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Customer Spotlight: Veterans Home of California-Yountville’s Buttons

The Veterans Home of California-Yountville (VHC-Yountville) was founded in 1884 and is located in Napa Valley, CA. They are home to the largest veterans home in the country. VHC-Yountville hosts over 1,000 disabled or aged men and women who have served on various fronts in the military. There are many resources for residents for personal care and support to ensure that the health care needs of the veterans are met.

VHC-Yountville offers many different kinds of activities for the residents regardless of the level of care needed. They have a theater, executive golf course, bowling lanes, and a resident operated television station just to mention a few of the many facilities available to residents.

Lately, VHC-Yountville has been using customized buttons in the last few weeks to highlight the message that their health care workers and residents are vitally instrumental in getting through the health crisis together. They have been able to add a little light to a situation that may feel grim at times. Everyone Loves Buttons® has found that custom buttons have morale-boosting properties. These buttons are certainly playing an important role during this health care crisis in nursing homes and other health care institutions throughout the country.

Photo of The Veterans Home of California Yountville

The most recent buttons they have requested say “You Are Important”. These buttons can give their residents more than just a smile but a feeling. Feelings can be created by just reading something positive. That is what we try to do every day at Everyone Loves Buttons®. We want to give an outlet for companies to convey feelings with others as it is especially important during a crisis to create strength together.

Institutions like VHC-Yountville are truly the backbone of our country. They allow men and women who have served our great country to be able to receive treatment and live out their days in a wonderful, supportive community. As a button provider, we are proud to be able to donate buttons to their organization and provide a morale boost during this time of uncertainty, and hope to continue making their custom buttons for years to come.

Vital businesses like VHC-Yountville have undergone such an extreme change in a short time. Here at Everyone Loves Buttons®, it has been enlightening to see how and where custom buttons are now being used. We are happy to be able to make custom buttons that allow companies like VHC-Yountville to encourage safe and stronger connections between their employees and their residents.

Thank you Veterans Home of California-Yountville for allowing us to fill your button needs!

Buttons reading You are Important Veterans Home Yountville

Can I order pin-back buttons for my staff?

As a manufacturer and distributor to those industries deemed essential, like VHC-Yountville, we are continuing at full production. The scope of work ordered and produced through us includes, but is not limited to, these vital businesses:

  • Healthcare Providers
  • Hospitals, Clinics, and Urgent Care Facilities
  • Medical Equipment Suppliers and Manufacturers
  • State, County, and Municipal Government Agencies
  • Food and Beverage Suppliers
  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Financial Institutions, Banks, and Credit Unions
  • Agricultural Suppliers and Producers
  • Communications and IT Providers
  • Mailing and Packaging Services

We are adhering to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols deemed necessary by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention such as social distancing, wiping down work stations often, and regular hand washing.

Social Distancing button designs

Currently, we have no in-person or on-site transactions taking place on our premises with the public. We will inform you when this policy is lifted, but for now, we are not permitting walk-in ordering or local-pickup of orders until further notice. If you are wanting to get in contact with us please send an email or call us at 623-445-9975 during regular business hours.

During this time, we are working to provide the safest possible environment for our employees and their families while we continue to serve your promotional item needs. Organizations like VHC-Yountville need to be able to get out morale-boosting buttons to their workers because attitudes can change everything. We are also currently producing buttons for those that want to focus on topics like hand washing and social distancing. If you would like a sample or digital example, send us an email at sales@custombuttons.com or give us a call at 623-445-9975.

What can I use buttons for during COVID-19?

At this time buttons can be used to give messages to your customers, residents, or employees. These can range from moral boosting slogans like VHC-Yountville’s buttons to reminding others to stay six feet away from each other. For retailers and restaurants, buttons can also be used to display your current promotions from a safe distance. That way, your message can be seen on many different fronts when your employees safely interact with your customers.

Do you only make pin-back buttons?

