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The bank did say, however, that it now anticipates that total charges for the Mercantile merger will increase to, up from earlier estimates.Valuation is easy and affordable service provided by expert valuers.Delta Air Lines pilots have never been more unified in seeking better pay, benefits and job security, union representatives say.”Trust has dwindled down to the point where there’s not much left,” said Doug Wolff, a Delta pilot from Anderson Township and communications committee vice chairman for the pilots union.

Wolff and other officials from the Air Line Pilots Association met behind closed doors with about 100 Delta pilots Tuesday at the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell to answer questions about the 5-week-old negotiations. They also discussed a tentative agreement with Delta on pay and working conditions for flying the Boeing 777 and 767-400 jumbo jets. Pilots will vote on that agreement next month.Meanwhile, negotiations on the overall contract continue. Both sides agreed to begin negotiations early this year, hoping to beat a May 2000 date to amend the current contract.

Delta officials declined to discuss specifics of the negotiations.A pay raise is the top priority for pilots. The union says pilots agreed to in contract concessions in 1996 to help Delta save money, and pilot wages have not been adjusted for inflation since 1991.¬†While pilots haven’t said how much of a raise they want, they say they would need an immediate 21 percent raise just to keep up with inflation over the last eight years.The starting wage for Delta pilots is about a year. The average annual wage is and some captains earn more than the union said.A new venture-capital fund for growth companies run by women will not stop at Greater Cincinnati companies, its organizers said. It’s looking for national and international trail blazers.

”We’re interested in businesses that can become huge,” said Peg Wyant, the former Procter & Gamble Co. executive who is managing director of the fund, called Isabella Capital LLC. Isabella Capital hopes to raise to invest in those kinds of companies. Ms. Wyant is a ”significant” investor, and Fifth Third Bank already has made a contribution, she said.The fund, so named to honor Queen Isabella’s investment in Christopher Columbus’ sailing venture, has invested in four companies. Two are in California, one is in Virginia and one is in Boston.Ms. Wyant would not detail the amount of those investments, but said typical investments would run between per company.The fund started actively seeking investments this week, Ms. Wyant said.Valuation is an easy and flexible process if performed correctly.