Jackson printer shop owner named Small Business Person of the Year

JACKSON, MI – Joe Sharpe has been highly active throughout the Jackson community, personally and with his business Printer Source Plus.

Sharpe is the 2022 winner for the Small Business Person of the Year award through the Jackson County Chambers of Commerce. He received the award because his business was innovative in its implementation of services, products and programs, according to the chamber.

“It’s pretty amazing,” he said. “Thirteen years ago, when I quit drinking and doing drugs, I could not imagine winning these awards.”

He first started his business with his mother back in 2006, where they both had a goal of offering cheaper and more sustainable solutions to refilling ink and toner. They later expanded their inventory, including printers and scanners, he said.

Then in 2018, he bought the business from his parents, giving him full ownership of Printer Source Plus and switched it to an Epson-level dealer, hoping to provide an even more sustainable option to the community, he said.

“I felt like Epson fell into my business model,” Sharpe said.

While other small businesses suffered through the pandemic, Printer Source Plus thrived, he said.

“It’s the sustainable product, we just started getting the word out there,” he said.

Along with their products, they even strived to “bring color back” to places such as schools or churches, he said. While offering Epson, he was able to lower the costs of color ink, he said. Many schools and churches took out color ink due to the cost to print it, but with lowered costs, it is hoped that color will be brought back, he said.

Sharpe believes kids learn better when books and papers are printed in color rather than in black and white, he said. So, it was important for his business to be able to offer that to children, he said.

Along with his business, Sharpe is also involved with other organizations in Jackson County.

Sharpe is also involved with the Mission of Hope Cancer fund, and the Isaiah’s Hub, a mentorship non-profit in Jackson. He likes to have an impact on teens in the area as they are at the age where they begin to feel peer pressure, he said. His own recovery journey made him want to help others, he said.

“I’m active in the recovery community and it’s dear to my heart,” he said.

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