While pin-back buttons are our specialty, we also offer other wearable options including clothing magnet buttons and bulldog clip buttons. We also have non-traditional options that include Zipper Pulls® and fridge magnets. Promotional items do not just have to be limited to an individual wearing it, you can show it off in creative ways too!

Different types of button backings, showing an American flag design

How many buttons should I order?

It truly does depend on the use. If the button is going to be used for your employees, order just over the number of employees you have. That way, if a button gets lost it can be replaced and your employees do not have to share with each other. If you are giving buttons out to others, use your discretion on how many people will take and wear the buttons.

How long will it take to get my order?

We still are maintaining a full staff during this time and we will be able to produce and ship your orders like normal. Depending on the size of the order, we offer a FAST-TRACK 1- 4 business day production time for custom button orders needing quick turnaround times.

Questions?

If you have any questions about your custom button order or the ordering process, you can always give us a call at 623-445-9975, or send us an email at sales@custombuttons.com. You can also reach us through the chat feature on our website during business hours (8am-5pm Arizona Time). We are here to help in every step of your button ordering process, from beginning your order to shipping your buttons for delivery.

As always, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

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Everyone Loves Buttons – Especially Cabela’s

Everyone Loves Buttons® would like to focus our August customer spotlight on Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops, the number one outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. Cabela’s is a store that provides a unique shopping experience for the consumer. Cabela’s not only showcases items but it also provides an enhanced customer service experience with its wildlife museum and educational elements.

 

 

I recently visited one of the stores and although I am not a big outdoors person, I was very impressed by what it had to offer. Cabela’s acquired Bass Pro shops in 2017 and has since become the world leader in the hunting, fishing and outdoor gear space. This includes $3.8B in sales revenue from internet, mail order and 153 retail stores.

The wildlife educational component involves many stuffed animal exhibits that give insight into how each species exists in its natural habitat. It is an amazing sight and gives visitors, especially those with small children, an enjoyable experience. The eye-catching sights of the store include stuffed mammals and fish that cover the walls. Also, there are many plaques with detailed information.

After walking through the hunting apparel section, I noticed there was even a small aquarium. Cabela’s even takes the extra step to provide information on conservation when it comes to fishing or choosing which kinds of fish to buy.

One exhibit called Conservation Mountain includes a pond with live fish at the bottom. As the escalator ascends, you are able to see animals hidden in little caverns while children play in a cavity below. No detail is omitted when it comes to store displays or merchandising. Pinback custom buttons for store employees are part of their branding efforts.

One can witness a plethora of store employees exuberantly talking to customers about the latest fishing gear. You can really see the passion their employees have about the products they are selling and, of course, it is evident that they are very knowledgeable.

Cabela’s even contains an indoor archery range that is a place where people can actually use bows and arrows. This provides a wonderful opportunity to “try before you buy”.

The second floor smells like cinnamon and there is a general store that sells roasted almonds as well as over a dozen different types of fudge and roasted almonds. I had to go inside and purchase some because they looked (and tasted) so delectable!

Cabela’s is enormous, and you may get hungry for a snack or even a meal. Good thing Cabela’s Deli & Grill has you covered. They have a fairly expansive list of meat sandwiches and appetizers that would satisfy any craving. The rest of the top floor has toys for children and an abundant shoe selection. The Bargain Cave has items that are discounted that are not on the floor.

The history of Cabela’s is a rather interesting one. The corporate office is housed in a 250,000 square foot warehouse and it is ironic to think that it started with very humble roots. In 1961 Dick Cabela came up with a plan to sell fishing flies he purchased while attending a furniture show in Chicago. After a couple of rounds

of rewritten newspaper ads, one of which was placed in a national outdoor magazine, orders started flying in from men and women around the country. Dick and his wife Mary ran their business from their kitchen table and it wasn’t until three years later (when the business started to grow) that they moved it to their family member’s business basement. Dick and Mary took no salary during the early years during its early growth phase so that they could reinvest profits for new equipment, bigger facilities and mailings.

