Honoring a Special Olympics Coach

From brand exposure to product promotion, donations benefit our company in many ways. But the joy we get from them does not come from those benefits. It comes from knowing we have helped others in some way. Here at Coller Industries Incorporated, we take our responsibility to the community seriously. So, we are always looking for donation opportunities. Recently, we had the privilege of giving back to our local community here in Salt Lake County, Utah. Give a big cheer to our latest donation recipient: The Panthers Special Olympics Utah Team.

Examples of Coller Industries Incorporated products, including name tags, badge holder, name plate, award plaque, lanyard and rosette ribbon.

A Special Olympics team pays tribute to their coach a month after her passing.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Vertical Graphic Ribbons

A purple ribbon with a vertical orientation, imprinted with gold text and a heart graphic used for special olympics.

Made of quality satin, Vertical Graphic Ribbons are a popular choice for fundraisers, conventions and trade shows. While they are often used to promote products, services or sales, graphic ribbons can serve almost any purpose. And, they let you add a graphic or logo to go with your text. Customize the size, font, imprint and material colors to make these ribbons right for you. With different fastener options available, attach the ribbons to a piece of clothing or wear them with a name tag.

We donated 500 Vertical Graphic Ribbons to help the Panthers pay tribute to their former coach, Agnes Marino. A long time volunteer, she passed away September 17, 2019. Keith Tondro, an Assistant Equipment Manager for Special Olympics, spoke highly of Marino. “She gave many years of service and has been an icon for Special Olympics. These ribbons will be worn by the athletes as they compete in the Fall Sports Classic on October 18 and 19, 2019 in golf, bocce and soccer.”

The athletes wore purple badge ribbons to honor their coach as they competed in different locations in Salt Lake City, Utah. The ribbons included a heart with the name of their team and former coach. With the memory of Marino in their hearts, they played bocce ball at Northwest Middle School, golf at Rose Park Golf Course and soccer at Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex. They did Marino proud by placing third in soccer, even while playing in stormy weather. Tondro said, “The Panthers fought hard and played well.”

Tondro, whose son, Darrell Tondro, is on the Panthers team, describes how Special Olympics benefits people with disabilities.

“Developing skills, building self-esteem and having fun, all while participating in year-round sports training and competition, is the life of a Special Olympics Utah athlete. Whatever their skill level, with eight sports to choose from, plus the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP), Special Olympics Utah has something for every person with an intellectual disability.”

No matter what product we donate, it is always a privilege to support organizations like Special Olympics. And this time, we got to help pay tribute to a woman who, like us, wanted to give back to the community. For us, giving back through donations is a way of saying thank you to those who make our company successful. After all, where would we be without the people in this community, our customers. So, thank you Special Olympics Utah for letting us serve you and your remarkable athletes. Go Panthers!

The Panthers Special Olympics Utah Team honor a former coach by wearing custom badge ribbons during their Fall Sports Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 18 and 19, 2019.

100 Yards of Ribbon & What to Do with It All

what would you do with 100 yards of ribbon

100 yards of ribbon = 300 feet = 3600 inches

Wow! That’s a lot!

Now, if you’re hosting a significant event like a national conference or a large convention, the answer is easy. However, if you order ribbons for a smaller occasion, such as a department party or small corporate meeting, using all of the 100 yards of ribbon might seem a bit daunting. While the ribbon will last for a very long time, maybe you don’t want to store it.

So, now the question is, how do you use all 100 yards of ribbon?

We offer two different types of ribbon rolls, continuous print and favor printing. And, all of our rolls come with 100 yards of ribbon. Here are some fabulous ideas to use that roll up to the last inch!

Continuous Printing

Repeated text and logos along 100 yards of ribbon roll.

With a logo and text imprinted in a continuous print along the entirety of 100 yards of ribbons, your imagination is the only limitation. While the imprinting process may limit the graphic or logo and text you can use on the ribbon, the continuous printing allows for multiple uses for your ribbons.

