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Customer Spotlight – TERP Parent and Family Affairs

Customer Spotlight TERP Parent and Family Affairs University of Maryland Just because your high school graduate is going to college doesn’t mean you need to be out of the loop! This is what TERP Parent and Family Affairs set out to do. They wanted to make sure that the parents of both current students and incoming students were up to date on current information about the campus events, news, guidance, and help provide a support system for the students. TERP Parent and Family Affairs recognizes that college is a big step in a person’s life and that a support system needs to be in place for the success of the student. By teaming up with the University of Maryland, TERP Parent and Family Affairs enables parents to get involved in the community while supporting their children through their college adventure. The Office of Parent and Family Affair’s mission is to provide parents and family members an opportunity to play an active, supporting role in the education of their student; to provide a forum for fellowship and networking with other families; and to further the educational goals of the University of Maryland by improving communication between parents and the University community, (University of Maryland Office of Parent and Family Affairs, 2014). TERP Parent and Family Affairs strives to inform and educate families about the valuable resources offered, critical issues, and topics that are relevant to the success of their students. The Office of Parents and Family Affairs publishes articles for parents and families to learn how to help their student succeed. These articles range on subjects from talking to your student about alcohol, parenting, adjustment to college life, nutrition and eating disorders. Parents UMD students can sign up for free as a member of the Parents Association. Membership includes connections to campus professionals and staff, online resources, eConnection electronic newsletter, news and safety notifications, Terrapin Parent handbook, campus and volunteer opportunities, and a proud parent car magnet! In addition, TERP Parent and Family Affairs also features a FAQ section on their website for questions about academics, health, housing, and safety and transportation. They have a parent helpline and an email address for any additional questions. Parents can also receive information about the school’s upcoming events by following twitter (@TerpParent), Facebook (, as well as their website ( A recent event held by TERP Parent and Family Affairs was the Parents Association Auction in early November which raised over $50,000 Funds for Scholarships as part of the Maryland Parents Association Scholarship Fund. For ideas about button designs for colleges and schools, you may visit our school and college button samples page.

Company Spotlight ELB aka Excellent Limitless Button makers

Company Spotlight ELB aka Excellent Limitless Button makers

What our customers really say about us on Trustpilot:

In our business, the best gift one can receive is a glowing review and our most recent review is just that. This past summer we implemented a customer review component to our business through TrustPilot. We are currently rated 4.9 stars on Google as a direct result of all of the reviews we are received in 2014. Today’s review epitomizes the essence of who we are and what we strive for each and every day. It praised us for our customer service, fast turnaround time, and the quality of the buttons he received. The review can been read below: ELB must mean Excellent Limitless Buttonmakers!!! I cannot speak better for ELB. Maura provided the best customer service, being extremely prompt and professional throughout the whole process from start to finish. Speaking of start to finish, what other company can literally have your order completed and shipped by the next business day in as capable a manner? My organization is raving about the buttons, and I am as well. The colour match is PERFECT. Combine all this with a price-match to ensure you receive the best price, and ELB doesn’t just exceed the competition, it blows it away. Thanks!!! We are constantly striving to provide Legendary Customer Service, Excellent Quality Products, Fast Turnaround Times, as well as our Price Match Guarantee. All of the additional reviews from other satisfied customers can be seen on our website. Just click the Trust Box at the top of our home page at We here at Everyone Loves Buttons® are always trying to make sure that are customers are satisfied with our products from our custom buttons to our zipper pulls. We take great pride in making sure only the highest quality products leave our shop by guaranteeing a 100% USA made product. What sets us apart from other button companies, is to have customer service that is not just the best but LEGENDARY!

