LensCrafters founder focuses on success
        Sometimes a business innovation is as much about serendipity as it is about opportunity. Dean Butler, a former Procter & Gamble executive who co-founded LensCrafters and pioneered the concept of “eyeglasses in an hour,” is a good example.

Follow-up critical in job search
        Opening the e-mailbag: A column about interviewing protocol brought an insightful e-mail from a Union businessman. The column on Feb. 25 looked at how to best hunt for a job when you already have a job.

High marks, new challenges for Federated after bankruptcy
        Federated Department Stores Inc.'s return from bankruptcy has earned high marks from Wall Street, and the company now faces the same challenges that threaten the entire retail industry.

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        A new day has arrived for business news in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Enquirer is transmitting a free e-mail business briefing directly to people to help them start their workdays. How do you get it? Visit and register.

Ohio commemorative quarter to be released Monday
        COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio commemorative quarter could cost more than 25 cents. The U.S. Mint is scheduled to release the quarter Monday, but it might not reach banks until late this week, said June Gates, spokeswoman for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Trust of staff pays off in tough times
        Due to recent economic troubles, my company has begun downsizing. The layoffs have caught everyone by surprise. Many employees are now worried about their job status and have lost focus... Can you provide me with some tips as to how I can motivate my team to continue their outstanding performance?

State will extend unemployment benefits by 13 weeks
        COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Bob Taft on Saturday announced that jobless Ohioans can collect unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks. Those collecting unemployment usually are cut off after 26 weeks.
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Greater Cincinnati 100
        Manufacturing dominates the field among Greater Cincinnati's 100 biggest private companies.
11 companies break into top 100
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