Sunday, June 02, 2002

Tristate Business Notes

Butcher opens deli shop in Mason

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer contributor

        A longtime meat cutter has opened his own business at 3644 Tylersville Road in Mason.

        Bill Price is building on his 32 years of experience to run Butcher Bill's Meats & Deli, which opened in early May. He purchased Ray's Fine Meats & Deli in late February and has included specialty cuts of USDA Choice beef, pork, veal, lamb and bison. The store also offers chicken and several varieties of fish.

        Butcher Bill's also prepares party trays and sandwiches and sells its own recipe chicken salad and ham salad.

        Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

        Information: 459-8663.

Mortgage lender adds Norwood branch

               A national mortgage lender has opened a branch in Norwood. First Home Mortgage, a subsidiary of American Home Mortgage Holding Inc., is at 4600 Montgomery Road.

        Greg Harkleroad, a board member of the Cincinnati Mortgage Bankers Association, is the manager. The staff consists of four loan officers, but the company anticipates eventually employing 13.

        “We are pleased to offer home buyers the expertise that comes with years of experience in the industry,” Mr. Harkleroad said.

        First Home touts its “five-minute mortgage approval program,” down-payment assistance for first-time buyers and conventional, FHA and VA loans. The company is headquartered in Mount Prospect, Ill., with offices in eight states.

        Information: 396-7666.

African American chamber announces golf event

        The African American Chamber of Commerce will hold its Golf Networking Fund Raiser on Aug. 26 at the Glenview Golf Course in Woodlawn. The event is sponsored for the second year by Huntington Bank.

        Proceeds will benefit chamber business programs, educational services and seminars for chamber members.

        “This event is rapidly becoming one of our most popular, in part because it provides our members and corporate partners an opportunity to further develop long-term business relationships,” said DeAsa Brown, chamber executive.

        The cost is $450 for nonmembers and $350 for members. Sponsorships are available.

        Information: 751-9900.

Workplace, technology firms form alliance

        Workflow Dynamics Inc., a workplace efficiency firm, has forged a strategic alliance with Tech E Group technology consultant to offer a broader range of services.

        “My company recently redesigned a help desk process for a local financial institution,” said Jackie Messersmith, Workflow Dynamics president and founder. “While our process improvements focused on re-educating help desk employees . . . and finding better ways to motivate them and tie them into the company's overall work-flow process, we quickly realized that our improvements would require some technical support,” she explained. “This, in turn, would save the company substantial dollars in customer support calls.”

        Tech E Group, of Northern Kentucky, consists of 13 technology, Internet development and creative professionals.

        “We give each other depth that we don't have individually,” De Stewart, president of Tech E Group, said of the alliance.

        Workflow Dynamics, based in Anderson Township, has worked with clients such as Great American Insurance, Accelerated Technologies, Ellison Surface Technologies and the University of Cincinnati.

        Information: 233-3569.

Dental center adds skin-care specialist

        West Chester Township's Dental Health Center has invited a skin care specialist to offer services within its building.

        Mary Rice, who operates the Skin Care Institute at the You-nique Salon in Mount Lookout, will provide micro-dermabrasion, facials and other skin therapy at the Dental Health Center, 7908 Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

        “The Dental Health Center staff strives to provide five-star customer service to their patients, and adding skin-care services was yet another way to offer convenience and raise the bar on the level of care offered,” said Dr. Thomas Hedge, the center's director. “I realized that teeth, skin and gums require regular maintenance for optimal health.”

        Information: 777-7017.

Mail Boxes store changes ownership

        The Milford Mail Boxes Etc. will hold special promotions this month to celebrate its reopening under new ownership.

        New MBE franchisees Rick and Lilah Reichley will offer a full range of services including mailbox rentals; packing services; shipping through UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service; faxing; copying; printing; and binding.

        “We are excited,” Mr. Reichley said. “As a one-stop shop for postal and business services, we look forward to serving the entire Milford community.”

        The couple had worked in retail management and purchasing. Mrs. Reichley also has experience as a designer.

        The shop is at 1081-B Ohio 28 in Mulberry Square. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

        Information: 248-7500.


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