Although Cabela’s main source of revenue comes from its world famous catalog business, they have shown huge online growth. Their site was first launched in 1998 which was actually one year after our own company Everyone Loves Buttons® began. Cabelas has positioned itself as the go-to source for reasonably priced, high-quality outdoor equipment.

Cabela’s also has its own credit card (you can even earn points to redeem for merchandise), a magazine called Outfitter Journal as well as award-winning television shows that are not only educational but also brand-building. In addition, there are also corporate sponsorships for competitive fisherman.

Cabela’s (CAB) went public in 2004 and the stock value increased 40% during the initial trading period, becoming one of the most successful Wall Street debuts in more recent history.
Cabela’s continues to embrace the original philosophy that the customer is No. 1 – not unlike our very own Everyone Loves Buttons®.

Bass Pro Shops loves Everyone Loves Buttons® too!

 

 

Bass Pro Shops was founded in 1972 by angler Johnny Morris on eight-square-feet of space in the back of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri. Today Bass Pro Shops is part of Cabela’s 200 retail and marine center locations across North America.

Just like Dick Cabela, Johnny had the same passion for the outdoors together the merged brands were a perfect match, offering top quality products with superior shopping experiences.

In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s offering superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Together these brands totally transformed the industry.

More than 200 million visitors go to these stores more than 200 million visitors annually. It is interesting to that that each location is tailored to reflect its geographical region. In addition to giant aquariums with live fish and mounted wildlife (and dioramas), many locations feature unique restaurants and ocean-themed bowling alleys.

It is very evident that together Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops are much more than a superbrand and a bunch of retail stores. ELB produces different promotional buttons for both stores. Both Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops represent a lifestyle and their successes are outcomes of adhering to a core philosophy, never wavering. Also, their firm commitment to employees is demonstrated by rewarding them with a generous employee benefit package.

Whether you own a large corporation like Cabelas or Bass Pro Shops, have a small business or work for a company. We got you covered. We welcome all of your business and can fulfill your custom button needs here at Everyone Loves Buttons®.

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Customer Spotlight: Tacotopia

One of our newest custom button clients is Tacotopia where every day is Taco Tuesday!

 

If you are thinking of heading off to California for July 4th festivities this year, be sure to get your ticket online to Tacotopia, one of the newest tourist spots starring “you”. Tacotopia is a unique, Instagram-able pop-up amusement “park” located in the heart of downtown Santa Monica at the Third Street Promenade. Tacotopia features over 25 artistic exhibits to immerse yourself in.

This type of museum allows you to take unlimited photographs of yourself and your friends (or make new ones there). This traveling exhibit has already visited Austin, TX earlier this year and is headed to Chicago, Miami and New York. A ticket not only allows you to get 25+ experiences, but you also get to eat tacos from Azule Taqueria, a nearby restaurant three doors down. In addition, you will receive a bottle of Cholula, a Jarritos soft drink, as well as have access to their Cholula sample bar.

One of the fun exhibit highlights include riding the mechanical taco, which is by far the most popular exhibit to visit. You can also dive into the guacamole pit, swing on a lime wedge, test your skills in the Lucha Libra ring and spin in the Tostada Bowl.

One of their fun exhibitions, the mechanical taco!

You can definitely have a one-of-a-kind memorable experience there. Also, be sure to explore their online store at https://atacotopia.com/home/shop/ or on-site gift shop which features taco-themed swag including clothing, buttons, magnets, stickers, and more!

No car? No worries! There is a Metro hub nearby for easy access, as well as the Santa Monica Pier and beach.

Spend the day and just relax by the beach with Tacotopia!

Customer Spotlight: The Minnesota Zoo Foundation

This week’s Customer Spotlight shines on the Minnesota Zoo Foundation! Operating since 1978, this organization has supported the Minnesota Zoo and its affiliated programs for over 40 years.

