Business briefs: Class offers help in starting a business

Class offers help in starting a business

BRADENTON -- Suncoast Community Capital is hosting a free open house for anyone starting a business or needing help growing their existing business.

The open house will be help May 28 at 6 p.m. at Suncoast Community Capital's Enterprise Center, 302 Manatee Ave E. #308,

A free "Build-A-Business" class will start June 4 at Suncoast Community Capital. The Manatee County Government Community Development Block Grant program helps pay for the class which covers what it takes to start and successfully grow a small business.

The six-week course meets once a week and participants will have access to one-on-one coaching, referrals to financing, and a host of "bootstrap" resources for starting a business on a limited budget.

For information contact Catherine Ferrer at 941-744-2666 ext 3 or

Recycling company to host hiring event

SARASOTA -- Trademark Metals Recycling will host a hiring event Wednesday at the CareerSource Suncoast Sarasota Career Center, 3660 N. Washington Blvd. Sarasota.

Interviews will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. for laborers with pay from $10 to $11 per hour and cashiers $12 to $14 per hour.

All candidates must be pre-screened at any CareerSource location prior to the event. Applicants must also register and add a resume to

Stocks have big jump following hiring gains

NEW YORK -- The U.S. stock market had its best day in two months Friday following encouraging news about the job market.

The surge was enough to push two of the three major indexes to gains for the week.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 267.05 points, or 1.5 percent, to 18,191.11. The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 28.10 points, or 1.4 percent, 2,116.10, its biggest percentage gain since March 16. The Nasdaq composite rose 58 points, or 1.2 percent, to 5,003.55.

Investors cheered news that U.S. employers added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain suggesting that the economy may be recovering after a stumbling start to the year. The unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in March, the lowest rate since May 2008.

Herald staff and wire reports