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HIA-LI prez gets planning post

The Hauppauge Industrial Association said yesterday that its president, Terri Alessi-Micelli, has been appointed to the Long Island Regional Planning Council as a voting member. The planning council was created three years ago "for the purpose of promoting the physical, economic and social health and well-being of the Long Island region and its residents." The Hauppauge business group, known as HIA-LI, founded more than 30 years ago, has in recent years expanded its activities to include more of Suffolk County and Long Island. "I am honored to represent HIA-LI at the Long Island Regional Planning Council and see this as an opportunity discuss key issues affecting the Long Island business community and the quality of life on Long Island," Alessi-Miceli said in a news release. -- JOSEPH MALLIA

9 LI firms cited for flexibility

Nine employers on Long Island that offer workplace flexibility will be honored at a work and life conference in November. They are Long Island regional recipients of the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. The Nov. 4 event in Woodbury is the 16th Annual Work-Life Conference sponsored by Jericho-based National Association of Mothers' Centers. Honorees are: American Heart Association, Plainview; BDO, Melville; Brookhaven Science Associates Llc, Upton; Cerini & Associates Llp, Bohemia; Creative Plan Designs Ltd., East Meadow; Deloitte, Jericho; KPMG Llp, Melville; P.W Grosser Consulting Inc., Bohemia; YES Community Counseling Center, Massapequa. -- PATRICIA KITCHEN

Scents-ing global expansion

With offbeat scents such as Dirt, Gin & Tonic, Wet Garden, Laundromat and Blueberry Muffin -- and a new, widespread distribution deal with the Duane Reade drugstore chain -- the Great Neck perfume company Demeter Fragrance Library has a new product -- roll-on oil. Demeter hopes the time is right for its planned expansion in China and South America, and in a wider range of European nations. Roll On Perfume Oil, the latest trend in fragrance, long-lasting and alcohol-free, sells for $10 to $12 for a .29 fluid-ounce vial, the company says. -- JOSEPH MALLIA

Teaming up to block hackers

ECCT, a Yaphank software company serving credit unions, has teamed up with an Atlanta company to provide systems that block hackers using "advanced evasion techniques" to insert malware, viruses and worms. ECCT, founded in 1992 to work with Long Island credit unions, now has more than 500 clients in 41 states. Its Georgia-based partner, Stonesoft, is credited with discovering the new hacking techniques that can evade many firewalls. ECCT will install the StoneGate system in 50 small banks this year, the companies announced yesterday. -- JOSEPH MALLIA


More jobs, fewer layoffs in June

Employers posted more job openings in June and layoffs fell, a sign that hiring could improve a bit in the coming months. The number of available jobs rose to 3.1 million, up from 3 million in May, the Labor Department said yesterday. It was the highest total since March. Still, 14 million Americans remain unemployed. -- AP

U.S. inventories still rising

U.S. wholesale companies added more autos, machinery and computers to their stockpiles in June, pushing inventories up for the 18th consecutive month. Sales at the wholesale level rose 0.6 percent in June, the Commerce Department said yesterday. That followed a 0.3 percent drop in May. Sales have risen in 10 of the past 12 months. Stockpiles increased 0.6 percent in June after a 1.7 percent gain in May. Wholesale stockpiles have risen to $458.7 billion, up 19.6 percent from the low point hit in September 2009. -- AP

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