 

In addition to funding the Zoo’s staff and facilities, they also provide support to care for all of the Zoo’s animals, the conservation efforts of wild animals, and the Zoo’s educational programs. The Minnesota Zoo Foundation strives to ensure that everyone has a great experience learning about animals and our natural environment from helping people access the zoo to bringing the zoo to people who are not able to attend.

 

 

The Minnesota Zoo Foundation recently had buttons made for their upcoming Give to the Max Day. This is their annual day of fundraising that provides a unique experience to anyone who participates. This year’s event is on November 15th, and marks the event’s 10th anniversary. It follows a “choose your own adventure” theme that can be enjoyed online from anywhere, including at home! You get to pick your favorite animals from their social media polls during the fundraiser, and the animals with the most votes in each round of voting will be featured on their livestream. Click here to visit their Facebook and vote!

 

This year the Foundation is hoping to raise $75,000 during Give to the Max Day, and if you would like to help support them click here to visit their website and donate.

 

We would like to give a big thank you to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation for choosing us to make your buttons!

 

Customer Spotlight: Storey and the Tellers!

Our next Customer Spotlight shines on the talented group Storey and the Tellers, an alternative rock trio taking on Los Angeles!

 

Storey Sheinberg’s love of music led her to start the group in 2008 at Pitzer College in Los Angeles, California. Storey is currently the lead songwriter and guitarist, and has been a large part of the creative force behind the group since the very beginning. She draws inspiration from her love of music, and musical artists including Bruce Springsteen, The E Street Band, The Lil Smokies, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, and the Infamous Stringdusters.

 

 

Since their founding, Storey and the Tellers has quickly gained the attention of the Los Angeles music scene.

 

Belonging to the Alternative Rock genre, their music uses powerful guitar chords to accompany their thoughtful lyrics. Combining their sources of inspiration with their originality, they have created a sound that is distinctly their own.

 

They recently performed alongside other local bands at The Satellite in Los Angeles, CA. We were thrilled Storey and the Tellers chose us to help make the night extra special for their fans by ordering their own custom buttons!

 

 

Interested in hearing their music? Listen to their original songs here on Soundcloud!

 

Be sure to connect with them on Facebook and Instagram for band updates and news about their upcoming shows!

Customer Spotlight: Wes Smith, a Funky DJ from San Diego

Today we are dedicating our customer spotlight post to Wes Smith!

 

Wes Smith is an electronic DJ and producer from San Diego, California, and runs Juice Recordings Studio. His music features heavy bass and remixed vocals to create funky  dance and EDM beats that are sure to get any party started. Since 2011 he has been creating original music and collaborating with several of his peers to make chart toping hits. One of his newest tracks, “We Got it Made” features a collaboration with The DropStarz and can be streamed on his Spotify and Apple Music profiles, and purchased through Beatport and Itunes.

 

Wes SmithHis powerful beats have been featured on many radio programs, dance floors, top podcasts, and more. Wes recently created music on “TTR World Tour”, a combat racing game released in 2013.

 

Wes has performed in venues and festivals across the United States, playing his top hits like “Bring Back That Funk”. You can watch him perform live later this month at the Electric Love Music Festival in Agassiz, British Columbia, and might hear some new music from his albums “Juice Night Out” Volumes 1 & 2.

 

In addition to creating lively EDM music that ranks high on the charts, he hosts a livestream called the Wes Smith Variety ShYo where he talks with friends, peers, and other professional musicians. They talk about their experiences in the industry, their music, and overall experiences. Watch it on YouTube, or listen here on his Soundcloud.

 

You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Be sure to also check out his website at www.itswessmithyo.com.

 

We are thrilled that Wes chose us to help him spread the word about his studio using our custom buttons! Order yours today at www.custombuttons.com, and show us how you share your message by tagging it with #WithAButton for a chance to be featured on our next spotlight post.

