BUSINESS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2003
Good ... and bad in third quarter
In the past year, two main competitors of laser eye surgery provider LCA-Vision Inc. went bankrupt.
Old-line firms hit hard

13 firms pledge $85.2M
Thirteen Greater Cincinnati corporations have committed $85.2 million toward an urban renewal proposal that, if approved for federal investment tax credits, could spur business and residential development downtown and in surrounding low-income neighborhoods

New Ivory Baby plugs new Ivory
Poetrie Bedgood of College Hill, only 13 months old, was close to becoming the new Ivory Baby.

Peale: What's the buzz?
They built it, and now Town & Country Sports Complex hopes you will come.

Making it
Promotions & new on the job.

Tipsheet improved
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Agents raid mortgage firm
Federal agents Monday raided a Springdale mortgage company that has been accused of civil fraud in real estate transactions.
Patriot Act kicks in at banks today
Beginning today, don't be surprised if you get asked more questions than usual where you bank if you try to open a new account.
Business digest

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

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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.