BUSINESS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2003
Overtime showdown draws near
Overtime pay could soon go the way of the office typewriter. A new set of workplace rules that revise the Depression-era federal law on overtime is headed for a Capitol Hill showdown as soon as Wednesday.
Time-off option for workers awaits action by Congress
How new overtime rule would affect workers

Labor rallies against Cintas
Organized labor brought its high-profile effort to represent employees of Cintas Corp. to Cincinnati on Labor Day and vowed it won't go away.

U.S. recession hit Ohio hard
Ohio suffered almost twice the U.S. decline in employment after the recession began in March 2001, a report released this weekend by an economic research group in Cleveland said.

Business Meetings This Week
Announcements of meetings and seminars, and instructions for listing your event.

Making It
Promotions & new on the job.

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MORE BUSINESS HEADLINES
Tristate summary
Cincinnati's Chiquita Brands International Inc., the world's biggest banana producer, sold its stake in a Florida citrus joint venture to its partner for an undisclosed amount of cash and the assumption of debt.


Beware of convenience checks
Question: The bank that issues my credit card has sent me a check for $5,000 and says I can use it any way I want, with zero interest charged until next April if I keep my card payments current. It sounds tempting. What's the catch?

Rival drugs seek piece of Viagra's territory
LONDON - Viagra, the little blue pill that has revolutionized the sex lives of millions of men, has two potential rivals for the big U.S. market.


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.