Category: Business

Cooking up a passion for business: Labor of love
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Cooking up a passion for business: Labor of love

Owning Livonia Bakery & Café has been a labor of love for Franco Petrucci, ’91. “It is a seven-day-a-week business,” Petrucci said. “Originally, we started as a bakery and deli store. We have grown our services to include catering, gift baskets and even kids’ birthday parties.” Petrucci and his brother opened Livonia Bakery and Café...

Cooking up a passion for business: A family of entrepreneurs
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Cooking up a passion for business: A family of entrepreneurs

Michael Havemeier, ’10, began working at Herman’s Boy, Inc. in Rockford, Michigan, at the age of six. “My earliest memories are working the cash register under my dad’s supervision,” Havemeier said. “He would let me press the buttons and talk to customers. I remember ‘helping’ out my father and grandfather, learning from them even when...

Cooking up a passion for business: From cherry farmers to winemakers
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Cooking up a passion for business: From cherry farmers to winemakers

With experience in farming and a passion for wine, McKenzie Gallagher, ’12, used the MBA capstone class at Davenport University to design a business plan for a winery in northern Michigan. “My husband, Creighton, and I had the opportunity to purchase a part of his family farm,” Gallagher said. “We are fifth generation cherry farmers...

Cooking up a passion for business: Creative freedom
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Cooking up a passion for business: Creative freedom

Dino Duratovic, ’15, has a passion for being an entrepreneur that stems from his parents and their ambition to own a business. “My parents were immigrants from the former Yugoslavia. Unfortunately, a civil war broke the country apart, causing my parents to flee,” Duratovic said. “My parents were extremely grateful for what the United States...

The Ripple Effect: Carlos Sanchez, ’01
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The Ripple Effect: Carlos Sanchez, ’01

Alumnus identifies a need in the Latino community to empower emerging leaders Carlos Sanchez, ’01, identified a need for emerging Latino leaders in the community when he began as director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2013. “I was constantly being asked by young Latino professionals about courses, books, workshops, TED talks...

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