Monday, March 10, 2003

Morning Memo

Hot tips & news to start your business day

Today's number: 2 million-plus

Subscribers to General Motors Corp.'s OnStar in-vehicle communications system, which has become profitable for the first time since it was introduced seven years ago, the company says.

Today's career tip

Nobody knows why but in 1954, IBM founder Thomas Watson Sr. decided to empty out his pockets and put the stuff into a file, which is now maintained by IBM corporate archives. There are notes to himself to write birthday cards to everybody who wrote a card to him on his 80th birthday, a cartoon, a schedule for a typical Friday, a complete crossword puzzle. "Like anyone's personal affects, they are intimate scraps of life and personality," Kevin Maney says in his book The Maverick and His Machine.

Today's money tip

If your want more or better funds in your employer's 401(k) plan, rally co-worker support and make your voices heard.

Complaining loudly and to the right person is about the only way to get changes made. No federal laws require companies to have retirement or deferred-compensation plans, let alone bonus features such as ability to borrow from a plan. If a firm does have a plan, the law requires only that there be a method for deferment and a trustee for the money.

Today's company; DPS ASSOCIATES

PUBLICATION PROWESS: In its decade of existence, Digital Publication Services (DPS) has developed about 140 technical and business-related publications. The company's three principals, Crystal Chapin, Daniel Van and Erv Swillinger, have pooled their experience in college textbook publishing, newspaper publishing, printing and advertising.

FROM CONCEPT TO COPYRIGHT: The Forest Park enterprise can provide project management from author correspondence to product archiving. It offers editing, design and illustration and production services. In addition to publications production, the firm can design and produce multimedia presentations.

ON SCREEN, ON PAPER: As its name suggests, DPS has both traditional and electronic book production capabilities.

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Average gas prices near record
OPEC to review oil output
Kuwait envisions post-war boom
Schwab's daughter hurt in fire
Designers go downscale
Machine tool sales down 24.9%
New SEC chairman moves quietly
Bristol-Myers' restatement lifts cloud

Success of Web journals heralds an even bigger future
Qualcomm roars through telecom slump
Dell: Refunds not for everyone
Microsoft releases Office test version
Dot-com mixes business with pleasure

Federated seeks a makeover of stores
P&G gives networking new meaning
Cheaper college texts online
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Eighth law firm joins suit against Provident
Jobless rate rises to 5.8%
Airline wants to fly out of Lunken