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I Ink, Therefore I Am

Full Circle Image image supply re-manufacturing franchise

This story appears in the October 2000 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

An eruption of ink, as furious as a Kuwaiti oil well, blasted onto the recycling marketplace in the early '90s. And Mike Bouquet, co-founder and vice president of Full Circle Image, was in the thick of it. Along with his partners, Bouquet, now 34, helped launch the image supply re-manufacturing franchise in 1991. Little did he know, they were tapping into a vast sea of toner gold.

The Rochester, Minnesota-based company originally marketed recycled ribbons, but field representatives soon learned there was a demand for imaging resources, complete with toner cartridges and fax and copier supplies. "We help [businesses] deal with supplies in an environmentally friendly way," Bouquet says, "we help them save money."

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