Michael Willis owns and operates two franchise units of Cartridge World — a leader in providing printing supplies and services. Mr. Willis’ locations – at 1603 Union and 4717 Poplar – cover home and business printing needs including copy/print/fax/scan services, onsite printer repair, paper reams, office supplies, recycling, shredding, delivery to businesses and more!
Houston native Michael Willis spent much of his early career in the military. From there, he learned discipline, employed tenacity and established presence — all traits he would later find useful while going into business for himself. For much of his 24 years in the Navy, Willis found himself stationed in South Carolina, Chicago and Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Willis moved to Memphis from Virginia in 2004 and opened the first Cartridge World on Union the following year. This was his first business venture, and he sought a franchise that would cater to a larger audience with an established need — Cartridge World fit the bill.
“You need to figure out if you want a hobby or a business,” said Willis. “The only thing that matters is the numbers.
“Businesses are for-profit only,” he adds with a chuckle.
Following the success of the first store, Willis opened his second location on Poplar in 2009. He notes that although he has found success, his businesses still face challenges in marketing and networking in a digital age.
“You have to find the time to dedicate to that,” he said.