SMALL BUSINESS

Cybercrime prevention talk

The Greater Akron Chamber’s Morning Buzz breakfast series will focus on protecting against cybercrime April 21 as it welcomes guest speaker Jay Mellon, chief executive officer of AtNetPlus.

Mellon will discuss how to recognize fake emails and when not to click, how to protect your business’s network and the latest email phishing scams.

The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at 1307 E. Market St. in Akron. Networking, registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. The cost is $25 for members, $50 for non-members, and includes a breakfast buffet. To make a reservation, call the Greater Akron Chamber at 330-376-5550 or register at www.greaterakronchamber.org.

AIRLINES

Spirit to begin flights

Spirit Airlines is reminding people it will start nonstop flights from Akron-Canton Airport to Las Vegas and to Myrtle Beach, S.C., starting on April 27.

Spirit began flying out of Akron-Canton Airport last November with daily nonstop flights to Florida.

To promote the new flights, Akron-Canton Airport and Spirit are sponsoring a contest that runs through April 10. Two winners will be picked; each will receive two round-trip tickets from Akron-Canton Airport to either Las Vegas or to Myrtle Beach.

More information is online at akroncantonairport.com/contests/destination-vacay. Text here

ON OHIO.COM

Test your stock expertise

John Dorfman’s investing column has returned to Ohio.com, where readers can find out how to enter his 11th annual stock-picking contest; the winner of the 2016 contest was a junior high student.

Go to http://tinyurl.com/dorf328 to read this week’s column.

ENERGY

Danish wind farm approved

The European Union’s antitrust chief said Tuesday that the bloc’s executive Commission has approved Danish government subsidies for a large proposed offshore wind farm in the Danish section of the Baltic Sea.

The 600-turbine project will be Denmark’s largest offshore windfarm, and is expected to be operational by 2021. It will be connected to two German offshore windfarms, allowing for increased electricity exchanges between the two countries.

MANUFACTURING

Demand for goods increases

Greater demand for commercial aircraft helped U.S. businesses increase their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in February, but a key category that tracks business investment plans slipped slightly.

The Commerce Department said Friday that orders for durable goods rose 1.7 percent in February and an upwardly revised 2.3 percent in January. Orders so far this year are running 1.6 percent higher than in the first two months of 2016.

The growth indicates that manufacturers are steadily recovering from a rough patch that began in 2015 when lower energy prices and slower economic growth worldwide cut into demand for U.S. factory goods.

ECONOMY

Consumer confidence rises

U.S. consumer confidence climbed to its highest level in more than 16 years, a strong gain for one of President Donald Trump’s preferred economic indicators.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 125.6 in March from 116.1 in February, the best reading since December 2000. The index measures both consumers’ assessment of current conditions and their expectations for the future. Both improved this month.

More Americans, according to the survey, said that they expect hiring and incomes to increase over the next six months, while nearly a third described business conditions as “good” in March.

Compiled from staff and wire reports.