 

Girl Scouts – No Prob-Llama

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When you think of Girl Scouts, you might think of beige and green uniforms, Girl Scout Cookies, and little girls earning their badges. However the Girl Scouts are more than just that…

In 1912, founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low set out to create an organization that would prepare young girls for the world using three C pillars: Courage, Confidence, and Character. Today the Girl Scouts Missions Statement reads: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. It took Juliette and 18 other girls in Savannah, Georgia to create the Girl Scout movement that is thriving today. Over 90 countries and more than 59 million alumnae have come together to share adventures and make the world a better place with the nearly 3 million current Girl Scout members.

 

Did you know that celebrities like Taylor Swift, Abigail Breslin, Dakota Fanning, and Carrie Fisher, were once Girl Scouts themselves? Also 15 of the 20 women in the US Senate are Girl Scout alumnae.

With great leadership and role models, the Girl Scouts are able to help girls develop their full potential through a wide variety of experiences, which include field trips, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships.

One way that the Girl Scouts are able to develop their full potential is through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. This cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the world. An estimated 200 million boxes of cookies are sold each year, which equates to nearly $800 million worth of cookies. Girl Scouts believes that by having their girls sell cookies, the girls are learning life skills and confidence. The girls learn about goal setting, money management, people skills, and business ethics, which are all essential skills to learn to be a successful leader in life. The most popular cookie sold each year are the Thin Mints, followed closely by Samoas/Caramel Delights and Tagalong/Peanut Butter Patties.

By being a Girl Scout, not only will you have new experiences, you will get to see how amazing the world around you is and just how awesome you, the girls, and women around you truly are.

Here are Everyone Loves Buttons, we understand what it takes to be a success Women Owned Business and we love seeing the Girl Scout buttons that come through here each year. This year we received an order of buttons from the Girl Scouts of Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont that are positively adorable. Getting Girl Scout cookies from them will be No Prob-llama! #LuvMyButtons

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CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT – Newbury Comics

CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT – Newbury Comics

Newbury Comics is a unique franchise that began in 1978, specializing in music, movies, and pop culture goods. Based out of Massachusetts they have expanded to 26 locations. Their legacy consists of scouring the globe for interesting and thought provoking merchandise, supporting independent artists and cultural visionaries, exceptional customer service, and making sure that their customers trust and respect the quality of the goods and services provided.

Through social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, they connect with their customers in a distinctive way. They are able to show off new merchandise, advertise new sales, and sent out reminders for upcoming events. One way that really gets their customers together is their scavenger hunt. Newbury Comics releases the hunts via social media and off their customers go in search of ways to fulfill the requests. Hilarity insures from best birthday cakes, to finding people in cosplay costumes, to gathering people with the Newbury Comics logo shirts. The winners of the scavenger hunt win gift cards and even a trophy with the famous Toothface icon on top. One thing’s for sure, their customers have a lot of fun in their friendly and hip environment whether it’s in store, online, or on social media.

If you’re in the Boston area July 31, August 1 & 2, stop by and say hello to Newbury Comics as they team up with Boston Comic Con located at the Seaport World Trade Center. They are also helping host the third annual pre-convention Comic Con Parade & Costume Contest on July 22nd. Prizes for the top three adult contestants and for the top three children contestants will be awarded. The parade and costume contest is free and open to the public but space is limited. During the convention Newbury Comics will be giving out free promotional items so stop by and visit their booth!

We’ve been partnered with Newbury Comics since 2006, and they are nothing but awesome! This time around we made their iconic Toothface logo on white and black 1” buttons. So keep a look out for these cool 1” buttons and keep rocking out with Newbury Comics.

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Customer Spotlight: Advocates fight pay cuts for caretakers of developmentally disabled

How custom buttons can help make a statement or get a your message across!

