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Contest Winnings Put Small Business Owner’s Project on Track

A North County small business owner is pushing ahead with a cutting-edge building project, thanks to an unexpected infusion of funds.

North Coast Photo owner Richard Shute won $100,000 from MasterCard’s “Run Your Business, Live Your Life” promotion. Every time a small business owner used his MasterCard, he was entered into the sweepstakes encouraging work-life balance. Shute’s win came from a standard $22.49 purchase.

Shute learned he won the contest July 16.

“Honestly, at first I was in disbelief,” he said. “I wanted to make sure this wasn’t a scam, so I called them up asking, ‘Is this for real?'”

The money Shute is receiving will be put towards the $250,000 remodeling of his company’s photo development studio. The remodel began in December of 2006, but he didn’t have enough funding. He says, “I’m going to complete the remodel. I want to build the photo lab of the future.”

Carlsbad-based North Coast Photo operates a 30,000-square-foot photo development studio for photographers of all capabilities, from recreational to professional. The company was founded in 1978 and is privately held.

, Preet Anand

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