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Breaking the Ice

A chance to be creative can be the perfect introduction to the world of business ownership.

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This story appears in the May 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

They've worked with playboy, the Bellagio, Stardust and dozens of other companies coming to Las Vegas for parties and conventions. Since opening their Ice Magic franchise in December, Vickie McDermott and Kathy Gallivan have developed quite a client roster and, they hope, a reputation for creatively decorating events.

McDermott, 44, and Gallivan, 51, work with their clients and employees to design ice sculptures and select the perfect touches--everything from flowers to illuminated acrylic tables--to make each event special. "[The best part is] having people call us and say 'We're doing an event and want something unique,' and we're able to put on our creative caps and make it happen," Gallivan says. "Their dreams are realized through our creativity."

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