BUSINESS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2003
SPECIAL REPORT: P&G'S RUSSIAN FRONTIER
Booming market bears potential and challenge
Cliff Peale reports from Russia: Nearly 5,000 miles from its downtown Cincinnati headquarters, P&G is making a determined thrust into Russia, whose 145 million people support an economy only 15 percent as large as the United States, but with the potential for astounding growth.
It's not like Kroger: 'Stores' make selling a challenge
New economy holds instability and risk
Overseas sales have big impact back home

Pumpkins good, but not bountiful
Wet weather hasn't been kind to the Tristate's pumpkin growers, leaving them fighting diseases spurred by a soggy summer after fighting soggy fields when planting in the spring.
Tips for buying and using pumpkins

Humvees press keeps armor firm all abuzz
FAIRFIELD - Military demand for armored Humvees has business at O'Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt armoring company humming.

Stock Market Game offers real fun, fake funds
Hundreds of students will try their hand at investing a mock $100,000. Non-students can, too, through the Enquirer-sponsored adult division.

What's the buzz?
Developer Rob Smyjunas wants to bring movies to Oakley, but he's ready to junk a deal with a national theater chain unless he gets money from City Hall.

Business Meetings This Week
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SPECIAL REPORT: P&G'S RUSSIAN FRONTIER
Overseas sales have big impact back home
As the World Turns is a Procter & Gamble-produced TV soap opera. It might as well be a business strategy.


It's not like Kroger: 'Stores' make selling a challenge
NOVOMOSKOVSK, Russia - Dimitri Vaffin of P&G's sales unit wanders through the bustling booths at the town's open market. His job is to ensure that vendors are well stocked with P&G products.
New economy holds instability and risk
MOSCOW - From currency stability to organized crime and the potential of government shakedowns, the success of Procter & Gamble's operations in Russia is tied to how much risk the company is willing to tolerate.

SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
Flottman printers thrive on constant changes
CRESTVIEW HILLS - The owners of Flottman Co. think that the entrepreneurial mind-set has been part of their company since its inception.


Personal credit cards finance small business
Have you pulled out your own credit card to pay your company's bills? If so, you're not alone.
Delivery firms shift gears as businesses pinch pennies
To cut costs when the economy wilted, Pine Hall Brick Co. turned to its shipping budget.
Business Notebook
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.

OTHER BUSINESS HEADLINES
Expect more paperwork at the bank
NEW YORK - Wednesday, most of the nation's financial institutions - banks and credit unions, securities brokers, mutual funds and futures dealers - had to begin complying with the consumer identification provisions of the USA Patriot Act of 2001.
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.