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Business briefs: DutchCrafters sponsor Mennonite fundraiser

Dutch- Crafters sponsor Mennonite fundraiser

MANATEE -- DutchCrafters Amish Furniture is sponsoring part of a bike ride to raise funds for Mennonite Economic Development Associates' GROW program. GROW supports women entrepreneurs in Ghana.

Mary Fehr and Sarah French will bike across Canada to raise $150,000 for Greater Opportunities for Rural Women. GROW assists women in obtaining seeds and other materials needed for success in rural areas. The program plans to reach more than 20,000 women within six years.

DutchCrafters will match up to $5,000 of funds raised.

Takata air bag recall now biggest ever in America

DETROIT -- Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the United States, so far.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reached an agreement with Takata after sparring with the company for the past year over the size of the recalls and the cause of the problem with millions of air bags. It will be the largest recall in the agency's history.

Many of Takata's air bags can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The air bags are responsible for six deaths worldwide and more than 100 injuries.

Ten automakers, including Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., have recalled 17 million vehicles in the United States and more than 36 million worldwide because of the problem. Those numbers will grow by millions because of the agreement, but it's unclear which manufacturers will be most affected.

The Takata recall dwarfs last year's highly publicized recall of 2.6 million General Motors small cars for defective ignition switches.

Local entrepreneurs complete CEO course

SARASOTA -- Community Entrepreneur Opportunity program is set to hold its graduation and a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Sarasota.

Sarasota Mayor Willie Shaw and Carolyn Mason, chairwoman of the Sarasota County Commission, will be a part of the program to acknowledge and congratulate 20 graduates for completing the 12-week course.

Ed Davis, certified consultant for Small Business Development Center at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, taught the course.

The event is open to the public. For information call 941-365-2200, ext. 3220.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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