What’s it take to receive the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Excellence Award? Read our interview with Amy Voloshin, Founder and Creative Director of Printfresh, as we highlight one of the excellent small businesses that drive the Greater Philadelphia region. Join us to celebrate the 33rd Annual Excellence Award winners on Thursday, November 5 »


Where did the idea for your business come from?

I started my career at Urban Outfitters as a design assistant, and I was always fascinated with the textile design studios we would buy artwork from. Studios provided such creative prints and design ideas, I realized that I wanted to be on the other side. I switched to art directing for one of the top textile design studios in NYC and loved working with designers and working on trend and concept. I wanted to be back in Philadelphia, and I decided to start a studio.

Describe the moment that you decided to go into business for yourself. How did you feel once you made the decision?

It was really fun, we started the studio close to where we lived, I loved heading over to the rustic warehouse in the morning, and designing, dying fabric, sewing, taking coffee breaks, it was amazing. The slow start of our business and being the a solopreneur at first was a great time to reflect on what I wanted the company to be. The downside was the financial piece, I self-funded through my savings and some help from my family. Luckily after 6 months we started to sell and make a profit!

Who has been an inspiration to you as a business owner and why?

Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal, and of course Diane Von Furstenberg, they are 2 women who have accomplished amazing things and have taken huge risks to get there. I’m also very inspired by my friends from the 10,000 Small Businesses program. I was in Philadelphia’s Cohort 1 and met so many amazing entrepreneurs who