The Frederick News-Post invites new storefront business owners in Frederick County to share some details about their venture. Open for Business is a chance to find out more about what’s new in your neighborhood.
SpeedPro Imaging recently opened in Frederick. Owner Wil Graham talked to The Frederick News-Post about the new store at 8430 Spires Way, Suite J, in Frederick.
Briefly describe the services you offer
SpeedPro Imaging specializes in wide-format printing, including wall murals, event graphics, trade show displays, vehicle wraps and window graphics. In addition to providing such graphics to local and national businesses, the company also caters to sign shops and printers on a wholesale basis.
What made you want to open this business?
My thirst for doing something creative, rewarding and exciting. As a school promoter, I was always involved with messaging and public image. Much of my time was spent creating and publishing promotional materials. After retiring, I wanted to pursue a business that was a fit for my lifestyle, complimented my prior executive experience, and offered the opportunity to interact with individuals at a consultative level. SpeedPro Imaging offers a rewarding opportunity to feel self-fulfilled and enterprise all at the same time.
What do you think is the most interesting request SpeedPro has produced since opening?
My most interesting piece was a 1962 Corvette vehicle wrap. I did it for Team Marie, as a sponsor to the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This project was a rewarding way to give back to the community, while also increasing my knowledge about a debilitating illness.
What is your favorite part about owning a business?
Knowing that I am doing this for myself is very rewarding. While I am used to success in results-oriented environments, the idea of being the boss and setting my own pace is a new treat. It is also gratifying that I can continue to help others become successful by giving them marketing solutions that they might not have thought of before. Our SpeedPro studio may be an extension of any company’s marketing and development office. I am used to working under someone else, and now at the end of the day, when I close the studio, I walk away with a strong sense of pride in the remarkable work that I do for my community.
What is unique about it?
The camaraderie and nature of the business — there is a sense of community and support among the other SpeedPro franchise owners. Every step of the way, I am greeted with assistance, advice and challenges aimed at improving my game and connection to the system of owners.
The schedules are not as predictable. I am getting used to customers requiring items with tight deadlines. Sometimes there is an exciting rush that goes with it, knowing, for instance, that you are meeting the goal of the client.
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