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Archive for July, 2011

Foty Lock & Safe

Jul 2011 • Category: Feature Story

Many people reading this now have let more than their fair share of incredible career opportunities slip right through their fingers. Mike Foty of Fairmont-based Foty Lock & Safe would openly admit being part of that crowd. Yet rather than resign himself to an existence of continual, lifelong regret—as perhaps most people would if having lived his lot—feisty Foty flailed away and eventually late in life carved out a successful business niche.

Images by Drea

Jul 2011 • Category: Hot Startz!

When Drea Budahn was age six, her grandfather occasionally took her and her sister to their parent’s apple orchard to be photographed. “And I thought it was the greatest thing ever.”

Pediatric Therapy Services

Jul 2011 • Category: Feature Story

The three-year-old boy recovering from surgery watched Nancy Dobson demonstrate a sequence of activities for him—walking on a balance beam, stepping on and off a stool and crawling through a barrel. Then he said, “You got through there with your big butt, didn’t you, Nance?”

Complex Choices

Jul 2011 • Category: Editor's Letter

As editor, I’m often asked how we choose feature stories. It’s complex. In part, we consider how many Connect Business Magazine copies businesses in a particular city or county receive and divvy up features and cover stories proportionately.

Mike Nolan

Jul 2011 • Category: Cover Story

In the 1975 British film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur, along with coconut-clacking Sir Galahad the Pure, Sir Lancelot the Brave, and Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Lancelot, make pitched battle with a killer rabbit and limbless black knight on a quest for the sacred holy grail.

Wheelock Electric

Jul 2011 • Category: Hot Startz!

“When I was growing up, my dad was my biggest influence,” said 28-year-old Jon Wheelock in a Connect Business Magazine telephone interview. He began Wheelock Electric about a year ago.