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Life & Work with Bart Cumberland

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bart Cumberland. 

Bart, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started out 11 years ago when I was 23. I had just lost my job working as a forklift operator at a distribution center. I had always been somewhat of an entrepreneur, even when I was younger, I would sell items on eBay so when I became unemployed, I went back to that. I ended up linking up with a wholesale company and started selling sunglasses from a folding table at Geneva on the Lake and made $300 in one weekend. Looking back that isn’t much but at the time that was a weekly check. I moved to a physical store the next year and we have been growing ever since. We now have 2 brick and mortar stores, employ 6 great individuals and have grown every year. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have definitely been challenges along the way, and I have had many ups and downs. The biggest struggle is relinquishing control and allowing others to take over different parts of the business. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
We are a retail and wholesale print shop. We specialize in custom-printed apparel, banners, and other goods. We have been able to grow and capture market share by focusing on an extremely fast turnaround time and top-notch customer service. 

We print for a lot of the schools, businesses, and clubs in our area. 

What does success mean to you?
Success to me is having the ability to give back to my community and help others when I can. There was a point in my life when I was in their shoes and I always try to remain humble. 

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