Gift Bows, Single-Use Shoelaces and Awareness Ribbons

From corporate gifting to small individual presents, gift bows will make any gift more personal. And, with custom ribbons, this personality increases. Small bows, like a simple gift bow, take typically about 20 inches of ribbon. Large gift bows can take up to 48 inches of ribbon to make. With these calculations, your 100 yards of ribbon will make approximately 75 large bows.

grosgrain ribbons used for shoe laces

Making shoelaces for a corporate event can be fun. The standard lengths vary per shoe (depending on how many eyelets the shoe has). The average length is about 60 inches, meaning that you can lace nearly 30 pairs of shoes. That should be enough to outfit a small office with a fun and unique way of showing off your brand at your next corporate meeting. (Please note that if used more than once, the imprinting will start to rub off.)

Perfect for showing support or collecting donations, awareness ribbons are a great way to use all of that ribbon roll. And, with continuous roll printing, you can control where the printing will occur and be able to use the 100 yards to it’s greatest advantage. For three-inch awareness ribbons, you will need to cut each ribbon to about nine inches. This will make your roll last for about 400 ribbons! Think about all the support you can show with that many ribbons.

Favor Printing

Print your text and logo so they will only show on the ends of a cut strip from the 100 yards of ribbon.

This ribbon type is just as useful as continuous printing. Favor printing provides a large gap between where the text and logo are printed so it can be tied around something, but you can still see the imprinted information.

Favors, Single-End Awareness Ribbons and Party Decorations

If you are giving away door prizes or gifts to every person who attends your event, these ribbons are here to do you a favor (pun intended)! By using ribbons with favor printing, you can easily tie them around goody bags and other quick gifts to provide attendees. Wrap them around a bag full of candy and cut the ribbons so that only the ends show printing. This effect highlights your branding on the ribbon and lets your guests quickly remember where they got the present.

Each favor printed ribbon section will vary depending on what it is being tied. On average, if you use 18 inches per ribbon (this includes two tails with six inches of imprint and the six-inch blank space between them), you will get about 200 strips total. While these measurements will not fit every project, you can use the approximations for nearly every gift you need to provide.

While both ribbon types can be used for party decorations, favor printing allows for a cleaner look to the finished product. When tying a continuous print ribbon around something, your text will show all the way around and go into the knot and bow. Favor printing gives the look of a neat, clean bow with the text only showing at the ends of the cut ribbon. Even if the object you are tying the ribbon around is bigger, you can manipulate the ribbon to display the text exactly where you need it.

organza ribbons tied around a candle holder

For example, if you are tying the ribbons around votive candles, you need approximately 28 inches per candle. When setting up this ribbon length, this should include the minimum of the blank six inches between text, up to six inches of imprinting and a small, two-inch bow. This will yield about 128 candle holders.

So, when you think about it, 100 yards of ribbon is easily used for any event!

Please note that all numbers used above are approximations and based on minimum printing requirements for each ribbon type.

Badge Ribbons for Every Event

So, you already have the event planned out? Did you get badge holders or name tags for your staff, but still need a way to make sure attendees know who they can go to for assistance during the event? Try out these handy identification tools today!

custom badge ribbons to wear on name tags and badge holders

Badge Ribbons are so much more than just a piece of satin ribbon used as a designation for an usher or sponsor. Yes, titles are important, but these ribbons are so much more useful. Don’t settle for only using titles; make custom ribbons with nearly any text and graphics. From full-color to imprinted text, badge ribbons are guaranteed to make your life easier, especially when it comes to events.

Here are four ways to use badge ribbons at your next event.

1) Stock and Custom Titles

While a name tag identifies the person, adding a little flair will make them stand out. Custom imprinted ribbons are designed to hang from the back of a name tag or name badge. Simply attach a ribbon to the name tag or badge to add a descriptive title or honor for the attendee.

Choose from an abundance of stock titles or create a new one. Identify sponsors, presenters or speakers with different colored ribbons. These ribbons can also be used to differentiate guests and organizations from staff or volunteers. If there are prominent members or VIPs at the event, set them apart with a ribbon that reflects their importance or position.

2) Advertisements and Promotional Materials

vertical full-color badge ribbons are perfect for any event promotional materials

Ribbons don’t just have to be for a name tag. Make your event the hype of the year with badge ribbons. Get the word out using full-color ribbons with your event name, logo or other graphic. Leave them at grocery stores, libraries and even hand them out in places near your chosen venue. The masses are sure to get excited to come to your event with such a color advertisement.

