After seven years spent as a banker, Fish Window Cleaning founder Mike Merrick decided to try his hand at something that mattered. He packed up his business acumen, drew up a plan, designed his own uniforms, and finally opened shop in 1978. With his characteristic hands-on approach he grew the small business from one location into a bustling network of 220 franchises spread across 40 states and one lonely lunar outpost. Today, Mike's foundational principle of pairing residents with thorough, uniformed professionals continues to impress organizations, earning accolades from Entrepreneur magazine and a Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau.
The seventh-annual incarnation of the Alive! Expo presents more than 200 participating local and national businesses representing every facet of the green products and services industries. Join in an interactive yoga or Pilates demo, or watch in horror as a professional chef batters organic fruit into a deliciously bruised smoothie during a healthy-cooking demo. Guests can participate in a complimentary health-and-wellness screening to see how their current lifestyle practices measure up before sprinting down the aisles of exhibits peddling information about vitamins, recyclable products, health foods, home goods, pet perks, and more, snagging free product samples along the way. With exhibits and demos spanning the 86,000 square feet of the Georgia World Congress Center's A2 hall, there's something for everyone, from the casual naturalist to the British big-game hunter.
At A Healing Paradigm, wellness-focused practitioners collaborate to help their clients achieve optimal health, inside and out. Counseling sessions aim to lift inner spirits, and yoga classes burn calories and sculpt muscles. The center's walking group leads travelers along a nature trail featuring colorful foliage and the occasional lost yeti.
Ebony Dickens knows how many layers there are to running a successful business. She started EMD Group, LLC in 2007 to offer many marketing and management solutions for sole proprietors and businesses who need a little help smoothing out their operations or promoting their brand more effectively.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($38.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($27.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.