Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, Akron, has elected four new shareholders: Kevin A. Denti, Dirk E. Riemenschneider, John P. Slagter and Terry W. Vincent.
Bruce H. Fahey has joined the Akron law firm of Kastner Westman & Wilkins.
Michael E. Markowski has become a partner in the Akron office of Bruner-Cox, an accounting firm with offices in Canton and Akron.
Anthony Manna is leaving the Akron law firm of Amer Cunningham Brennan to start a new law firm with partner David Brennan. The firm will specialize in business transactions, and will be located at the former Akron Art Museum building on East Market Street.
Mobility Works of Akron has hired Allen Grota as production manager.
CBIZ/Spector & Saulino, Akron, has hired AnaLuisa Shockey as a CPA in its Mergers & Acquisitions Group and has named Lester S. Sherman as new managing principal.
H.M. Life Opportunity Services, an Akron-based transitional housing organization that assists homeless, single-parent families, has added Francis Dick-Campbell as development director and Nancy Likens as caseworker.
Michael J. Lorenzo is the new owner of Akron Valve & Fitting Co.
Mitchell A. McCoy has been appointed president of McCoy Associates, an Akron-based engineering and consulting services firm.
Geri M. Cistone has been appointed senior sales executive at The Crawford Co., Akron.
Jack Hayes, president of Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center Inc. in Cuyahoga Falls, was awarded the Sertoma Service to Mankind for his commitment to community involvement.
Steven G. Seigfrid has been named residential mortgage representative for Chippewa Valley Bank in Rittman.
RCS Management Group, an integrated database marketing and consulting services firm in Cuyahoga Falls, has hired Bryan M. Grimaldi as an account executive.
Akron General Health System has named William C. Epling president of HomeTown Health Network.
Cambridge Home Health Care has promoted Pam Bell to senior care specialist.
Bob McCann of Moore Stephens Apple, Akron, earned the Accredited in Business Valuation designation.
Baerlocher GmbH has named Nirmal S. Jain president and CEO of Baerlocher USA in Dover.
Hasenstab & McCarthy Architects Inc. has added three registered architects: Zoltan M. Balogh, Mark A. Dlekmann and Margaret M. Zezulewicz.
Jim Lenahan has been appointed executive director of the Society of the Blind, Akron Center.
Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co., an Akron CPA firm, has hired the following: Emily Shacklett as supervisor; Sean Buck as network engineer and programmer; Sarah Lautzenheiser as senior software engineer; Wendy DAngelo and Dana Howell as staff assistants; April Martin as administrative assistant; and Sarah Popa as receptionist.
Janet Moritz of Walker & Jocke, Medina, is president of the Ohio Association for Legal Professionals.
InfoCision Management Corp., Akron, has promoted Jerry Harris to the position of director of creative services.
Matthew W. Oby has joined the Akron law firm Oldham & Dowling.
When Demetra and Larry Smith asked Larrys parents for a loan in 1977 to buy what was then Mikes Main Entrance, they saw it as a long-term opportunity to make a living together.
Today, 23 years later, Larrys Main Entrance is a West Market Street landmark known for its handmade burgers and 3 a.m. steak and eggs breakfasts. Owner Demetra Smith spoke to SBN about longevity in an industry known as much for overnight successes as for sudden bankruptcies.
What is your key to longevity?
Stubbornness. You have to get up every day and you have to go in and do whatever has to be done. You cant just say one day you dont feel like it or you cant say, This is going to be a vacation day. Its not like working for somebody else you dont have vacation unless you plan around yourself.
All these are keys to longevity. Also, flexibility. Since Larry and I do not have children, weve had more time to spend in the business. I was able to keep the business a priority, and I think women going into business need to consider this. If you have a strong enough support system, you can cover for those things. A business like this requires a lot of hours.
Both you and Larry have masters degrees in the fine arts. How much did you know about the restaurant business when you opened Larrys?
I grew up in the restaurant business, so I had a pretty large background. Larry had some business experience. I think it [an arts background] helped us in the decor of our restaurant, and I think the more education you have, its going to help no matter what you go into or what field.
