Owner Of Ink-Refilling Franchise Honored

Colorado Springs Gazette:

Amy Scheller didn’t always have ink in her veins. With a bachelor’s degree in accounting, she worked as a financial adviser for five years in Colorado Springs after her husband was transferred here in 2000.

But when Scheller decided to become a business owner, she read in the Wall Street Journal about Cartridge World, which refills and remanufactures ink and toner cartridges for printers, copiers and fax machines. The company says it saves money for businesses and home users who don’t have to buy new cartridges, while reducing the number of cartridges dumped into landfills.

Impressed with the company’s business plan, Scheller became a franchisee and opened Cartridge World Briargate in 2005. In May, it ranked No. 55 among 650 Cartridge World stores nationwide in sales, and was the top Colorado franchisee, according to Cartridge World’s corporate headquarters in California.

Scheller was named Colorado Springs’ Small Business Person of the Year on Thursday during a luncheon sponsored by the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center. About 200 people attended the luncheon at the Antlers Hilton hotel downtown.

The award has been presented annually since 1981, and finalists are judged on staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales, innovation and community contributions, among other criteria.

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