Jam giant sticks to traditional values
ORRVILLE, Ohio - In this town of 8,000 people surrounded by farms in northeastern Ohio, signs constantly remind workers of J. M. Smucker's heritage and principles: Quality, people, ethics, growth and independence.

For billers, it's all about service
Three West Price Hill entrepreneurs have learned that a generous dose of integrity, grit and enthusiasm is an effective remedy for physicians' billing blues.

What's the buzz?
Buyers of Charmin toilet tissue in England can now find another way to connect with the Procter & Gamble Co. product - buying a children's book featuring "Charmin the Bear."

Tipsheet improved
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Look for new sales leads
"More sales!" The No. 1 request I get from readers is for information about increasing sales. But before you can make a sale, you need someone to sell to. How are you going to find potential customers?
What makes a new farm thrive? Survey of novices aims to find out
ALBANY, N.Y. - When Michael Geci-Black started farming part time two years ago, he struggled to meet deadlines for growing and selling his vegetables. He also had to decide how much to charge for his crops and where to distribute them.
Tristate business notebook
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.