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9:43am EDT July 22, 2002

Cup o’ Joe coffee and dessert houses and Stauf’s Coffee Roasters have merged. Todd Appelbaum, Cup o’ Joe president, says the businesses make a good match because his is strong on the retail level and Stauf’s has a strong roasting and wholesale presence. Six goals of the new company, he says, are to have an Internet presence, start a mail order business, offer gift baskets, increase wholesale accounts, supply offices with coffee and open more retail stores.

Mills/James Productions has been awarded a Silver WorldMedal in the business/industrial theater-internal recognition category for its production of the 1999 National Sales Conference for the Finance One Group of Bank One. The company also received a finalist certificate in the technical/craft-writing category for its work on “Inventing Flight,” a live mini-musical presentation of how the Wright Brothers might have invented flight, staged for the Inventing Flight Committee in Dayton.

Columbus-based ExhibitPro Inc. has been named the exhibitor meeting sponsor of this year’s Builders Exchange Central Ohio Construction Expo, held in March.

Columbus-based Teamwork Solutions has been honored as a finalist in the Beacon Awards by IBM’s Lotus Development Corp. Judged by a team of leading industry journalists and analysts from around the world, the Beacon Awards recognize Lotus Business Partners that have excelled at providing quality products, innovative solutions and superior services to customers. Teamwork Solutions was recognized as a finalist in the category of Greatest Business Impact, considered by many to be the “best of show” category. More than 500 nominations from 40 countries were submitted for awards in 11 categories.

James M.L. Ferber, managing shareholder; David A. Kadela, shareholder; and associates Michael A. Womack, Daniel W. Srsic and Alison M. Day have opened the Columbus office of Littler Mendelson, a national firm practicing exclusively in employment and labor law.

CAPA and Chicago Theatre Restoration Associates, owner of the Chicago Theatre, have reached a multiyear lease agreement for CAPA to manage the Chicago Theatre.

Steak Escape has signed area development agreements in two new territories — Puerto Rico and Little Rock, Ark. The company will open 10 stores over the next 42 months in Puerto Rico and nine stores over the next three years in Little Rock.

Columbus-based Quantum Marketing Group has been acquired by Blue Chip Broadcasting in Cincinnati. Quantum will continue to operate from its Dublin offices, and co-founder and senior partner Patrick Foy has been appointed general manager of Quantum.

Conrad, Phillips & Vutech has signed Firelands Regional Health System in Sandusky as a new client. Working jointly with Marilyn Marr, a public relations consultant, Conrad, Phillips & Vutech will handle the health care system’s advertising and branding.

Creative Medical Marketing has signed the following clients: Affiliated Dermatology Cosmetic Surgery Center, Central Ohio Compounding Pharmacy and Women’s Contemporary Health Care.

Atrium Assembly Corp. in Johnstown has received a $60,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Development, which will be used to construct a parking lot and assist with relocation of a storm water detention basin. Atrium’s 14,500-square-foot leased facility in Blacklick is not adequate to accommodate the company’s 50 percent annual growth rate. Atrium will relocate its operation and acquire a 79,000-square-foot facility in the Johnstown Industrial Park, which will allow it to be more competitive. The estimated $2.1 million project is expected to create 37 jobs and retain 18. Inc. in Delaware County has received a 75 percent tax credit for a five-year term from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. SubmitOrder will lease a 71,500-square-foot facility to provide customer support services for clients through e-mail, phone, fax and traditional mail. The $3.95 million project is expected to create 400 jobs and retain 95 within the first three years of operation.

Computer Associates International Inc. in Columbus has received a 60 percent tax credit for a five-year term from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. The company will consolidate and expand its Dublin facility into the Columbus facility. Ohio competed with Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky for this estimated $250,000 project. It is expected to create 63 jobs and retain 131 within the first three years of operation.

Larry Dussault, a publisher in Pataskala, has sold Electric Vehicle News, a monthly magazine for the electric vehicle industry, and started a new publication, The Journal of Personal Letter Writing, which debuted in March.