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Better Than Ever

Mad Science looks back at their year in a Cinderella story after winning <i>Entrepreneur</i> and Xerox's 2004 office makeover contest.

This story appears in the September 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's been almost a year since Jack and Kathy Hamlett, owners of Mad Science of Scottsdale and northeast Phoenix, won Entrepreneur and Xerox's "Help! My Office is Obsolete!" Makeover Contest. If you recall, the children's science education franchisees received a completely redesigned office courtesy of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy designer Thom Filicia. On top of that, they got the latest and greatest in printers, monitors and other technology from Xerox and a set of new office furniture from The Hon Company. (Read the original article about the Hamlett's makeover) We caught up with the ever-busy Hamletts to see how their business life has changed since the big event.

Just like the kids they work with, Mad Science has spent a lot of time growing. They were in growth mode when Filicia and Xerox arrived, and show no signs of slowing down today. They expanded their territory by taking over the East Valley Mad Science franchisee's business earlier this year. That means adding as many as 40 new schools to their roster this fall. When we last talked to Mad Science, they had 16 employees working out of the three-room office. They've since added another office worker and nearly a dozen instructors--known as "mad scientists"--with even more set to come on board as the school year continues.

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