Awards & Engraving

August '17

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26 • A&E AUGUST 2017 O n a typical day, the folks at Ambees Engraving Inc. can be found working on a variety of projects: engraving on executive watches or iPads or working on more traditional trophies. But the small fam- ily-run shop located in Westchester, Illinois, views the business as anything but typical. "Every day is full of excitement because we learn something new from ever y project," says owner Zoeb Mithaiwala. Working alongside his wife Farzana, and two children who step in when needed, Hussain and Fatema, Zoeb loves the charms of running a family business. "We are just two employees, but our kids are always there to help us in time of overload," he laughs. "Either it's a fast season or slow business time of the year; we are always together to share both profit and loss." FAMILY DYNAMICS The family wasn't always in the awards and engraving business. In fact, Ambees got its start in 1986 when founder Hatim Simba started a side business with a New Hermes pantograph to make name badges for nursing schools and restaurants. But as business began to boom, he invested in it full-time and bought a storefront in 1990. Zoeb Mithaiwala and family moved to It's All About Family at Ambees Engraving Inc. Family business embraces working together By Cassie Green SHOP PROFILE ALL IMAGES COURTESY AMBEES ENGRAVING INC. Pictured left to right are Hussain, Farzana, Zoeb, and Fatema Mithaiwala. The children play the role of family support at the business, helping their parents out with various jobs.

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