New LGBT-owned mosquito control company to open 

A new LGBT and female-owned-and-operated mosquito company opens in Atlanta on April 1. Mosquito Bandits is the brainchild of Robin Dennis, an active member of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Dennis said she worked with another mosquito control company and loved the work. She was presented with an offer to purchase part of the company, so she attended classes and trained for the opportunity, but a hand injury put a stop to things.

“I was so excited but then equally devastated to learn that I lost the ability to obtain ownership due to events beyond my control,” she said.

Her injury has since healed and she credits the support of friends and family with helping her rally back.

“I was told, ‘Just open your own company. You are not only very good at this, but your passion and commitment to your customers is the absolute best out there,’” she said. “I started to believe this again and I am proud to say that I am dedicated to giving the best of myself to my customers and the communities I serve.”

Dennis said the company is in the process of becoming National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce-certified.

Any Spine Chiropractic celebrates third anniversary

Any Spine Chiropractic, a partially LGBT-owned business in Inman Park, recently celebrated its third anniversary with a casual mixer for community members, patients and their families.

Co-owners and operators Dr. Zachary LaVigne and Dr. Justin Lucia thanked supporters and gave a brief presentation about the effects of daily stressors on the human body and ways to combat those to become a healthier individual.

“We live in a very stressful society that is horrible for our health,” LaVigne said in a statement to Georgia Voice. “We want to inform our patients and their friends and families about how their life decisions may be affecting them.”

LaVigne and Lucia are no strangers to educating the community, having frequented local gyms and businesses teaching healthy lifestyle choices. They have also dedicated much of their time to creating informative articles and videos to share on their company’s blog and via social media.

“Our biggest accomplishment over the last three years would be the lives we have changed,” LaVigne said. “When a patient gets off the table and tears up because they are pain-free for the first time in years, well, that is why we became doctors.”

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