30 Reasons Why BPC Is the Perfect Printing Partner

BPC is continuing the year of 30 celebration by giving you a few great reasons to work with us and how we strive to be your perfect printing partner. Sure, we make amazing products to achieve your company’s goals, but did you know we once played our own version of Fear Factor in the office? (It was interesting, to say the least.) Here’s a little more about us:

  1. We’re treating year 30 as an opportunity for change, and we’d love for you to follow along with us on the journey!
  2. We make marketing superheroes with our wide range of promotional items and super-fast service.
  3. We always keep up with the latest and greatest in the printing industry on our blog.
  4. BPC was born and raised in San Diego County, and every day we are grateful to call it our home!
  5. We provide designs with the environment in mind. Check out a few of the options you have when it comes to green printing.
  6. We work with an amazing team of dedicated printing professionals who are always eager to work for you.
  7. We keep our customers up-to-date on the latest trends in the printing industry.
  8. From pens to PopSockets, we can cover a wide range of your branded promotional needs. No idea is too big!
  9. We post some pretty hilarious office antics on our YouTube channel.
  10. Looking for some added brand exposure? We can print or embroider your logo on a variety of sportswear.
  11. We love posting on social media. Check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!
  12. We provide quick, quality collateral printing for any project, big or small.
  13. Not quite sure where to start? Request a free, one-on-one print consultation with one of our experts!
  14. Our website has an easy-to-use artwork upload tool. Just send over graphic files for your print projects, and we’ll get to work!
  15. We’re proactive about avoiding printing mistakes on customer projects.
  16. We have a lot of fun at work.
  17. Our customers really, really like us. But don’t take our word for it! Check out a few of our reviews.
  18. We provide customizable products for the medical and dental industry. From HIPAA forms to follow-up care sheets, we’ve got you covered.
  19. We’ve got a really fun, diverse team of people. Learn a little bit about what makes them tick here!
  20. Our network of suppliers specializes in a variety of apparel, printing or promotions generation. This allows BPC to employ the “perfect match” for every print project.
  21. Stuck in a rut? We’re full of ideas for unique corporate gifts.
  22. We love to give back to the community. We can’t wait to share what’s coming!
  23. We make it easy for you to get a quote on your apparel project right on our website.
  24. We have an Under $1 section full of great marketing collateral if you’ve got a tight deadline on an even tighter budget.
  25. Our FAQ page answers your common printing questions up-front.
  26. Our expansions over the years have allowed us to serve customers in new locations, and we don’t plan on slowing down any time soon!
  27. Did you know? We offer free Professional Graphic Support and free Collateral Warehousing.
  28. Our staff’s talents go beyond the walls of BPC. One of our team members has his very own art on display at a gallery in Fallbrook, California!
  29. Okay, okay, we know it’s only March. But have you thought about your holiday cards this year? We have.
  30. All in all, we genuinely, passionately, whole-heartedly care about our customers.

As you can see, there’s a lot to know about BPC (and we’ve only scratched the surface!). Contact us today to meet and get started with a talented team who would love to do great work for you.

Year of 30! 30 Years of Business Printing Company

This August will mark the 30th year that BPC has been in business. We thought it would be a fun idea to use our blog to showcase our “ year of 30 .” We’ll use the blog to share ideas, tips, news, and more, all relating to the number 30.

Since this will be the first entry, we thought it would be fitting to talk about our history. Where we started, where we are now, and how we got here.

In 1988, William Ball founded Business Forms from his home. In the coming years, Ball’s wife and son, Eric, joined the company and they hired their first driver.

Between 1993 and ‘95, we opened our first office in Mission Valley, California and changed our name to Express Business Printing. Around this time, we also started expanding our business-to-business product lines.

In 2000-01, we rebranded once again to Express Printing Information Management Company. We then acquired the company Positive Image and moved our headquarters to Sorrento Valley.

In 2004-5, we became one of the first ten companies in California approved as a security printer and produced controlled substance prescription forms. We also incorporated and, at last, became Business Printing Company, Inc. We launched an online inventory integration in 2006; giving our customers more flexibility and the ability to view, update, and order their custom stock from anywhere.

Between 2007 and 2010, we acquired multiple service and customer bases, and merged with Commercial Printing Centre.

2011 brought a new design to our website and we went social. Customers and the like could now follow BPC across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and our blog!

We moved our headquarters in 2015 to El Cajon, California. We now reside in bigger and all around better facilities, which ensures we can do the best possible work for our customers. We also acquired Classic Imprints, an apparel branding, embroidering, and printing company.

In 2016, we added a product specialist in Boise, Idaho. He is able to provide direct, one-on-one service to our customers there.

That leads us to today, in year 30 of service. We couldn’t be more proud or any happier. We have an amazing staff and, above all else, incredible customers who are like our family. None of this would be possible without all of you, so thank you!

If you’d ask us what we think about turning 30, we’d say we’re still just getting started. There’s lot of change coming our way in 2018. Stay tuned for those announcements!

