Thursday, September 25, 2003

Morning memo

News and tips to start your business day

Today's number: 1.2 million

Server computers shipped by manufacturers such as IBM, Hewlett Packard, Dell Computer Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. during the second quarter, up 17.5 percent from the same period last year, the research group IDC said.

The Associated Press

Today's mover

Matthew D. McCormick has joined Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel as portfolio manager. McCormick will concentrate on the institutional portfolio management of public funds, corporations, foundations/endowments, and Taft-Hartley plans. He was vice president, principal and portfolio manager for Apex Capital Management in Dayton, Ohio and served as vice president, director of institutional services, and institutional portfolio manager for Dean Investment Associates in Dayton. He earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Xavier University.

Shirley Dees

Today's career talk

With so many companies focusing on fewer products and services, why not make a home at your business for another's cast-off, questions Andrew J. Birol, the Solon, Ohio-based author of Focus.Accomplish.Grow. The Business Owners Guide to Growth. "Ask your customers which products and services their supplier are ignoring. Take your accounts that no longer fit within your company's focus and sell them to other providers," the author said. "Find treasure in the orphan products and services of other companies."

John Eckberg

Today's money tip

Life insurance commercials are a fixture on television. But the best insurance plan and cost information actually may be found on the World Wide Web.

The Web has become a useful tool for life insurance comparison-shopping and learning about the differences between different types of insurance. If you'd like to look into purchasing life insurance or just get the facts about what a plan entails, check out Health Symphony at It provides policy information, insurance basics and checklist of factors to consider.

Knight Ridder News Service

Today's Company: Deerfield Construction Co. Inc.

Far And Wide: Founded almost 25 years ago, this Loveland-based general contractor has worked on projects in more than 30 states.

Diverse: Deerfield employs more than 60 people and specializes in a wide variety of commercial construction projects such as shopping centers, office buildings, assisted living facilities, light manufacturing plants and hospitality properties. Yearly construction volume ranges between $50 million and $70 million, and 85 percent is for repeat clients.

Building Community Ties: In 2002, the company helped Habitat for Humanity construct two new homes in Over the Rhine. Deerfield Construction president Steve Bitzer is on the board of directors for Kicks for Kids.

Kudos: The company was honored in August as a finalist for the "Tri State Family Business of the Year" in the "Innovation" category. The award is given by the Goering Center for Family & Private Business at UC's College of Business.

Jenny Callison

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