With so many businesses failing in the first five years, the Perfection Spring & Stamping Co. of Mount Prospect, Illinois is already something special. In an evolving industry, the company is still going strong after 60 years and has remained a family owned business for three generations.
Annie Pilon - Staff Writer
Annie Pilon is a staff writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles and feature stories. She is a freelance writer specializing in marketing, social media, and creative topics. She has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago in Journalism and Marketing Communications. She also has a passion for small businesses and entrepreneurship.
Through her first few years of professional life, she’s written everything from traditional newspaper articles to email newsletters for political campaigns.
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