Business owner grateful for much

Oct 22

Canton Daily Ledger- Oct. 22, 2014

By Linda Woods
Retired Daily Ledger Editor
FARMINGTON

Travis Platt is passionate in his efforts to help others, because he wants to give back.

Platt, owner of Platt’s Printing in Farmington, says he likes to work with other small businesses and with anyone planning a benefit. His storefront has been open since December of 2013, but the entrepreneur has been in business since he was in junior high school.

“We are light years from where we started,” says Platt, who emphasizes small businesses need to stick together. That is why he is proud to be located in Farmington with many small business owners who also want to grow.

He puts his self-taught graphic design efforts, and what he calls ‘special prices,’ to work for those needing his help. “I offer quality printing and design with good pricing.”

Life has not always been easy for Platt, who is confined to a wheelchair due to Muscular Dystrophy.

Through a program offered by the state, he had the help of a personal assistant, who could help with travel and other necessities. That help was taken away suddenly when the state unexpectedly closed his case. His business was in danger of closing and Platt found himself in the battle of a lifetime.

In the midst of that battle, a friend introduced him to State Rep. Mike Unes. Unes learned of his plight and helped Platt get his case reopened and help was restored. “It took about a year and a lot of money,” says Platt of the experience.

He is grateful for the help from Unes and says, “I can’t even vote for him and yet he is the reason I am being taken care of and the reason I am still in business. He saved my life.”

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