent loans sank to an all-time low. Discover said its profit after paying preferred dividends rose to $659 million, or $1.33 per share, for the three months ending March 31.

• DuPont reported that net income more than doubled in the first quarter on a gain from the sale of its performance coatings unit and strong continuing results in its agricultural unit. DuPont reported net income of $3.35 billion, or $3.58 per share, for the quarter ending March 31. That's up from $1.49 billion, or $1.58 per share, a year ago. Revenue increased 2 percent to $10.4 billion.

• Reynolds American said first-quarter net income jumped 88 percent as higher prices and lower expenses from a longstanding legal settlement offset a decline in cigarette sales. The nation's second-biggest tobacco company earned $508 million, or 92 cents per share, for the quarter ending March 31.

• Travelers said its first-quarter net income rose 11 percent as the insurer paid out less in claims in relation to the premiums it took in. The New York-based company earned $896 million, or $2.33 per share, for the three months ending March 31.

• Full planes were good to US Airways in the first quarter. The airline earned $44 million, or 26 cents per share. Its adjusted profit was 31 cents per share, topping the expectations of analysts polled by FactSet. Revenue rose 3.5 percent to $3.38 billion.

• Xerox’s first-quarter net income rose 10 percent to $296 million, or 23 cents a share, from $269 million, or 19 cents a share, a year earlier. Sales fell 2.7 percent to $5.36 billion.

Staff and wire reports

Deal Saver Subscribe today!

Comments

The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Kansas City Star uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here