When I was a child, I used to help my parents in the restaurant, cleaning, making drinks and taking money. This is a piece of cake compared to that their place was much bigger.
Is there any advice you remember getting that has helped you run Larrys?
No. I feel I got a lot a bad advice, and luckily never listened to it. People always want to be negative. Everyone can give advice and tell you what they think your restaurant should be, but you have to do what you want.
Basically thats what we did, but we did it very slowly. We were young starting out in this and I think we were open to a lot of criticism. We took it slowly so that we could reach our vision of what we wanted this to be and even at that, its always changing.
What advice would you give someone today who wanted to open a restaurant?
They should have a clear vision of what they want it to be. They do have to search for their own market niche, which is probably deciding who their market is going to be and go after it.
While you are doing all this, you need to have lots of energy and determination.
How do you keep your customers coming back?
I think people keep coming back here because they feel good about their experience. This is not just about being a restaurant serving food and serving drinks but its also an experience for people because its a little more personal, even if Im not here.
I have people here who customers can relate to. A lot of people will come back because they like their server or they like their bartender. Also, the food is consistently good.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Im sure Ill still be here. I definitely will not be retired, living on an island. Ill always be working once its in your blood, you dont stop.
How to reach: Larrys Main Entrance, (330) 864-8162
Laurel Lake Retirement Community has received a grant from the Salmon Memorial Fund of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. The grant will be used for health assessments of residents of Key Towers, a low-income senior housing complex in Stow.
Seagrey Recruitment & Retention Inc. has introduced The Career Minute, a forum for broadcasting area job opportunities via television, radio and the Internet.
Radix Wire Company has named Bill Brokaw Advertising as its agency of record.
Stein & Company Communications Web development company, Digital Navigation, has won an award of distinction in The International Creative 29 Competition.
American Stone Industries of Amherst has announced the receipt of contracts worth approximately $1.2 million to supply stone for a new building at Oberlin College and for restoration projects for Bethany College in West Virginia and the New York State Assembly Chamber.
Fifth Third Securities Inc. has introduced the Strategic Communications & Technology Trust, Series 2, a fixed portfolio of stocks made available to investors Feb. 18.
The chapters of Network Professionals Inc. have regular breakfast and lunch meetings, offering a speaker who outlines his or her area of expertise. Anyone interested in joining the group or learning more about NPI is welcome to attend a meeting. For information, call (216) 348-4744.
Bill Brokaw Advertising has launched Brokaw New Media, offering Web site design, development and consultation; online marketing, advertising and branding; and digital public relations.
The Practice Greens at Bobicks Golf Pro Shop has been named by Golf Range magazine as one of the Top 100 Golf Ranges in America for 1999.
The ROGERS Company, a marketing exhibitry agency, welcomes Designouveau Inc., a digital multimedia development firm, to its headquarters in Mentor.
The magazine inside PR awarded Edward Howard & Co. excellent ratings in the following categories: regional powerhouse, management, strategic thinking, investor relations, business-to-business communications and in-house training.
Media II Inc. has announced the acquisition of the following clients: TOMCO Products Inc. and KEC North America.
Applewood Centers Inc. has been named Ohios Outstanding Youth Serving Agency and has received the 1999 Ohio Governors Community Peace Award.
AARP has selected Fleishman-Hilliard as marketing communications partner for a campaign designed to promote the association.
Alvins Jewelers has announced the building of a new store at Parmatown Mall.
The Greater Cleveland Growth Association, the North Coast Tech Prep Consortium and Region 8 School-to-Work have announced the recruitment of high school seniors as interns for local businesses. If interested in hiring interns, contact Sue Thompson at (216) 592-2369.
Everstream announced the addition of The McClatchy Co. to its media network.
Four Points Hotels by Sheraton has announced an addition to its family, the Four Points Hotel Cleveland South.
Flight Options Inc. has been named to the Weatherhead 100 for exceptional sales performance.
MultiWeb Communications has introduced a suite of electronic tools designed to edit and format corporate Web pages.
