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Miles of Smiles

Bringing on-site dental care to casino employees was this entrepreneur's jackpot idea.

This story appears in the June 2006 issue of Start Up.

What: On-site, mobile dental services for casino employees

Who: Chris Davenport of Casino Direct Health Services

Where: Las Vegas

When: Started in April 2000

Dental hygienist and budding entrepreneur Chris Davenport wanted to make visiting the dentist convenient for busy casino workers. After partnering with a dentist (hygienists can't own health practices under Nevada law), Davenport, 35, started Casino Direct Health Services and developed a 40-foot dental office on wheels for $350,000. He saw his first patients at the Primadonna Resorts, now owned by MGM Grand.

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