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Big-store experience applied to small format

A dash of instinct, a touch of retail talent and a promising partnership all came together for Janice Kelley Spencer and Martha Crimmings Thaney to launch a Different Point of View.   Spencer and Thaney both worked at B. Forman ...

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Stylist helps her clients keep up appearances

Behind a sharp scissors snip, the poof of a makeup brush and the hues of a new wardrobe stands image consultant Cynthia Kyle.   Equipped with more than 25 years of styling experience in serving hundreds of customers, Kyle, owner ...

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Success publisher headlines SBC event

The publisher and editorial director of Success magazine comes to town June 14 for a morning discussion about success and what he has learned about it from the people he interviews.   Darren Hardy is the headliner at the Small ...

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Firm doing brisk business in motion control

When an Olympic-sized pool is installed on one of the world’s largest cruise ships, having the right control systems is of utmost importance. That is where Unique Automation LLC comes in.   Unique Automation of Wayne County designs, builds, rebuilds ...

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Entrepreneur, 23, putting his own brand of cereal on local breakfast tabl

Was this how John Harvey Kellogg got started?   Like Kellogg, the physician who invented a process for making grains into flakes, Ian Szalinski has come up with a breakfast cereal recipe. And like the inventor of cornflakes, Szalinski offers ...

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His business celebrates the quality sound of vinyl

Even though it is his life and his passion, Craig Sypnier will admit that turntables and vinyl records are not for everyone.   "It’s a niche of a niche of a niche," says Sypnier, owner of Audio Renaissance.   But ...

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New Ph.D. helps foster better communication in clients’ workplaces

With some 25 years of training experience under her belt and retirement on the horizon, Beth Sears saw an opportunity to share with others what she had learned both on and off the job. Sears, president of Workplace Communication Inc., ...

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Xerox veterans opening 4-month program to train chefs in French cuisine

Kathleen Ciulla and James Flach have been friends for 33 years, much of that time at Xerox Corp., and share a passion for cooking.   They have turned that passion into a business opportunity as co-founders of L’ecole de Cuisine, ...

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Bright idea took flight during an airport wait

A side business for two locals got an injection of venture capital from overseas this year.   Founded as a publisher of condensed, electronic titles similar to the For Dummies books, 24PageBooks Inc. in January got an undisclosed sum from ...

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Bad economy put this company into high gear

While some small-business owners have had to tighten their belts to deal with the recession, Marvin Swartz has capitalized on the economic turmoil of recent years.   "Most people will fix their own vehicles and not have the responsibility of ...

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