'Anna' virus serves up e-mail headache
        After last summer's “Love Bug” virus, many users got the message, that the battle against computer viruses demands constant vigilance. And that's why the Anna virus last week didn't cause the same, widespread trouble. But some still fell for it.

Napster opened Internet's potential
        Not until Napster came along did businesses begin to realize how to exploit the inherent strengths of this network in bold, new ways that promise to make it easier than ever to communicate.

Business Headlines for  Sunday, February 18, 2001

Demand increasing supply of lobbyists
        Lobbying, once the preserve of the rich and powerful, has gone retail. Mega-corporations such as Procter & Gamble Co. and Ashland Inc. retain their stable of blue suits to influence lawmakers. But the vast array of smaller companies also are finding that they need that influence with state officials in either Columbus or Frankfort.

Companies team to provide heating oil
        In Cincinnati, synergy can still be spelled with an “S.” And it occurs when two organizations combine to enhance their productivity.

What's the Buzz?
        While upstate Ohio officials are attempting to get President Bush's help for the steel industry, U.S. Rep. John Boehner thinks there's a better example to point out: AK Steel.

Industry notes: Commercial real estate
        Developers of the Summit Woods complex in Sharonville say HSR Business to Business will be the anchor tenant of the office development's second building.

Tristate business notes
        The accounting firm of Collins, Cornell, Heeb, Miller & Co. has announced establishment of a new division.

Americans lead in startup investments
        American investors are ahead of their foreign counterparts when it comes to loaning money to startup companies, but skepticism about the climate for starting new businesses is on the rise, according to a new study.

Self-employed found niches in '80s, '90s
        Fifteen years ago, in January 1986, I ended my life as an employee and began my own business. It's been a terrific, though challenging, period, and it's a good time to reflect on how things have changed for small business.