BUSINESS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2002
Agency puts focus on Ohio biotech
Efforts to promote biotech business growth in Ohio will accelerate in 2003 - starting with a Midwest biotech trade show to be held in April.

Digital tool helps agency sculpt products' appeal
In their conference rooms overlooking Fourth Street downtown, the creative types at BrandStorm, the fast-growing unit of the Northlich advertising agency, dream up new ways to create, design and package the favorites found on store shelves everyday.

What's the Buzz?
Among the dozens of businesses and financial nuances that Procter & Gamble Co. chairman A.G. Lafley covered in New York two weeks ago, one brand clearly is being watched closely by the man in the corner office.

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LOCAL BUSINESS NEWS
Finding their way
While many businesses struggled in this year's challenging economy, a number of companies spotlighted on the Enquirer's Enterprise page have found ways to survive or even thrive. Here are updates:


Business Notes
Handcrafts and home decor items from developing countries are available at Ten Thousand Villages, a shop that opened Nov. 1 in O'Bryonville.
Commercial Real Estate Transfers
The most expensive commercial property transfers recorded recently in Hamilton, Clermont, Butler and Warren counties in Ohio; and Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties in Kentucky:

NATIONAL BUSINESS NEWS
Make list of goals for 2003
As I was writing this column on New Year's resolutions, I asked a colleague for his business resolutions for 2003. He replied, "Why bother? Nobody ever keeps resolutions." Not true. A number of years ago, I made a resolution to drink more champagne. And I've kept it ever since.


Campbell's aim: M'm! m'm! better
CAMDEN, N.J. - When Campbell Soup Co. began selling its condensed soups in their red and white cans, it couldn't have been easier - just add water and heat.
Burger chains ride slump, boost competition
MIAMI - When Richard Steinig opened his first of four South Florida McDonald's restaurants in the 1970s, the fight for burger chain supremacy could be summed up this simply: Which was tastier - the Big Mac or Burger King's Whopper?
Euro a year old, but older currencies live on
AACHEN, Germany - People in this German border town are the first to praise the euro. After all, the 12-nation currency freed them from the need for calculators and extra wallets to handle money from Belgium and the Netherlands, just a few minutes' drive away.
As seen on TV, pitchman Billy Mays cleans up with shtick
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Out in his three-car garage, next to the brand new black Bentley, TV pitchman Billy Mays keeps a long cabinet stocked with the cleaning products that are making him a household name.

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

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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.