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1 4 G R A P H I C S P R O A P R I L 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M actually want, which is not always the same as what they request." In do- ing so, the team is able to achieve the best possible result, whether that's a more cost-eective option or reliable choice. Being a woman-owned business also helps them stand out. "Chase Street A&E is currently in the process of compiling all the paperwork to ap- ply for Women's Business Enterprise National Council ( WBENC)," Shana states. "ere hasn't been concrete, measurable evidence of any eects of being a woman-owned business, but it does seem like other women-owned businesses tend to be more excited about working with Chase Street A&E than similar competitor busi- nesses." She also mentions that this opens up more doors to work with other organizations, which propels opportunities for networking and mutual support. STANDING OUT Like most businesses, things hit an uncertain wall when the COVID-19 pandemic hit hard in 2020. Luckily for Chase Street A&E, they already had an online store in place, so when stay-at-home orders went into place, business didn't come to a screech- ing halt. "Thanks to Maryland's COV ID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, Chase Street A&E was able to pur- chase remote-work equipment and software for all its sta and to this date has not reduced hours or pay," Shana states. Chris and Shana Beach, co-owners of Chase Street Accesso- ries & Engraving, have shown remarkable resiliency in the face of adversity. Like many businesses in the graphics industry, Chase Street A&E was able to leverage its equipment to produce PPE, which helped the company survive through the COVID-19 challenges.

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