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Creative Printing of Bay County, Inc. is a locally owned and operated "One Stop Print Shop" that has been located in Panama City, Florida for over thirty years. We offer printing services to the Florida Panhandle and beyond. We understand budgets and deadlines.
So what kinds of copies are people making these days? Let’s take a look.
At some time or another many of us have used signs. We see them all over the place, from yard sales, to baby showers, political signs and even for real estate. There are so many uses for yard signs such as, parties, now hiring, now enrolling, sales, special events, schools and sports. The choices are endless. Yard signs are a great way to grab people's attention and it’s important to learn how to use them in your business.
Do you ever wonder why you should use yard signs? Where they should be placed to grab attention? How about what information to include?
We want to provide you with some tips to make the most of your Yard Signs.
This is the latest in our series of Staff Bios. Our team is composed of some very talented and interesting people and we hope you'll enjoy getting to know them through this series. Previously featured employees include Bobbie and Jim, so check 'em out!
Kristin Garner came to Creative fresh out of high school over seven years ago. At the time, she worked as a typesetter, making forms and setting up stationary and projects like that. It didn't take us long to figure out that she was capable of a lot more. As it turns out, Kristin's been “getting creative” her whole life!
Her graphics career at Creative began with a challenge. With no formal art training or graphic design experience, we asked Kristin to mock up a business card design. She brought in not one but three different designs and to say we were impressed with the results is an understatement. We knew right away that Kristin had a future as a graphic artist.
This is the latest in our series of Staff Bios. Our team is composed of some very talented and interesting people and we hope you'll enjoy getting to know them through this series. Previously featured employees include Bobbie, Jim and Kristin, so check 'em out!
Carol Marrone has managed our front counter operations for the last five years. If you’ve stopped in to see us or called us on the phone, Carol is probably the first person you dealt with at Creative Printing.
As customer service representative and director of first impressions, Carol takes pride in helping customers navigate their printing service options. She uses her keen experience and friendly personality to walk people through their options and help them figure out what they actually want and need from us.
11. When choosing colors for your company logo or any design project, it's important to look at the color wheel. You don't want to choose colors that are beside each other. Choose colors that are across from one another, so that they stand out and better.
This is the first post in our series of Staff Bios. We hope you'll enjoying meeting our employees! They are not only some of the hardest working people in town, but we happen to think they're pretty great people, too.
Our first featured staffer is Bobbie Walker. Bobbie has been with Creative Printing for over 16 years, which means she's been part of the company longer than any other employee.
Bobbie's been in the printing business for over 24 years. Her first printing job was actually in the building that Creative Printing currently occupies. She started working for the former occupants to "help out" at her sister's job and quickly found herself being hired on as a full-time employee. She didn't mind, though, because she had fallen in love with the printing industry.
This is the second post in our series of Staff Bios. (In our first, meet Bobbie.) We hope you'll enjoying meeting our employees! They are not only some of the hardest working people in town, but we happen to think they're pretty great people, too.
Today's featured staff member is Jim Davis. Jim has been with Creative Printing over 15 years and he's our Pressman Extraordinaire. That's not just a job title. Jim really is extraordinary.
On the job at Creative, Jim's been known to do the work of three men without batting an eyelash. He's quiet and dedicated and we always know we can rely on him to show up and just do what he does.
Creative Printing of Bay County is very excited to introduce to you ... our new Canon ImagePROGRAF Printer! We can print banners, signs, posters, art prints, and canvas prints. Affordable banners from 44" by up to almost 100ft. Professional quality, high prints at any size from your local print shop.
These posters, banners and signs can be printed on a variety of media types including gloss, matte, satin, canvas, banner material, art paper and more. We also have the ability to laminate or mount posters up to 24" x 36".
Our banners are flexible, easy to hang and extremely versatile. If you want to transfer your banner to another location, simply roll it up.
Want to make the best use of your banners? Here's how ...
Tip 1: Grab Attention
Tip 2: Keep it Simple
Tip 3: Location. Location. Location.
Tip 4: Advertise seasonal specials and set the mood
Regardless of your needs, we are here to help you! Remember, at Creative Printing, "We Understand Budgets and Deadlines!" Our fast turnarounds and our friendly staff will provide you with top quality printing services, turning dreams into reality!
Have you enjoyed meeting all of the Creative Printing family over the last few months? Bobbie, Jim, Kristin, and Carol are all amazing members of the Creative Team that we have previously highlighted. We would now like to introduce you to Steve and Sheila Ruff, owners of Creative Printing of Bay County, Inc.
It all began in 1982 when Steve’s parents purchased the existing business from Ken's Quick Print. At the time Ken's Quick Print was located on the corner of Jenks and 11th street. At 15, Steve began his career at the print shop. His only other first job was bussing tables in high school. Guess what? Sheila’s first job was bussing tables in a restaurant, too! Steve graduated from Bay High School and then attended Washington Holmes Technical Center, where he furthered his skills in the printing business. One of the biggest influences in his life was his printing instructor at the Technical Center, “He never gave an answer, he helped you work through a problem by asking questions to get you to solve it by yourself”, Steve said.
