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Published: Sun, February 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



REGION

Loan seminar focuseson small businesses

CLEVELAND -- The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold a free loan seminar for small-business owners from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Small Business Development Center, 241 Federal Plaza. Call Pat Veisz at (330) 746-3350 for reservations.

Inventors group meetinglooks at patent searches

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown & amp; Warren Inventors Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the main branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Hannah Moses of the information services department at the branch will speak on patent searching at the library.

NATION

If ewe can reed this,check out HP report

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- You might think Hewlett-Packard Co. would have the names of its biggest opponents down cold by now.

In its annual report filed last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission, HP noted that its proposed $22.5 billion acquisition of Compaq Computer Corp. is opposed by the David and "Lucite" Packard Foundation and "Edwin van Pronghorns."

That would be the David and Lucile Packard Foundation -- HP's largest shareholder -- and Edwin van Bronkhorst, a former HP chief financial officer and a Hewlett family trustee.

The document also gave "Limon" as the last name for Hewlett daughter Eleanor Hewlett Gimon. Mary Hewlett Jaffe's last name became "Gaffe."

The culprit apparently was a computer spell-checking program used by the outside vendor that printed the report, an HP spokeswoman said. She said the report would be fixed and refiled.

A different approachto company benefits

NEW YORK -- Companies that are trying to hold benefit costs down without seeming too tightfisted might want to consider affordable perks such as partial reimbursements for health-club membership or aerobics classes at work, the Institute of Management & amp; Administration suggests.

The New York-based newsletter publisher for midsize companies included in a recent edition 21 suggestions that won't break a business's budget. Others included providing domestic partner benefits and healthful cooking classes.

From Vindicator staff and wire reports




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