Grand Opening for Karbala Printing & Marketing Service Center

Karbala Province
July 12, 2012

The large format banner printer was the last piece of equipment to arrive, completing the first round of printer purchases for the Karbala Printing and Marketing Service Center, culminating many months of planning and hard work by the staff of the Karbala Business Development Center (KBDC). Thanks to funding from the KBDC and a Performance Grant from the USAID Tijara Provincial Economic Growth program, customers from private businesses, universities, government and individuals can find design and printing services in Karbala for their business cards, menus, flyers, reports and banners without having to leave the city.

Ahmed Addulabbas Al-Waili, Executive Director of the KBDC formally opened the Center on 12 July with customers, staff of the KBDC and executives from the Karbala Provincial Council, Chamber of Commerce, Iraqi Businessmen’s Union and local NGOs in attendance. Director Al-Walili said “The Printing and Marketing Service Center compliments our other consulting and training services for government and private business. We have a great design and production staff who will help develop marketing and advertising programs for our clients and do the printing here. It is a great addition to the Business Center!”

The Center has black and white and color printers which are used for many jobs from reports and business plans to business cards and menus. The large format printer produces vinyl banners and signs for use by businesses in retail stores, universities for backdrops for ceremonies, political parties for campaigning, trade shows and cultural events. The staff of the Center will advise businesses on how advertising can aid in reaching more customers and in increasing their sales. The revenue from the Printing and Advertising Center will further support the financial sustainability of the SBDC to assist local businesses in Karbala.

Zuhair Algrity (Member Karbala Provincial Council (left) and Mustafa Saleh All Tuma, Chairman Iraqi Businessmen Union (2nd from left) and Nu'man Jalal Hassan Director of Aletiman Savings Bank receiving briefing in the new wide format banner printer from Ahmad Abdul Abbas Alwaeli, KBDC Executive Director.

The opening of the Karbala Printing and Marketing Service Center was widely covered by the local press and TV.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (left to right)
1- Zuhair Algrity - Member of the provincial council in Karbalaa; 2- Mustafa Saleh All Tuma - Iraqi Businessmen Union Chairman; 3- Ahmad Abdul Abbas Alwaeli - KBDC Executive Director ; 4- Nu'man Jalal Hassan Director of Aletiman Saving Bank
Ladies observing:
1- Kadhumia Khudair Abuis - a member of the Karbalaa Chamber of Commerce; 2- Suaas Muhammad - Women for Women Organization's President