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Fighting Chance

Even a co-founder off at war couldn't hold this firm back.

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This story appears in the December 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When army reservist Joe Witte was activated in November 2003, he had just co-founded CentricSource, an image-building company that creates logos, websites, stationery and more, with partner Zaheer Dodhia, whose office is in Pakistan. Witte, 32, and Dodhia, 33, had three employees at the time, including Witte's wife Moira, to pick up the slack when Witte was deployed.

In the short time between Witte's activation and shipping out, the partners had to quickly come up with contingency plans. Witte divided up his tasks for the employees at the Yardley, Pennsylvania, office, doling out marketing, tech issues and office management. "It was pretty brutal," says Witte. "I think it was hard on everybody, but they managed to hold the fort down and do a good job while I was away."

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