John Bethell is an excellent example of a Veteran entrepreneur who has designed, planned, and implemented his company through bootstrapping, developing relationships and self-discipline. This is the Piedmont Print & Frame success story!
John attended Boots to Business at Naval Base San Diego in January 2020. He served as a Chaplain stationed at Marine Corp Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA.
John transitioned out of the military in January 2021 and utilized his last year of service to launch a letterpress printing business in Laconia, New Hampshire. Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper.
While focusing his efforts on launching and finding an ideal location for his business, John was approached by a local merchant who was interested in selling his frame shop in Laconia. John purchased the print shop and worked very closely with our consultant(s) at the SoCal VBOC and with several network providers EDC (Economic Development Center), SBDC (Small Business Development Center), Chambers of Commerce, SBA (Small Business Administration)) located on both the West Coast and the East Coast.
At Piedmont Print & Frame, John’s main products include business cards, invitations and stationery in addition to art framing, canvas stretching and frame repair.
John’s vision of launching a company that hires, trains and works with Veterans is admirable. The shop is an approved partner with the SkillBridge program — an apprenticeship program for Veterans that will be funded in part by the VA.
In addition, he is very focused on connecting with his local community and actively participating in economic development efforts in collaboration with the Main Street Program, Chamber, and EDC.