Congrats Chris Sanford! From left, members of the PuroClean staff: Olivia Lariviere, Richard Minogue, Raquel Pereyra, Alda Hernandez, and Chris
Congrats again, Chris!
Mark Hayward, district director of the Small Business Administration (left) and Christopher Sanford, owner of PuroClean Disaster Restoration Services, talk about the business as Wendell G. Davis, SBA regional administrator, looks on.
As Christopher Sanford tells the story, after earning a B.A. in economics at the College of the Holy Cross, serving seven years on active duty as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer and earning an MBA from the University of Rhode Island, he wanted to run his own business. He didn’t know where to start and spoke with one of his URI professors, who suggested he consider acquiring a franchise.
But what franchise from among hundreds of franchises? Again, the professor was of help, narrowing his recommendations to fewer than 20.
Until that point, Sanford had never heard of PuroClean Disaster Restoration Services. That was more than 11 years ago. Today, having just completed his fourth expansion and moving to a location on Hathaway Street in Providence on the Cranston line, Sanford has a staff of 16 and foresees continued growth.
Sanford told his story April 23 to Mark Hayward, district director of the Small Business Administration, and Wendell G. Davis, SBA regional administrator, as the pair visited to learn about his business. There was more to their visit, as they congratulated him on being selected both the Rhode Island and New England Veteran Owned Small Business for 2019.
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