Category: People

By Christi Milligan When company accountants cornered Michelle Freeman following her husband’s sudden death in a 2006 plane accident, they offered her two options:  Sell the company and live comfortably for the rest of her life, or take the reins and turn it around.  She took the reins. In the eight years since, she’s successfully…

By Christi Milligan Thirty years ago, Janet Killian didn’t have it easy.  Jumping into a male-dominated industry where contacts were long established and newbies weren’t welcome left the janitorial business owner discouraged—and determined. Killian, founder and president of Gemini Janitorial Services & Supplies, was named 2014 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year at the 24th Annual…

Chip Rankin was recently honored with a 2014 Franchisee of the Year Award from the International Franchise Association (IFA), an international organization that promotes franchise business best practices for its members. Rankin owns and manages MilliCare by EBC, a Delaware-based carpet and textile cleaning company. The company is responsible for 90 employees in the area…