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Entrepreneurs event planned in Huntington

Sep. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The September Entrepreneurs Cafe event is planned for noon Thursday, Sept. 26, at Chase Bank, 1000 5th Ave., and will be the start of a new format -- brown-bagging it.

All attendees are asked to bring a brown bag lunch and drink. Three entrepreneurs -- Mary Sparks of Liberty Tax Service, Jermane Audu of Akil Promotions and Jamie Redman of Get Your Wig on Boutique -- will give presentations about business ideas they have. Guests can vote on their favorite idea, and the winner gets a microgrant based on the proceeds from the lunch.

The cost to attend is $10 cash, all of which will make up the cash prize for the Café winner. Checks and credit card payments will no longer be accepted.

The goal of the Entrepreneurs Cafe is to support the development of an entrepreneurial network in the Tri-State area. To register, visit unlimitedfuture.org, and find the Entrepreneurs Cafe tab. If you have any questions or would like to be a presenter, call 304-697-3007 or email ursulette@unlimitedfuture.org.

Frontier applies for broadband expansion

CHARLESTON -- Frontier Communications recently applied for $28.9 million to expand broadband to more than 47,000 locations in West Virginia, according to a news release.

The application is part of the second round of funding under the Federal Communication Commission's Connect America Fund, which provides support to deploy broadband in high-cost areas. Frontier got more than $34 million in the first round and is using that funding to provide broadband to more than 43,000 high-cost locations in West Virginia by 2015.

"We agree with the FCC - the availability of broadband service is critical to the economic well-being of the nation's smaller communities," said Dana Waldo, senior vice president and general manager for Frontier in West Virginia.

Computer glitch delays JetBlue flights Friday

NEW YORK -- Dozens of JetBlue Airways flights were delayed Friday morning after a computer failure limited the airline's ability to dispatch planes.

The system was restored by 10:30 a.m. but the airline warned that delays would persist throughout the day. As of 11 a.m., there were 40 delayed flights, according to JetBlue.

At New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport -- JetBlue's largest base of operations -- about a third of all the airline's flights were listed as "delayed" on the flight monitors. The typical delay was about 90 minutes.

The airline blamed "IT network connectivity issues" but did not elaborate.

Computers are used to calculate weight, fuel and other key information needed before a plane can leave the gate.