BUSINESS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2003
Beirut amusement park would transform image
The magnitude of the mission came to Dennis L. Speigel one sunny morning in early March as he strolled through a rebuilt Martyrs Square in Beirut, Lebanon.

Look out, world - here come skippies
So you're an executive at the Wrigley Co. and you've got this gum called Juicy Fruit that - with its familiar yellow wrapper and name - has been a top seller for more than 100 years.

Fees on the road can vary greatly
Planning a trip abroad? By doing a bit of research before you depart, you might save yourself some money on foreign currency transactions once you're there.

What's the Buzz?
First, he lost his job as chairman and CEO of Ashland Inc. because of an office sex scandal. Now Paul Chellgren is out as a member of the University of Kentucky board of trustees.

Tipsheet improved
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Unions go looking for new members
CLEVELAND - When Steelworkers member John Shotkoski tells people he has had a long career in the tire and rubber industry, he sometimes gets confused looks.
Handcrafting, niche marketing pay off
BEREA, Ky. - Lining the back pages of glossy publications, strips of eclectic advertisements hawk anything from walking sticks hewn from foreign trees to fleeces sewn from South American wool. They are an afterthought to many magazine readers.
When to hire a new employee
During many of my years in business, I worked alone, out of my home. It was satisfying and profitable. But one of the best decisions I made was to finally hire an employee.
Epcot yearns for boost with 'Mission: Space'
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The newest thrill ride at Walt Disney World's Epcot is a simulated rocket flight to Mars heavy on "gee whiz" and G-forces. It remains to be seen whether Mission: Space also will lift the theme park's flagging attendance skyward.
Tristate business notebook
THE GREATER CINCINNATI 100
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

SPECIAL COVERAGE
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.