ECKBERG: Eyeglasses change lives overseas
When Reggie Butler, a lead trainer at Roselawn-based Global Lead Management, decided to go to Thailand late last year, it was not to check out the white sand beaches or glorious sunsets. Butler came to give away eyeglasses.

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Chiquita plans steps for 2003
Cyrus Freidheim, chairman and CEO of Chiquita Brands, has seen it all as a consultant. But dealing with shareholders is something new.

Bank's loans caused trouble
Combine a bank president who lost his lending senses and a borrower who needed seed money for a backyard business venture, and you have a good idea of how a small Northern Kentucky bank was pushed to the brink of oblivion last fall.

What's the Buzz?
It took two years, but a judge has upheld the claims of almost 170 former salaried employees of the International Paper Co.'s Hamilton mill that they're entitled to severance benefits.

Best to plan now before leaving your business
Do you know who will take over your business when you're ready to pass it on? Does your family know what your plans for the business are? Does your estate have enough liquidity to pay taxes without forcing the sale of the business itself?
Weed out customers not buying
Your phone rings. It's a prospective customer wanting information about your services and prices, requesting a bid or proposal. That's a good thing, right? Especially in this time of slow economic activity, shouldn't you feel lucky to have customers approaching you, inquiring about doing business with you?
Friends view rooms with a future at their B&B
When Nancy Niehaus and Linda Mallory bought a large Victorian house in Clifton to transform into a B&B, they knew the house had potential - but didn't realize how much potential.
War may not boost economy
WASHINGTON - War isn't what it used to be in terms of economic impact. Previous American conflicts have given the economy a huge boost because of all the extra government spending.
Industry notes: Commercial real estate
The downtown law firm Kohnen & Patton LLP will relocate from Carew Tower to a 21,000-square-foot space at PNC Center on East Fifth Street.
Business notes

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

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.