Today it’s lean times financially for many small businesses, and for some it’s simply become just a great labor to remain profitable.
Jeanne Salisbury had met challenging times before. While raising five children, she apprenticed for 14 years at her sister-in-law’s printing business, Rapid Printing in North Providence.
It’s a laughing matter now, she recalls, but it was humbling at first, for Salisbury knew very little about printing and less about computers, never mind that she had never turned one on. Over time she grew enough in her trade to consider starting her own printing business.
She eventually did, purchasing a Minuteman Press franchise in Pawtucket. Then the recession hit hard in 2008. Through diminished returns, her enterprise struggled but survived. This year was worse. The end, despite her hopeful nature, appeared near. Rather
than closing doors, though, she called the Small Business Administration (SBA) in Providence for... Read More