John E. Bollman of State Farm Insurance Cos. has relocated his offices to Tyler Boulevard in Mentor.
Milbourn Pressworks Co. Inc. has been placed on the Weatherhead 100 and the Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50.
Smythe, Cramer Co. has announced a record high for closed sales volume in 1999, increasing 3 percent over 1998.
Auburn Career Centers Vocational Rehabilitation Case Management Services has celebrated its first anniversary.
The Independence Chamber of Commerce and the Cuyahoga Valley Business Association announced a merger into one organization, named the Independence/Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Cleveland State Universitys Advanced Manufacturing Center has teamed with East Technical High School to develop a robot to enter in this years FIRST Robotic Competition.
Background Information Services Inc. has been founded by Jason B. Morris. The company offers pre-employment background screening to corporations and organizations.
WCPN 90.3 FM announced the addition of Public NewsRoom to its Internet news and information service at www.wcpn.org.
The Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland has formed a partnership with the Cleveland Schools to sponsor a job program to recruit trainees and offer job placement assistance.
Budzar Industries Inc. has expanded the size of its headquarters in Willoughby, mirrored by a steady sales growth of 15 to 20 percent annually.
EDR Media has prepared a videotape of Scott Hamilton and other professional figure skaters to help promote cancer awareness and raise funds to support cancer research, education and patient care programs at the Cleveland Clinic.
Rand Worldwide, a provider of knowledge-based solutions to engineering and information technology companies, has acquired Technical Software Inc.
Cleveland State University and WVIZ/PBS have announced plans for the creation of an Applied Digital Technology Center.
Relief finally has arrived for those besieged by so-called cybersquatters or cyberpirates who seek to make a quick profit by registering and selling Internet domain names that are the same as or similar to famous trademarks or individual names.
On Nov. 29, 1999, President Clinton signed into law the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act. The Act amends the Trademark Act of 1946 and contains cyberpiracy protections for businesses and individuals. Although the act has been criticized as heavy-handed and providing undue emphasis (and power) to trademark rights, most welcome it as a development in promoting online business.
Under the act, a person is liable if he or she, with bad-faith intent to profit from anothers mark, registers, traffics or uses a domain name that is:
- Identical to or confusingly similar to a distinctive mark at the time of registration of the domain name;
- Confusingly similar to or dilutive of a famous mark at the time of registration of the domain name; or
- A protected trademark, word or name under the United States Code.
Traffics includes sales, purchases, loans, pledges, licenses, exchanges of currency and any other transfer or receipt in exchange for consideration. A key change to prior trademark law is that mere registration (including parking or warehousing) of a domain name without use on a Web site can be actionable.
While bad faith is not defined in the act, it provides that, in determining bad faith, a court may consider other intellectual properties in the domain name, including trademark or other intellectual property rights, using another persons legal name, intent to divert consumers, transferring the domain name for financial gain without having used it in the bona fide offering of goods or services, using false information to obtain the registration, and registering multiple domain names identical or confusingly similar to others.
However, bad faith should not be determined to exist where it was reasonably believed by the alleged cybersquatter that using the domain name was a fair use or was otherwise legal.
Remedies for businesses
Trademark holders can force cybersquatters to relinquish, forfeit, cancel or transfer domain names and can collect civil penalties ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 per domain name. Domain name registries are immune from such penalties. Alleged cybersquatters defenses are preserved if using the domain name was a fair use or was protected by the First Amendment.
The act applies to all future and existing domain name registrations, but cybersquatting victims may not recover monetary damages for wrongful acts that occurred prior to enactment.
Anyone will be liable who registers, without consent and with the intent of financial gain, a domain name that consists of or is substantially or confusingly similar to another living persons name. There is an exclusion, however. The registrant, except as otherwise prohibited by law, isnt liable if the name is registered in good faith and related to a work of authorship under the United States Code and if the registrant is the works copyright owner or licensee and intends to sell the name in conjunction with the work.
Individual cyberpiracy protections apply to domain names registered on or after Nov. 29, 1999.