History of Pinback Buttons

History of Pinback Buttons

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Political buttons have been used in the United States since the first presidential inauguration in 1789, when George Washington’s supporters wore buttons imprinted with a slogan. These early buttons were sewn to the lapel of a coat or worn as a pendant on a string.[1] The first campaign buttons with photographs were produced to promote the political platform of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.[1] Benjamin S. Whitehead patented the first innovation to the design in -300 MD by inserting a sheet of transparent film made of celluloid over a photograph mounted on a badge to protect the image from scratches and abrasion.[2] Whitehead had patents for various designs of ornamental badges and medallions previously, patented as early as 1892.[2] Another patent was issued to Whitehead & Hoag on 21 July 1896 for a “Badge Pin or Button” which used a metal pin anchored to the back of the button to fasten the badge. Other improvements and modifications to the basic design were patented in the following years by other inventors. Early pin-back buttons from 1898 were printed with a popular cartoon character, The Yellow Kid, and offered as prizes with chewing gum or tobacco products to increase sales. These buttons were produced with a concave opening on the back side (which provided space to insert advertising), or with a closed back, filled with metal insert and fastener. These are called “open back” and “closed back” buttons. In 1945, the Kellogg Company, the pioneer in cereal box prizes, inserted prizes in the form of pin-back buttons into each box of Pep Cereal. Pep pins have included U.S. Army squadrons as well as characters from newspaper comics. There were 5 series of comic characters and 18 different buttons in each set, with a total of 90 in the collection. The History of Pinback Buttons is very interesting.  At Everyone Loves Buttons® we have been making custom buttons for 18 years now from presidential campaigns to advertising or just buttons that say how you feel, that’s the beauty of pinback buttons they really can mean many things.  We got into this business because Everyone really does love buttons and we hope that you will continue to count on us when the time arises that you need to say something on a button and be apart of this great history of of pinback buttons!  


  1. Jump up to:a b “How the Button was Born: Pinback Button Badge History”. Retrieved January 2011.
  2. Jump up^ U.S. Patent 493,003. “Device for Displaying Photographs” by Benjamin S. Whitehead, issued 7 March 1893

Free Custom Buttons Shipping

Holy Ship! Everyone Loves Buttons ® is offering Free Shipping for the Holidays!

We are taking Free Shipping Day and expanding it from Now till Friday, December 19, 2014 on UPS Ground ship orders in the US of up to 2,500 custom button quantities so order your Custom Buttons knowing that you are getting a little something from us to you this holiday season…

We make ordering your custom buttons easy. Not ready to order? Request a personalized quote today.

About Free Shipping Day

Before the U.S. recession hit in 2007, the phrase “Free Shipping Day” didn’t exist in the national vocabulary. After just four short years, Free Shipping Day now stands side-by-side with Cyber Monday and has left Black Friday in the dust. Not bad for an event that was built in under two weeks and, fittingly, gives procrastinators hope for yuletide savings. Free Shipping Day is a one-day, online-shopping event when thousands of merchants offer free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve. Now in its seventh year, Free Shipping Day comes on Thursday, December 18, near the tail-end of the shopping season. A Unique Beginning Luke Knowles — who, along with his wife, created the popular year-round free shipping website in 2007 — hatched the idea for Free Shipping Day in two very hectic weeks before the event in 2008. In an abrupt brainstorm, he thought merchants would relish the opportunity to extend the online holiday shopping season, which is fast becoming the preferred mode of buying for those who dread crowded malls and rainchecks. Knowles understood last-minute purchases are as much a part of the holiday season as eggnog and poinsettias. Yet since the advent of online shopping, consumers have seen December 11th as the final day to order gifts or risk having them come after Christmas Day. Free Shipping Day shifted this paradigm with a simple concept: Give consumers what they want in a timely, convenient and affordable fashion. In the digital arena, this means free shipping with a guaranteed arrival date. Knowles points to recent stats from a survey that show 90% of consumers spend more when offered free delivery, while nearly half will abandon a shopping cart if met with high fees. Despite the relatively short history of Free Shipping Day, Knowles’ philosophy has propelled it into the national spotlight. And what a history it has been: After just four years, Free Shipping Day is now regarded as a premier shopping holiday. Unexpected Results In 2011, Free Shipping Day produced huge numbers with more than $1 billion in online sales and was the highest-earning Friday in online retail history. While laudable, the total dollar amounts only tell half the story. Merchants are the driving force behind the success of Free Shipping Day and each year the number of registered stores has almost doubled. For the 2011 event, over 2,600 stores registered with the official Free Shipping Day site, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. The holiday also went abroad with the first-ever Free Shipping Day Canada. The Canadian response was amazing and next year’s event will be even bigger with more offers and more stores. Unimaginable Attention Equally impressive is the media attention Free Shipping Day continues to attract. The event has been featured in every format – video, audio, print and online – by trend-setting outfits such as The New York Times, “O” Magazine, Woman’s Day, Fox News and dozens more. Along with national publications, hundreds of regional newspapers and broadcasts latched onto the day as a sensible, consumer-friendly way to fill holiday wish lists. Although Free Shipping Day continues to evolve each holiday season, Knowles is confident it will only grow in prominence as shoppers want to enjoy the holidays without worrying about camping out overnight to secure a coveted gift. Consumers have made their intentions clear: Like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Free Shipping Day is here to stay.

