Business workshop set

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a business fundamentals workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Dec. 21 at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Led by Ed Powell, the session will cover getting a business license, identifying the market and writing a business plan that will build credibility with potential lenders.

The cost is $35. To register, visit and click on Training Calendar or contact Business Coach Donna Schramm at (304) 214-8973 or

The workshop is part of the center’s Three Start Jump program, which involves one-to-one meetings with its business coaches.

Delta adds to checked bag charges

NEW YORK — Travelers looking to take a cheap Delta Air Lines will soon need to pay for even one piece of checked baggage when flying to Europe or North Africa.

The airline said this week that it will charge Basic Economy passengers $60 for the first bag and $100 for a second. The fees will apply to tickets bought after Dec. 6 and for flights after April 10 originating from the U.S. and Canada.

There is no change in policy for more expensive international flight tickets or for flights to other regions. Delta is expanding its Basic Economy flights for overseas travelers.

For domestic travel, Delta already charges $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second.

Amazon insider trade brings sentence

SEATTLE — A former Amazon financial analyst has been sentenced to six months in prison and a $2,500 fine after admitting he tipped off a college friend to details about the company’s upcoming first-quarter earnings report in spring 2015.

Brett D. Kennedy was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to a federal insider trading charge in September. Prosecutors said his former fraternity brother at the University of Washington, Maziar Rezakhani, used the information to make $116,000 trading stock and paid Kennedy $10,000.

From staff and wire reports