As for remedies for individuals, they may include forfeiting, canceling or transferring the domain name to the individual, in addition to costs and attorneys fees.
While the full extent of the effectiveness of the act remains to be seen, several lawsuits have been filed since its passage. One of the main benefits for businesses is the ability to take legal action against a domain name instead of only against individuals or parties who may have limited assets or may be judgment-proof. Lawsuits by the National Football League, Lucent Technologies and Teen magazine were filed shortly after passage of the act.
Individual cyberpiracy protections have had a significant impact. Pirated names for numerous celebrities, including Sharon Stone and Brad Pitt, ceased functioning shortly after the act was passed, and John Tesh and Kenny Rogers each recently filed suit against online firms that had registered their names as domain names. James R. Carlisle, II, is an attorney with Pittsburgh law firm Cohen & Grigsby. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Desbrow & Associates has been selected to provide public relations and promotional services for Covenant at South Hills, a nonprofit life care retirement community planned for construction in Mount Lebanon.
Nauticom Interactive has completed a Web site for Seniors Living, a source of information about retirement, assisted living and nursing care facilities.
Dick Corp. has been awarded a $42 million contract by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for construction of a bridge over the Lehigh River in Allentown. The bridge is the final link of a $105 million project to create a three-mile link from Route 22 to Interstate 78.
Scozios Market Place has acquired Valley Brook Market in McMurray and the former Food Gallery in Mount Lebanon.
Labwerks Interactive has been chosen to design and develop Web sites for the Art Institutes Internationals 21 schools in the United States.
Sheetz Inc. has opened a new convenience store on Perry Highway in Pine Township. The location employs approximately 40 people and offers brand-name grocery products, as well as made-to-order products and gasoline.
The Western Pennsylvania Adventure Capital Fund has closed its second round of fund-raising at $3 million, and doubled its number of shareholders to 175.
Adonix has acquired Computron France, a producer of accounting software.
Hefren-Tillotson Inc. has formed H-T Capital Markets, a wholly owned public finance division with headquarters in Pittsburgh and with an additional office in Philadelphia. H-T Capital Markets provides complete structuring and underwriting services for tax-exempt and taxable debt, as well as comprehensive financial advisory services for government and 501(c) (3) entities.
In addition to its specialization in educational and municipal authority finance, HT Capital Markets will work with Hefren-Tillotson Inc. to provide asset management services to a wide range of clients, including municipalities.
Carlow Hill College has re-established the Carlow Hill College Entrepreneurial Center. The program offers participants classroom training by experienced instructors, hands-on business plan development assistance from experts and seminars conducted by financial and marketing professionals.
Temporary Employees Most Preferred Inc. has changed its name to Preferred Staffing Inc. Additionally, the company is offering human resources seminars at client sites. The training targets those with little formal human resources training, small organizations with no human resources departments and those with limited resources which are unable to afford the investment in time or resources required of more lengthy programs.
Compuvisions Inc. has been selected by STORM LLC to increase content and introduce e-commerce functionality to its Web site. STORM will gain the capability to sell its performance management software directly from its site.
Coyne Advertising has added three clients, the Fragasso Group, a registered investment adviser, the Observer-Reporter, a Washington County daily newspaper, and Cobweb Internet Service Provider, a division of Observer Publishing.
The board of directors of GA Financial Inc., the parent of Great American Federal Savings & Loan, has approved a stock repurchase plan authorizing the acquisition of 5 percent of the companys outstanding shares.
Respironics Inc. has been awarded a two-year contract to provide positive airway pressure, bi-level and noninvasive ventilation products to American Homepatient. Respironics also was awarded dual vendor status for oximetry, infant apnea monitors, ventilators, nebulizers and related accessories.
Karen M. Moore, a partner of Bricker & Eckler LLP, has been appointed to serve a five-year term as state chair for Ohio of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Joel Korte, president of Urban Environments Inc., a Columbus-based professional landscape contractor, has been appointed to the Franklin Park Conservatory Joint Recreation District board of trustees for a three-year term.
