P&G said to be near Clairol deal
        Procter & Gamble is close to reaching an agreement to acquire the Clairol hair-care business from Bristol-Myers Squibb for about $4.95 billion, executives close to the transaction said late Sunday.

County woos small businesses for ballpark
        Hamilton County is reaching out to small business owners to help them participate in building Great American Ball Park.

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Branded for success at P&G
        They're young, smart and competitive, the select few who oversee nearly 300 Procter & Gamble Co. name-brand products.
1931 memo first devised role of the 'brand man'

Business Headlines for  Monday, May 21, 2001

Longtime grocers are returning downtown
        The Silverglade family, grocers known for selling fine meats and fresh foods at Findlay Market since 1922, plans a downtown Cincinnati homecoming in August.

ECKBERG: Diversity training pays off
        Lynn Meyers, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati producing artistic director, and her troupe of eight performers found a stage last week at a Diversity Leadership Conference.

Nonprofit-management leader to speak at NKU
        Frances Hesselbein, a winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Clinton, has had firsthand experience with the best practices of nonprofit management.

Know the problem, shape the solution
        Question: It seems as though whenever I settle a customer issue, another one soon follows. I know that there are some things you cannot avoid or prevent, but is there any way to handle these situations better so that they become few and far between?

Promotions & new on the job
        David C. Horn has been named vice president and general counsel at AK Steel.

Tire tread problems force Ford to recall Explorers
        WASHINGTON — Ford Motor Co. is recalling 50,000 new Explorers because an assembly line conveyor belt that was too narrow for the wider 2002 model may have cut the tire tread.

Vivendi buys in $372 million deal
        SAN DIEGO — The world's largest record company said Sunday it is acquiring for $372 million in cash and stock, eight months after beating the online music provider in court.

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