Friday, July 12, 2002

Shakers & Stirrers and Bits & Bytes

Grant Thornton LLP
Global accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP today announced that five former Arthur Andersen partners and 40 professional staff members have joined their New York offices in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan, Melville and Edison. Frank Kurre has been appointed Grant Thornton's Northeast Partner in Charge-Higher Education and New York Partner in Charge-Higher Education and Not-for-Profit. Other new Grant Thornton partners include Richard Flowers, Daniel Golub, Jean M. Trier, and Max J. Brandsdorfer.

Enfrastructure Inc.
Enfrastructure Inc., a full-service facilities and infrastructure provider, announced its acquisition of TechSpace, Inc., a provider of alternative office space and infrastructure services to growing and established companies. Both Enfrastructure and TechSpace provide flexible space bringing technology, business and professional services to client companies. The two companies will provide products and services through their combined five facilities in Orange County, CA, New York (two sites), Boston and Toronto. The combination of the companies will create significant operating synergies, develop a platform for expansion into key markets throughout North America, and create a clear market leader in the full-service business infrastructure space.

Accents By Allison
Tery Spataro is a woman many new media sages from the East and West Coast know. They know that she's been a steady, creative, dynamic force in interactive media and design. And they know she's got the business sense to run a company and start one up. And she's combining all that experience into her newest venture, Accents By Allison (AbyA).

Not ready to leave the Big Apple, but realizing opportunity also lie out West, Tery founded her almost bi-coastal company with her mother, Joyce, in Chandler, Arizona. AbyA, is an innovative retail firm that offers its customers a personal shopper service and promotes fashion events throughout the Greater Phoenix Area and NYC. They have been adding great lines of women's clothing.

And just this week AbyA has teamed up with VB Cosmetics' spa and salon: "Spalon VB." VB Cosmetics owns and operates a full service salon and day spa in Chandler, AZ. Founded in 1989, by Vivian B. Valenty, Ph.D the company moved to Chandler, AZ to accommodate the company's growth and expansion needs. You'll be happy to hear that VB Cosmetics has an environmentally friendly facility and does not test on animals.

These two businesses, founded by women for women, got their introduction through the Chamber of Commerce, showing that it pays to join up with the local business networking groups available. To celebrate their partnership, AbyA and VB Cosmetics will host a fashion event July 24th at VB Cosmetics' spa and salon: "Spalon VB."

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