Sunday, February 1, 2004

Tristate business notebook

MOM acquires Sharonville firm

BLUE ASH - Family-owned Modern Office Methods has acquired a local office equipment company.

MOM's purchase of Advanced Office Systems (AOS) was finalized Dec. 5. AOS is a dealer of Minolta digital copiers and Panasonic fax products in Greater Cincinnati.

Steve Bandy, senior vice president of MOM, said: "Typically, we acquire a local company within our markets to serve as a growth platform and allow us to increase the level of service and offerings to our client base. With the AOS acquisition, Modern Office Methods' annual revenues grow to approximately $30 million."

AOS, based in Sharonville, will continue to operate from its facility and will retain the Advanced Office Systems name. Delores McCann, AOS president, and Ronald McCann, CEO, will continue with the organization.

Modern Office Methods is the largest Lanier office equipment dealer in the United States. It also provides document management and office technology services. The company was founded in 1957.

Company advises on investments

MASON - A career financial planner has launched his own firm, catering to individuals with substantial assets.

Alan M. Eichner's company is Eichner Investment Planning LLC, 7577 Central Parke Blvd., Suite 206. The boutique firm provides fee-only investment planning to people with a high net worth.

"Eichner Investment Planning's belief is that clients need to develop investment strategies based on the totality of their assets," he said. "The function of Eichner Investment Planning is to act as an architect of strategy rather than as a peddler of products."

Eichner created Fort Washington's Wealth Management practice and headed Arthur Andersen's Investment Advisory unit in Cincinnati.

Information: 229-0230 or

Area winery unveils '04 Super Tuscan

NORTH COLLEGE HILL - Burnet Ridge Winery plans to release its 2004 vintage Super Tuscan wine this week.

The red wine is 78 percent Sangiovese grapes and 22 percent Purple Trillium, the winery's signature blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot. Burnet Ridge produces its wines from grapes grown in California.

"We will be delivering the wine over the next few days. The idea is to get it to the general public before Valentine's Day," Burnet Ridge owner Chip Emmerich said.

Super Tuscan, which retails for about $25 a bottle, is available at wine retailers such as Hyde Park Wine & Spirits, Piazza Discepoli Wine Merchants, Jungle Jim's, and the Party Source in Bellevue. It is also stocked at many Ohio state liquor stores. Several area restaurants, such as Daveed's and Trio, plan to serve it.

Party disc jockey launches business

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP - Randy Chrisman is ready for prime time. After honing his craft for a couple of years, the local resident has launched MUSIC for YOU - Disc Jockey.

"The events that I will do range from birthday parties to business parties, and from anniversaries to weddings," Chrisman said. "I will travel a reasonable distance for an event."

The disc jockey has music for all ages.

Information: 825-7577 or 520-7443 or

Realty firm focuses on Internet savvy

PLEASANT RIDGE - One Percent Realty, which touts a new concept in real estate sales, is now open at 6097 Montgomery Road.

"We offer value-based services, primarily to clients who have become savvy to how efficient buying and selling has become on the Internet," owner Jim Horwitz said.

The new company provides free advice and materials to people who are trying to buy or sell property on their own; it can also contract with individuals to enhance those efforts for minimal cost.

"We provide a full menu of services, from complete marketing and advertising, to more Internet-focused efforts, just depending upon what the client wants," Horwitz said. "And for buyers, we also have a program where we contribute up to $1,000 toward their closing costs."

Information: 891-SAVE or

Web site updated for at-home jobs

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP - A home-based company that caters to home-based workers has just upgraded its Web site.

Moms@Home Working publishes a daily online "ezine" to 15,000 readers around the country who are searching for opportunities to work from home.

"I post legitimate work-at-home jobs, home-business ideas, etc., to these folks," company owner Barb Niehaus said. "My Web site also provides links to other opportunities, such as telecommuting jobs and scam alerts. Moms@Home Working has recently undergone renovation, and you'll find even more work-at-home links, tips, home businesses, free software training and more."

Information: or

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