Advocates fight pay cuts for caretakers of developmentally disabled

Governor cut $9M from pay increases for direct-care workers last year

UPDATED 6:15 PM EST Feb 19, 2015

 

Video Link Transcript:  THIS IS 11 NEWS AT 5 P.M.. NEW AT 5:30 — ADVOCATES FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ARE CALLING ON LEGISLATORS TO RESTORE $12 MILLION IN FUNDING CUTS BY GOVERNOR HOGAN THIS YEAR. IN FACT, SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE SHOWED UP IN ANNAPOLIS TODAY WEARING BUTTON SAYING KEEP YOUR PROMISE. DAVID COLLINS JOINS US NOW LIVE FROM ANNAPOLIS WITH TONIGHT’S SESSION 2015 UPDATE. THE CROWD CARRIED IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS AND A POWERFUL MESSAGE. IT WAS PART RALLY, STARTED SESSION AND A HUGE DOSE OF MUCH-NEEDED ENCOURAGEMENT. SEVERAL HUNDRED DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED PEOPLE, THEIR ADVOCATES, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS ASCENDED UPON THE STATE HOUSE. THEY WANT LAWMAKERS TO KEEP THE PROMISE TO ADDRESS THE GROWING WAITING LIST FOR SERVICES AND TO RESTORE CUTS IN WAGES TO THOSE WHO TAKE CARE OF THEM. THE CUTS TO THE DIRECT SUPPORT STAFF REALLY DO REPRESENT A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO LIFE A MARYLANDERS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. GOVERNOR HOGAN CUT $9 MILLION FROM THE PAY INCREASE GIVEN TO DIRECT CARE WORKERS. IT CAME LAST YEAR. THE RACE WAS DESIGNED TO REDUCE SERVE OVER — TURNOVER. SLASHING THE RACE MEANS WALMART AND FAST FOOD JOBS PAY BETTER. THE DIRECT SUPPORT STAFF WE HIRE HALF OF THE SKILL, THEY HAVE TO BE CERTAIN BY — CERTIFIED OFTENTIMES. AND WHEN THOSE JOB BECOME MINIMUM WAGE, IT MEANS WE ARE COMPETING WITH OR LESS STRESSFUL JOBS. ADVOCATES OF PRESSING LAWMAKERS FOR ANOTHER $3 MILLION TO HELP RELIEVE A WAITING LIST FOR SERVICES TO MORE THAN 8000 PEOPLE ARE ON IT. WHEN A 25 OF THEM ARE CONSIDERED IN CRITICAL NEED. STEPHANIE PETERSON 32-YEAR-OLD SON IS A CRITICAL CASE IN POINT. SHE SAYS IT HAS BECOME DIFFICULT FOR HER TO WORK ON DO ANYTHING ELSE BUT TAKE CARE OF HIM. YOU KNOW HE’S GOT MORE VOLATILE. HE’S GOT MORE AGGRESSIVE. ADVICE COME AS A YOU KNOW THE WAITING WITH NO END IN SIGHT, THERE’S NO MONEY TO HELP PEOPLE LIKE MY SON. LAST OR, THE COMMUNITY HAD A POWERFUL ALLY WITH LEVERAGE. FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR SENATOR MATT MILTON HELD AT THE MINIMUM-WAGE BILL UNTIL FUNDING ISSUES WITH DIRECT CARE WORKERS WAS SETTLED. WOULD GIVE US HOPE IS THAT THE BUDGET COMMITTEES ARE REALLY THE ONES WHO HAVE TO MAKE BUDGET DECISIONS AND WE HAVE SOME GREAT CHAMPIONS ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEES. SO WE’RE LOOKING FOR THEM TO RESTORE THE FUNDING AND KEEP THE PROMISE TO MARYLANDERS WITH DISABILITIES.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —Advocates for the developmentally disabled called on state lawmakers Thursday to restore $12 million in funding cuts made by Gov. Larry Hogan this year.

Several hundred developmentally disabled people, their advocates, family and friends descended upon the State House Thursday, asking lawmakers to keep their promise to address a growing waiting list for services and to restore cuts in wages to caretakers.

“The cuts to the direct support staff really do represent a clear and present danger to lives of Marylanders with intellectual disabilities,” said Mat Rice, public policy director of People on the Go.

