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le Papertique, LLC1

Ram Subramanian (Management and Information Systems Department, School of Business, Montclair State University, Partridge Hall, Montclair, NJ 07043)

The CASE Journal

ISSN: 1544-9106

Publication date: 1 December 2008


Heather Loya started her custom designed wedding invitations business in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, when she was no longer comfortable commuting to New York City from New Jersey for her corporate job. In the ensuing years, her business picked up to the extent that she was making a reasonable income from it. She was due to become a first time mother in July 2007. Her impending motherhood made her realize that she would not be able to work long hours in her one-person business after the birth of her child. She had started a webbased business that was set up to sell wedding invitation accessories (such as boxes, ribbons, etc.) procured from various vendors. This business was expected to take less of her time as compared to the custom business, but the custom business made better use of her creative talents. Heather now had to make a decision whether to emphasize the web-based business to compensate for the likely decrease in revenues from her custom business (because of motherhood) or to just continue her custom business in a scaled down form.


Subramanian, R. (2008), "le Papertique, LLC1", The CASE Journal, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 3-15.



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