July 2015

A Leader in Providing a Full Spectrum of Homecare Services

A Leader in Providing a Full Spectrum of Homecare Services

Qualicare

When thinking about the concept of systems, what comes to mind are things most often recognized as functional, interactive, and interdependent segments that allow something to be seen as whole. There are a number of perceptions that define a system – ecological, social, political and informational are just a few of many examples.
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Yet, families are not often recognized as being a ‘system.’ But they very much are. It was Dr. Murray Bowen who suggested the family systems theory in the 1950s, proposing that individuals in a family can’t be understood in isolation from each other. Every family member draws upon their interrelationship with each other creating, hopefully, a fully functional family unit.

Innovative Workplace Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

Innovative Workplace Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

Global Healthcare Group

Global Healthcare Group (GHG) is a specialized healthcare staffing company serving the government and private sectors across the United States.
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As a staffing company, the Group is experiencing significant growth in demand and is hard at work serving clients’ needs, providing quality candidates for placement, establishing a reputation for quality, and as always, increasing its capacity to serve clients nationwide.

A Different Way to Learn

A Different Way to Learn

Oxford Learning

For over thirty years, Oxford Learning has been helping to give students of all ages the tools to better process and comprehend the materials they are learning in school. By using cognitive learning techniques, Oxford Learning teaches students how to learn effectively and develop more efficient ways of thinking, concentrating, listening and retaining the information they receive.
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Oxford Learning was founded in 1984 in London, Ontario. Operating out of a single learning centre for many years, Oxford Learning began franchising in 1991 with its second location in Burlington, Ontario. Since then, it has enjoyed rapid expansion, increasing its presence in Ontario, across Canada and into the United States, with additional branches in Qatar, Bahamas and Bermuda.

Back to the Bay

Back to the Bay

Chesapeake Bay Candle

Founded in an Annapolis, Maryland home, Chesapeake Bay Candle has enjoyed remarkable growth over its two decades in business, becoming an industry leader carried by retail giants including Target, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond and Hallmark. “During the last 20 years, we have produced 300 million candles—enough to light up one for each family on this continent!” says co-founder and CEO Mei Xu.
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The days when Ms. Xu and co-founder David Wang molded candles by hand in their basement are long gone, but the company’s products have retained their unique, homemade quality and they continue to capture the essence of the pristine Bay waters that inspired the company’s creation.

If You Love Pasta, You’re Covered!

If You Love Pasta, You’re Covered!

Al Dente Pasta Co

For Al Dente Pasta, its thirty-four year journey is a story of passion for good food, the drive to succeed and the ability to overcome circumstance while remaining true to the values upon which the company was founded.
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For Monique Deschaine and her husband Dennis, pasta is not just a business, it has become a way of life. From a very young age, Monique understood the complexity of flavors and the uniting force of food. With the founding of Al Dente Pasta Company she had the opportunity to share that with the world-all the more remarkable in that she had no business experience, no start-up money, wasn’t of Italian heritage and had never made pasta before!

Food that Enhances the Body and Mind

Food that Enhances the Body and Mind

Sunwarrior

Sunwarrior has demonstrated a commitment to making the best plant-based foods and supplements for its customers. The company lives up to its mission to ‘Illuminate Body, Mind, and Planet’ and strives to exemplify those ideals in everything it does – from sourcing the finest ingredients from around the world to growing microgreens in its own facilities.
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The company got its start in 2007 in Overton, Nevada near Las Vegas, specializing in providing organic, plant-based vegan protein powders and supplements. These powders can be used in shakes and smoothies, are gluten-free, and do not contain any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Additionally, they are free of solvents, radiation, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, artificial colors, soy, yeast, wheat, and added sugars. 

