Business Factory up for sale, after 32 years on the job

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

After 32 years in business – almost to the day – The Business Factory in Slave Lake is up for sale. Founder and owner Joyce Robinson says she’s ready to retire, and put the business and the building its in on the market in late January.

“It’s the building and the business,” she says. “Or just the business and lease the building.”

What isn’t being offered is the building without the business.

The Business Factory was launched on Feb. 1, 1992 in one of the spaces in the Potpourri Mall. Back then, Robinson says, it mainly offered secretarial and bookkeeping services. Over the years it added printing and promotional services, among others.

Fourteen years after starting, the business took over the Main St. space it has occupied ever since. Besides the owner, it employs four full-time people and one on a casual basis.

Robinson is hoping (no doubt her employees are too) that the new owner will keep the business going and stick with the team that’s in place.

“I would tell any eventual owner they would be crazy not to keep the four,” she says, calling them “fabulous staff. They pretty much run the place.”

No doubt lots of customers are hoping for something similar. One of them is Harry Bartlett, of the Rotary Club.

“It was such a pleasure to go in there and do business with them. They always printed tickets for me, and would sell a few books, without me ever asking them to.” About Robinson herself, Bartlett says: “Strong leadership, great sense of humour. It’s going to be a big loss.”

Local businessman and former mayor Tyler Warman says he has been a Business Factory customer for many years.

“Always loved the diversity of the services they offered. (They) could help with a lot of our business needs, but still had a small town feel from what felt like a family operation that gave you outstanding service.”

Business owner Kim Hughes is another long-term customer of Business Factory services and says she hopes it continues under new ownership. Robinson has been “a huge community supporter,” she says. “I’m sad to see her go, but happy for her retirement!”

Anyone interested in buying The Business Factory, “call Royal LePage,” Robinson says.

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