BUSINESS NEWS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2003
P&G sponsors meeting for gays
For the second time, the Procter & Gamble Co. is one of three major sponsors of the 2003 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, the nation's largest diversity conference for gay professionals.

Cinergy benefits lauded
When Jeannie Vangundy was in school, she took advantage of Cinergy Corp.'s tuition assistance program while she worked part-time and weekends at the utility.

Eckberg: Daily Grind
About 40 students at Northern Kentucky University will get a first-hand look this fall at the marketing challenges represented by a cutting-edge consumer product: the Segway Human Transporter.

Morning memo
Hot tips & news to start your business day.

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

Making it
Promotions & new on the job.

Tipsheet improved
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MORE BUSINESS HEADLINES
Investors watch as execs go to trial
NEW YORK - One defendant is an ex-CEO whose alleged greed came to symbolize the scandals that have hit Wall Street. The other is a former banking star accused of ordering key documents destroyed.


Analysts predict Microsoft will settle theft suit
BALTIMORE - For months, executives at Microsoft Corp. and Burst.com Inc. discussed Burst's technology for transmitting movies and sounds over the Internet more quickly.


SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's business stories)
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.


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.