BUSINESS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2003
All welcome in this place
As Christmas approaches, plenty of Tristate employees have turned from global religious and political strife to deck their office halls with holiday displays.

Pepper foresees two years at Yale
John Pepper turned down his alma mater for several months, but in the end, he couldn't say "no" again.

Old Thyme Herbs' growth only natural
You could call Old Thyme Herbs a natural phenomenon.

Look Who's Talking: Carol Zupancic
Carol Zupancic is in charge of all terminal operations as station manager for Delta Air Lines' hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Queen City Rewind
The week in business news in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Business People
Promotions & new on the job.

Stock Market Game
The Enquirer presents its twice-yearly stock market game.
MORE BUSINESS NEWS
'Don't hit reply on spam! No, wait, do hit reply!'
WASHINGTON - To reply, or not to reply? The new legislation Congress approved to stem the flood of unwanted e-mails will require a fundamental change in ways that Internet users respond to overflowing inboxes.
Prepare now for April 15
Each December, I have the unpleasant duty of reminding readers that in just a few short months, tax time will return.
Want to own your business? Start out with a franchise
LOUISVILLE - Workers downsized in a weak economy often flock to franchises as a solution to unemployment. The concept offers a support system attractive to people lacking the means, experience or courage to start a business from scratch.
Natural gas giants drill fuel overseas
The U.S. natural gas industry is in the midst of a turbulent transformation as petroleum giants such as ChevronTexaco and ExxonMobil increasingly hunt fuel overseas, leaving smaller players scrambling to pick up the slack domestically.
Real or symbolic, 10,000 milestone has value
This year's rally in stocks, which hit a milestone Thursday, hasn't been strong enough to make Kevin Flynn forget about the money he lost in the downturn.
Tristate business notes

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's business stories)
LaSalle bets on rebound
When Cincinnati developer Steve Bloomfield needed $7.5 million to convert the blighted Ford factory in Walnut Hills into office space, some of the area's largest banks were less than eager to lend the cash he needed.

CFO in spotlight, off hot seat
When Wall Street analysts pour into Cincinnati this week to hear Procter & Gamble Co.'s story, Clayt Daley will be front and center.

Look Who's Talking: Marvin Lewis
Marvin Lewis says things you can't hear, but if you pay attention, you'll understand.

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.