Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Morning memo

Today's number: 79,925

Job-cut announcements by U.S. employers in August, down 6 percent from the 85,117 reported in July and 32 percent lower than the 118,067 reported in August 2002, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., a Chicago-based placement firm.

Today's career talk

With more and more executive given over-seas assignments, it becomes imperative for businesses to stress personal safety, David S. Katz and Ilan Casp say in Executive's Guide to Personal Security. "Pay attention to your surroundings and respoect the little warning bell you have in your head," the authors say. "You are most vulnerable when you become comfortable and lulled by the false security of familiar surroundings. Look up and down the street every morning before you leave the house."

Today's mover

Christopher Flaig has joined Joseph Decosimo and Co., CPA firm, as audit specialist. Flaig began his career with the Ohio Auditor's Office after receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami University. Over his 12-year career, he has specialized in corporate and non-profit accounting. He is a member of the Hamilton City Council and is active in the Ohio Government Finance Officer's Association.

Today's money tip

An annuity is one method of saving designed to generate future retirement income. But understanding how annuities work is not always easy. There are different types of annuities and tax rules that accompany them. To help sort out questions about annuities, several Web sites offer a range of information. If you're interested in this retirement income option, you might want to visit Financial Consumer Guide at www.financialconsumerguide.com/investing/annuities/. It offers basic and in-depth information on fixed and variable annuities.

Today's company: Holland Communications

STAYING POWER: This downtown marketing, advertising and public relations firm has an eight-decade history and is now in the hands of its third generation of ownership. It provides both business-to-business and consumer-oriented communications services that include interactive communications.

MAPPING A MESSAGE: Holland's proprietary ROI Brand Strategy Mapping is a ten-step process designed to help a client identify characteristics, skills or benefits that differentiate it from its competition and to develop and deliver a consistent message that highlights that competitive advantage.

GOOD WORKS: Holland is active in the community, helping health care organizations, churches, schools and the arts. Its efforts helped the firm become a finalist in the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce's 2003 Outstanding Community Service awards.

HONORS: The firm was also a finalist in the 2003 Tri-State (CQ) Family Business of the Year awards and a finalist for three Telly Awards for the "Inspired Interiors by Globe" television commercial it produced.

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