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Bogie Rakidzich has been through good times and bad times throughout his eventful life. But it was a particularly bad time that inspired him to strive for success in his new venture. Good people helped him get back up and he wants to pay it forward. His plan is to use a successful business to enable him to do more charitable giving. Regardless of the motivation, GreatWorks Custom T-shirts and Apparel may be the right model in the right place.

Bogie was born in Chicago and moved to nearby Wisconsin at the age of 10. At 16 he headed west to California and got a job as a mechanical assembler at Northwestern Telecom in San Jose, and later at Great Western Conveyor.

At 18 he returned to Wisconsin for a while to help his folks with their jewelry business during the holidays. The Iranian hostage crisis inspired him to sign on with the Marines in 1979. After serving four years as an MP, Bogie ended his term of service at Camp Pendleton. From there he moved around a lot, Washington, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin and did a little bit of everything from construction, commercial window washing, investment brokerage and Harley mechanic to name a few.

He was in Corpus Christi, helping his son bring his new business to new markets when Donna, a friend and companion from when they were just very small children, convinced him to finish up what he was working on and settle down with her in Colorado Springs. So in June of 2011, that's what he did.

Bogie says that although there were times in his life when he had enormous amounts of money, he didn't always spend it well. His carefree ways led to a very bad business deal at one point that left him broke and homeless. He remembers the help that he received from organizations, ministries, individuals and good folks in general and wants to give back when he can. He says that's what inspired him to go into business again, and where the name came from - GreatWorks. He hopes a successful business can help him help others do "great works".

GreatWorks Custom t-shirts and Apparel specializes in custom shirts made on-site. Under some circumstances he can even knock 'em out while you wait. GreatWorks features direct to garment printing on all natural fiber. There are no minimums and no set-up charges.  They even have an in-house photography studio. Why? So you can get a picture of yourself, the kiddos and/or the family dog and put it on a shirt or a pillowcase and send it to Grandma.

A ball park price for a single T-Shirt is between $15 and $20. Of course there are discounts for volume purchases. Other things  that will affect the price are the size of the print, type of material chosen and size of the shirt(s). Whether you want a single shirt to express yourself, a bunch of shirts for a family reunion or party, or a couple hundred shirts for an event or company, GreatWorks can fill the order quickly and affordably using quality printing on quality material.

You'll find GreatWorks at 636 S. Academy Blvd (the strip center alongside the Satellite Hotel), in Colorado Springs. You can call them at 719-290-7107 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. find them on Facebook as GreatWorks Unlimited, LLC.