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For Active Duty Military and Veterans, Patriot Boot Camp Fosters An Entrepreneurial Life

StickerGiant Patriot Boot Camp

StickerGiant Patriot Boot Camp



We're a big fan of Techstars around here, and when Patriot Boot Camp came across the Sponsorship Desk, we got pretty excited, even though they purchased these stickers and it wasn't an in-kind sponsorship.

Patriot Boot Camp (PBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that hopes to assist active duty military members, Veterans, and their spouses with the education, resources, and community needed to be successful technology entrepreneurs. This year's event will be kicking off on Friday and extend through the weekend, and the agenda is packed. We wish all Patriot Boot Camp organizers and attendees a wonderful weekend.

From their page:
Patriot Boot Camp was founded by Taylor McLemore as a volunteer effort organized under the startup accelerator Techstars to address the gaps in support military members, Veterans, and their spouses often encounter as technology entrepreneurs.

The first Patriot Boot Camp event was held in 2012 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Subsequent events were held in 2013 at the George Washington University School of Business, and in 2014 at Goldman Sachs in New York City and the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in Madison, Wisconsin.

Many sponsors, mentors and supporters helped PBC grow into a successful catalyst for helping military Veterans and spouses launch into technology entrepreneurship. In fall 2014, PBC became an independent program and filed for 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

Learn more about Patriot Boot Camp.

 

“People just love getting stickers (myself included)…” —STICKER Story Rich, Gunloot

GunLoot


This week we had the opportunity to interview online firearm retailer Gunloot (Editor's note: Gunloot is now AngstadtArms.com) and their passionate entrepreneurial force Rich. Rich started his business with the help of a fellow shooting enthusiast, and their passion for the sport and emphasis on safety has taken their dream to the next level.

With popular gun-totin' television shows like Sons of Guns and Duck Dynasty making their way into the hearts of a diverse American viewership, Gunloot has the unique potential to reap the benefits of perhaps the best educated gun market in history.

But when you are a business functioning completely online where getting in front of your audience early and often is key, connecting with your potential consumer has it's tangible limitations. Which is why Rich tells us that stickers have proven to be a great way for his company to build brand association and real relationships with customers.

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Q&A with Rich


What do people really dig about your product/services?:

People love the products we sell because we offer high quality items from well-known brands at great prices. We set ourselves apart by providing outstanding customer service, super-fast shipping (often free), extensive product knowledge and a real love for the sport of shooting. When customers call or email, they quickly find out that we’re not just doing a job, we’re doing something we love. And when you’re truly passionate about what you do, it shows.

Who are the awesome people behind the curtain at your company/project and what do they do?:

The company was founded by Rich and Dermott, a couple of gun enthusiasts with a passion for quality shooting gear and accessories. We wanted to open up a different type of online gun store–one that not only sold great guns, but promoted the sport of shooting as a safe and fun pastime that could be enjoyed by people of all walks of life. We encourage participation of new shooters by writing informative articles on gear selection and responsible gun ownership.

Why/How do you use stickers as a marketing or outreach tactic?: 

Gunloot is mainly an online business, so we include free stickers with every shipment as a way to extend our brand into the physical world. We’ve also fashioned branded t-shirts and hats, and while they definitely serve a purpose, the high cost doesn’t allow us to give them away with every customer order. Stickers, on the other hand, are cheap enough that we can afford to give them away without worrying about the cost. Getting a free sticker is unexpected, but always appreciated. It is a small way to send a big message.

What advice would you give to a company thinking about using stickers as a marketing tactic to wow their fans. What has worked for you, what hasn’t, etc?: 

We’re active in local shooting matches and area events because it allows us to connect with people face to face, something that’s difficult with a website. Stickers have proven to be a great conversation starter and much more fun than handing out traditional business cards. You should always be marketing your company and having a few free goodies on hand at all times is a no brainer. People just love getting stickers (myself included).

List some ways that fans can support your brand to encourage growth apart from buying your product or service?:

We’d love for people to follow us on Instagram (http://instagram.com/gunloot), and twitter (https://twitter.com/gunloot). We post pictures from shooting matches, offer valuable coupons and discounts and share relevant articles and stories.

