BUSINESS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2003
Cutting red tape to be top task
Chad Munitz has earned a reputation as a hard worker and effective deal closer over the past six years with the Ohio Department of Development.

Football carries retail on robust shoulders
Sports bars can earn as much as half of their annual revenues during the football season. Football games attract more customers than other televised sports, and customers stay longer and spend more money on food and beverages.

Emmis chief runs quirky, human outfit
Emmis is the sixth-largest radio chain in the nation in terms of listeners and the eighth-largest by its annual revenue of about $300 million - even though it ranks 34th in number of stations owned.

Gold gets back some of its luster
Gold investors think they've found a fail-safe bet. No matter what happens to the economy, stock market or anything else - good or bad - they count on seeing positive returns.

What's the buzz?
Once again, Provident Bank has popped up as a possible takeover candidate.

Tipsheet improved
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Anti-smoking laws burn out the free matchbook
Because of recently enacted no-smoking regulations in restaurants, ashtrays are nothing more than pieces of plastic hogging table space. If smoking isn't allowed, there's no need for ashtrays.
Consider business structure
If you're starting a business, one of the first questions you need to answer is what kind of business you're going to be.
Business notes

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.