An interview with Jerry Rushing
Q: Describe your business. What do you do?
A: AEC Technology supports local architects, engineers and contractors by providing cost effective large format document solutions.
Q: What made you start your business?
A: In our tough economic times and especially with the hit we took on the housing market, building and general construction is at an all-time low and is very difficult for contractors to survive. I wanted to find a solution to help support our local AEC businesses by providing lower priced equipment, service and support. Our goal would be to not only help our customers survive these tough times but also help grow their businesses with new projects.
Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business?
A: The most difficult obstacle we've encountered is making those tough decisions with direction and management of the company.
Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business?
A: Our most enjoyable moments are when we find the perfect fit for a customer having a challenging time in the construction bidding process. It's very exciting for us when we know we've helped a company overcome an obstacle and get to the next level of their business.
Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: There was a time that I realized I would probably want to become a small-business owner, but my first memory was wanting to become an airline pilot (maybe why I'm still reaching for the sky now).
Q: What keeps you up at night?
A: I'm continuously thinking of how we can invent new solutions that might help our customers save time, money or both. As our customers grow and prosper so do we.
Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be?
A: Don't be afraid to take risks! Hard work + Risks = Success
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Address: 131C Flinn St. Batavia, IL 60510
Owner: Jerry Rushing
Year business started: 2005
Web address: www.aectec.com