Not only do badge ribbons help as a valuable networking tool, but they are perfect for promotions. Customize each ribbon with your logo, add any sales items or text informing of the promotion. Then, place them all around your business or store. Make sure to hand them out before the sale or promotion starts to get the word out properly. Then, watch the masses flock to your business!

3) Inspirational Quotes and Sayings

Ribbons can be customized to express any desired effect. So, add uplifting imprinted text to any color of ribbon you want. These can be added to name tags to help those around your event feel more welcome and invited. And, don’t just let your employees or staff wear them. Give them to attendees to wear as well.

And, while uplifting is always nice, don’t forget to make your guests smile. Add silly titles or statements to make attendees laugh and get more involved in your event. These sayings can even be directions to a game they can play while at your event. Get creative in your text and graphics with these fun event tools.

4) Keepsakes and Awards

vertical badge ribbon as an award for a school event

Ribbons are the perfect way to say thank you for coming. They also are great for recognizing someone’s help with your event. Or, give them as awards for a game during your event. In any use, they are a growing trend to use wherever and whenever possible.

These event ribbons don’t have to remain at professional functions. Think of all that you can do with them at private and personal events as well. From parties to weddings, every event will benefit from the use of these incredible badge ribbons.

So, use badge ribbons at any event. Conventions, meetings and conferences are a few of the places where you can find badge ribbons. But have you ever thought of using them for fundraisers, fancy parties and other such events? Their uses are truly endless!

Fall Ribbons from Home to Office

With the current trend being pumpkin spice, everyone knows Fall is on its way!

Every season and holiday deserves some fun with ribbons. That being said, Fall is no exception to this! Here are some past and current ideas to get your creativity flowing with all of your festive Fall ribbons.

celebrate fall in style with custom ribbons

No matter what you are celebrating this Fall, custom ribbon roll decorations are a must. Make everything from weddings to festivals better with Fall ribbon roll decorations. Whether you are hosting a company party, Fall Festival, bridal shower or wedding, custom ribbon rolls have you covered. Use them to accent centerpieces, wrap party favors and create ribbon garlands or chandeliers. Not only do these ribbons come in Fall colors, but they let you add your personal touch with custom names, graphics or logos. From double face satin to organza, we have the ribbon rolls you need to impress your attendees.

Decorating Your Home

Christmas, Easter, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day and Valentine’s Day are all great ideas to display themed candles. Use a color theme that will help them stand out. And, personalize them with sayings, greetings or names to make them unique.

Do you have a pool noodle or two that are falling apart from summer use? Here’s a great idea! Use one to form a circle and create a door wreath with festive colors. Make it unique by using different types of ribbons such as organza or grosgrain. These ribbon rolls are sure to make an impression and leave your guests a little bit jealous; you might have to give them your secrets to amazing Fall decor.

Ribbon Topiaries

fall and halloween ribbons used to make a ribbon topiary

(These faux trees) are fun to decorate with as well. First, choose several different, festive ribbon colors. Find a foam or floral ball and dress pins. You will also want a small dowel, or a pencil works well. Finally, you will need a base such as a vase or other stand that can hold the topiary upright.

Cut each ribbon piece into approximately four-inch strips. The more strips you have, the larger the topiary will look. Then start rolling the ribbons, so the ends meet. Secure these together with a pin and push it securely into the foam ball. Cover the entire ball with these ribbon rings. Make sure to stagger the ribbons and colors and alternate directions the ribbons are being placed to give it a fluffy look. Add a finishing touch with a bow on the dowel that has a spooky message.

For your holiday parties, don’t forget your award or badge ribbons. Maybe even incorporate the ribbons into your costume! But make sure those who attend your party know how appreciated they are with awards for everyone. From “Best Dressed” to “Spookiest Costume,” create exactly the awards you need. Or, go for a blank badge ribbon and make the whole thing up as you go.

Making Your Office Ready for Fall

Decorate your office door with fun, festive ribbon rolls. Choose from your favorite Fall colors such as Torrid Orange, Scarlet, Willow and more. Or use traditional brown, black, orange and green. No matter which colors you end up choosing, make sure to have fun, and set your creativity ablaze with these fun ribbons. Create a draping or curtain effect or weave the ribbon rolls for fun designs.

