OSWEGO, NY – Ever since she was a little girl, Megan Pecora always wanted to have her own business.
“I’ve always wanted to be my own boss and work for myself. I was drawn to the feeling of self-accomplishment that comes with owning your own business and being able to do what I felt was best,” she told Oswego County Today. “I wasn’t always sure what kind of business I wanted to open, but I saved all my money since I started working at 16 to help get the process going.”
Her dream came true as she recently opened Port City Blueprint on West First Street in Oswego.
Pecora has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and she has worked as a manager “so I could attain the skills that would help me pursue my mission.”
The idea for opening a copy shop came much later though, she said.
“It wasn’t until I began working in the copy and print center in Staples that I thought of opening my own copy shop. I loved everything about copy and print, it was the best job I ever had. It was very hands-on and allowed my creative side to come out and assist customers to make a great final product,” she said.
With her copy shop, she wants to focus on large format copy and print – that’s why she named it Port City Blueprint.
“I wanted to let everyone know that I specialize in printing engineering drawings. There are not many locations for our contractors, engineers, and architects to get their drawings printed in the area. There is still Staples, of course. However, they do not compensate their needs well and only offer black and white for drawings,” Pecora explained. “I wanted to fulfill what they were lacking; so, I am offering discounted color drawings as many more people are utilizing AutoCAD software and recognize color is extremely beneficial, offering cheaper black and white drawings, and provide different types of media like vellum. I also have a wide format color scanner so I can scan to file or copy any changes that may have been made in pens and markers. It is a high resolution scanner so I can scan in large photos as well.”
Drawings are her specialty. However, she is also working on providing all of the services that a typical copy shop would.
“I can do posters, photo enlargements, flyers, handbills, booklets, business cards, letterhead, banners, brochures, etc.; and will be adding laminating and binding soon,” she said. “I even have a partnership with another company to provide promotional products. My goal is to provide my customers with a great product at an equally as great price.”
For example, Pecora said she can produce 1,000 double-sided color business cards on glossy stock for $45, which is about $30 less than someone would get on one of those sites like Vistaprint.
Port City Blueprint is located at 161 W. First St., Oswego, right in front of the Coffee Connection on Water Street.
She is currently open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
“I also work a part-time job in the evening to take care of personal expenses while the business is getting up and running,” Pecora added. “I don’t have any employees yet.”
For more information, call 216-6163 or visit www.portcityblueprint.com