Commonwealth Press, a small, unionized screen printer based in Pittsburgh, PA, offers quality design and printing from a 20,000 square foot warehouse, and has a separate retail shop that sells its merchandise. As the company grew from his basement to its current home, owner Dan Rugh wanted to feel more in control of his business, its growth and the direction it was headed.
Dan got to know George Dearing, owner of marketing services agency, Water Street, when the two worked together in Virginia. After he moved to Pittsburgh, they kept in touch and eventually, he learned that along with other services, George also offered coaching to her clients. When he found this out, it was a no-brainer for him.
“I knew George was incredibly smart and very good at business. Plus, I had worked with her before, so I was completely comfortable opening up to her,” Dan said. “It worked out well because I knew I needed help, but I wasn’t quite sure where or how. George not only helped me see that, but she also provided the guidance I was after.”
They established regular, hour-long monthly phone meetings although they oftentimes ran over.