BUSINESS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2002
Tristate banks look to expand
After expanding briskly in Butler and Warren counties during much of the 1990s, most of the Tristate's largest banks virtually halted efforts on opening brick-and-mortar branches in recent years.

Ex-P&G boss runs spiritual startup
Three years after relinquishing one of the top posts at Procter & Gamble Co. for a foray into a theological seminary, Denis Beausejour still carries around a list of his former colleagues.

What's the Buzz?
Don't doubt for a minute that television stations - and the companies that own those stations - love politics. Political advertising pumps millions onto station balance sheets every fall, and 2002 was no exception.

Tipsheet improved
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Take 2 women, 1 dream; mix in well
The goal of Electrical Innovations Corp. is to wire itself into the Tristate's construction network.
Check around for best deals
I travel a lot on business. I've used or checked all the major travel sites: the airlines' Web sites, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, etc. Overall, I've been pretty satisfied.


Small business notes

THE GREATER CINCINNATI 100
Top private firms saw recession
Even before the recession hit in March 2001, Greater Cincinnati's largest private businesses saw the tough times coming.


Drees Co. grabs top ranking in the 100
The Drees Co. earned the top spot in this year's Greater Cincinnati 100, but company officials say that the home builder is even bigger now.

Vehicle dealers showed the way
The tech bubble burst, the U.S. economy slumped, and consumers ducked for cover from terrorists.
These 100 show best of can-do spirit
Health care costs bite deep
Accountable to themselves
Habegger posts 50th profit in 50th year
Builder moves up - for now
Floturn flourishes as others fall
Sumerel service adds to revenue
Companies: Outlook for economy is grim
Everclear emerges as true up-and-comer

SPECIAL COVERAGE
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.