Taking responsibility for employee fitness
        Margaret Brady and her co-workers at Morrissey & Co. practically have to chase after their boss when they join him for walks along Boston's Charles River.

Black HR professionals forge connection
        Sharing information and networking with other human resources professionals are two of the goals of a newly formed chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources.

Guidelines in works for nursing homes
        WASHINGTON — The Labor Department plans to formulate industrywide guidelines for nursing homes in the first phase of its strategy to reduce the nation's 1.8 million injuries a year caused by repetitive motion and strain.

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Execs OK with job searching
        It is tough for most executives to find the time to pound the pavement to look for a new job, Accountemps, the world's largest temporary staffing service, reports.
Making it

Strong teamwork requires skill, focus
        QUESTION: We just created a new account with a major international company. This deal is fantastic news for us because it promises more revenue and exposure for our small advertising agency. As the senior account executive, I am extremely anxious to start off this new relationship on the right foot.

Cheaper labor moves Rocky Shoes production to Puerto Rico
        NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The tears fell and the applause was faint as the last pair of boots from Rocky Shoes & Boots slid down the assembly line in November.

Closeout retailer testing cleaner look
        COLUMBUS, Ohio — Big Lots hopes cutting out the clutter will bring out more customers.

Company knew of problems with Zonolite insulation
        COLUMBUS, Ohio — The producer of a widely used brand of attic insulation knew for more than three decades that it contained asbestos fibers that could sicken and kill people, a newspaper reported Sunday.

GM, attorney general disagree over lemon law
        COLUMBUS, Ohio — General Motors Corp. and the state attorney general's office are disputing the extent of the punishment the automaker should receive for violating the state's “lemon law.”

Manufacturing's decline knocked Ohio from national prominence
        DAYTON, Ohio — A century ago, Ohio enjoyed political and economic clout, with the fourth-largest delegation in Congress, a native son in the White House and its industrialists helping transform the nation.

Ohio University program promotes locally grown food
        ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio University said it plans to keep expanding an initiative to buy more food locally.
Convergys sets sights high
        In the midst of a recession, a 6 percent gain in revenues and 14 percent increase in operating earnings would be a pretty good year for many corporations. But not for Convergys Corp.

Brewer's days long but rewarding
        Seven years after it was born amid a renaissance of hometown-brewed beer, BarrelHouse Brewing Co. has put Cincinnati back on the beer-making map.

Federated veteran now at Penney
        NEW YORK — As retailer J.C. Penney Co. Inc. turns 100 years old this month, chairman and chief executive Allen Questrom faces an enormous challenge: keeping some of the company's culture alive while retraining an organization that has struggled to keep up with competitors.

Greater Cincinnati 100
        Manufacturing dominates the field among Greater Cincinnati's 100 biggest private companies.
11 companies break into top 100
List of Greater Cincinnati 100