Publishing and printing business established by an UGM student, An Nuur Budi Utama, won Independent Young Entrepreneur competition (WMM) 2011 at national level. The business started by student of Department of Industrial Engineering class 2008 became the first winner in the category of trade and services for student group.
An Nuur said that the idea began when his family’s economy went bankrupt. At that time, the parents failed at legislative election. The condition eventually pushed An Nuur to be able to live independently and started a publishing and printing services.
On November 2009, he started a printing and photocopy business. With capital 16,750,000 rupiah to buy a printing machine, An Nuur opened his business. Furthermore, in early January 2010, he developed the business in publishing and printing of educational books that operates under the name Dee Publishing. "My business focuses on printing and publishing educational books such as textbooks, proceedings, journals, and guidebooks. In addition to publishing course books, we publish educational books for junior and high school students," An Nuur said to reporters, Tuesday (31/1), at UGM Stana Parahita.
Up to now, the printing office owned by the alumnus of SMA 2 Cirebon has published about 142 titles of book. The books published are course books on engineering, animal science, agriculture, social, socio-midwifery, and medicine. These books have been used in several universities, among others, UGM, Padjadjaran University, University of Pasundan, UPN Yogyakarta, Islamic University of Indonesia, Diponegoro University, Muhammadiyah Midwifery College of Cirebon, also a number of schools in Salatiga and Madiun.
An Nuur’s business is different from the publishing and printing in general. Dee Publisihing does not provide minimum limits of printing. They print books by order. "All books we print would be sold because they were printed by order," he explained.
In terms of royalty, An Nuur also provides a different service. He gives greater royalty, i.e 25%, while other publishers generally only provide 10%. Moreover, An Nuur facilitates the author in the writing process by providing guidance on good writing.
An Nuur now employs three permanent staff and three part-timers. With minimal staff, he has succeeded in developing the business as proven by the turnover in 2011 which reached 248 million rupiah. "In the future, I plan to make an online bookstore," he added.
Meanwhile, Competition Section Head of Center of Entrepreneur Development (CED) UGM, Ibnu Wahid Fakhrudin Aziz, S.T.P, M.T , said that An Nuur is one of students under CED UGM guidance who managed to pass and became champion in the WMM 2011. CED UGM is an institution founded by UGM to foster students in entrepreneurship. "Alhamdulillah, UGM can maintain the tradition of WMM champions since 2007. Every year our students always won in this competition," he said.
Ibnu said that the WMM competition is getting tougher every year. This time there were 3741 participants from all over Indonesia, divided into four categories in student group and four categories in alumni group and graduate student group.