BattleFlagDesign's B52 Tribute Sticker

Battle Flag Design's B52 Tribute Sticker

BattleFlagDesign's B-52 tribute sticker is a fitting salute to one of America's greatest military aircraft and StickerGiant is honored to print their work. If you've been looking for a custom design for your outfit, look no further.

BattleFlagDesign specializes in unit and organizational imagery for the United States Military. Proven in graphics production for the USAF B-52 community, my services are available to those needing to take their image to the next level. From patches, t-shirts, coins, new emblem or organization design, to monument production.


The B-52 first took flight way back in 1952 and dozens still remain on active duty.

Ready for a little Tuesday Trivia?

This one's not about the rock band or the cocktail ...

Q: What is the maximum speed of a B-52?

  • 500 MPH

  • 550 MPH

  • 600 MPH

  • 650 MPH

  • 700 MPH


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A. The B-52 has a maximum speed of 650 MPH, with a cruising speed of 525 MPH and a combat range of 4,480 miles. Its service ceiling is 50,000 feet.

Want to learn more about the B-52 Stratofortress? Kick back with this cool documentary ...

StickerGiant Fan of the Week: Diana (aka Navy Mom)

 

 

 



We're proud to share this message from one of our super fans from Florida. Diana—also known as "Navy Mom"—bought some of our many U.S. Navy stickers and temporary tattoos and graciously shared her enthusiasm with us.
StickerGiant: I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can't wait until I get the stickers, especially the Navy Seal temp tattoo and wear it. Someone close is a Seal, and I just needed it so badly and you were my hero. You had what I had been searching for. So thank you from a Navy Mom.

Wow, Diana, thank YOU for the kind words and more importantly, for sharing your loved one in service to our country! We're going to send off a box of heart-warming treats to you (or your sailor?) from our good neighbors at Mary's Market & Deli here in Hygiene, Colorado. And thanks for choosing StickerGiant.

Tactical Machining



Made-in-the-USA is one of our favorite descriptors here at StickerGiant. And our latest custom sticker customer,  Tactical Machining, wears that designation proudly!
Tactical Machining was formed in 2008 to craft high quality parts for the AR-15 platform. Since then we’ve expanded our product line to include products for the home gun smith and the TM-10 platform. We are a full service machine shop. Tactical Machining is proud to say our products are American made in Deland, Florida using the highest quality materials available and held to tight tolerances. We take pride in our workmanship and are proud to stand behind our products. If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase we'll do everything in our power to make it right. If you find our product is defective, we’ll replace it. It’s as simple as that.

Don't be scurred, boys and girls: that scary-looking skeleton face man with the weapon don't mean no harm. Sure, he's a tough guy and kind of looks like a zombie, but we all know the tough guys are really teddy bears deep down, right? Or maybe there is such a thing as a zombie apocalypse? Things sure have been weird out there. Be careful, folks! Our recommendation? Peace the freak out, man!

London Bridge Trading Company



There's authentic and there's imitation. Cheese, crab, diamonds—even military gear. If you're into high-heeled combat boots...well, the world has a term for that and have a nice day. But if you're looking for the real deal, you need to check out London Bridge Trading Company. And hey: They're Berry compliant!
[Offering] the world's best nylon tactical gear. Made in the USA. Guaranteed for life. London Bridge Trading Company manufactures over 2000 products and carries over 300 retail items. We are 100% made in America and always will be. The Berry Amendment (USC, Title 10, Section 2533a), requires the Department of Defense to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured, or home grown products, most notably food, clothing, fabrics, and specialty metals.

Whoa, check the load-out bag on that tomato!

Speaking of London Bridge, didja ever wonder what the lyrics to that childhood song really mean? Turns out, London Bridge wasn't exactly the most reliable of transportation choices in the early days of its 2,000-year history. These days, the engineering marvel spanning the River Thames that you're no doubt thinking of is Tower Bridge. Lower profile and downstream, London Bridge is still there, but it was built in 1973 and is a far cry from the original. Or even its last incarnation, which now resides in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Cute tune, great story—but, kids, there's a message in here somewhere.