Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Morning Memo

Tips and news to start your business day

Today's number: 157,508

Job cuts announced by U.S. corporations in November, down 11 percent from the 176,010 in October, the outplacement firm of Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. said Tuesday.

Dow Jones News Service

Today's mover

Rodger Roeser, public relations director at Powers Agency, has been appointed vice president of programming at Public Relations Society of America, Cincinnati chapter. Mr. Roeser will begin his term Jan. 1, 2003. His job at PRSA will help to ensure that professionals are given the tools to grow with the trends and share their knowledge among industry colleagues.

Shirley Dees

Today's money tip

If you're having trouble building up a savings account, try setting up an automatic transfer program. See if your employer will split your paycheck through direct deposit between your ordinary account and your short-term savings account. Your bank also might offer an automatic transfer program.

Amy Higgins

Today's career tip

When the mistakes keep coming fast and furious from above, think about finding a new desk at a new company, suggests Alistair McAlpine, in his book The Ruthless Leader: Three Classics of Strategy and Power. "If the Prince is continually making mistakes, this is not the Prince to serve for it seems that he was never truly a Prince," Mr. McAlpine says.

John Eckberg

Today's company: Champions Baseball Academy

Cincinnati Sluggers: Open in Sharonville this month, Champions aims to help players develop their skills and knowledge of baseball. A group of major league players, coaches and sports medicine practioners has helped design the programs. The new facility is part of the Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine complex on Kemper Road. Founders are Dr. James Marshall, John Marshall and Ron Hinners.

Weatherproof Workouts: Champions boasts a 30,000-square-foot indoor training center which contains an indoor regulation high school infield, five automated batting cages, instructional workout area with pitching mounds and batting cages, and a meeting room. The new academy offers camps, lessons, leagues and tournaments.

Help Where It Hurts: The company's affiliation with Beacon enables it to provide diagnosis, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation for sports-related injuries.

Star Power: Teaching personnel includes Bill Doran, Ted Power, Brian Conley, Mo Sanford, Chris Welsh, Ron Oester and Pat Tabler.

Jenny Callison

County may hike transfer tax
Kroger profits slip 6.6 percent
AK Steel ends 3-year lockout
Broadwing finance deal sends shares up more than 45%
Fed holds course on interest rate
Seeds for 207 area jobs planted from Ohio tax incentives
Survey: CDs grow best at credit unions
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