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Full Circle Image image supply re-manufacturing franchise

By Alex Purugganan • Oct 1, 2000

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

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

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