Artists and interior designers have long understood how color can intensely affect moods, feelings and emotions. According to about.com, color is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood and cause physiological reactions. Certain colors can raise blood pressure, increase metabolism or cause eyestrain.
Let’s find out how different colors make you feel.
What to include in your newsletter … a great, catchy name. To get your customers attention, focus on quality content. For instance, you want articles to be relevant and informative. Try not to focus solely on your business and sales goals. By this we mean, remember the 80/20 rule: 80% education and entertainment and 20% sales. Use your customers and include testimonials. Including a call to action is important. So remember to link to your website and social media sites! Don't forget your contact information like your address, phone number and website. Believe it or not, many businesses often leave their contact information out.
June 2011's Featured Business is Bad Byron's Specialty Food Products. Owner Byron Chism has been a customer of Creative Printing for nearly 14 years, since his business first began. We're lucky to call him a friend as well as a client and we'd like to introduce you to him and his products.
Byron has been a customer of Creative Printing for nearly 14 years, since his business first began. We helped him create the logo for his business and handle tons of print jobs for him as well. As a busy entrepreneur, Byron knows the importance of working with design and print professionals to get what he needs for his business.
I come back to Creative Printing because they have a personal interest in making sure they do things right,” said Byron. “They have a focus on quality. Because their services are pretty versatile, they can provide what a business needs. They know I'll be back again and again because they do things right.
"A Little Butt Rub Makes Everything Better"
If you live in NW Florida or you're really into barbeque, you may already know about Bad Byron's Butt Rub® barbeque seasoning. It's Byron's most famous product and a favorite of many BBQ aficionados. The Butt Rub® seasoning is sold nationally in retail stores as well as online. Although it was originally developed as a dry rub for meat and seafood, people have found a way to incorporate the seasoning blend into other dishes, like onion rings, Texas toast and even spiced pecans. You can find recipes using Butt Rub® on Byron's website.
Byron's Butt Rub® is not just popular, it's also award-winning. Most recently, the Butt Rub® won About.com's 2011 Reader's Choice for Barbeque Rub, awarded in March. The seasoning blend has been winning awards for over ten years and Byron travels frequently to BBQ competitions to add more awards and trophies to his collection.
Grilling Around the World
Summer is barbeque season in the States but did you know that American-style BBQ is catching on in other parts of the world as well? Byron's on his way to Bristol, England, to attend Grillstock, the UK's biggest BBQ and music festival. But this isn't the first time that Byron and his Butt Rub® have toured overseas. In fact, his first international BBQ event was in Switzerland in 1999 where he grilled as part of a team. These days, Butt Rub® is gaining popularity throughout Europe and is distributed in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.
BBQ Secrets from the Master
Byron has some tips for first-time and veteran grillers alike. Don't skimp on safety! His #1 grilling tip is “Keep a fire extinguisher or water hose nearby.” Why? You might be a careful person but your dog has other ideas when he chases after a squirrel. Byron also warned that extra caution should be taken if your BBQ party guests are consuming alcohol.
Additionally, Byron warns that lighter fluid is obsolete for grilling and should never be used because it's dangerous and unnecessary. Instead, he recommends using a charcoal chimney starter which is easy, safer, and won't taint your food with the essence of lighter fluid. To learn how to make a chimney starter, check out this video:
As far as cooking tips, Byron suggests cooking slowly over low heat and being patient while your food cooks. This way, you can ensure that it'll be cooked completely without being burned on the outside. Whatever you're grilling, enjoy this BBQ season with Bad Byron's Butt Rub® and other specialty grilling products!
We wish you a safe and happy Halloween this year and invite you to take a sneak peak at some of our favorite Halloween photos from over the years!
Is there a high school senior in your life?
Chances are, they've already been given information about ordering expensive graduation announcements through their school. They might have a few options to choose from but one thing is certain: those announcements will look an awful lot like the announcements all their classmates will be sending out.
Why not make your senior's graduation truly special and get them a completely custom graduation announcement that not only shares the news of their graduation, but also includes their photo?
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Don't worry! We'll make the changes and create a new proof for your review. You'll have to sign off on all the changes and approve the proof before we proceed with the print job, giving you final control over what we print.
We understand budgets and deadlines. A careful review of your printing proof can save you both money and time, important resources for any small business.
1. Go with the pros. Running a small business on a budget--or starting a new business from scratch--might require some creative financial planning, but don't skimp on business cards. DIY cards look cheap and make your potential clients think you don't care about the details. Hire a professional printing company to print your business cards, and show your clients that you're serious about your business.