Author Archives:Shirley Salter

Friends in business to help others

Fairfield-based errand runners are ready to take on your to-do list, give rides.

Hamilton-Journal News, Business section, Sunday November 29, 2009
By Michael D. Pitman, Staff Writer

FAIRFIELD – Anyone who needs help checking off some items on a “to do” list or a ride to the doctor’s office might need the services of L&S Errands and More.

LSErrandsLois Working and Shirley Salter (pictured) recently started the Fairfield-based errand service after both wished they could have called a similar service. And Working saw the need for it taking her late brother to chemotherapy appointments.

“We were wanting to go back to work and wanted to do something we liked,” Working said. “We just started talking about it.”

By August, the two longtime friends and retired 34 year employees at Sharonville Ford were working on their business plan.

It often depends on the entrepreneurs if a business will be successful or not, said Ralph Lowenstein, a counselor for the Service Corps Of Retired Executives who has advised the two businesswomen. “With these two ladies, I think their chances are very good. These two ladies are very impressive,” Lowenstein said “They’re computer savvy. They are willing to commit their own resources, and they get along extremely well.”

In spite of the difficult economic times, Lowenstein said he feels “very positive” about their success.

Salter, a former Lincoln Heights councilwoman and mayor, said as a retired single woman it can be daunting to find good help.

“Sometimes your family can give their all, but sometimes it can’t quite be enough. And we figure that’s where we can come in, ” Salter said. “There are people that just don’t have time to do everything.

And Working said there are some people who don’t have anyone.

Eventually the women want to expand their business at 33 Donald Drive to the point where they can manage the operations and open other locations. In three months they hope to hire a couple of employees.

“There are people all over the city that need help. We want to make it as convenient as possible,” Working said.

The business partners are excited for the future.

This is going to be a fun venture,” Salter said.

L&S is open 8 am to 5pm Monday-Friday, but hours are flexible. For details, call (513) 939-1400, email mailto:errands@fuse.net or visit www.lserrandsandmore.com.