A Modern Take on an Old World Favorite

A Modern Take on an Old World Favorite

Kolache Factory

With origins in Central and Eastern Europe, kolaches are pastry rolls that are filled with fruit, or meat and cheese. These snacks have also become popular in the United States over the years, and the Kolache Factory, committed to the authenticity, craftsmanship, and food innovation, offers a modern take on this Old World treat.
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Kolache Factory was founded in 1982 in Houston, Texas by co-founders John and Jerri Banks, who identified a need for a fresh, high quality breakfast that could be eaten on the run. While kolaches were popular in Central Texas at the time thanks to a large number of European immigrants in the area, they were virtually unknown in Houston. The Banks played a key role in bringing kolaches to local consumers. Today, Kolache Factory has grown to 50 locations throughout Texas as well as California, Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri – and the company has plans for even further expansion. New locations are opening in New Mexico, Colorado and Virginia by the end of this year.

Promoting Private Investment

Promoting Private Investment

Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA)

Private capital is taking off throughout Canada. “Both private equity and venture in Canada are exploding,” says CVCA CEO Mike Woollatt. Indeed, forty one billion dollars in private equity poured into Canadian companies last year, setting a new record for the nation. At $1.9 billion, venture capital investment was also up dramatically in 2014 – and continues to rise.
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A booming industry needs an association dedicated to promoting and protecting its interests. That is where the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) steps in. As the voice of the industry, the team is focused on improving the private capital ecosystem by broadening industry awareness, providing market research, and coordinating networking and professional development opportunities, as well as advocating on behalf of the industry to drive sound public policy that will encourage a favorable investment environment.

Raising Capital

Raising Capital

The Rise of Venture Capitalism and Private Equity

Private capitalists are having their day across North America. From California to Quebec, the opportunities are startling – and they continue to grow.
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Venture capitalists invest money into startups or small, expanding companies that lack access to public funding, so these investors risk massive loses if they back the wrong business. But, they also stand to reap massive rewards for taking on that risk – If they choose wisely.

On Time, On Budget and On Point

On Time, On Budget and On Point

Riley Contracting Group

Riley Contracting Group began in 1987 under the leadership of Mike Riley. Based in Cary, North Carolina in the heart of Research Triangle Park, the commercial general contractor has established a solid reputation in both North and South Carolina for project quality, its team approach and the timeliness in which it completes projects on budget and to project specification.
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Clients’ needs are the primary concern of Riley Contracting Group since client satisfaction, not volume, drives its growth. The company has an annual income of $11 million to $20 million with individual projects ranging in size from $100,000 to $10 million. “We’ve always looked at every project as a stepping stone to the next project so that we could grow our business through them,” said Mike Riley when asked about the evolution of the company.

A True Texas Star

A True Texas Star

Huser Construction Company Inc.

Based in historic Kerrville, Texas, privately-owned Huser Construction is a highly efficient operation. Using its decades of combined experience and a well-trained staff of about twenty-eight, the company often takes on projects ranging from about $1 million to $10 million in a variety of sectors from multi-family dwellings, healthcare facilities, churches, schools, restaurants and banks to retail, public spaces and restorations of historic properties.
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Huser Construction Company Inc. refer to themselves as “Partners for creative construction solutions” and they have been living up to their slogan. With a solid, experienced management team and dedicated workers, some of whom have been with the company since the beginning, two decades ago, Huser Construction looks forward to meeting the building needs of all clients.

LEEDing Cincinnati

LEEDing Cincinnati

HGC Construction

HGC Construction has been serving Cincinnati since 1931. The company has built commercial and residential structures – as well as relationships – through three generations, becoming a local staple.
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In recent years, the team has ramped up their operations, growing in size and scope to cover a wider geographic area and take on a greater focus on sustainability. “We’ve probably tripled in size in the last 11 years,” says Senior Project Manager Bill Smith. Just ten years ago, HGC employed around 50 people; today that number has jumped to nearly 250.

An Extreme Building Solution

An Extreme Building Solution

Builders Choice

Builders Choice can handle a challenge. The modular design and manufacturing company works in rugged and remote Alaskan locations to deliver a dependable solution able to withstand even the most extreme conditions.
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The business got its start as a wood truss manufacturing plant in 1996, and the diverse company continues to supply roof trusses and building materials in addition to modular units.

