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by Midland Daily News
Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:54 PM EST
    A Michigan-based startup company, Bee Inspired, is creating some national buzz.

    The company, started last year by four Michigan women to motivate and inspire people, recently was featured on the FOX Business show "Your Questions Your Money."

Bee Inspired offers a collection of gift boxes filled with a year's worth of motivational quotations on rolled scrolls. The idea for the Bee Inspired inspirational box started with the handcrafted gifts Kristin Novak made for years. Novak spent hours selecting inspirational quotes to share with loved ones. She individually hand-rolled and tied each small scroll with raffia. Then she would place the special quotes in a custom-designed box.

    Novak, who lives with her husband and their two sons in Saginaw, partnered with Lansing area residents Sue Dickinson, Leigh Kraushaar and Marsa Truscott to develop her idea into a product that could be sold in stores.

    "It is the gift that keeps on giving," Novak said. "Every time you read a scroll you think of the loved one who gave you this beautiful, thoughtful gift."

    Bee Inspired donates a portion of the proceeds from signature gift box sales to the National Down Syndrome Society.

    The boxes can be found online at and are available at Silver and Beyond in East Lansing; The Silver Rabbit in Williamston and Seven Sisters Gallery in Morro Bay, Calif.

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