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Loose change

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 10, 2002

GOOD SPORTS: Women executives who played sports growing up say it helped prepare them for corporate life. More than 300 businesswomen polled say sports taught them team work (81 percent), leadership skills (69 percent) and how to cope with failure (68 percent). "There are lessons to be learned on a softball diamond or basketball court that are unavailable in a business school lecture hall," says Janet Wyse, a manager at OppenheimerFunds.

HOPING LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE: The cofounders of online photography site Webshots struck it rich when they sold it to ExciteAtHome in 1999 for $82.5-million. But ExciteAtHome faltered in the dot-com crash and filed bankruptcy. A judge recently approved the sale of Webshots back to its three cofounders for $2.4-million. The partners expect quick profits.

STAFFER CHECKUPS: Sixty-six percent of 150 executives polled by staffing service OfficeTeam say they evaluate employee performance yearly. Three percent say they don't bother with reviews.

MEATY RECOGNITION: Entertainer and breakfast sausage namesake Jimmy Dean has been given high honors by MMT Meat Marketing & Technology magazine. It named Dean the "No. 1 Meat Industry Spokesman of All Time." The magazine said it chose Dean for his folksy appeal as spokesman of Jimmy Dean Foods.

JOBLESS JUMP: The state posting the biggest increase in its unemployment rate last year was North Carolina at 5.5 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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