It’s What She Does: Shirley Hendrix A Driven Entrepreneur

By Dennis Seid
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Shirley Mosby Hendrix, founder of “R&B Specialty Printing” originally built her business on printing business cards, letterheads and resumes. However the business really started to pick up when she set up a kiosk at the mall where she showed off her screen-printed T-shirts.

TUPELO

On the wall of Shirley Mosby Hendrix’s space inside the Renasant Center for IDEAs is a sign that says, “It’s what I do.”

It’s a simple but telling phrase, that sums up her outlook in running her own business.

“The inspiration for me has always been to make people happy,” said the owner of R&B Specialty Printing, a custom screen-printing business she began 16 years ago as a part-time job. “I want everyone to be happy.”

When Hendrix moved with her family to Tupelo, her first business was a restaurant appropriately named “Shirley’s.”
She also worked at Adcom Graphics, a sister company to Aircap/MTD when the seeds of R&B were planted.

“I had learned a lot about the printing business while working there, and I started making mousepads with pictures on them and just gave them as ‘happies’ to the employees there,” she said.

She’d also print other items including name meanings on some kind of background.

“Some of them told me to stop giving stuff away and start making some money because I had a business,” she said with a laugh.

But Hendrix wasn’t initially wowed by the idea of running her own business just yet, so she decided to test the waters a little more before jumping in with both feet.

At the Tupelo Flea Market, she set up a table where she showed and sold some of her work. The mousepads with the photos were a hit, but even more popular were the jigsaw puzzles made of photos.

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