In 2011, a stately 1926 colonial home in Flint caught the attention of Diana Phillips and her husband, Allan Griggs. But it had been abandoned for years and needed work. “We watched it sit on the market for six months and finally bought it,” said Diana, an Ohio native who has taught physical chemistry at […]

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When Frank Kizy and his wife, Dr. Amber Kizy, sat down to pick a location for her first dental practice, they made a profound discovery from a simple Google search. “We had originally considered West Bloomfield, where we have family,” says Frank, who previously owned a Papa Romano’s Pizza franchise in Oak Park. “But when […]

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Bob Landaal spent summers during high school and college working in his grandfather’s plant at Landaal Packaging Systems, originally founded in 1959 as Flint Boxmakers. But after graduating from Western Michigan University in 1998, Bob was done with the family business. Or so he thought. “Four years into working for someone else, a lightbulb went […]

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In the fall of 2011, Melissa Withey was working at a local salon when she learned she would soon be unemployed. “One day we came in to find a note saying that the owner was closing the salon in two weeks,” said Withey, who had previously taken business classes at Mott Community College and the […]

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