5/3 poised to gobble up yet another bank?
As Turkey Day approaches, Fifth Third Bancorp's George A. Schaefer Jr. could be getting hungry for another deal.

Donahue asks ex-employees to bail him out
Former financial planner Stephen G. Donahue, having pleaded guilty to fraud in July, is asking former employees and colleagues to help keep him out of jail.

Students boost Web mark of engraver
Thanks to the Internet, Pewter Place Engravery is capturing new markets in the Tristate and beyond, without having to go outside its Kenwood Towne Centre location.

What's The Buzz
Books, CDs, DVDs and video games are the top choices for gifts this holiday season, according to the latest consumer survey from the National Retail Federation.

Tipsheet improved
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Albertsons feels pressure from Wal-Mart
BOISE, Idaho - Ever since Wal-Mart opened two of its grocery store Supercenters in the region known as Idaho's Treasure Valley, hometown grocery giant Albertsons Inc. has seen its market share fall by about 28 percent as new competition and lower prices steal shoppers away from the local leader.
Owners' goals may differ
Picture three would-be entrepreneurs, each signing up for a seminar on "Starting Your Own Business."
Business Meetings This Week
Tristate Business Notebook
Industry Notes: Real Estate
Commercial and real estate projects

Erpenbeck archive
A. William Erpenbeck spent years building a company that appears to be crumbling. One of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co., is under federal investigation for a suspected bank fraud that is affecting lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.

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