Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Morning memo



Today's number: 39% -- Business software products in use last year - such as Microsoft Office - that were not legally obtained, down from 49 percent in 1994, the year of the first study, and 40 percent in 2001, according to a study released by the Business Software Alliance.
--The Associated Press

Today's career tip

There were plenty of people who opened plenty of doors in Cincinnati for entertainer Sarah Jessica Parker, according to The Right Words at the Right Time by Marlo Thomas and Friends, but none more so than David Blackburn of the Cincinnati ballet. He offered Parker and her brother a scholarship but never made the youngsters feel bad about coming from a family that could not pay. "Because Mr. Blackburn saw it in his heart to put out a hand to me, a whole new chapter began in my life." Today, Parker funds a scholarship in Blackburn's name at the ballet. "A little spark of belief can go a long ways," she says.
--John Eckberg

Today's mover

Erin Kienzle has joined Paul Hemmer Companies as an accountant in the finance and administrative division. Kienzle will be working in real estate and development accounting, as well as serving the construction and services areas of the company. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University.
--Shirley Dees

Today's company

HORIZON PRODUCTIONS, INC.

BIG SCREEN, SMALL SCREEN: Based in Corryville, Horizon provides video and interactive multi-media production, event and business meeting production, web site design and graphic design for local and national businesses. The company was founded in 1984.

TOT TALK: Horizon Productions has just released a new "Chatter Buddies" product for Topics Entertainment's "Educator's Choice" Numbers & Letters Excelerator series. The software series is aimed at toddlers and preschoolers and helps them with sound identification and speech formation. Chatter Buddies interactive CD-ROM programs have won a number of awards.

KUDOS: The company won a Gold award in the advertising/promotional category at the 36th annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Its winning production was "Learn About Content Archiving," a video that Horizon produced for KVS Inc. It's the second prize Horizon has earned at the film festival in the last three years.
--Jenny Callison




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