Thursday, October 9, 2003

Morning memo

News and tips to start your business day

Today's number: 204 million

Vehicles parked at the 107 million U.S. households, each with an average of 1.9 cars, trucks or sport-utility vehicles and an average 1.8 drivers, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported.

The Associated Press

Today's career talk

In Lavender Road to Success: The Career Guide for the Gay Community, author Kirk Snyder says people should create a list: five people you spend the most time with at work and five people you spend the most time with off-the-job: "Ask yourself if they are positive about their future and yours. Ask how you feel after dealing with them. Are you free to share your career dreams? Are they supportive? Do you respect their opinions?"

John Eckberg

Today's mover

Les Clefs d'Or USA Ltd., an international organization of the finest hotel concierge in the world, has extended membership to Miranda Schroder, concierge of The Cincinnatian Hotel in Cincinnati. Schroder is the second member of the staff in the Tristate of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky area to be honored to have this title. She brings over seven years of professional concierge experience to her position.

Shirley Dees

Today's money tip

Women have a variety of resources available when looking for financial information or advice. One of the best is the World Wide Web.

Several Web sites cater to exclusively to the financial needs of women. One is It provides info on money topics ranging from investing to affording kids.

Knight Ridder News Service

Today's Company: William Kramer & Son Inc.

Hanging Out His Shingle: William Kramer was a charter member of the Slate, Tile & Tinners' Union in 1907 when he started his own roofing and sheet metal business. Equipped with a wheelbarrow and a ladder, Kramer developed a customer base within walking distance of his Price Hill home.

Up On The Roof: When William died in 1941, his son Alfred "Jack" took over, moving in 1949 to a larger location on Glenway Avenue. The company continued in the family, gradually focusing more on commercial work. In 1984, third-generation owners Robert and Kenneth Kramer moved the company to its current location in Miamitown. The family-owned company is now operated by a fourth generation of Kramers. It employs about 70 and specializes in commercial reroofing and repair work, roof maintenance and new construction.

Say What? Blackberry, split, shark fin, mole run, knot, holiday, creep, blister and alligatoring are terms that refer to trouble spots that can develop in roofing materials and roof surfaces.

Recognition: The company was a finalist this year for "Tri-State Family Business of the Year" in the "Under 100 Employees" category. The award is bestowed by the Goering Center for Family & Private Business at UC's College of Business.

Jenny Callison

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