Originally created 11/06/02

Business briefs



USC Aiken to offer small business workshop

The University of South Carolina Aiken's Small Business Development Center will offer a workshop on how to successfully run a small business.

The half-day program will touch on issues ranging from creating a business plan to identifying target markets. It is scheduled for Nov. 15 in Room 140 of the school's Business and Education Building from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Four auto parts stores to open under new name

Advance Auto Parts' acquisition of Discount Auto Parts will cause four area Discount stores to be reopened this week as Advance Auto.

The stores include Augusta locations at 3504 Wrightsboro Road and 3602 Peach Orchard, and North Augusta locations at 4481 Jefferson Davis Highway and 1060 Edgefield Road. Each store is about two years old and employs about 10 people.

BRIEFLY

HealthSoup Corp. reports losses

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - HealthSouth Corp. said Tuesday its third-quarter net income fell 32 percent amid sluggish revenue growth, hurt by a change in Medicare billing.

The nation's largest operator of rehabilitation centers posted net income of $53.6 million, or 13 cents a share, compared with $79.1 million, or 20 cents a share, a year earlier.

The company said it will make "meaningful" cost reductions as it struggles to recover from its financial woes.

Packaging company to idle workers

MILWAUKEE - The nation's largest packaging company said it will idle about 210 workers when it closes three plants early next year.

Chicago-based Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. will lay off about 90 employees at a Milwaukee plant, 70 from a plant in Spartanburg, S.C., and 50 in a plant in Fort Smith, Ark., a company spokesman said. The layoffs are cut costs and eliminating overlap in operations.