Sunday, February 2, 2003

Business notes

New owner for Oxford Pet Retreat

Amy Brooks Fowler is the new owner of Oxford Pet Retreat.

Fowler purchased the boarding facility Nov. 15 and offers bathing and dog day-care services.

On Mondays, Oxford Pet Retreat is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for small dogs to socialize and exercise.

Wednesdays and Fridays the facility offers the same program for large dogs. Cost is $20 per day; canines who participate both Wednesday and Friday of the same week get a 50 percent discount for the second day.

Oxford Pet Retreat boards cats as well, Fowler said, adding that all boarded animals receive personal attention. Cats who mix well with others can enjoy out-of-cage time in the cat room.

Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Oxford Pet Retreat is at 13 Reagh Way, just off College Corner Pike in Oxford.

Information: (513) 523-1544.

Tax preparers open on Central Parkway

Computerized tax preparation is the specialty of ComPro-Tax Community Tax Center, whose area office just opened in the Cincinnati Business Incubator, 1634 Central Parkway. A Columbus office opened at the same time.

ComPro-Tax has offices throughout the United States. It offers individual and business tax preparation with traditional or electronic filing capabilities.

"Our company offers a friendly alternative in tax preparation, a community spirit with heavy involvement in the community," said Robin Lewis, owner of the Cincinnati office. "We want people to feel empowered about their tax situation and understand they should have control. We will help you get the largest refund legally allowed. We also offer mobile services for those individuals with special circumstances."

ComPro-Tax is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 362-2732.

Chamber social in Mariemont

A business-after-hours social event Feb. 13 kicks off the Mariemont Area Chamber's 2003 membership drive.

The chamber includes businesses in Mariemont, Madisonville, Fairfax, Madison Place, Newtown, Plainville and Terrace Park.

Membership is open to anyone in Greater Cincinnati who wishes to do business with residents or businesses in those areas.

The membership event takes place at the Mariemont branch of U.S. Bank, 6940 Madisonville Road, just off Mariemont Square. Hours are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.

"This local area chamber of commerce offers many benefits to its members including networking meetings, business seminars, insurance, discounts, and an opportunity to interest other chamber members in your products or services," said membership chair Susan Slaughter.

Information: 561-5121 or

N.Ky. governments to get tech survey

Local governments in Northern Kentucky will be surveyed to determine their agencies' level of technology use and proficiency.

A subcommittee of the New Economy Transition Team (NETT) at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will distribute the survey and use results to provide pro bono help for local governments that request it.

The goal, said NETT chairman Dave Hatter, is to help each municipality provide more efficient and effective constituent services with minimal cost and maximum return on investment.

As surveys are returned, each municipality will be ranked as to its capabilities. Each can also see how it compares with its counterparts.

A pilot survey has been conducted in Erlanger, Fort Mitchell, Fort Wright and Park Hills, and those results are being compiled, Hatter said.

Other members of the subcommittee are Kenton County Commissioner Dan Humpert, Fort Mitchell City Administrator Bill Goetz, Erlanger City Administrator Bill Scheyer, Carolyn Dickerson from Anderson Publishing, Tony Bonomini from Midwest Voice and Data, and Joe Mefford, CIO of the Kentucky League of Cities.

Information: (859) 426-1046 or (859) 750-6647.

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

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