Owners: Amy Gibney and Jeanne Stubenrauch
It has been one year since Jean Stubenrauch and Amy Gibney, former employees of Mendo Litho became the owners. As long time employees, both Amy and Jean share a passion for printing. Gibney has specialized in customer service, pre-press, and digital production, and Stubenrauch excels in general management, bindery, and print production.
When their employers, Phil and Grace Sharples, decided that the time had come to retire from the business, Amy and Jean stepped up and decided to find a way to continue making a living doing what they love most. "Our customers and community rely on us for many things and it’s important that they can continue to count on us for their needs," commented Gibney. Having been there for 10 and 30 years respectively, Gibney and Stubenrauch know Mendo Litho inside and out, but since the concept of buying the business was daunting to them, they made West Company their first stop.
At West Company, Stubenrauch and Gibney took the "Building a Better Business" workshop series to boost their skills and knowledge and worked with Heather Gurewitz, the Mendocino Women's Business Center Director, on developing a plan. With Gurewitz, the two were able to look at the different options for how they could purchase the business, structure their deal, and work with each other under a partnership agreement. "Amy and Jean are very rare people. They have passion and drive for what they do, but they are also not afraid to dig into the details and work through the issues. They have both shown a lot of patience and perseverance in this process," said Gurewitz.
After months of work, Stubenrauch and Gibney, with the assistance of a lawyer, presented an offer which was excepted and signed on December 21, 2012, thus insuring a future for the business. "We are very pleased that Amy and Jeanne have purchased Mendo Litho. They know their jobs well and will be able to continue serving the community with high quality printing and copying services," commented Grace Sharples, whose husband Phil started Mendo Litho in 1972. "We want to express our gratitude to the community and local businesses for their support over the years," she added.
Under the new ownership, Mendo Litho has continued to offer digital print services including small press, photocopying, business cards, postcards, brochures, note cards, calendars, newsletters, booklets, letterhead and envelopes, along with other custom work. Stubenrauch and Gibney have continued to consult with West Company as they have continued to build and grow in 2013.
West Company is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.