Sunday, March 23, 2003

Business notes

Entrepreneur consultant opens

Kit Millette says she has just one goal: to make the American dream of business ownership easier to attain.

Millette has opened The Entrepreneur's Source in Anderson Township. It's part of a nationwide network of business consultants who work with individuals and companies considering franchising as a career alternative or method of expansion.

"We provide the tools, services and support system they need to become educated about their options ... and finding the vehicle to achieve them," Millette says.

The Entrepreneur's Source has no exclusive ties to companies or franchises, she said. It has more than 185 offices in the United States and Canada.

Information: 624-9600 or

Skin-care shop opens in Mason

Skin-deep beauty is Kathleen Arthur's specialty.

The dermatology nurse has just opened Skin Excellence, which provides a range of medical skin care, especially for the face and neck. Her services include macrodermabrasion (use of salt to buff the skin), dermaphoresis (use of salt and ultrasound to massage healing products into trouble spots) and lymphobiology (improving the flow of lymph to enhance healing and clean the system). Arthur, a licensed practical nurse, can also provide treatments for acne and rosacea.

"I have years of experience in dermatology nursing, having worked most recently for a facial cosmetic and laser surgeon in Florida," said Arthur. "I come at this from a very medical attitude."

Skin Excellence is in Suite 117 of the CMC Office Center, 7577 Central Parke Blvd. in Mason. Hours are 8:30 am. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; or after hours or Saturdays by appointment.

Information: 770-0400.

Fairfield has new computer expert

Bill Cochrane has opened a Computer Troubleshooters franchise in Fairfield, providing a range of on-site computer services including upgrades, repair and networking. Clients are small businesses and home offices that don't have their own information technology staffer.

"Computers, their components and software will occasionally fail. We can help our customers minimize the number of failures and the impact those failures will have," Cochrane said. "We can help customers with virus protection, backup systems, system monitoring and even the training needed for daily work."

Founded in Australia in 1997, Computer Troubleshooters has more than 200 locations worldwide. The company is ranked No. 1 technical support franchise by Entrepreneur magazine.

The Fairfield company, the second Computer Troubleshooters franchise in Greater Cincinnati, is at 675-N Deis Drive.

Information: 205-1600 or

Kidd Coffee owner gets council honor

Victor Kidd, owner of Kidd Coffee, has received the Ohio Businessman of the Year 2003 award from the National Business Advisory Council.

Kidd, who opened his Mason cafe in August 1999 and has since opened sister operations in Lebanon and Sharonville, said he was surprised by the honor.

While he's not sure on what criteria the award is based, he said, "I have a business that's pretty active, I'm on the Warren County Republican Central Committee and I'm on the Mason City Council."

Kidd is also minister of the Living Leaf Community Church (formerly the Mason Community Church). His motivation for starting Kidd Coffee was to give him an income independent of the church, so its financial resources could support ministries.

Kidd Coffee just received its Uniform Franchise Circular Offer, which allows Kidd to begin discussions with people who have indicated an interest in buying a franchise from the company.

Kidd Coffee is at 322 Reading Road. Information: 398-0718.

Bellevue B&B among favorites

A local hostelry has landed on Arrington Bed & Breakfast Journal's Book of Lists.

Cincinnati Weller Haus Bed and Breakfast, in Bellevue, was voted No. 1 in the category of "Best for business travelers" by inn-goers all over the country who participate in the journal's survey. It's the second such recognition for Weller Haus, which last year ranked among the list's "most romantic" B&B/inns.

"Our guests enjoy all of the charm of the 1880s with all of the modern conveniences they expect," said Valerie Brown, who owns the Weller Haus with her husband, David. "New this year is a business center set up for laptop use."

Weller Haus is at 319 Poplar St. Information: (859) 451-6829 or

Images of power for Power Point

A local artist has developed two background CDs for churches and other religious organizations to use in conjunction with Power Point presentations.

"I noticed a real need for inexpensive and professional graphics for the Christian community," said Jennifer Meissner, a graphic designer at Cincinnati Bible College. "People would come to my office and request a picture of reaching hands or a globe, and I would constantly be searching for graphics or creating them from scratch. These Backgrounds CDs are a step forward in giving Christian organizations the professional resources they need."

Meissner operates JM Designs from her home inMaineville.

Information: 244-8163 or

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