Setting the Standard for Reliable Service

Setting the Standard for Reliable Service

HouseMaster

HouseMaster is a trailblazer. “We were the first company to franchise in the industry and certainly one of the first companies in the industry whatsoever,” says President Kathleen Kuhn. “So many of the things that we needed to develop a strong professional service we had to pioneer.”
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Ms. Kunhn’s father, Ken Austin, launched the business back in 1979, fulfilling a dream to own his own business and create a valuable new resource for homebuyers. Four decades later, HouseMaster boasts 370 local offices and over 2 million completed home inspections.

Safety and Training Make the Difference

Safety and Training Make the Difference

Titan Contracting & Leasing Co., Inc.

For over 35 years, Titan Contracting & Leasing has supplied premier specialty mechanical contracting services to the power, petrochemical, refining and general process industrial markets throughout North America and select international markets.
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Well equipped to handle these industries’ toughest projects, the Owensboro, Kentucky-based company offers EPC, General and Specialty Mechanical Construction and customized solutions. Specific services cover everything from plant maintenance, tanks and vessels, and fabrication, to process and power piping, equipment erection, and modularization. Titan typically employs between 800 and 2,000 people at any given time, depending on project requirements.

Committed to Excellence

Committed to Excellence

COP Construction LLC

COP Construction LLC has been delivering a wide range of construction services since 1947. Active across Montana, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, the Company has offices in Billings, MT, Salt Lake City, UT, and Sheridan, WY, allowing the team to give each geographical area the attention it deserves.
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Widely acknowledged as one of the region’s leading construction companies, COP maintains a fulltime staff of over 160 year round, and up to 350 during peak season.

A Strong Culture Drives Quality

A Strong Culture Drives Quality

Hill & Wilkinson

Since 1968, Hill & Wilkinson has evolved. Once a small family business and now a leader in its field, the firm provides a full range of contracting services across multiple sectors, with a particular focus on a service model called “Process-Driven Design and Construction” in which each client’s unique process dictates the specific way the company approaches projects.
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Headquartered near Dallas in Richardson, Texas, H&W takes on everything from maintenance work to design-build projects. The company is dedicated to executing each project to the strictest of standards and the highest quality. As the company has grown, Hill & Wilkinson continues to adhere to its underlying philosophy and its core values of respect, quality, safety, training, fun, citizenship and commitment to the communities it serves.

Meeting Demanding Industry Needs

Meeting Demanding Industry Needs

Alps Wire Rope Corporation

Approaching fifty successful years in business, the Alps Wire Rope Corporation remains firmly committed tomeeting the needs of customers across a range of sectors. The company serves customers from the oil and gas industries to elevator manufacturers, the construction industry, marine, mining and the United States government and military.
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Alps Wire Rope offers wire rope products and a range of hardware, chain and stainless steel and galvanized fittings sourced from quality manufacturers across the world.

The Right Fit

The Right Fit

ErgoGenesis

Comfortable, ergonomically designed seating for the workplace has long been recognized as the key to office productivity. Since 1988, ErgoGenesis has specialized in ergonomic seating and accessories for use in offices, homes, laboratories, industrial settings, or wherever else there is a need for comfortable, ergonomically designed seating.
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ErgoGenesis is a company dedicated to ergonomics and creating ergonomically correct chairs. Company CEO Tony Gerbino spoke with us about the advantages ErgoGenesis has to offer for customers looking for smart office furniture.

Particle Processing Technology Specialists

Particle Processing Technology Specialists

AVEKA

AVEKA is a contract manufacturing, research and development company that focuses on particle technology for a broad range of applications and markets. Business in Focus spoke with Business Development and Marketing Manager, Nicole El-Sawaf and CEO and Founder, Willie Hendrickson.
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In 1994 AVEKA, Inc. was founded by Willie Hendrickson as a 3M spin off. The company continued in the former 3M Corporate Research Particle Processing Facility providing particle processing R&D and small scale manufacturing for 3M and other industrial, personal care, aerospace, energy, and automotive based companies from Fortune 500 size to small startups.

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