The History of Political Pins and Buttons

Political buttons, or pins, have been used for the larger part of American history to show support for and promote political candidates or other views. Their form has evolved over the years as technology developed. While they originally resembled clothing buttons sewn into jackets, modern versions typically contain photographic images or slogans with a pin built into the back. In a way, these buttons serve a similar purpose to yard signs and bumper stickers that turn up every election year.

The First Political Buttons

Almost every American president had some type of campaign button, or pin, and this tradition started with George Washington. Although presidential candidates did not campaign in the same way they do today, once they were elected their supporters used buttons to celebrate the appointment. Many kinds of brass clothing buttons were made for the inauguration of Washington including some that were engraved with “Long Live the President,” and others that were engraved with just his initials. The buttons sewn into Washington’s jacket featured 13 chain links surrounding the button’s border, which represented the original 13 states.

Buttons as a Political Tool

Andrew Jackson was one of the first people to mass-produce political buttons during his campaign in 1824. He used brass coins to create his buttons and had his image as a military general imprinted on them. He started this as a way to market himself, which is obviously a strategy that continues today.

Buttons were also used to display opinions regarding agendas that were unrelated to presidential elections. During the 1910s buttons were produced with an image of an umbrella and the “Safety First” slogan to show endorsement for banning alcohol in the United States. The prohibition of alcohol was mandated in 1920 and when supporters of the opposing view started wearing slogans such as “We Want Beer.”

The Beginning of the Modern Button

The first photographic images used on campaign pins date back to the mid-nineteenth century. The invention of the tintype and ferrotype enabled the production of small portraits of candidates encircled with metal frames, which supporters could wear as lapel pins. President Abraham Lincoln and his opponents had the first election buttons that were made with tin type or ferrotype photographs.

According to collectors, the first buttons that were similar to the form we see them in today were made during the presidential election of 1896. These buttons were used almost completely for promotional purposes and were made by putting a piece of celluloid protective covering over paper before wrapping it around a section of metal. This technology resulted in the creation of many colorful and artistic pins.

Political Pins Today

Many buttons are still produced today, at an even greater amount than they were in the past, because of less costly production methods and the widespread availability of machines. We are also seeing new forms of political buttons gaining popularity, like the disposable stick-on-badge. These badges can be made more cheaply than buttons and can also be produced in large quantities. Another type of newer campaign button is a web button. These are made by using computer graphics and can be distributed easily with minimal expenditure. Even with these changes, there is nothing quite like wearing your buttons to show your support at an event.

Our Customer Service Buttons Philosophy

Our Customer Service Buttons Philosophy

Customers want to feel special and taken care of. In an impersonal world of purchasing anonymously over the internet, customers and prospects often seek affirmation and assurance in the course of creating/developing their own artwork and ordering buttons. Often times our customers have personally developed a special program or promotion. In this way, they have a vested interest in the custom product and want to feel connected and directly involved during the entire ordering process.

It is our philosophy to immediately make the customer or prospect feel comfortable with our company. We have a very short window to accomplish this over the phone when we answer customers’ calls or during email communications. Buttons are often purchased at the last minute (almost as an afterthought) before an event or program launch.  Our company is perfectly positioned for the typical button buyer who cannot wait the standard one to two weeks timeframe before the product ships (never mind the transit time). Our extremely quick ordering/proofing/production process expedites their order seamlessly.  If we don’t immediately establish a connection with the customer from the beginning, we run the risk of losing prospective clients forever.  Remember the old adage, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is very true even in the button industry.

Promotional buttons are a very inexpensive premium that has served many companies well due to their simplicity and effectiveness.  They are also often referred to “as walking billboards”.