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January 17, 2009 Leave a comment

When you do good, good is done back to you.

One afternoon I was walking by the Student Center in School and I saw a friend of mine at table trying to raise extra funds for an event she was an Organizer of. They were taking $1 or $2 donation, but I made a $10 donation; and they were so grateful. I just felt I did my part seeing as a friend was involved. Also had a choice of a brownie or cupcake. I took the brownie ‘cuz the same friend baked them; and they were rather yummy.
Not too long after, the same lady asked if I could make buttons for the occasion they were having if I was given the design, and I did. I made 10 which she asked for as samples. The others loved them!

And so later on, they made a bulkier order. However, they needed them to be 1.5 inches cuz at 1 inch, the design wasn’t too catchy. I talked to Levi, another Partner, he makes larger buttons than I do and it wasn’t a prob. The amount was kind of enormous ‘cuz of the amount they wanted and felt l needed to help them out even though it was business. So that’s what made me introduce the Student Discount. Which brought their bill a lot lower and I got a free ticket too!

The Event, the Ontario Universities & Colleges Hip Hop (O.U.C.H.) Dance Off 2008 was totally off the hook! It was even hosted by one of my favorite TV personalities, Matte Babel of Much Music. He’s awesome lol. I couldn’t stay to the end however, I had another event that same night to sell buttons at!

The coolest part was seeing the members of the different dance crews with their OUCH Buttons on. I felt so honored! lol.

new craze

January 10, 2009 2 comments

I traveled back home to Nigeria for the Christmas holidays in 2008 as a surprise to my family and friends. And what a surprise it was especially for sisters and close friends. Everyone told me how proud of me they were, prayed for me and encouraged me. I was so happy.

My youngest sister told me the demand for the buttons in her university was ridiculous. I didn’t know what she meant until when she took about 50 different All-Me buttons to her school on the Saturday she resumed and sold them all (plus some of hers) by Sunday! I was dazed! I got a lot more for her and they sold out too. A very close friend of mine also took some football club buttons to a Manchester United/Chelsea Football Match TV Spot, and the buttons got sold out!

More students at Covenant University placed orders before I left. I was excited until I got back to Canada and it was time to work on them and have all the orders sorted out. There were so many of them, it took over week to get them ready! Because of the great response, before I left Nigeria, I set up a bank account the company so customers could easily pay after they placing orders and receiving their e-bills. It all works out so well because the bank I opened the account with is so efficient that emails/SMS notifications are automatically sent once the account is credited or debited. Pearl Creations has sure a strong presence a few Nigerian colleges/universities that we make constant deliveries to Nigeria every month!

We’e picking up steam, and not just in Nigeria, even some small local businesses are on our delivery list because of our new innovations. We’re introducing some new colorful buttons with campaigns to go along with them!

– The Smiley Invasion:  They are yellow, have ‘feelings’ & ’emotions’ and aren’t afraid to express themselves!  No matter what expression you want/need or cant express, we’ve got you covered!

– Loonies & Toonies: It’s no good leaving the kiddies and cartoon lovers out of the ‘button craze’…it’s just not fair! Get your favorite cartoon character(s) on a button today. There are hundreds to choose from. 

 

– FramesThey are the new buttons under the All-Me Buttons line. They are buttons that will have photos on them with or without a few wordings.
– The SupersIt’s funny how many super heroes have gone from imagination to comic books to action figures to movies. Now, Pearl Creations has the new trend – buttoned heroes!
We have Batman, Spider Man, We have Superman, Wolverine and more.

Last year, we were skeptical about introducing a different button size, especially since the 1-inch buttons carry pretty much anything, and a reasonable number of words. However, when we got a contract from the University of Lagos’ Engineering Faculty and the order was for large buttons, things changed. The last innovation is size.

As seen above, we have 2 new sizes – 1.25-inches and 1.5-inches. They are almost twice the size of the 1.0-inch button. This obviously means a little more space for wordings, pictures and designs – giving bolder presentations. What’s more? Unlike other companies, they also cost the same as the 1.0-inch buttons! The only catch is, for the larger sizes, a minimum of 30 buttons has to be ordered per design.
Our innovations have made us aggressive. Presently, we working on contracts with a few banks, and it’s looking good.

Buttons are the new black lol!

happy 2009

January 1, 2009 1 comment

Happy New Year!

A new year means a new beginning, a fresh start. For Pearl Creations, a new year means fresh ideas and innovations.
I like to thank you for your patronage, both big and small during our first year of business.
We look forward to bringing you new exciting products and offering better services this year.
That said, I wish you an amazing new year. Pearl Creations is a year today!
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