MINNEAPOLIS - It's not business as usual these days at Accent Signage Systems, Inc.
In fact, there may never be a normal at the family-owned Minneapolis company again, but on Monday, those who own and work at Accent made it clear they are open for business, and ready to write a new chapter in the wake of unimaginable tragedy.
Flanked by employees and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, the wife of late business owner Reuven Rahamim assured city residents and those who have followed their deadly saga that while the Accent Signage Systems family has been terribly wounded, they are committed to moving forward.
"We lost fathers, husbands and sons, and we feel that in every aspect of our lives," said Shereen Rahamim. "While we'll never get over it, together, we will get through it."
Rahamim says her employees have shown amazing resolve in the face of what she calls unimaginable events.
They have attended six funerals in the weeks since the fatal workplace shooting, and have still managed to get work done. Some spent the weekend completing a job for a vendor that needed product badly.
As Rybak told reporters, company founder Reuven Rahamim described the mission of his business with a simple phrase.
"We help people find their way," he always said.
The mayor asked residents, friends and family to help those who carry the wounds and memories of the deadly rampage, to help victims and survivors find their way back to normal.
"Before this shooting, Accent was a small family business that grew into a powerhouse around the world, and today they are exactly that," said Rybak. "Some of them worked over the weekend. They got a job out (Monday) morning. That is the kind of thing we have seen out of Accent. They do interior signs. They innovate."
And most of all, they survive. While the wounds are still fresh, employees of Accent Signage Systems are back at work, ready to write a new chapter.
Shereen Rahamim said in response to the countless people, who have asked what they can do to help, they encourage people to donate to the "Benefit Families of Accent Signage" fund established by the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association.
Donate at any Wells Fargo Bank. Wells Fargo customers can transfer funds to Account No. 2275129365, Routing No. 091000019. You can also find account information on the company's website.
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