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|Kardon Group focuses on IT needs, community support|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00|
When lesbian partners Donna Grindle and Karla Kreitner decided to start a business together, they combined their names to make their mark and Kardon Group LLC was founded in 1999. Kardon Group is the parent company that includes two divisions: Kardon Technology and Kardon Events.
Grindle and Kreitner held a launch party for Kardon Technology in September. Kardon Technology was formed to provide technology assistance for small businesses in Atlanta and the Southeast.
Kardon Events, formed in 2006, helps plan customer appreciation events and can be seen planning numerous gay Atlanta networking events as well.
Kreitner and Grindle, together as life partners for almost 20 years, met while working at another company.
“So we already had the working together worked out,” Grindle says.
Grindle got her degree in computer science and, as Kreitner states, is able to simplify computer jargon so people can understand it.
Kardon Technology was started as an extension of Kardon Group, and caters to local businesses in various industries. Kreitner, who has experience planning events, heads up Kardon Events that includes planning parties and catering events.
Grindle said she used to work for a major computer company, but after being told to tell customers one thing and stockholders another, she decided to quit because she said she couldn’t continue to work and keep her integrity.
But when old customers started calling for computer help — software training, help with computer upgrades, computer programming — she decide to make it on her own with Kreitner.
“We’ve reached a point where we schedule meetings every Friday morning to discuss what needs to happen in our personal lives and with the three businesses,” Grindle says.
“We’re really comfortable with each other so it’s very easy and I never doubt my partner because we’re so comfortable with each other.”
Top photo: Karla Kreitner and Donna Grindle are partners in life and business. (via Facebook)
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