A business in need of 'recognition'
Originally Published: September 24, 2009 10 p.m.
Q & A with Bea Stansky, owner of Awards Etc. at 8512 E. Highway 69. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. (928) 775-4268. www.awardsetconline.com.Q: What service you provide?A: "We're in the recognition business. We make plaques, trophies, etched glass and bronze memorials to recognize accomplishments from mostly people in our community."Q: How did you get into this business?A: "We started in 1993 when the town as like 12,000 people. We were a locksmith store and people were asking us if we do engraving."We kept saying no until we realized we should be saying yes. We went from renting 250 square feet to eventually owning the building that we're in."Q: What is the key to your business longevity?A: "The people here have been extremely loyal and friendly. I like getting creative with the jobs that I do. It's nice to wow people consistently and give good customer service."Q: What's the best business advice that you've received and given?A: "Do what you say you're going to do and do it on time."Q: How many hours a week do you work?A: "I'm here everyday. I work around 60 hours a week."Q: How are you handling the economy?A: "I don't stock as many things. I order when I need things. I started a wholesale business making jewelry holders to broaden my market share."Q: What is something unique about your business?A: "I think my equipment allows me to create all kinds of things."Q: What's something people don't know about you?A: "I went from nursing to this. I enjoy creating functional art in my free time."Q: If you could take a week away, what would you do?A: "I would love to see the jungles of Costa Rica and run through a water fall."