By John Lee.
The large format banner printer was the last piece of equipment to arrive, completing the first round of printer purchases for the Karbala Printing and Marketing Service Center, culminating many months of planning and hard work by the staff of the Karbala Business Development Center (KBDC).
Thanks to funding from the KBDC and a Performance Grant from the USAID Tijara Provincial Economic Growth program, customers from private businesses, universities, government and individuals can find design and printing services in Karbala for their business cards, menus, flyers, reports and banners without having to leave the city.
Ahmed Addulabbas Al-Waili, Executive Director of the KBDC formally opened the Center on 12 July with customers, staff of the KBDC and executives from the Karbala Provincial Council, Chamber of Commerce, Iraqi Businessmen’s Union and local NGOs in attendance.
Director Al-Walili said:
“The Printing and Marketing Service Center compliments our other consulting and training services for government and private business. We have a great design and production staff who will help develop marketing and advertising programs for our clients and do the printing here. It is a great addition to the Business Center!”
The Center has black and white and color printers which are used for many jobs from reports and business plans to business cards and menus. The large format printer produces vinyl banners and signs for use by businesses in retail stores, universities for backdrops for ceremonies, political parties for campaigning, trade shows and cultural events.
The staff of the Center will advise businesses on how advertising can aid in reaching more customers and in increasing their sales. The revenue from the Printing and Advertising Center will further support the financial sustainability of the SBDC to assist local businesses in Karbala.