Michael Huntley has been named president and COO of King Thompson, Realtors. Huntley, former executive vice president and general manager of the company, was president of the Columbus Board of Realtors in 1998 and named Broker of the Year in 1999 by the 5,000-member trade association.
Michael Collins, president of Promotions One and vice president of Collins Studios Inc., has been named the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce 2000 Community Service Award recipient. His involvement in community service includes the executive board for the Columbus Race for the Cure Foundation, the Westerville Rotary Club and the board of the Westerville Community Reinvestment Housing Council.
Wayne Lin, partner and president of Columbus-based golf companies Mars Golf Supply and Red Planet, has been chosen by Golfweek magazine for its 40 Under 40 list. The list names 40 golf industry people under the age of 40 who are expected to shape the business and the future of the game.
Jane A. Blank has been named principal of The Knowledge Group, a new comprehensive communications network design and consulting firm. In 1989, Blank founded Telecommunications for Health Care, which merged with The Knowledge Group earlier this year. Also at The Knowledge Group, Martin McMurray has been appointed president and managing principal.
Westerman Inc. of Bremen has hired Scott Carpenter as executive vice president and CFO. Carpenter, a certified public accountant, will be responsible for the companys finance, accounting and other administrative functions.
Lord, Sullivan & Yoder Inc. has promoted Pat Smith and Mark Placenti to the position of vice president/director of client services. The two share the title and take on the responsibilities of Nancy Barr, who was promoted to president of LSY earlier this year. Smith joined LSY in 1993 as vice president/account supervisor after a distinguished career in marketing communications and advertising. Placenti joined LSY in early 1999 as vice president/group account director. Before that, he was president and co-owner of Whole Brain Films in Phoenix.
Renier Construction has hired Edward Rice as vice president, project development, and Steven Wolf as vice president of operations.
Mark Shy, vice president and co-founder of the Columbus-based general construction and construction management company Renovators Inc., has been elected to the executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America, Simon Kenton Council, as senior vice president of programs.
LifeCare Alliance has elected Kamilla Sigafoos, COO of The Ohio State University Hospitals, as president of its board of directors. Other officers elected are John Ennis, director of benefits administration at Battelle Memorial Institute, as vice president; Maryann Ingram Kelley of White Castle as secretary; and William P. Zox, partner at Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn, as treasurer.
Ohio Credit Union System has named John R. Florian COO of the Ohio Credit Union League. Florian joined the league in 1991 as director of government affairs and has held the position of vice president of advocacy since 1997.
Larry L. Dunn has been promoted to Columbus region president of Croson-Teepe Mechanical Contractors.
The YWCA of Columbus has promoted six senior staff members. They are Kathy Lansberry to vice president of finance and COO; Carol Trowbridge to vice president of childcare and youth programs; Linda Kanney to vice president of human resources; Beth Morrow Lonn to vice president of development; Sue Phillips to vice president of development; and Barbara Pratzner to vice president of planning and business enterprises.
Seven local public relations professionals were elected to the 2000 executive board of the Central Ohio chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The new executive board members are president, John Kompa, Edward Howard & Co.; president-elect, Denise Baker, Lord, Sullivan & Yoder; treasurer, Susan Merryman, UUNET; secretary, Laurel Johnson, School Employees Retirement System; vice president of planning and procedures, Julia Bradley, Wexner Heritage Village; vice president of membership, Maureen Miller, Ohio Consumers Counsel; and past president, Douglas Frazier, Clary Communications.
Heres the scoop:
- Labor camp owners may receive grants of up to $25,000 through the Agriculture Labor Camp Improvement Program.
- For every $1 of state funds committed, the applicant must match at least $1.
- Applicants must develop a three-year plan for addressing the housing and infrastructure needs of the camp.
- The deadline for grant applications usually falls in January each year.
- To apply, contact the Ohio Department of Developments Office of Housing and Community Partnerships, 77 S. High St., 24th Floor, Columbus, 43216-1001.
Goals help you lead a balanced life by keeping you focused on what is important to you, your family and your business, says Donald Fletcher, president of May International, a Chicago-based management consulting firm. Goals aid in planning, development and help you improve performance within your business.
