Remodel your windows without leaving your front door

By Heather Posey, Staff Writer When Morgan and Leonne Bannister decided to open up their Budget Blinds franchise, they aimed to help customers redecorate with good service and competitive pricing—without the buyer ever having to leave the front door. “With lifestyles becoming more hectic, customers require the most convenient services possible for home improvements,” said…

Success tastes sweet for Edible Arrangements couple

By Ofelia Saenz, Staff Writer While sending roses may be sweet, a bouquet of chocolate dipped strawberries is sweeter still—literally. At least Carl and Veronica Billingsley believe so, which is why last May they opened their own location of the franchise Edible Arrangements in the Long Beach neighborhood of California Heights. Edible Arrangements creates enticing…

Focus On Business : It takes a family to fix a car

By Ofelia Saenz, Staff Writer When Servando Orozco talks about how much his family has grown over the last seven years, he could be talking about his wife Cindy and their three young children, or he could be talking about the family-owned and operated business Orozco’s Auto Service. When the couple opened the first location…