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Kardon Group focuses on IT needs, community support

Partners Donna Grindle and Karla Kreitner own and operate Kardon Group

When lesbian partners Donna Grindle and Karla Kreitner decided to start a business together, they combined their names to make their mark and Kardon Group LLC was founded in 1999. Kardon Group is the parent company that includes two divisions: Kardon Technology and Kardon Events.

Grindle and Kreitner held a launch party for Kardon Technology in September. Kardon Technology was formed to provide technology assistance for small businesses in Atlanta and the Southeast.

Kardon Events, formed in 2006, helps plan customer appreciation events and can be seen planning numerous gay Atlanta networking events as well.

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GA Spotlight: Someone Cares, Inc.

Someone Cares Inc. of Atlanta is an HIV/AIDS organization that includes a specific mission of helping and advocating for transgender people. Known as R.E.A.L./T (Reaching, Educating, Assisting and Liberating Transgender), the program, just one aspect of Someone Cares, works to provide education, employment opportunities and also HIV/AIDS education and prevention to transgender individuals.

The organization, located in Marietta, helps transgender people find affordable housing and offers physical and mental health services to those who need it.

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Business Spotlight: Brushstrokes

This year marks a milestone for Brushstrokes, the Atlanta gay variety store that has become the city’s go-to source for Pride items, gifts and many other products.

“Mark Jackson opened the first Atlanta location on Dec. 1, 1989. So this year will be our 21st anniversary,” says Tom Schloeder, who met Jackson in 1992 and has been running the business with him ever since. “Twenty-one years is a monumental occasion for most people and we’re really excited about achieving this milestone.”

Brushstrokes’ first store was only 400 square feet, located on North Highland. Its current location in Ansley Square totals 4,200 square feet. But then, as now, Brushstrokes was dedicated to supporting the LGBT community.