Here are some tips Fletcher says may help you identify and set realistic goals for you and your business:
- Make sure your goals reflect your companys values or mission statement.
- Be creative and open your mind to new possibilities and out-of-the-box thinking.
- Make your goals measurable.
- Make your goals attainable and appropriate.
- Prioritize goals as to their importance.
- Be specific and dont generalize.
- Consider relationships and how they will be affected.
- Challenge yourself to achieve your goals. Dont settle for the easy ones.
Who is a good candidate for the Western Pennsylvania Adventure Fund? President and CEO G. Richard Patton offers some advice to would-be early-stage venture capital seekers. You must:
- Be a Western Pennsylvania-based entrepreneur.
- Have a business proposition that is similar to others the fund has invested in.
- Be specific about why you are looking for financing. If you say you need $1 million to finish a prototype and verify market acceptance to prepare for a $10 million follow-up round, you're more likely to get the fund's attention.
- Recruit advisory board members and professional services that will bring credibility to your company. Investors like to see names they recognize associated with investment opportunities.
Patton suggests entrepreneurs should research potential venture firms. Don't do mass mailings of your business plan and, he adds, get someone with some clout to make introductions."Find someone who can be a reference," says Patton. "Anything you can do to get away from cold-calling will add a lot of credibility."
Compuvisions Inc., a Pittsburgh-based developer and designer of Web sites, has been acquired by FullTilt Solutions Inc. of King of Prussia, a provider of business-to-business e-commerce solutions.
Pittsburgh Demolition has been contracted to dismantle and remove the building from the site of the former Phoenix Materials Corp. on Route 422 in East Franklin Township.
National City Bank has introduced a five-year line of credit for small businesses that allows business owners to user their commercial real estate, in addition to their residential real estate, as collateral. Credit lines range from $25,000 to $100,000. It can be used as a revolving line of credit or a portion can be converted to a 36-month term loan with a fixed rate.
Adroit Computer Technique, an India-based company, has moved its U.S. headquarters from Boston to Pittsburgh. The company says the move largely resulted from a strategic partnership it formed with Technosystems Service Corp., a Pittsburgh-based company.
The law firm of Vogrin & Reister is joining its practice with Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck. The merger adds the practice of criminal law to Meyer Darragh's general civil practice while supplementing the firm's practice in municipal law.
Hastings Realty Co. Inc. has acquired 625 Stanwix St. from Chicago-based Urban Growth Property.
Fidelity Bancorp Inc. has acquired two branch offices of Pennwood Savings Bank, located in Kittanning, from the Farmers National Bank. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.
Pitt Ohio Express has installed equipment designed to warn truck drivers of potentially dangerous levels of drowsiness on one of its 18-wheel trucks. The truck will be used in an over-the-road pilot test to gauge the effectiveness of the equipment in alerting drivers in order to prevent accidents.
PWCampbell has been awarded the design/build contract by Clyde-Findlay Area Credit Union in Clyde, Ohio, to construct a 3,700-square-foot new branch office facility.
White and Williams LLP, a Philadelphia law firm, has opened a Pittsburgh office.
MassMutual has launched a disability income insurance buy-sell contract, a product designed for partnerships and professional corporations composed of two to five business owners between the ages of 18 and 60.
Krakoff Communications has relocated from the Benedum Trees Building to a larger space in the Arrott Building.
The University of Phoenix has opened a campus in Penn Center West Four. Initial offerings will be bachelor of science degrees in business management, business administration and business information/technology. A master's degree in business administration will also be offered.
Woodmont Corp. and its partners, Creative Real Estate and Colony Holding Co., have leased 31,000 square feet of space in Cranberry Commons to Linens 'n Things, making it the final anchor tenant in the 550,000-square-foot retail center in Cranberry Township.
Law firm Bernstein Bernstein Krawec & Wymard P.C. has been awarded a five-year contract to perform debt collection services on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.
TriLogic Corp. has relocated its offices to a new headquarters building in Southpointe.