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Variety Supports Children With Disabilities In 30 Counties

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor For 83 years, Variety, The Children’s Charity, has been providing medical equipment, therapy and other services to children with physical and intellectual disabilities. Until 2000, the majority of the agency’s funds came from the Variety Club Telethon televised on broadcast stations nationwide and featuring stars from screen and stage. Since…

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BBB Tip of the Week: Choosing Child Care

Finding the right person to take care of your children is one of the hardest tasks for any parent. You want your children to be safe and to be nurtured, but you also want someone who shares your values. BBB has the following tips for parents seeking quality child care: Visit several facilities or caregivers,…

Paul Birner

Birner’s Act II: Renewal by Andersen

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor Paul Birner is no stranger to the windows business. Twenty years after he started Amazing Siding and Windows in west St. Louis County, Birner bought the Renewal by Andersen affiliate in St. Louis in December 2012. The St. Louis office, a 2015 TORCH Award winner, serves homeowners within a 70-mile…

Brian Kremmel

ALRO, Academy Air Strive For ‘Perfect Service Call’

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor To Brian Kremmel, delivering the perfect uniform service call is akin to executing the perfect play in baseball. By “preparing, practicing and rehearsing,” a technician can turn what might be a cumbersome task into a reflex, Kremmel said. “It’s like the Cardinals handling a bunt: They know exactly what to…

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Scrubs & Beyond Conjures A Great Experience For Customers

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor Karla Bakersmith started her own store for medical apparel in 2000, after 13 years of working for Life Uniform. Life, a long-time national leader in selling uniforms to nurses and other medical staff, was a division of Angelica Corp., then a publicly traded company based in St. Louis. “I really…

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More for Less Remodeling Builds Business On Referrals

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor Chris Courtwright is a third-generation contractor who grew up helping his father. “I’ve had a hammer in my hand since I was about eight years old,” Courtright said. He started More for Less Remodeling 11 years ago, after his father died. Several of his six brothers and other relatives work for…

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Pathways To Independence Builds Social Networks

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor When children with autism or other developmental disabilities grow up, they often find it hard to make friends, build a social life and participate in their communities. That’s where Pathways to Independence comes in. Five families of children who were growing out of school started the nonprofit in 1987 with…