After a couple of years trying to be a local business that offered small run orders of products to help fellow local entrepreneurs both brand and build their businesses, I have determined that there is just not enough local support to continue to run the business in this manner.
However, I have decided that I am not ready to close my doors … I love making products! I love selling products! I love the idea of entrepreneurship! I love the idea of connecting with customers! I love the satisfaction that comes with happy customers!
That being said, I have decided to refocus all my resources – time, money and energy, into promoting my own custom merchandise going forward. This means that Ironworks Press will no longer be providing its blank products as a small run branding or as a unique gifting option. There will still be an opportunity for retailers and designers with their own custom designs to work with Ironworks Press in a wholesale capacity, and the details of the wholesale program will be included with the restructure and rebuild of my website. I am also looking forward to sharing the replacement of my Brand Associate Program with highly motivated individuals very soon!
I am confident that this is the right decision to keep my company viable and strong. My Fun Buttons and related Fun Buttons merchandise are fun and exciting to both make and market. Along with the Pride merchandise, there are also several other custom collections that are currently being designed, and will be offered to resellers soon.
The hardest part of my decision comes with having to say goodbye to some of my staff during this transition. My hope is to welcome them back (if they are available) very soon as Ironworks Press grows in another direction.
To my customers, I thank you for supporting my business and for your referrals! To my fellow entrepreneurs, I wish you all continued success as you work hard to achieve your dreams!