Edith Barillas, Minuteman Press
Ms. Edith Barillas was working at an insurance company when she began thinking about owning a business. I always wanted to be my own boss and have financial independence. It took me almost a year to look and decide what type of business I was getting into.
It so happened that a Minuteman Press franchise was up for sale in Mamaroneck NY. She wanted to get into the printing business. After running the numbers with the previous owner sometime in June 2010, she then attended the franchise school at the Minuteman headquarters in the Long Island area. After completing the training program she came back and took over the business. The purchase of the business was financed with Edith’s own savings. As a smart business owner she kept the previous owner on for a while to help her to build the customer base and learn how to operate the business and all of the equipment.
Ms. Barillas then decided that it was time to upgrade the business and the equipment so she hired a graphic designer who is to this day working with her. As time goes by she tries to keep up to date with the new technology in the printing business and all of the changes. Despite the changes, her business is still running after 5 years. One reason for wanting to stay in business is that there are other businesses that depend on what her business does. She can now say she is running a full service print shop. In addition, the services do not stop at printing and designs. They also include the business of developing marketing plans for customers. This is a good way for her business to stay competitive in the industry. As much as there are some things that Ms. Barillas feels she could have been done differently, she is still is thankful for her success thus far.
Ms. Barillas had the full support from family and friends when she started the business. In particular support came from her husband, a graphic designer, and from the franchise support office.
Ms. Barillas had the opportunity to be a part of the WEDC family by attending the comprehensive 60+ hour business training program where she learned to market her business and networking skills, both of which have helped her grow her business. She is working on becoming certified as an M/WBE by New York State. Ms. Barillas is doing this with the assistance of WEDC staff.