Every month throughout 2015, the Phelps Chamber of Commerce is shining the spotlight on a member to be honored as Woman Owned Business of the Month. For February, that special recognition is given to a local woman who has been helping other businesses stand out since for nearly 30 years.
In June of 1986, the entrepreneur side of Ann Sheppard saw a need for quality signs for local businesses, and dove right in when asked to paint signs for the Geneva Little League. This opportunity was a success, and 29 years later she has made the signs for many local clients including town and village departments as well as several agriculture and landscaping businesses.
Ann Sheppard Signs is well hidden in a shop behind her home, and Ann likes it that way. Surrounded by gardens and the (sometimes distracting) chirping of birds, it’s a very peaceful work environment that certainly beats an “office with a window.”
Though her workshop is low profile, Ann keeps busy based on word of mouth referrals, and she says this is a huge bonus to working in a small town. Most of her customers come from Phelps and Clifton Springs, and she’s never needed to advertise her services. She loves working at home, but she does not work alone…
Her loyal companions accompany her in the shop all day. Kippy is a small dog who is “stuck to her like a burdock” and Willis is an equally loyal and friendly German Shepard/Lab mix who dutifully notifies Ann of any visitors. She is also kept company by two cats, Cleo and Kahlua. Each of these pets chose her to adopt them, and they are all very close.
In addition to creating high quality, hand painted signage—Ann Sheppard Signs also specializes in hand painting letters onto boats. For more information about Ann Sheppard Signs, please call (315) 789-7833.
To learn more about the included benefits of a Phelps Chamber of Commerce membership, please visit PhelpsNY.com/chamber-of-commerce or call (315) 548-5481.