Sunday, October 5, 2003

Business Notebook

Filmmaker gives business advice

Local filmmaker Alphonso Wesson will be the guest speaker at a graduation ceremony for 13 aspiring entrepreneurs who have completed the SmartBusiness "Build Your Own Business" program. The event is Saturday.

The program is a comprehensive 12-week course for micro-enterprises. It covers topics such as marketing, financial management, taxes and traditional/nontraditional funding.

It is offered by Smart-Money Community Services, a resource for aspiring urban-core entrepreneurs and existing small businesses that wish to expand.

The agency is sponsored in part by the city of Cincinnati, the Ohio Department of Development, and the Cincinnati Coalition for Micro-enterprise Opportunities.

Information: 241-7266.

Local franchise helps firms move

Like Goldilocks, businesses need to find space that's "just right" for their needs. Relocation Strategies Inc. has been successful helping businesses do just that; now it is expanding with a new franchise in Columbus.

The new franchise, owned by Fred Timm, opened Sept. 1. It will serve 15 counties in central Ohio. In August, RSI sold two franchises in Dallas and is considering a company-owned franchise location in Cleveland.

"When the economy goes sour, businesses downsize, or relocate to another facility," said Timothy Haines , RSI owner.

"With a booming economy, businesses expand, adding employees and additional locations. Our type of business is needed in either scenario," Haines said.

Besides finding appropriate space, the company helps clients by managing the move itself to minimize disruption.

Haines hopes to have more locations in Dayton, Ohio; Louisville and Lexington by spring. RSI is at 17 E. Eighth St. downtown.

Information: 651-2332 or

Retirement Corp. offers 401(k) plan

A new professionally managed 401(k) plan is available through Retirement Corp. of America, based in Sycamore Township.

"This Master 401(k) will provide daily money management, investment advice, online access to see your 401(k) performance daily, as well as a full offering of educational classes and workshops," said RCA's director of client compliance Bob Newton .

Newton said he thinks many employees in 401(k) plans nationwide struggle to understand their investment choices. His company designed this program to address those concerns and to help employers make their 401(k) plans more attractive.

RCA, at 11500 Northlake Drive, has served clients in the Cincinnati area for more than 20 years.

Information: 769-4040 or

Home business? Network at cafe

A local business coach, recognizing the need for home-based business owners to meet and interact, has created a way for them to do so.

Brian Monahan, president of Ideal Life Coaching, started the Free-Agent Success Team as a support group for business folks working at home.

"Too often, home-based business owners get isolated in their homes and embark on their business ventures without the business and marketing skills necessary to meet the challenges they face," Monahan said.

FAST members meet at 9 a.m. the first Friday of each month at the Joseph-Beth Bronte Bistro in Norwood's Rookwood Commons. The meetings focus on a topic of interest to the membership. Networking takes place before and after the meetings.

Cost is $10 a session plus the cost of breakfast. A one-year membership is $99; the first meeting is free for a prospective member.

Information: 703-0674.

E-mail or fax 564-6991 with openings, expansions and other news about neighborhood businesses.

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