Business Notebook: Vatterott open house planned Wednesday; community job fair this week

Posted: Mar. 13, 2013 9:15 pm Updated: Apr. 4, 2013 3:15 pm

Herald-Whig Senior Writer

Vatterott College at 3609 N. Marx Road in Quincy will hold a special open house for the community from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Educational programs offered by Vatterott will be highlighted, and professionals will be on hand to offer job searching advice to attendees. Topics will include resume writing, networking and interviewing.

Visitors can tour the campus and receive more information on the 12 programs offered at Vatterott.

Food, beverages and the opportunity to win prizes will round out the evening.


Community job fair

Quincy's community job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Quincy Mall's mezzanine area.

Employers from the local area will be on hand to accept applications and conduct interviews. There is no charge to employers or job seekers.


Leadership Missouri

Paula Gough, district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation's Northeast District, will be one 36 Missouri business and state leaders participating in Leadership Missouri, a seven-month leadership enhancement program sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Founded in 1990, Leadership Missouri is designed to enhance the leadership skills of current and emerging leaders through an in-depth exploration of the state's economic, political and social issues. Gov. Jay Nixon serves as the honorary chairman of the program.

Over the course of seven months, participants meet each month in a different Missouri city and focus on specific challenges facing that community and the state.



Intrade, the online prediction and betting market based in Ireland, shut down operations a week ago because of an investigation. Intrade has been sued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for allowing U.S. citizens to bet on commodities such as gold and oil outside a regulated exchange. ... U.S. Labor Department figures for February showed 236,000 jobs were gained in the United States, pushing the jobless rate to a four-year low. ... Mass transportation in the United States rose 1.5 percent during 2012, with a total of 10.5 billion trips. That was the highest travel number since 2008. ... TD Ameritrade released a survey showing that 47 percent of Americans plan to use tax refund money to bulk up their savings account and 44 percent plan to pay down debt. Nearly 28 percent will spend on necessities, and 15 percent plan to splurge on something. ... Federal government jobs are down 33,000 since January 2012. The reduction is expected to continue in the wake of $85 billion in federal budget cuts that took effect March 1. ... The U.S. trade deficit grew $6.3 billion in January amid a surprising increase in oil imports. Bloomberg reports that oil imports rose 17 percent, to 8.41 million barrels, from 7.19 million in December. ... China's exports in February were up, with growth of 21.8 percent from a year earlier. Demand for Chinese goods was higher than expected in the United States and Southeast Asia.


The good

The National Federation of Independent Business optimism index improved for a third month in February. The 90.8 index reading is up from a low of 81 in March 2009.


The bad

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that economic turmoil during the recession did not cut into the 1.69 percent of the nation's workers who quit their jobs each month.


The ugly

Long-term unemployment became worse in February as the percentage of Americans who were out of work 27 weeks or more rose to 40.2 percent of all jobless people.


Quote of the Week

"One of the biggest threats to the European Union is that people entirely lose their confidence in the capacity of the EU to solve their problems. And if the younger generation is losing trust, then in my eyes the European Union is in real danger."

-- Martin Schulz, chairman of the European Parliament, on the need to bolster European confidence