Business Notes Featured

10:02am EDT July 22, 2002

The Ohio State University is one of the 10 best places in the country for a woman to earn a Master of Business Administration degree, according to Working Woman magazine. Schools chosen by the magazine showed strong performance in rising female enrollments, women student groups and female graduates getting excellent job placements. Ohio State's Fisher College was specifically commended for its active chapter of Women in Business and its MBA Corporate Mentoring Program. "This ranking is a reflection of the efforts of faculty, staff and students," says Joseph A. Alutto, dean of OSU's business school. "Just as important, it is clear that our women MBA students are provided with leadership opportunities that bode well for their personal and professional futures."

Parallel Technologies Inc. has opened a branch office in Cincinnati and plans to open additional offices by year's end in Sidney and the Cleveland/Akron area.

For the second year in a row, Quick Solutions Inc. has been named one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the country by Inc. magazine.

The Longaberger Co. has been rated one of the top 30 direct selling companies by Selling Power Magazine.

Columbus Countywide Development Corp. has recognized Huntington Bank with a 1998 Bank of the Year Award for doing the greatest number and highest dollar volume of small business loans with the organization this fiscal year. National City Bank received a 1998 Bank of the Year Award from the group as well, for the greatest number of jobs created due to small business financing through Columbus Countywide. The organization also honored Functional Training Services as its Small Business Administration 504 project for 1998; American Isostatic Press as its Ohio 166 project for 1998; and Empower Publishing Ltd., doing business as The Columbus Post, with a Columbus Growth Fund Project Award.

NexTech Material Ltd. has received an Emerging Technology Award from the Ohio Department of Development and its Thomas Edison Program.

Hatfield Toyota West has received the 1997 Toyota President's Award, which recognizes top dealers for leadership in areas beyond sales.

The American Institute of Architects has presented Braun & Steidl Architects Inc. with the Gold Medal Firm Award and Frank Elmer Associates Ltd. with the Ohio Society Design Award.

Berwanger Overmyer Associates has been listed among the nation's top 100 insurance brokers by Business Insurance.

Paul Werth Associates has been honored with a national Creativity in Public Relations Award from Inside PR for a corporate philanthropy program implemented on behalf of its client, Chapin's Restaurant.

Reitter Stucco has been awarded a contract with Ruscilli Construction to build the exterior facades of Saturn Southeast and AutoBody Southeast.

Gioffre Construction Inc. has broken ground for a new corporate headquarters for AmeriCheer, a Westerville-based cheerleading organization.

The state Development Financing Advisory Council has approved a $1 million loan and an Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund loan for Signstrut Ltd. to purchase a facility in Delaware County, and a $124,000 loan for Buckeye Metal Works Inc. to manufacture items within a metal fabrication shop.

TRANSMAP Corp. has secured $1.3 million in financing from venture capital firms White Pines Management of Ann Arbor, Mich., and River Cities Capital Fund of Cincinnati.

Urban Environments Inc. has received Dublin Civic Landscape Beautification awards for the Metro Lakes office building and the Dublin Red Roof Inn.

RMD advertising has added Mid-Ohio Surgical Associates to its list of health care clients.

Zero Base Advertising has received awards in radio programming and promotion, as well as in radio advertising, at the New York Festivals for its work for CD 101 WWCD-FM radio.

Profitworks Ltd. has added The Scotts Co. and Vanner Power Group to its list of clients.

SOS Productions has teamed up with San Francisco-based DG Systems to bring digital electronic delivery capabilities to the Columbus market.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has been awarded a five-year contract with the federal government to provide reconciliation and management services to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and other Department of Defense agencies.

Marketing Works Inc. has added Alliance Benefits Management Co., Cumberland Trail, Jefferson Village, National Realty Services, Ohio Packing Co., Polaris Benefit Administrators, Paperless Technology Group and Steelspan to its client list. Communication has signed WomanKind Health and Wellness Center and Capitol Square Dental to its client list.

Team ITG has contracted with Duffy Homes, Myers-Schmalenberger, Swan Manufacturing and HER Realtors to provide technology services.

Cardinal Health Inc. and Allegiance Corp. have announced a merger agreement.

Dublin-based Hodge, Cramer & Associates has completed a $5 million capital campaign for the St. Joseph Children's Treatment Center in Dayton.

Partners Gabe Reitter, Steven Waits, Richard Kirk and Gillman Kirk have opened Classic Stone Co. Inc. on Columbus' West Side.

Brothers Dale and Joe Brown have opened Outback Offroad in Northwest Columbus to specialize in truck and sport utility vehicle parts, accessories and service.

The Columbus office of Welsh Cos. represented Frontier Insurance Group in the leasing of its new office space in Dublin.