Use badge ribbons as gift tags on treats for employees, customers and other visitors you might have. Or, use custom top ribbons to announce your Halloween office party. Is your company having a costume contest? Rosette ribbons are perfect for that first prize winner.

Get your colleagues into a festive mood with new badge ribbons for their name tags. Translate their job titles or functions into something Fall themed to have imprinted onto ribbons. Your sales team could now be the Acorn Gatherers or your customer service representatives can now be part of the Cornucopia Team. Get creative and give your clients something new to smile about.

But, no matter what you decide to do with your fall ribbons, don’t forget to share your ideas with us!

Best of Show: Festivals and Fairs

State festivals and county fairs have two things in common: the elusive best of show and award ribbons.

From incredible horse shows, food demonstrations and live music to fried food, butter sculptures and roller coasters, festivals and fairs can be an incredible experience. And, don’t forget the best part: those best of show ribbons! But, before we get into our favorite topic of ribbons, let’s talk about the difference between a festival and a fair.

a festival and a fair both have something in common: best of show award ribbons

FESTIVAL vs. FAIR

Briefly, a festival is a gathering of people to celebrate something, historically religious holidays (feast days), but now also secular ones, e.g., Kwanzaa, or the Burning Man, initially held to celebrate the summer solstice. Mardi Gras is a famous New Orleans festival, a religious one celebrated more quietly in other areas.

A fair is a gathering of vendors or tradespeople for the entertainment, commerce or other purpose. There are job fairs (hardly a festival), book fairs, farm shows (also called fairs) where people show their prized livestock or farm products for the entertainment (and often sales for charity) of both fellow farmers and non-farmers alike, county fairs (mostly just summer entertainment), etc.

So, now that we know the difference between a festival and a fair, we can focus on more important things. Things like how to win your Best of Show ribbon!

While we don’t have specifics, especially when it comes to things other than ribbons themselves, on what the best looking cow is or if you have the best tasting chili, we do have a little bit of advice. No matter your location, from Texas to Minnesota, the best thing you can do to win that coveted prize ribbon is to try your hardest. Work on your craft and put the required time in to make sure you know what you’re doing.

Here at Coller Industries, that’s exactly what we do with our custom ribbons (and every personalized product we sell). We have been working on our craft for nearly 25 years, and are top in our trade. So, while we can’t really award ourselves with Best of Show ribbons (judges consider that cheating), we might just try.

But, don’t take our word for it!

Jeff Halbach, a poultry judge at last year’s Minnesota state fair, said, “The birds that end up on champion row usually are sound in body, correct and bright in color, have been cleaned and prepared for showing by their owners. And, finally, they have that winning personality.”

Emily Griffiths, also a judge (beef cattle) at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair, said, “I have always believed that beef heifer shows are very comparable to a beauty pageant in that it is about combining desirable female traits in a well-presented form with poise and style. You want an amount of body and muscle that is proportional and well suited to the animal’s frame with excellent structure. What separates an ordinary cow in the pasture from a champion at the state fair are those heifers with an extra amount of class, style, and grace. Those characteristics are not just limited to people—cattle can have those, too!”

Okay, on to those elusive Best of Show ribbons!

best of show stock rosette ribbon from Personalized Ribbons

Rosette ribbons are seen everywhere at a fair. From giant pumpkins to those cute baby piglets, they are the classic touch at your local state or county fair. There are plenty of titles and stock ribbons from which to choose or make custom fair ribbons. They can have any award or honor imprinted to meet all of your needs.

From county fairs to holiday festivals, personalized ribbons are sure to bring home the Best of Show! And, no matter your ribbon choice, we have something to meet all of your festival and fair needs. Whether it’s a pie eating contest or a 4-H event, ribbon rolls are sure to amaze with the right customization. Rosette ribbons are available as stock titles (yes, Best of Show included) or customize your own. They are a great way to make sure all winners are recognized for any achievement.

But, enough about us, what about you? Are you planning on taking home Best of Show this year? Will it be your prized pig or your mom’s best blueberry pie?