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Seattle, Washington: In this episode of the show you meet Judi Jacobsen and her family at Madison Park Greetings. She started this business in 1977 with just $200. Judi bought a vacant building, moved in, and by bringing the building back to life, the entire neighborhood improved.

This company produces greeting cards and sells them to consumers through over 5,000 gift shops. Also, they create private collections for retailers including Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, and, they distribute the graphic products of other artists including Larkspur and Sara Schneidman.

We first met Judi in 1995 in Washington DC when she was being recognized as the Small Business Person of the Year from the State of Washington.  

Good to her word, Judi put a succession plan in place.  In 1995, son Brian and long-time employee Glen Biely took over the leadership of the business.  The good news is that the young men are growing a much bigger company and having plenty of fun.

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A sliver of genius   In the earliest broadcasts of this show back in 1994-1995, it was a special segment until we began to realize virtually every successful business is built on that special focus.

And, yes, all these people are recommended by their community for their integrity and by their industry for their creativity and courage.