What started out as two friends known as the “mac pack” has grown to Elite Dynasty Enterprises, the new management team at the Copy Corner located at 1102 S. Adams St., Suite 12.
Elite Dynasty Enterprise founders, Clifford Moore and Greg Salter joined forces with Grass Root Investment Group to acquire ownership of the Copy Corner.
GRIG is an investment and mentoring group consisting of numerous FAMU graduates.
Established in 1986 by Ann Hooper, a French professor, the Copy Corner is a full-service copy center that offers black and white and color copies, laminating and binding.
After Hooper’s untimely death in March 2002, the business was sold to EDE. In August 2002, EDE partnered with GRIG who owns 49 percent of the business, and also serves as the company’s strategic planning adviser.
Childhood friends, Moore and Salter, both 22-year old seniors from Fort Pierce, said the new management means “taking the Copy Corner to a new level.”
Since acquiring the Copy Corner, Moore, a business student and Salter, a sociology student have painted the space, added new lights and blinds, purchased new computers, printers and copiers, hired new employees and extended the hours of operation.
“Customers come in and do a double-take because they can’t believe the changes that have been made,” Moore said.
The management team has also launched a Web site, www.copycorner.net that allows customers to place orders online.
In addition to renovations and upgrading the quality of service, the Copy Corner also expanded its range of services. The establishment now provides graphic design and was responsible for posters and flyers used in this year’s student elections.
They also design and create graduation and wedding announcements, letterheads and business cards.
“We are currently running a 15 percent discount off all graduation announcements whether they are in-house or sent out,” Moore said. “We are very competitive even with our regular prices.”
“You will end up coming out much cheaper than everybody else,” he said.
Jerron Johnson, an employee and business student from St. Louis, said the changes make his job a lot easier.
“We would do programs for churches and used to have to fold each and every one of them,” the 22-year-old senior said. “Now, we have copiers that do it for you.”
Moore and Salter are optimistic about the future and hope to expand the business to Orlando.
Moore said the success is a dream come true.
“My partner and I did not come from wealthy backgrounds, but with the help from the man upstairs and a strong support system we were able to make our dreams to own a business become our reality.”
Tracy D. Wright can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.