BrightSide is about chronicling positive news stories and shining a spotlight on hard working, caring and conscientious people who are quietly improving the fabric of our community in Wayne County.

  1. Hill’s Pet Nutrition ‘amazing’ as Vaile partner

    You won’t be hearing employees at Hill’s Pet Nutrition bragging about it. Or their local or corporate executives. But, they play a major role as volunteers, mentors and more for young students — and the whole school community — at Vaile Elementary School in Richmond. “They are amazing,” says third-grade teacher Kendra Brown, who helps […]

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  2. Silvia Hamilton delivers with style for 50 years

    Like a bright yellow rose, Silvia Hamilton is a beacon of business success and community service in Cambridge City. “She is indispensable,” believes Beth Leisure. “She’s just a terrific person. She’s willing to do anything for the city,” says Alan Austin. Leisure and Austin are both business owners and active civic leaders in Cambridge City. […]

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  3. Women’s Fund is a model of caring and success

    Women need to be celebrated for the work they do. And they need to be supported for their creative and innovative efforts to help other women and girls. Those simple goals serve as the roots for annual get-togethers that started in the mid-1990s and have morphed into the wildly successful Women’s Fund of the Wayne […]

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  4. Entrepreneurship is alive and well in Wayne County

    Greg Cramer tells the story with caring in his voice. A woman called recently to place an order for a Bed Butler, a bedside caddy that Cramer designed while in college.   She told him how useful it would be for her in addition to the organization and protection it was designed for. “I am […]

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  5. Cambridge City grows with mix of old and new

    Becky Cole thought she’d put brown paper over the windows as work began last summer on the new restaurant she recently opened in Cambridge City along with her husband, Ron. But, that never happened for one major reason: Residents kept stopping by and looking in as Cole’s Dining & Spirits took shape. They couldn’t wait […]

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  6. Ahaus Tool engineers its own workforce

    Workforce development is an essential ingredient in today’s manufacturing world. But, it’s far from a new concept. Apprenticeships and high school tech-ed programs have long served as cornerstones for developing employees. So have trade schools and, of course, on-the-job training. Ahaus Tool & Engineering of Richmond has been developing its own machinists and engineers since […]

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  7. Dils delivers fitness sites for kids and community

    Fitness can be fun — and good business, too. John Dils has proven that time and again in the last seven years by turning large buildings from blank spaces into beehives of family activities. His development efforts in fitness — pushed by his community commitment — have created everything from a bicycle shop to basketball […]

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  8. Van Pelt, Runnels reflect our great history of golf

    Golf courses are places of great competition for men and women of all ages. They also are places for deal-making and dollar-raising. Businesses are started, contracts confirmed and charities benefited on courses across the nation. In Wayne County, the game’s assets — the play, the contacts, the camaraderie — have been a success story for […]

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  9. Lofty goals pay dividends as downtown evolves

    Kim Hoppe had lofty goals when she bought a downtown building that could serve as a small business and also as her home. The quickly evolving Main Street area offered “wonderful” economic development opportunities to reach those goals and to reach them quickly. Hoppe wanted to return to retail. She wanted to return to Richmond. […]

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  10. Woodruff Corp. empowers workers and prospers

    Doug Borgsdorf has done business around the world. He’s sold cement in Ghana and peddled plastic products in China. He’s also lived the big-city life growing up in Detroit and living for most of the last decade as an executive in Chicago. But, Richmond is exactly where he wants to be right now with his […]

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