On November 16, Greenville's first ever Shark Tank Competition will be held at the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center. Three local entrepreneurs will compete for a $1,000 business grant and personal business coaching. The event is free and open to the public, but sign up here to let us know you're coming!
This week, we will be introducing our three contestants to you.
Who are you and what is your business?
My name is Willie L. Benjamin, I have been in the Printing Business for 34 years. I have printed on everything from cups, envelopes, boxes, paper bags, and all kinds of paper product.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
In 5 years Printing Opportunity will be a full service provider for the community. My customers will be able to place orders to my company online and via catalogs.Printing Opportunity will also have 3 store front location; Greenville, Atlanta and North Carolina.
What's the hardest part about running your own business?
The hardest part about running my business is meeting the demands with the equipment I currently have. I have many customers who learn about me by word of mouth. Unfortunately I have to turn business away. Often the size of the request is greater than what I can support. It is difficult to not be able to help all of my customers. Additional financial resources will help me purchase better equipment so that I could provide quality service at a greater value and time.
If your could have one super power what would it be and why?
My super power would be the ability to see into the future. With that power I could prepare for challenges ahead and foresee the needs of others and would be able to see their perspective and refer my resources to help them.
How would you describe yourself in 6 words?