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Bluemercury founder taking neighborhood approach to luxury beauty, spa service sales

CHICAGO – When Barry and Marla Beck launched Bluemercury in 1999 as an upscale, neighborhood alternative to the department store beauty-buying experience, they had to convince brands and investors to sell beauty outside the mall. Even their company's name – a combination of Marla's favorite color and ancient Roman messenger god Mercury, a nod to their focus on giving customers quality beauty information and advice – wasn't an immediate hit.

National & International

Your Office Coach: Worker loses mother and job

Q: I have apparently been fired because I took time off to help my dying mother. For seven years, I was employed by a physician who frequently praised my work. Six months ago, when my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, "Dr. Parker" approved my taking an unpaid leave of absence to care for her.

National & International

Early lessons from tough bosses took Kate Duchene into the problem-solving business

LOS ANGELES – Since December, Kate W. Duchene has been chief executive of Resources Connection Inc., parent of RGP, a 3,300-employee company with 67 offices around the world. RPG is part temp agency – for professionals that businesses can't afford to keep on staff full time – and part expert resource. Duchene said the Irvine company, formerly called Resources Global Professionals, can quickly assemble a team of several dozen, if necessary, to help with matters such as mergers, implementing a new business strategy, retrenching and learning to comply with new regulations.

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