Small Business Week takes place April 30 – May 6, and Paychex is proud to celebrate small companies by sharing stories of success and inspiration.
What does being a small business mean to the leaders of E.B. Endres Inc., a third-generation cabinet-making firm in Huntingdon, Pa.?
“It’s our life, our identity, and has shaped us into who we are,” says Cindy Shontz, the company’s controller. “Like most small businesses, the owners and many of our employees have the responsibility and opportunity to be involved in the business from bottom up. This gives us the advantage and privilege of being in touch with our customers and employees on a personal level. We are deeply committed to the continued growth of our company for the benefit of our employees, customers, and communities.” Many of the firm’s 30 workers have been with the company more than a decade.
E.B. Endres opened in 1928 as a local lumber mill. Today, it’s a commercial manufacturer of custom-made cabinets and countertops for convenience stores, medical and educational facilities, and restaurants all over the eastern United States. Additionally, the business has a residential division that provides remodeling services to furnish customized residential kitchens and bathroom in the local area.
Shontz expresses pride in E.B. Endres’ contribution to the local economy. “Over our long history we have experienced downturns in the economy, and know how directly a poor economy impacts not only our company’s financial security, but that of our employees. We appreciate a strong economy, but don’t take it for granted. It’s rewarding to contribute to the health of the economy, and it’s a responsibility we take seriously every day.”
E.B Endres’ leaders plan to celebrate Small Business Week during its monthly Thank-You Thursday luncheon for staff. “We will pay special tribute to our employees and Small Business Week by hanging photo boards and banners, as well as speaking to our employees about Small Business Week and the important role they each play in our success,” Shontz says.