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Making home work
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Times photo: Tere Dunlap Monroe resident Kim Dobbins, left, features products from her new home-based business, Tomboy Tools, in the show room of Monroe Engraving, Inc. on County FF, owned by her mother, Kari Fernstaedt, right.
MONROE - Almost half (49 percent) of the nation's businesses are operated from home, according to a September 2006 U.S. Census Bureau report on characteristics of businesses and business owners.Kari Fernstaedt, Monroe, said her 14-year-old at-home business, Monroe Engraving Inc. on County FF, had its best sales ever in June of this year. That should be encouraging for two area women with new, unique at-home businesses.

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