Sunday, July 11, 2004

Tristate Business Notes

UC to distribute CD with college life hints

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP - Two young entrepreneurs have developed a multimedia companion for college students that University of Cincinnati will be distributing to incoming students.

Chris Faraji and Greg Totten, founders of Xhilaration Business Solutions Inc., designed an interactive CD that provides information and answers questions about many facets of college life. The product also contains printable coupons from local businesses that cater to college students.

Xhilaration inked an agreement with UC to distribute its Xperience UC CD, which incorporates features like inter-student messaging and radio station access.

Information: (513) 252-6446.

Cost management firm sets up Utah offices

HYDE PARK - A local company that helps business clients reduce and manage operating costs has established a new office in Salt Lake City.

Cost Management Performance Group (CMPG) plans to handle all telecommunications, benchmarking and consulting services from the new location, according to company officials. The new office has signed Zions Bank to its client roster.

CMPG, established in Cincinnati in 1998, is at 2645 Erie Ave. It also has offices in Charlotte, N.C., and Naples, Fla.

Information: (513) 533-4144 or

Intrinzic wins contract with Cincinnati parks

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP - Intrinzic Marketing & Design Inc. has won a one-year renewable contract with the Cincinnati Park Board to provide marketing, copywriting, graphic design and public relations services.

"At the Park Board, we want our local community to discover that visiting our parks - one of the area's most beautiful and enjoyable assets - is as convenient as stepping out into their backyard," said Willie Carden, board director. "Of all the firms that bid on the project, Intrinzic best understood this vision and demonstrated the creativity and knowledge we feel is needed to articulate it to the marketplace."

The company is at 1060 Nimitzview Drive, Suite 100, Anderson Township.

Information: (513) 474-5151 or

Kentucky group looks for best workplaces

LEXINGTON - Do you work for a great company in Kentucky and want to give it a public pat on the back?

The Kentucky Society of Human Resource Managers has launched a "Best Places to Work" competition for businesses in the commonwealth. The project is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Organizers say that the program aims to help companies focus on the quality of their workplaces.

"Numerous studies show a strong correlation between profitability and creating a good place to work," said organizer Susan Springer, of Palmer & Cay Consulting Group.

Nomination deadline is Sept. 30. Winners will be announced in March 2005.


Insurance company debuts new Web site

MASON - Senour-Flaherty Insurance Agency, in business for 60 years, has a new Web site to communicate its products and services to existing and potential clients. The site is at

Senour-Flaherty has offices at 7451B Mason-Montgomery Road in Mason and at 407 N. Broadway in Lebanon.

Information: (513) 398-6966 (Mason) or 932-6801 (Lebanon).

Consultant seeks aid donating to new moms

FAIRFIELD - Discovery Toys consultant Maureen Everhart is hoping Baby Sale customers will help make a significant contribution to an organization that works with new mothers.

Everhart, who sells the national brand of educational toys, books and computer software to parents through in-home parties, wants to donate Discovery's Small Parts Cylinders and Hippo-meters to Pregnancy Care of Cincinnati. The cylinders help new mothers determine what items are potential choking hazards and the meters measure bath-water temperature to ensure safety.

Everhart welcomes all contributions toward the cost of the items: $4 for the cylinders, $7 for the Hippo-meter and $10 for both.

Information: (513) 939-0997 or

Date changes and updates

The opening of the new Breadsmith location on Cox Lane in West Chester is postponed because of construction delays.

The rescheduled fund-raiser for The Wellness Center is July 17 and the rescheduled grand opening is July 19.

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

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