Fiorini quits plea deal
George Fiorini snookered investors, dodged Ohio securities regulators and, Monday, reneged on a plea deal with federal authorities that would have put him in prison for up to eight years.

Financial planner guilty in tax case
One of two disbarred stockbrokers now running an estate-planning firm in Blue Ash was convicted in Dayton on seven counts of failing to pay federal taxes.

Job fair for collegians and new grads
Greater Cincinnati is losing young workers faster than the Titanic went to the ocean floor.

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

What's the buzz?
Cincom Systems Inc., marked its 35th anniversary Monday complete with music, speeches and the unveiling of exhibits for an in-house museum detailing the software company's history.

Making it
Promotions & new on the job.

Tipsheet improved
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Firm's office space doubling
Omnicare Inc. plans to almost double the size of its headquarters operations in Northern Kentucky in a move to consolidate administration of its operations in 47 states.

Tristate summary
Hillenbrand Industries Inc. has agreed to sell its Pennsylvania-based infant care business to Drager Medical AG & Co.

Americans had more, spent more
WASHINGTON - Flush with extra cash from tax cuts, America's consumers treated themselves in August and spent with gusto, good news for the economy's revival.

Business digest
WASHINGTON - The recording industry on Monday announced settlements with 52 of the 261 Internet users it sued over allegations they illegally permitted others to download music from their computers using popular file-sharing software.

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.

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

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.