PPAI Magazine March 2023

Kam Designs Inc. PPAI 813292 Kapan-Kent Co. Inc. PPAI 817338 Kiremada PPAI 817225 Kona Engraving PPAI 751126 Kopri Signs & Graphics LLC PPAI 817457 Krisper Dynamics PPAI 812665 LA Promo Agency Inc. PPAI 816026 LAINE TOO PPAI 674902 LEFTHAND PRINT WORKS PPAI 715126 Le’s Engravers Inc. PPAI 816436 LG Promotions PPAI 815822 Lime Biscuit PPAI 689537 LIONHEART PRINTERS PPAI 740088 Little Mountain Printing PPAI 543871 LNX Promotions LLC PPAI 809478 M.K. DISTRIBUTORS Inc. PPAI 655917 M3 Enterprises PPAI 815627 Mad Men Marketing PPAI 816288 Maddock Promotions PPAI 814245 Maine Street Graphics Inc. PPAI 106655 Majestik Printing & Promotional Advertising PPAI 304410 Mango Merch PPAI 803683 McCarthy Print PPAI 814546 MellowMeadow PPAI 814499 MERCHANFACTORY PPAI 814106 Merchful PPAI 100466 MightyM Designs PPAI 816158 Milbrandt Designs PPAI 818280 Model Citizen Branding Provisions PPAI 815729 Moguls Media PPAI 710291 MoMac Promotional PPAI 475727 Community | New Members How did your company get its start? As a proud certified women-owned and service disabled veteran-owned small textile manufacturing business, we first started in 2014 when both our previous careers ended. My sister and I started to sew hooded blanket ponchos and sell them online. As soon as demand took off, we knew we had a real niche and started to mass produce. We have been a successful B2C manufacturer and in 2020 expanded into the B2B market. We now sell our expansive wholesale catalog to mass retailers like Meijer, Harris Teeter, pOpshelf and Walgreens. We are proud to share that we also expanded into offering private label textiles to our large corporate partners, along with the government sector. What led your company to enter the promotional products market? Natural expansion into the B2B market directed us to the promotional products market because of the uniqueness and high quality of our soft-line textiles. After being approached by small businesses and offering our private label cut-and-sew services, we felt a natural match would be the promotional products and corporate branding market. Blankets have always been our specialty, and when you work with us, you support our give-back initiative, fundraiserblankets.com, which allow schools a custom branded way to easily raise funds for programs they need. What’s your favorite thing about being in the promotional products industry? The community itself is creative, resilient and holds the same values as our brand and staff and the communities we service. We feel we can be a diverse vendor that adds value in a new industry, and with our creative “products with purpose” touches, you can then also provide your end users with a spectacular textile product that is women-owned and veteran-owned. Why did you join PPAI? We joined PPAI to expand our brand awareness in the promotional products and corporate branding industry. We want to create a community of vendors who match with our brand motto, products with purpose, and to also expand the opportunity for branded blankets and towels to not only carry your names but also to impact lives. New Member Spotlight Barbara Kent Founder & CEO Joanna Serra Founder & COO Birdy Boutique PPAI 812642 www.BirdyBoutique.com 88 • MARCH 2023 • PPAI