Building outpaces regional job growth
The local construction industry closed the books on 2003 as one of its best years ever. Commercial construction jumped 47 percent from 2002, and homebuilding set a record.

House Doctors fit the need
Franchise fever is high these days, and the handyman industry is hot. House Doctors LLC, founded almost 10 years ago in Sharonville, has developed a prescription for success, building on both of those trends. Handyman Connection also thriving nationally

Changes delaying IRS forms for many
Want to do your taxes but you're still waiting for your financial institution to send you an Internal Revenue Service 1099 form?

Look Who's Talking: Gary Heiman
Gary Heiman is invested in the Middle East. The president and chief executive officer of Reading's Standard Textile Co. is a dual citizen of the United States and Israel.
Queen City Rewind

Tax time: Get answers online
The Enquirer is again hosting a series of online chats to help people get answers to their tax questions. Log onto Monday between 11:30 and noon for a live chat.

Stock Market Game
The Enquirer presents its winter-spring stock market game.

Business People
Promotions & new on the job.
Toy makers to take aim at Wal-Mart over prices
NEW YORK - Led by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., discount retailers won a war with other toy stores this past holiday season. Now toy makers, a casualty in that bitter fight, have decided to make their own stand.
Make plan to help yourself
When it comes to figuring out how to succeed, many business owners remind me of the man in an old joke.
School on pay phones thrives
As cell phones become more common, pay phones are a thing of the past for many consumers. Baby Bells are fleeing from the business, and phones are disappearing from street corners.
Converting jets could bring Boeing billions
SEATTLE - At a time when airliner orders are scarce, Boeing Co.'s commercial jet operation could soon find that one of its largest customers is a very familiar business: the company's own defense division.
Japan buying dollars at record pace to damp yen
TOKYO - Japan is on an unprecedented spending spree, all focused on the same product: the U.S. dollar.
It's whistleblower vs. the Bank of Floyd
FLOYD, Va. - When lawmakers set out to protect investors from another Enron, they probably never imagined a company - or a controversy - like the one stirring inside this one-stoplight town's namesake bank.
Tristate business notes

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
William Erpenbeck Jr. spent a decade building a company that crumbled in months. Once one of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co. succumbed to a bank fraud that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.