Steel makers off track
        “We've been saying for years there was a train wreck coming in the hot-rolled steel market. Guess what? The train wreck is here,” said Alan McCoy, spokesman for AK Steel.

Ohio coal could be star again
        While high oil and natural gas prices grab attention, an energy source that lies deep beneath the rolling hills of eastern Ohio rarely crosses the minds of many people.

Business Headlines for  Sunday, January 07, 2001

BYCZKOWSKI: Startup has found funding
        Another Cincinnati technology startup has found startup funding: NovAna Analytical Systems of West Chester recently landed more than $500,000 and is looking for more funding.

What's the Buzz?
        Patrick Sheeran has replaced Teri Gasper as head of the Downtown Council, the group that operates Cincinnati's largest street festivals.

Business meetings
        A schedule of meetings, conventions and seminars this week.

Resolve to upgrade business
        Time for New Year's resolutions:

Small-business diary
        Comparing franchises is not easy, according to the American Bar Association Legal Guide for Small Business, which says: “It can be quite difficult to make an apples-to-apples comparison between any two franchises.”