Copy and shipping business to grow towards need

<I>Andrew Wilkins/Chieftain</I><BR>Sharon Maslach (left) and Richelle Chitwood stand in front of Central Copy and Shipping, their new business at 108 S. River Street.

After running to three different places while finishing a copying and shipping task, Richelle Chitwood knew she had a great idea for a new business.

Set to open Nov. 1, Central Copy and Shipping will be a one-stop shop for business and creative solutions. At its 108 S. River Street location in Enterprise, the shop will offer color and black and white copying, UPS and FedEx shipping, shipping supplies, digital photograph printing, binding, lamination, computer terminals on a per-hour basis and notary services.

"We're interested in knowing what else we can do for the community," said co-owner Sharon Maslach. "We plan to grow based on what people want."

The new business will feature cutting-edge equipment, including a digital color copier that was unique to the county when it was recently purchaced. It also has a Kodak photograph printing machine able to produce lab-quality glossy prints from any camera's smart card.

Another time-saving service will allow customers to e-mail documents for printing - saving busy people from having to make two trips. Printing services are ready to go, Maslach said, but there's still work to be done on the interior of the shop.

Central Copy and Shipping can be reached by phone at 426-COPY (2679), or through e-mail at centralcopy@eoni.com. Printing jobs can be e-mailed to that address as well.

Even though computer and printing equipment isn't as expensive as it once was, Maslach said the ink and paper makes it twice as expensive to print at home than with them. People often don't have the expertise or latest programs to create a professional presentation, and the business can help with that, too.

Calenders, cookbooks, soft-bound school directories and all kinds of creativeendeavors can be completed at Central Copy and Shipping, Chitwood said. Their business is halfway between a print and copy shop, she said.

Co-owners Maslach and Chitwood have been friends for a while, but neither thought partnering ever worked out well so they kept their ventures separate. But the more they considered it, they realized Maslach's strong business background and Chitwood's creativity would compliment each other well in a business.

After seeing the need in the community, it took the long-time residents just six weeks to make the business happen.

"One of our favorite subjects to talk about is new business ideas," Chitwood said. "We've always been independent and think we are our own best boss. We also wanted to provide two new jobs in the county."

They plan to have opening specials, the first being a 50-cent color copy. Discounts will also be available for nonprofits.

They plan to be open later than 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to better service local businesses, she said. Reliable hours will also be a focus of the shop, Maslach said, because when people need to get things done a "be back in 30 minutes" sign just won't cut it.

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