Sunday, September 7, 2003

Business notes

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer contributor

Poster, book boost women's health

A company that helps women be their healthiest selves has a new poster and book to its credit.

Healthy Inspiration, the collaboration of psychologist Dr. Barbara McFarland and executive coach Steve Wuest, has just released "Today's Healthy Women," a poster showing 10 traits shared by most healthy women.

Wuest said these women tend to be balanced, self-accepting, humorous, passionate, fit, self-nurturing, spiritual, optimistic, loving and confident.

The poster is illustrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Anne Telnaes and retails for $12.

The company's research is elaborated in a book making its debut this month: Take Back Your Life NOW! Master the Ten Traits of Today's Healthy Woman.

"We want to empower women of all ages to become all that they can be," McFarland said.

"Today's women are so busy taking care of everyone else that it is easy for them to let self-care fall to the wayside."

Healthy Inspiration also offers workshops and wellness seminars.

The company's Web site provides details about the two new products.

Information: 943-1946 or

West Chester firm offers clean sweeps

Southwest Cleaning Services, located in West Chester, is the new venture of Dale Pelsue.

The company does both residential and commercial cleaning. Pelsue has worked at apartments, hotels and restaurants.

Before moving to this area, he ran small residential and commercial cleaning companies in Atlanta.

Southwest Cleaning Services is operating in Hamilton, Fairfield, West Chester, Glendale, Springdale and adjacent communities.

Information: 253-3513.

Take the work out of cooking at home

Hyde Park resident Rebecca Long has launched a venture that combines her love of cooking and her desire to make people's lives a bit easier.

The Kitchen Goddess, a personal chef service, is targeted to busy professionals, hectic households and folks who would like to enjoy someone else's cooking for a change.

Long can provide meals for special occasions, for special diets, or for daily consumption.

At each work session she can prepare between one and five different meals in the customer's own kitchen.

The food, if not eaten immediately, is vacuum-sealed and refrigerated.

"I'm selling time," Long said. "I permit overworked and over-committed parents and professionals to enjoy the other, more meaningful aspects of life."

Long is an affiliate of the national Personal Chef Network.

She recently moved from Austin, Texas, where she worked with the Austin Central Market and both trained and taught in specialized cooking schools in the area.

Information: 763-3933 or,

Firm expands to full copy shop

Spectrum Marketing Support - a Reading-based provider of creative development, design, production and data management - hasn't forgotten its roots.

The company used to offer document copy services, but phased them out some years ago.

Now it has introduced Ditto, a full-service copy shop that provides copies, prints, mounting, scanning and laminating as well as CD duplication.

Spectrum Marketing Support is at 14 Sunnybrook Drive.

Information: 761-4470 or

Singles have new Web way to meet

Single folks looking to meet other singles no longer have to rely on chance encounters at a bar., a new business in Cincinnati, is a Web-based networking group that allows single adults to meet others at arranged meals in local restaurants.

Founder and president Pam Black decided to form the organization as an upscale alternative to personal ads, blind dates and traditional dating services.

The company arranges dinner parties for six to 10 members - equally split between genders - based on members' interests and backgrounds. Groupings are rotated at each dinner party.

To join SingletoMingle, individuals must be single, between the ages of 30 and 55, and have an e-mail address.

Registration is online. Joining the organization is free but there is a $45 arrangement fee for each meal.

Information: 218-1573 or

Learn about latest building systems

Architects can learn the latest on advanced building control systems at a seminar this week.

"Control Systems for the Architectural Community" is presented by AMX University, the educational division of AMX Corp., which manufactures residential and commercial control systems.

The session takes place from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday and is sponsored by ICB Audio and Video at its facility, 1738 Tennessee Ave. in Bond Hill.

Topics covered include an introduction to control systems and devices, common commercial applications, and increasing control expertise and fluency. Participants will also see how the technology can be integrated with design.

The seminar is free but reservations are recommended.

Information: 482-4637.

E-mail or fax 564-6991 with openings, expansions and other news about neighborhood businesses.

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