Sunday, May 9, 2004

Tristate Business Notes

Lawn-care service uses organic fertilizer

WESTWOOD - Joe Doscher's new business is green in more ways than one.

Doscher is the owner of Planet Green Organic Lawn Care, which is similar to a business he operated for several years in Georgia before returning to his hometown.

"I offer homeowners safe and affordable lawn care using a proprietary blend of natural organic-based fertilizers," he said. "These blends are enhanced with beneficial soil organisms that assist in a vigorous healthy growth."

Doscher said the soil organisms provide natural protection against common lawn diseases, and make the grass more tolerant to drought. Planet Green also limits or eliminates the use of pesticides, depending on customer preference.

Information: 662-2863.

Seminar to address starting a business

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - Contemplating a plunge into entrepreneurship? Some basic information is available at a free seminar sponsored by the Northern Kentucky University Small Business Development Center.

"Secrets to Starting a Successful Small Business" will be 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday. The session will focus on seven keys to a sound start-up: be prepared, know what you want, check the facts, know what it takes, explore options, prepare a plan and learn the rules.

These secrets will be revealed in room 461 of the BEP Center on the NKU campus. Although there is no cost for the seminar, reservations are required.

Information: (859) 572-6524.

Photographer gives business new focus

EAST PRICE HILL - A former wedding photographer has given his career a new focus.

After working for 16 years with Craycroft Studios, his father's wedding photography business, Jim Craycroft has established Cincinnati Photography with his wife, Cyndi.

"We focus on corporate, family, sports and event photography," Craycroft said.

The Craycrofts work out of their home and do most shoots at the customer's location. Cyndi Craycroft is the office manager, and her husband wields the camera.

Information: 471-2922,

Gold Star outlet open on UC campus

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS - Gold Star Chili opened its first restaurant on the UC campus in mid-April.

"We are excited to become a part of student life at the University of Cincinnati," said company CEO John Sullivan. "It is a great opportunity to introduce students from across the country to one of Cincinnati's signature dishes."

Gold Star company officials cited a recent survey in which UC students ranked Cincinnati-style chili as one of their top three choices for additions to campus cuisine.

The 1,100-square-foot restaurant, open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., is in the Tangeman University Center, 2766 UC Main St. Bearcat discount cards will be accepted.

Information: 556-0473.

Tastefully Simple sells specialty foods

WEST HARRISON - Jackie Jacobs has become a consultant for Tastefully Simple Inc., a company that sells specialty foods and gifts at home taste-testing parties. Jacobs will conduct in-home presentations at which attendees receive samples of the company's foods, accompanied by recipes and serving suggestions.

Minnesota-based Tastefully Simple was founded in 1995. It offers a product line of more than 30 upscale convenience foods. The company is ranked 17th on Inc. magazine's list of America's fastest-growing private companies.

Information: (812) 637-2086.

Engineers selected as Ky. champions

FORT THOMAS - The partners of Kohrs Lonnemann Heil (KLH) Engineers have been named the Kentucky Small Business Persons of the Year for 2004. The award is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, which considers nominations from area organizations. KLH was one of five companies nominated by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Nominees are evaluated on their staying power, growth in employees, increase in sales or unit volume, financial reports and innovation. KLH now moves to the national competition, held in Orlando, Fla., this month.

"We consider this a great honor and very much appreciate being nominated to compete at the national level," said Joseph Kohrs. "We are thankful to our employees and to our clients. They have grown with us, and our success is theirs."

In addition to Kohrs, the firm's partners are Robert Lonnemann and Robert Heil.

Information: (859) 578-8800.

PriceLess Jewelry has fund-raising unit

KENWOOD - A 15-year-old home-sales jewelry company has launched a fund-raising division for organizations.

PriceLess Jewelry is connecting with school and athletic groups as well as community organizations to offer its products.

"We feature a complete line of designer and theme jewelry at affordable prices with 40 percent of sales returned to each organization," said Lori Levy, the company founder. "We can accommodate any size group."

Levy said her product line fits in well with increased fund raising at schools and organizations struggling with budget cuts.

PriceLess has established a network of 100 sales associates. Locally, the company's products are sold at events such as women's athletic competitions, community festivals and craft fairs. The variety of items and styles appeals to teens and adults, Levy said.

Information: 793-9911, (888) 891-2161 or

Tattoo parlor opens near UC campus

CLIFTON HEIGHTS - A new tattoo studio aims to draw students and residents with a combination of upscale and urban style.

Bee-listics Blood Money is the venture of Tim Gundrum, known professionally as Bee, who is an established tattoo artist.

"The shop is very professional. We offer custom and classic designs," said Joe Catchweight, also an artist at Bee-listics.

Rather than display its designs in books, the new business has hundreds of them framed and on the walls.

The studio is at 2510 W. Clifton Ave., across from DuBois Bookstore. Hours are noon to midnight Monday-Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 221-8202.

E-mail or fax 564-6991 with openings, expansions and other news about neighborhood businesses.

Home sellers find prices up in short time
Both neighbors, houses diverse
It's affordable, on scenic river
Big new homes and top schools
Home values soar while Newport remakes itself

Look Who's Talking: Subodh Karnik, Air traffic ombudsman
Businesses just like Mom used to make
KFC not chicken about facing critics
Tristate Business Notes
Cindy B! agents specialize; the results speak volumes
Eckberg: Build winning team through delegating
Business Agenda
Diebold finds voting machine venture stormy
T-shirt makers hope to boost sales among socially conscious
Google stock auction - revolution or disaster?