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Love Thine Enemy

Making friends with your rivals can help you grow--in life and in business.

By Nichole L. Torres • Mar 1, 2005

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In business, you'll likely have the chance to make bothfriends and enemies, much like in your personal life. But if giventhe chance to make a business enemy, can you choose to create anally instead? If you're like Lee Labrada, founder of Labrada Nutrition, amanufacturer of sports nutrition products and functional foods, youcan.

Labrada, 45, started his Houston-based company in 1996, andcreated a whole line of low-carb food products in 2003,trademarking the name CarbWatchers in the process. So he wassurprised to find a low-carb weight-loss center in New York Cityusing the same name while he was surfing on the internet oneday.

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