Common Printing Mistakes

Mistakes happen. That’s a fact of being human. Mistakes happen for many reasons: lack of understanding, inadequate time or timeframe, not paying attention, or hundreds of other things. When it comes to mistakes, the most you can hope for is to learn from the ones you’ve made and to try not to make them again.

Since we’re in the printing business, we thought it would be helpful to share some of the most common printing mistakes we’ve seen and how you can avoid them when you start a new print job or project.

  1. Poor image resolution. We see this issue come up a lot. Just because an image looks crisp and clear on your desktop or printout in the office doesn’t necessarily mean it will be crisp and clear on a large printed item. To ensure your images do look their best, make sure you are using the highest resolution possible. We recommend 300 ppi or higher, at minimum.
  2. Spelling errors. Typos and misspellings are easy to miss and expensive to fix. If a type of misspelling is found after your print run is complete, the printer will need to do an entire new run, which can double your costs. Ensure you have at least two people read through the project before sending it the printer. Once you receive a proof, have two more people look it over before approving to print.
  3. Designing in RGB. RGB colors are only good for things viewed on a screen. If you’re designing something to print, make sure you design with CMYK colors. You can check the colors in any program that’s used to edit or create graphics, like Photoshop.
  4. Not having a bleed. Having a bleed means your image extends to the edge of a document, leaving no white margin. This ensures that once an item is printed and cut, no edge will be unprinted. If you send an item to the printer with no bleed, you could end up with a poster or card with white edges – something you didn’t design for. We recommend having a 1/8” – 1/4” inch bleed on all projects.

These are just a few of the common printing mistakes we see here at BPC. While working with you on your projects, we’ll ensure we do absolutely everything we can to avoid these and any other common printing mistakes we see.

Unique Corporate Gifts – Ideas

Holidays are a great time to say thank you or remind a client or customer that you appreciate them, but often times, businesses end up sending gifts with a short shelf life, like candy or fruit. Here at BPC, we like to think that the best kind of corporate holiday gifts are unique gifts – ones that serve a purpose, no matter what month it is, and, in turn, keep your business top of mind all year round!

Here’s a quick roundup of our favorite gifts to give:

  • Calendars: Whether you choose to send a wall, desk, or perpetual calendar, you know your name will stick around for at least a year and is likely something customers or clients will look at almost daily. Plus, calendars are super customizable and come in many different shapes and sizes to ensure the one you create makes a statement.
  • Coasters: We said these would be unique corporate gifts! Anyone who has ever had a water bottle or cup of coffee on their desk knows about the condensation rings that are left behind. Coasters are perfect way to solve a common workplace problem while giving customers or clients something to look at every day (your company logo)
  • Coffee Mugs: As noted above, a staple of almost every desk is a coffee mug. Sending mugs as a gift definitely ensures prominent placement around your customer’s or client’s office. There are so many different shapes, sizes, types, and colors to choose from, so while a coffee mug may not seem very special, you and your team can create one that’s really unique and stands out among all the others.
  • Blankets: We know this one sounds out there, but sending a nice, cozy blanket as a holiday gift feels really personal, as well as thoughtful and inviting. The blankets may not stay at the office all year, but a quality blanket will end up going home with your client or customer. This means every time they cuddle up with it, they’re going to be thankful for you!

These are just a few of our favorite unique corporate gift ideas; check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

4 Tips for Sending the Perfect Corporate Holiday Card

We know what you’re thinking… it’s September, why are you talking to us about our holiday cards already?! But, the reality is, football season has started, Halloween candy is already on the shelves, and Thanksgiving is around the corner. If you’re planning to send corporate holiday cards, now is the time to start thinking about them!

Here are a few quick tips to get your team started!

  1. Plan ahead. It takes time to design, proof, and print your cards. If you wait too long to get started, you can end up paying for rush printing and shipping. While you should think of your corporate holiday cards as an investment in your business, extra fees always sting.

    Additionally, printers get extremely busy this time of year, so the further out you schedule your project, the less you have to worry about tight deadlines and setbacks.

  1. Don’t skimp. Your holiday cards are a direct reflection of your business. Printing them on low-quality paper or with low-grade ink can send the wrong message. The investment in quality can make the difference between a throwaway holiday card or one that is remembered and kept throughout the season and beyond.
  1. Personalize. Each card should contain a handwritten personal message from your team. Adding these personal touches to your card shows clients that you value their business as well as the relationship you have with them.
  1. Add in something extra. If you can, send a little something in each corporate holiday card. It could be simple, like a desk item – a 2018 calendar, a nice pen, a notebook or it could be something a bit bigger – chocolates, padfolio, leather bound journal, or wine. The extra gift will be appreciated and keep you top of mind moving into the New Year.

So what are you waiting for? Time to get moving, before you know it, the holidays will be here!

And don’t forget, BPC is the perfect go-to partner for corporate holiday cards and executive gifts!