Congrats again, Chris! Mark Hayward, district director of the Small Business Administration (left) and Christopher Sanford, owner of PuroClean Disaster Restoration Services,
Congrats Chris Sanford!
From left, members of the PuroClean staff: Olivia Lariviere, Richard Minogue, Raquel Pereyra, Alda Hernandez, and Chris Sanford, owner.
Christopher Sanford, local PuroClean Disaster Restoration Services owner and Navy reservist, deployed to Uganda in 2011 for 18 months, returning to a 61 percent sales dip he strove to reverse, earning the U.S. Small Business Association’s 2019 New England Veteran Small Business Owner award.
As Sanford helped train Ugandan soldiers during Operation Noble Eagle as liaison for the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa in Djibouti to the US Embassy in Kampala and to the Ugandan Peoples’ Defense Force (UPDF), he realized he couldn’t effectively moonlight his company.
“I naively thought I could complete my Navy job during the day and work on PuroClean at night, but that idea quickly faded away. My team back home did the best they could but without me present to drive sales, our volume fell off significantly,” Sanford said.
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