Owner’s Investment: $20,000
A childhood dream has become a reality for Megan Pecora, owner of Port City Blueprint in Oswego.
Since the age 16 Pecora has been saving her money from part-time jobs to open her own business, but never knew what kind of business it would be. She had been working through college at the Staples copy and print center when she realized her love for printing. After graduating from SUNY Oswego last year with a degree in business, Pecora made strides toward opening her own blueprint business.
“I was going to go to yoga school to become a yoga instructor and massage therapist. But I thought ‘I really like printing.’ There are a couple printers in the area, but they don’t specialize in wide format, so there is a niche in there and I am trying to fill it,” Pecora said.
Port City Blueprint opened for business June 4 and is already servicing customers. Pecora said her wide format color printer is something no one else in the area offers. When she noticed engineers and contractors doing business with Staples who desired color blueprints at an affordable price, Pecora thought it was something she could offer that the corporation could not.
“Line drawings are very affordable to print, so I have a machine that offers lower priced, better quality line drawing prints that does color. I also have a wide-format color scanner, which is very rare apparently. No one in this area is offering it,” said Pecora.
She said people often have to travel to Syracuse to get blueprints printed, and there is nothing in the area for when they need to make changes or last-minute prints. Pecora said that is something that sets her apart.
Once she had the idea, Pecora wrote her business plan and worked closely with the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Oswego. She had to do extensive research on machinery to find one that would suit her needs. Pecora drew $6,000-$7,000 from her savings to get the business up and running.
Currently Pecora is running the company on her own as Port City Blueprint’s sole employee. She sees the business as her own project, and hopes to see it grow and sustain itself after the first year. For within the first year her goal is simply to break even, she said.
Her plan to do so is to have patience, Pecora said, as well as planning ahead. “You definitely have to think and be prepared six or seven steps ahead of where you are now.”
Business is slowly picking up, which Pecora said is expected. She said she plans to advertise more and service the followers she does have.
In August, the business moved from its original location at the Oswego Business Expansion Center (185 E. Seneca St.) to a more central location at 161 W. First St.