In the movie industry, bigger is usually better, and that’s true of Carmike Cinemas Inc.’s BigD large-screens. They have screens measuring up to 78 feet wide by 3 stories tall, provide luxury seating and stunning surround sound and are being rolled out nationwide. BigD theaters – the ‘D’ stands for dimensional sight, dynamic sound and deluxe seating – are in 14 markets, but in terms of the regions in which Carmike locates its cinemas, small to mid-size is typically better.

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Since 1985, John Plainos has owned and operated an electrical contracting company, A-1 Service Group. In 1994, he identified the counting of people in retail locations as a possible niche market. His firm installed a few systems that were typically used at the time to count the number of customers in stores and malls so he could learn how they worked. He learned that they did not work very well.

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Already the largest independently owned wine, beer and spirits retailer in the United States, Total Wine & More has big plans for 2012. Vice President of Customer Experience Steve Faith says the company plans to enter three big new markets this year: Dallas; Seattle; and Spokane, Wash. Combined with the 78 stores the company already has in 11 states, Faith says Total Wine & More expects its new locations to carry it to the next level after it reached a pair of monumental milestones in 2011.

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Who would have ever thought that something called the “garbage bowl” would become a household name? And it’s not solely because the person who created it, Rachael Ray, possesses a household name herself. The garbage bowl, that sturdy dish sitting in the middle of the counter where the onion peels and sausage wrappers get dumped, saves the busy home cook precious time by cutting out the unnecessary trips back and forth to the garbage can or a big clean up afterward. The efficiency of the garbage bowl makes it a useful or even essential kitchen item for many home chefs.

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A diversified premier apparel company, Hybrid Apparel has grown from its roots as a t-shirt shop into a private-label and licensing distributor serving men, women and children. Based in the United States, the company services all tiers and trade channels of distribution, as well as large and small retailers.

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For Golfsmith International Inc., selling merely golf products is just not enough. Instead, “We’ve had a very strong focus on being authentic,” CEO Martin E. Hanaka says. “We really target the avid golfer; those who play 25 rounds or more.”

The Austin, Texas-based specialty golf retailer operates stores that sell clubs, bags, apparel, balls, and GPS and rangefinder systems. Founders Carl and Barbara Paul started Golfsmith in 1967.

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Some energy drinks may provide many with the pep they need in their steps, but the drinks often leave consumers wanting more in terms of taste. Since 2006, Cintron Beverage Group has strived to be the energy drink producer that puts taste first.

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Getting shipments from one place to another can be a daunting process. There are complex rules and regulations, multiple carriers/modes, numerous service classes, surcharges and confusing rates and invoices. But Jim LeRose says the Agile Network has spent more than 20 years making the process a bit simpler.

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