The governor cut $9 million from the pay increase given to direct-care workers last year. The raise was designed to reduce turnover. Slashing the raise means that Walmart and fast-food jobs pay better.

“The direct support staff we hire have to be skilled, they have to be trained, they have to be certified oftentimes, and when those jobs become minimum wage, it means we are competing with far less stressful jobs,” said Laura Howell of the Maryland Association of Community Services.

Advocates are pressing lawmakers for another $3 million to help relieve a waiting list for services. More than 8,000 people are on the list, 125 of whom are considered in critical need.

Stephanie Peterson, whose 32-year-old son is one of those critical cases, said it has become difficult for her to work or do anything else but take care of him.

“He’s gotten more volatile. He’s gotten more aggressive. He bites, so the waiting with no end in sight, there’s no money to help people like my son,” Peterson said.

Last year, the community had a powerful ally with leverage. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mac Middleton held up the minimum wage increase bill until funding issues with direct-care workers were settled.

“What gives us hope is that the budget committees are really the ones who have to make budget decisions, and we have some great champions on the budget committees. So we are looking to them to restore the funding and keep the promise to Marylanders with disabilities,” Powell said.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford addressed the crowd on Thursday but did not say whether the administration would reconsider funding cuts.

 

Customer Spotlight JibJab – Chasing the Great American Dream

Customer Spotlight JibJab- Chasing the Great American Dream

One of Everyone Loves Buttons® newest clients is JibJab out of Venice,CA. They have such an inspirational story that we wanted to feature them in our customer spotlight.

JibJab was founded in 1999 by Evan and Gregg Spiridellis and can truly be considered one of the pioneer companies of online digital entertainment, production and distribution. JibJab escalated in popularity during the 2004 US presidential election when their political satire video of George W. Bush and John Kerry singing “This Land is Your Land” became a hit. The company creates, produces and distributes original content. On their website there are three main sections which include eCards, “Everyday Fun Sendables” such as funny videos; and “Originals,” including “This Land,” “Time for Some Campaignin’,” and “Big Box Mart.”

Jib Jab is based in Venice, CA and employs over 90 people which include artists, comedians, writers, musicians, performers, technologists and business people to produce world-class original entertainment on the Internet.

Originally Gregg was an MBA student studying investment banking at the Wharton School of Business while Evan was an award winning animator. In 1999 production costs were low while distribution opportunities were opening up. Although the brothers lacked media industry experience, they believed that they could create a ground-breaking brand of entertainment. They got a few thousand dollars together and created JibJab in a Brooklyn apartment.

Originally they produced high end eCards for other websites. In February 2000, they had their first viral video hit which was an interactive video of the Founding Fathers rapping about the Declaration of Independence. They then had an even larger hit featuring George Bush and Al Gore in a rap battle for the 2000 presidential election. Thid video was one of the web’s first viral videos, landing on Fox’s MadTV, ABC News, CNN and a host of other national media outlets.

Although the brothers were well on their way to success, the dot-com crash occurred and they lost all of their clients. Finding a way to keep their business alive, the brothers created a line of gag gifts and sold them through clothing and gift stores. They also created animations for companies like Disney, Noggin and Kraft. They even published a children’s book with rap super star LL Cool J!

In 2002, they decided to leave Brooklyn and head out west to Los Angeles for greater opportunities, determined to make a living while making people laugh. The first two years were challenging but productive. They published a best-selling holiday book for Disney, produced a series of viral animations for Sony and created a film that was part of the Sundance Online Film Festival.

It wasn’t until July 9, 2004, that Evan and Gregg Spiridellis released “THIS LAND” that their dream was realized almost overnight. The video instantly went viral around the world and got instant media attention. The Today Show, ABC News, Jay Leno, CNN, FOX, CNBC, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Variety, Los Angeles Times and hundreds of other media outlets from around the world covered the story.

Evan and Gregg grew JibJab into a nationally recognized brand by being obsessed about the quality of the programming and products they produce and always keeping the American dream alive.

 

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