Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Morning Memo

Enquirer staff and news services

        Today's Number: 68 million — U.S. adults who have visited at least one government Internet site as of January, an increase from 40 million in March 2000. Twelve percent renewed a driver's license or auto registration, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found in a survey.

        Today's Mover

        Andrew J. Sabados has been named vice president of marketing-corrugated steel pipe for Contech Construction Products Inc. Mr. Sabados joined the company in 1976. He graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.
       — Shirley Dees

        Today's Career Talk

        Now the head of a billion-dollar lifestyle business, Martha Stewart was not always a member of the media elite. A former stockbroker, she knew her Wall Street days were ending when the bull market of the late 1960s turned into the bear market of the early 1970s. There was another sign that she needed to find a new line of work, says Christopher Byron, author of Martha Inc. She was a “nervous wreck.” She had trouble sleeping and sometimes “woke up with hives.” Within months she quit as a broker and began selling homemade pies at the door of a local clothing store. A reborn Martha was again on her way.
       — John Eckberg

        Today's Money Tip

        A number of Web sites offer useful tools that can help you track down scholarship opportunities and answer scholarship-related questions.

        Here's a site worth visiting: CollegeLink — www.collegelink.com/clnk/scholarship/

        Browse scholarships by academic field.

        Today's Company — WINDOW GENIE

        HELPING HOMEOWNERS: Ric Nonelle wanted to start a business that would be both low-tech and affordable to launch. He settled on a home maintenance focus and opened his residential window-washing venture in 1994. Window Genie expanded into deck and driveway maintenance and window film installation.

        REPLICATING: Mr. Nonelle designed his enterprise so that it could be franchised. He sold his first franchises in 1998. He then divided his Cincinnati market in half and sold it as two franchises two years later. Window Genie's downtown location serves as corporate headquarters and houses a franchise operation.

        SPREADING OUT: Thirty Window Genie franchises operate in California, Colorado, Texas, Iowa, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
       — Jenny Callison


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