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Cooking up a passion for business
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Cooking up a passion for business

From sandwich shops to breweries to international markets, Davenport alumni around the country are finding their entrepreneurial passion in the food industry. Read each story in this series: A restaurant love story featuring Alex Wilkening, ’12 A family of entrepreneurs featuring Michael Havemeier, ’10 Creative freedom featuring Dino Duratovic, ’15 From cherry farmers to winemakers featuring McKenzie Gallagher,...

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...

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