Chiquita's timing is ripe
With much of the heavy lifting of cutting costs and selling subsidiaries already done, Fernando Aguirre has a clean slate as he steps in to steer Chiquita Brands International Inc. into the future.

Look Who's Talking: Judy Thompson
The Advertising Club of Cincinnati will celebrate its centennial in 2004, starting with the 100th anniversary of its first meeting Jan. 27.

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.

Business People
Promotions & new on the job.
When you say Budejovicky, you're in court!
CESKE BUDEJOVICE, Czech Republic - It's the battle of the Buds.
Go against grain, Ind. makers say
JASPER, Ind. - Chad Giesler's veins are filled with sawdust and tradition.
Check out your firm's competitors
"Let's go shopping!"
Couple finds brides are big business
WEST CHESTER TWP. - There are days when Beckie Walker has to pinch herself to prove that her dream business is real. But most of the time she's too busy to even do that.
Bunless burgers not likely to get big slice of market
CHICAGO - It has come to this in America: Burgers are losing their buns.
Maglev train still too expensive
TSURU, Japan - With a slight jerk and a high-pitched whine, the world's fastest train accelerates from a standstill so quickly that the excited passengers are pushed deep into their seats.
Tristate business notebook

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 ownars. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.