Friday, August 22, 2003

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News and tips to start your business day

Today's number: 34,437

Sienna minivans being recalled by Toyota Motor Co. because the fuel tank is prone to damage and could cause a fire; the recall covers minivans from the 2004 model year that were sold to the public starting in January.

The Associated Press

Today's career talk

Does it pay to trust your gut? You bet. In the book Guitar Towns: A Journey to the Crossroads of Rock 'n'Roll by Randy McNutt (an Enquirer reporter), independent record producer Allen Reynolds talks about Garth Brooks, a country music giant. Every exec in Nashville passed on recording Brooks - everyone but Reynolds. "The new record industry is run by focus groups," Reynolds says, "people who never wrote a song." Reynolds took on Brooks and is glad he did: Brooks' first album sold 5 million. His next two sold 10 million each. "I guess I've always been a writer," Reynolds concludes. And he's always trusted his gut.

John Eckberg

Today's mover

Mary Todd Hardeman has been named vice president of external affairs and development at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Todd will be responsible for management of all development and fundraising programs, membership marketing programs and marketing and public relations programs. Prior to joining Cincinnati Museum Center, she spent five years as associate director of Planned Giving (University-wide) at Georgetown University. She received her bachelor's degree from Jackson College of Tufts University.

Shirley Dees

Today's money tip

Online banking has become a convenient way for consumers to conduct banking transactions more quickly and easily.

A number of good Web sites offer useful insights on safe Internet banking and how it works. One of them is at Get online banking basics, Internet banking deal comparisons and more.

Knight Ridder News Service

Today's Company: Technetitle

Homeowner Peace Of Mind: Lawyer Doug Thomson started a title company in his home in 1987. In 1991 he launched TechneTitle officially, locating in Milford. Today the company performs title searches, lender services and closings and provides title insurance.

What's In A Name? The firm's name was taken from its first location, TechneCenter Drive in Milford.

Burgeoning Business: TechneTitle has grown significantly since it opened its first office with five employees. Now the company employs more than 50 people and operates full-service locations in Milford and Hillsboro as well as a closings-only office in West Chester. An additional branch will open soon in Cincinnati's northern suburbs.

Jenny Callison

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