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Thursday, April 15, 2004 02:29 pm

Quick Takes 4-15-04

CHICKEN MAN

Springfield entrepreneur Goldman G. Burnes's newest product, Goldman's Gourmet Marinated Chicken Breast, hits area store shelves next week. The low-carb precooked chicken breasts -- which Burnes describes as "the ultimate in palatable delight" -- join a family of products that includes his popular line of sauces.

Cub Foods will be the first here to carry the chicken breasts, starting April 22. Burnes says it took three years to get the chicken to market. "No one knows what it takes to see a product through," he says. "It's a tough thing." Goldman's Gourmet, which employs 10 locally, also plans to introduce a wing sauce and beer-and-brats mustard. And the company's busily working on other precooked entrées.

The youngest son in a family of 18 kids, Burnes launched his company in 1995, and within a few years, he was recognized by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce as Minority Small Business Owner of the Year. A few business setbacks followed, but Burnes, 48, says he never lost confidence. It was a matter of getting the right people aboard. "What makes the difference now in my business is I have professional people here with me," he says.

EAT AND MEET

While we're on the subject of Cub Foods, the store at 2833 South Grand Ave. E. hosts a cook-out to benefit Team Unity from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.

Team Unity is the youth council of Unity for Our Community. Rib eyes, bratwursts, butterfly pork chop sandwiches will be sold. Deputy registrars will be present to register voters.

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