David DennisDavid Dennis has always had an entrepreneurial vein.
He started printing T-shirts for fraternities and sororities while he was at the University of Central Arkansas; in fact, some of his inspiration to become a successful business owner came from his college roommate, Scottie Pippen.
It became a full-time business, and Dennis and some friends later built a 250-SF shop in his back yard. It leaked so much, Dennis was often running screen printing machines in several inches of water.
"You have to be persistent," Dennis says about business ownership. "It will cost you three times the effort than it seems like it's worth."
Now, the 29-year-old Dennis is moving into his third shop, but this one is a 16,000-SF building. His expanded plant has the capacity to screen print 20,000-25,000 garments a day. He has equipment to print signs, decals and posters and embroider garments.
"To my knowledge, this is the largest African American-owned printing shop in the United States," Dennis says.
Dennis' wife, Toni, is finishing medical school. The couple has a son, Anthony.
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