Sunday, August 18, 2002

Tristate business notes

CEOs can share survival strategies

        To provide a way for small business in low-income communities to share their survival strategies, the Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative (GCMI) is sponsoring CEO Roundtables.

        During the discussions, participants can brainstorm solutions to common problems that threaten their success in an uncertain economic environment.

        GCMI is a certified Community Development Financial Institution that provides aspiring entrepreneurs in low- to moderate-income communities with professional and financial resources.

        “We often discuss what has worked well for the participants and also problems they have encountered along the way,” said Sheldon Kopin, GCMI board member and the series facilitator.

        Roundtables convene once a month and typically include eight to 10 entrepreneurs who have been actively engaged in their business for more than a year. To promote openness during the meetings, participants sign confidentiality agreements and are guaranteed not to participate in a roundtable with an owner of a competing business.

        “Though these CEO Roundtables are designed for GCMI graduates, there are many other services available to entrepreneurs who might not have graduated from GCMI. We are here to help all entrepreneurs in low to moderate-income communities,” said Alicia Townsend, executive director of GCMI.

        Each session concludes with a presentation from a guest speaker. Information: 569-4816.

Office furniture dealer moving

        A business-furniture dealer is moving from downtown to a larger and more accessible space near the Cincinnati Museum Center.

        RBF Interiors, formerly Remanufactured Business Furniture, is taking its stock of new, used and remanufactured products to 1225 Western Ave. Off-street parking is available at the new location.

        RBF, based in St. Louis, has provided furnishings to businesses since 1984. It represents such manufacturers as Steelcase, Herman Miller, Haworth, AIS, Global, Cusp and Nightingale.

        The Cincinnati store opened in 1994. Its clients have included Pomeroy Computer Resources, Paycor, Hillman Group, Engineering Excellence and Humana. Information: 232-3363.

Medical practice welcomes doctor

        Gastroenterology Consultants of Greater Cincinnati, which has offices in Montgomery, Fairfield, Hamilton, Mason and Lawrenceburg, has welcomed a new physician into the practice.

        Dr. Maritza Paluziak, one of only two female gastroenterologists in Cincinnati, will see patients at the Fairfield and Montgomery offices. Information: 794-5600.

Barbecue sets get baseball flavor

        Baseball fans can get a grip on the national pastime even when they're flipping burgers, thanks to a new product from Milford resident Chuck Welch.

        Mr. Welch teamed with local prototyper M.E. Heuck Co. to produce and market a Louisville Slugger barbeque tool set.

        “The items feature baseball bat-shaped real wood handles, with the Louisville Slugger logo burned in just like the big version,” Mr. Welch said. “It is an officially licensed product, made right here in Cincinnati, using high quality stainless steel.”

        The sets, which comprise three grilling utensils, sell for about $29. They are available in the gift shops of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the Amateur Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Fans may purchase a set online at Information: 477-8086.

Indoor soccer facility to open

        Indoor soccer enthusiasts will soon have a new playground.

        Soccer City will open its 52,000-square-foot center in September. The sports arena, custom-built for soccer, is under construction at 5770 Springdale Road in Colerain Township.

        “The building has been laid out for the convenience and enjoyment of both players and fans,” said Jeff Fulwiler, a partner in the venture.

        “With three fields, both children and adults can expect to play on the appropriate size field. Games will start on time and will be well-refereed,” he said.

        Mr. Fulwiler and Jeff Oberjohann have cooperated on the project, which broke ground in March. Construction is by Cincinnati Commercial Contracting, LLC.

        Financing is provided by Winton Savings & Loan.

        Information: 741-8480 or

        E-mail or fax 564-6991 with openings, expansions and other news about neighborhood businesses.



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