BUSINESS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2003
Playing the Career Game
Hungry for top talent, local companies are turning to technology to help them spot stars of tomorrow

Look Who's Talking: Kathy Beechem
Kathy Beechem has a passion for driving fast sports cars, making money and helping others excel. She oversees 1,215 bank branches with 11,000 employees and $43 billion in deposits as executive vice president of U.S. Bancorp in Cincinnati.

PR firm bolsters services
Three years ago, Lauren Abel decided to think big and step outside the limits of her public relations agency. Her calculated risk has netted new clients and new capabilities.
Integrated but still independent

FYI for our readers
Good morning and welcome to a new Business section of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
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Queen City Rewind
The week in business news in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Business Meetings This Week
Announcements of meetings and seminars, and instructions for listing your event.

Stock Market Game
The Enquirer presents its twice-yearly stock market game. Here are this week's results:
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MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Steak n Shake increases stake after shake-up
INDIANAPOLIS - For a throwback diner chain whose ads once proclaimed itself "same" and "unimproved," Steak n Shake has gone through a whirlwind of changes in the past year.
Don't let fear block change
I once saw a handwritten note over a jar for tips: "If you fear change, leave it here."
Tristate business notebook

SPECIAL COVERAGE
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.
SUNDAY STORIES:
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
MONDAY STORIES:
Making cleaning products, two worlds meet
Q&A: Former dancer takes giant leap
TUESDAY STORIES:
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.