The Herald-Dispatch Business RSS 2015-05-03T09:55:28-04:00 urn:uuid:4b702eaf-b9ae-41f1-ab78-45b2b5bc602f Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported), except where noted. Business briefs The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-03T00:01:01-04:00 <p> First Sentry Bank named a Top 200 U.S. bank</p> <p> For the second-consecutive year, First Sentry Bank was ranked in Banker Magazine&#39;s Top 200 Community Banks in the nation.</p> A cornerstone of American business By BRANDON ROBERTS 2015-05-03T00:01:01-04:00 <p>HUNTINGTON - Truth be told, every week is small business week.</p> <p>Annually since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small-business owners.</p> <p></p> Moore's Hardware closes after 68 years By BRANDON ROBERTS urn:uuid:575bb380-1062-4d86-854e-315ab8a1b5b7 2015-05-02T08:14:03-04:00 <p> HUNTINGTON - The former owner of a local small business called it the &quot;end of an era&quot; when he was told the Guyandotte and Proctorville, Ohio, locations of Moore&#39;s Hardware had gone out of business.</p> Peoples Bank reports first-quarter earnings The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-02T00:01:01-04:00 <p> MARIETTA, Ohio - Peoples Bancorp Inc. announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2015.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Small, midsize SUVs drive April US auto sales gains The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-02T00:01:01-04:00 <p> DETROIT - Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all reported U.S. sales gains.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Free energy efficiency conference scheduled The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-02T00:01:01-04:00 <p> HUNTINGTON The West Virginia Division of Energy and the Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research will host the &quot;Expanding Energy Efficiency in West Virginia Conference&quot; on Thursday, May 21.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Central Kentucky auto products plant expanding The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-02T00:01:01-04:00 <p> PARIS, Ky. - A central Kentucky company says it&#39;s expanding its operation in Paris, Kentucky, a move that&#39;s expected to create up to 30 jobs.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Stocks bounce back from steep loss The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-02T00:01:01-04:00 <p> NEW YORK - U.S. stocks headed higher Friday as the market bounced back from a steep loss the day before. Most Asian and European markets were closed for a holiday.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Water utility seeks 28 pct. rate increase The Associated Press 2015-05-01T00:01:01-04:00 <p> CHARLESTON - West Virginia&#39;s biggest water utility wants to increase its rates by 28 percent. On Thursday, West Virginia American Water announced a $35.5 million case to increase rates with the Public Service Commission.</p> <p> &#160;</p> FDA seeks more data on hospital hand cleaners The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-01T00:01:01-04:00 <p>WASHINGTON - To fight infections, hospital workers can hit the hand sanitizer a hundred times or more a day. Now, the government wants more study of whether that is safe and how well it actually fights the spread of germs.</p> <p></p>