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Stride Inc

Submitted by: Kerry Bertram
Business Website: http://Www.strideinc.com
State: New Mexico
City: Albuquerque

Business Description

A smallwomen owned business manufacturer of office products thr/out the US. Our exceptional products are made by an extraordinary workforce, adults w/Special Needs.

What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?

Quite simply it is our people! They are dedicated, diligent & dependable! Stride has been hiring adults w/Special Needs in an integrated environment for 37 years & they are what makes our business a special place. Every decision, partnership or sale is made with them in mind. Through integration a young man like James can grow & advance w/in Stride. James has PTO hours, retirement & is assisting in our shipping dept. Thr/the years others have left Stride & are working in our community. Spend an afternoon w/us & you'll learn the joy & happiness an integrated workplace provides! Stride helps our community b/c Stride is "Changing Lives."

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

I know of SCORE from an DBA class, Emerging Leaders. The information and resources I gained from SCORE have proven immensely valuable!

Please describe the specific ways that your business has been successful and how it will grow in the next year.

By diversifying our market and expanding our product offering. For example, we are expecting POs for 800 Walmart stores this spring as a test. Additionally, we have a new products that the K-12 industry and educational market is offering to list. Amazon is the gorilla in the room and Stride has stayed in business for 37 years by reacting and evolving to meet new demands.
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