Macri's Sports

Beth and Tyler Krivosh have taken their spirit for sports and combined it with their management skills and a loan from First Commonwealth Bank to purchase a screen printing and embroidery business in Lawrence County. The business, Macri’s Sports, is practically in their backyard and has been successfully operating for the past twelve years, selling a variety of nationally recognized brands such as Adidas, Reebok, Russel, and Dickies to name a few.

Experience working with budgets and managing people helped the Krivosh’s get the loan. Beth had been working for the past twenty years in the steel industry managing a budget of almost one billion dollars for three plants, while Tyler has been responsible for a team of employees for the past eight years. They had been involved in local sports since they were both teenagers. Tyler played college football, had been a coach at Sharon High School for both football and basketball, and both Tyler and Beth were very involved with their son’s sports activities.

The couple was passionate about their new business: they loved sports and enjoyed working with people. However, they knew from the beginning that this would not be enough. They made an agreement with the previous owner that he would to stay with the business for several months to teach them about the daily operations and how to use the equipment. In addition, they asked Beth’s mom, who had previously owned a sports retail operation, to work for them on a part-time basis.

Before purchasing the business, First Commonwealth Bank suggested that the Krivosh’s meet with an Duquesne Small Business Development Center consultant to review the nuts and bolts of purchasing a business and to review their business plan.

The SBDC consultant gave the couple a list of items they would need to gather from the current owner, such as past tax returns, an acceptable reason as to why the current owner was selling, a copy of any agreements the company had with its current vendors and an understanding of how the customer records were kept. The business plan was also reviewed.

Within a few weeks, the Krivosh’s had a final draft of their business plan, which was approved for $75,000. They celebrated with a re-grand opening in June. Future plans include equipment upgrades and opening a mobile unit to service customers more conveniently.