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BUSINESS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 2004
Region, CEOs team up to play growth game
Promoting Greater Cincinnati to the global business world is a $5 million proposition.
CincyTech nurturing businesses
Pairing turned profitable

Dreams contained no more
Listening to their instincts - and their customers - has helped Barbara and Bob Dewar shape their small business and find niche markets. As a result, The Box Place has evolved into a veritable smorgasbord of packing, wrapping and novelty items and serves large, small and micro enterprises.

Failed system still ripples
As federal welfare reform funneled down to the states in the late 1990s, Hamilton County became ground zero for a project designed to streamline social service operations throughout Ohio.
Huge firm not immune to disputes

Eat your veggies, and focus
"I write a column about small business. A question I often get is, 'What's the biggest problem facing a small business?' ... My answer always surprises people: 'Focus.'"

Tax question? Here's how to ask
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Business meetings this week
Announcements of meetings and seminars, and instructions for listing your event.

Stock Market Game
The Enquirer presents its winter-spring stock market game. Here are this week's results:
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Business People
Promotions & new on the job.
MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Look Who's Talking: Sandra A. Butler
As president of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, Sandra A. Butler oversees one of the area's largest trade groups with about 4,650 members. She is the first African-American to serve as president of the 116-year-old group.

Opportunity session for Kroger project
CARTHAGE - Minority and women-owned businesses interested in participating in the Kroger garage project are invited to attend a free business resource opportunity meeting Wednesday.

Rules vary on entertaining clients
NEW YORK - Taking clients or customers out for dinner or giving them gifts are standard ways for a small-business owner to cement relationships. Dealing with such expenses on your income-tax return isn't always a straightforward process.


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
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.