From the moment Zero Seven Design Concepts left Mentor in 2011 to open up in Chardon, Jamie Schura had her eyes on a return.
Then an employee of the company she now owns, Schura had little say in the matter. That changed when she assumed control of the wide-format design and printing firm at the beginning of this month. She quickly moved to 8696 Tyler Blvd., where the young entrepreneur's mother operates a Budget Truck rental site.
The free rent is nice, but Mentor is where the 2000 Lake Catholic High School graduate always wanted to be.
"We always needed to come back to Mentor," she said. "Ninety percent of my client base is in Mentor, so it's better for them."
The company had been in Mentor for its first four years before the Chardon move, which lasted for just one year. Zero Seven offers car and truck wraps, wall designs, pole banners, brochures and more. The company has a printer and plotter, which are both 60 inches, to create their wraps and larger projects.
All products are designed and installed in house. The company has secured several municipal clients, including the fire departments of Wickliffe, Willoughby and Hambden Township.
"The municipalities know me through the grapevine and knowing that I've done this for years," Schura said. "It's knowing people and it spreads like wildfire. Once someone likes the work that you do, they'll go and tell someone else."
That includes her hometown. Schura said Zero Seven has designed two projects for the Mentor programs - the trailer for Safety Village and the "Excellent with Distinction" banners seen around town.
"I'm probably going to stay here permanently," she said. "I do a lot of business with businesses in Mentor.
"I really wouldn't see it any other way."