Job growth energized in Oct.
The economy's "jobless" recovery may be no more. Company payrolls jumped in October for the third consecutive month, the U.S. Labor Department reported Friday.

Bayer to split its operations
Germany's Bayer AG said Friday it will spin off its chemicals and part of its plastics businesses, including its plant on River Road in Addyston.

Everything is new at former antiques mall
COLUMBIA TUSCULUM - Inside the rambling brown-and-yellow landmark once known as Bill Ferguson's Antique Mall, a transformation is under way.

What's the buzz?
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has bumped up the maximum amount a homebuyer can borrow under the federal government's FHA loan program.

Making it
Promotions & new on the job.

Stock Market Game
The Enquirer has begun its twice-yearly stock market game standings. Here are this week's results:
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Miami starts raising money
Miami University's business school has started soliciting gifts it hopes will reach $75 million and enable it to move into a new building in fall 2008.
Abrams' advice: Establish entrepreneur network
NORTH AVONDALE - Entrepreneurs in Greater Cincinnati need to create a community that allows them to share information and help one another, author and business columnist Rhonda Abrams said Friday.
Regent's net income up 16.6%
Covington-based Regent Communications Inc. saw third quarter 2003 net income increase 16.6 percent, or 5 cents per share, to $2.1 million from $1.8 million, or 4 cents per share reported in the third quarter of 2002.
Sadder but wiser, investors warier
NEW YORK - When Wall Street saw another set of upbeat employment numbers this past week, it barely blinked.
Auto incentives likely to ratchet up again
DETROIT - The debut of 2004 models helped automakers reduce incentives almoat 7 percent last month, but analysts say consumers soon can expect another escalation in bargains as dealers make year-end sales pushes.
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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's business stories)
Remodel for aesthetics
Gary and Louise Bruemmer spent $65,000 to remodel their 27-year-old Miami Heights home, but they didn't make the repairs simply with the idea they'd reap big profits when it came time to sell.
Before you remodel, take these steps

Tourism livelier than conventions
The face of downtown's hospitality industry in the next three years will be more ball caps and Bermuda shorts than Armani suits and corporate expense accounts.

Special Report: P&G's Russian Frontier
In a three-day series, The Enquirer's Cliff Peale reports from Russia on Procter & Gamble's manufucturing and marketing drive there and the implications for Greater Cincinnati.
Booming market bears potential and challenge
It's not like Kroger: 'Stores' make selling a challenge
New economy holds instability and risk
Overseas sales have big impact back home
Making cleaning products, two worlds meet
Q&A: Former dancer takes giant leap
Europe teaches lessons about style
Vanity products are a gamble for Procter

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.
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