October 2012 marks a significant milestone for business owners Josh and Stefanie Bevans of Steamroller Copies as they celebrate 20 successful years in business.
Steamroller Copies began as a retail and printing shop in St. George, owned by Josh’s mom and operated by several family members. Today the business includes three retail stores located through-out southwestern Utah, and has expanded to include their sister company Design To Print—a national manufacturer and wholesale distributor for billboards, large graphics, and more. The two businesses provide employment to more than 70 residents in the region who fulfill roles as sales, design, marketing or web professionals.
“Steamroller Copies and Design To Print are cutting edge businesses for both our region and the global market,” says Len Erickson, Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in St. George. “They offer high quality printing and design, and have picked up some amazing contracts.” In 2002, Josh and Stefanie won a contract to create large banners for the Salt Lake City Olympic Games, and have since created large billboards for several Las Vegas businesses, and are currently working on a project for downtown Manhattan.
After being awarded the bid to produce banners for the Olympic Games, Design To Print invested in a large project printer. “The bid gave us the confidence to make an investment that would enable us to grow,” says Stefanie. Design to Print has since produced grand format printing projects for billboards and cityscape’s throughout the U.S. In addition to large-scale print projects, the business has a network of 3000 distributors throughout the U.S. that sell their products.
“Our business is printing, but we don’t view ourselves as printers,” says Josh. “We view ourselves as marketing partners. Our goal is to help companies make money. Our motto is: Help companies succeed—if they succeed then we succeed.”
One of the most significant challenges that the Bevans have faced as business owners was learning how to cope with the economic turn. “In 2008, when everything fell apart we experienced a real kick in our revenue,” says Josh. “We turned to the SBDC for some help and they are the reason we are still here.”
To address some financial concerns, Erickson helped the Bevans conduct a strategic and SWOT analysis with their employees. Erickson also helped the Bevans secure a government contract, which has opened their eyes to more business opportunities.
“Josh and Stefanie are model business owners—they are not only very good at what they do, but are also very involved in the community,” says Erickson. Josh has been the President of the St. George Chamber of Commerce, and is a board member for Washington County Schools, among other civic engagements. Stefanie is the Chair of the St. George Art Museum, is involved in Habitat for Humanity, and was recently appointed as a board member for the Governors Office of Economic Development.
“The Bevans are always willing to help out in the community, they are smart, make good decisions, and have the guts to make things happen,” says Erickson. The Small Business Development Center at Dixie State College congratulates the Bevans on their 20 years of success.