Tuesday, April 09, 2002

Morning Memo

Hot tips and news to start your business day

        Today's Number: 65 - Percentage of Americans approving of President Bush's handling of the economy in a recent Gallup Poll.

        Today's Mover: David W. Walters has been appointed portfolio manager, fixed income investments, at Fort Washington Investment Advisors Inc. Mr. Walters has more than 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as director of investment with Forethought Financial Services Inc. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree from Xavier University.

        Today's Career Talk: Figure out what you want and what you are good at, then focus on both, says Lee Silber in Career Management for the Creative Person. “Not everybody knows exactly what's the best thing to do at any given time,” he says. “Concentrate on what brings you the highest reward both financially and emotionally. You will have to make some tough choices, many times between better and best. Pick best.”

        Today's Money Tip: Make the most of your income tax refund. According to the Internal Revenue Service, refunds for tax year 2001 are averaging $2,091. But resist the urge to splurge — instead, look for more long-lasting benefits such as paying down debt, funding an IRA or padding savings. Better yet, visit your human resources department to lower the income tax withheld from each paycheck. That way you can fund those long-term plans throughout the year.

        Today's Company: Miami Systems Corp.

        GOOD FORM: Since its start in 1927, this company has grown to be the largest privately held manufacturer of business forms in North America. Revenues increased when the company expanded into complementary lines such as variable imaging products, electronic documents, envelopes, magazine inserts and specialty labels.

        ON A ROLL: Miami's jumbo-size rolls of forms can measure up to 50 inches in diameter. The forms can be printed in up to six colors.

        NEW DIRECTIONS: Not all of Miami's ink ends up on paper. The company also produces plastic cards and promotional game pieces.

        GOOD COVERAGE: Headquartered in Blue Ash, Miami has offices, warehouses and plants throughout the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast. It employs about 950 people.

        Send tips and questions to Bill Ferguson at bferguson@enquirer.com


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