Ogden Trophy! Engraving Since 1987.
Have you ever gone to pick up your engraving awards from a trophy shop only to find out your order wasn’t done on time or that the names were misspelled or that the trophy was crooked or that the lettering on the plates was weird looking?
Well, I have! And I was angry! I was going to have to make another trip back to pick up the order, and what guarantee would I have that it would be ready then? And how was I going to explain to my students that their awards weren’t ready for the upcoming ceremony?
So, I left the shop in despair and came back days later.
When I examined the order that was finally ready, I gritted my teeth as I saw the weird font selection for the plaque lettering. HUGE lettering INTERSPERSED on ALTERNATING lines. It looked like someone new had been playing with the fonts on the engraver and gave in to the temptation to splash a number of different fonts and sizes on the plate like an artist throwing paint on a canvas. It might be okay in the art world, but for an award presentation? No taste, no class, no professionalism, I thought. But I was too disappointed to be angry any more. I just wanted to move on and get out of there.
As I finalized paying for my order, I noticed a trophy wholesale magazine laying there in the shop. I memorized the 800 number and left with a sudden resolution.
I was going to start my own trophy business.
And I did.
I called the number on the wholesale catalog, and the wholesaler told me they would start me with a $300.00 line of credit to order parts as soon as I obtained a tax exempt form required of all retailers. It took some research, but I found out the details and secured the form.
When I called the wholesaler back, they told me I could order the parts and build the trophies myself, or I could order the trophies prebuilt and pay a little more for them. I took advantage of the latter offer figuring it would buy me some time while I learned how to build a trophy well, and I got under way with my business.
I went back to the very trophy shop that had let me down with my orders and had the gall to ask them if they would do the engraving for my orders. I was just starting out and working from my house, so they figured I was no threat to them. They agreed to do my small trophy plates for $.50 a plate.
Later, I was able to buy my own engraver and become fully independent from that original shop. As time went by, that shop’s business dwindled, and it went bankrupt. I never have forgotten how the poor quality of service it rendered to me and to others led to its demise.
Now, I never have any problems with my engraving orders being done right or being done on time.
Since 1987, my wife and I have purposely kept our business centered in our home and avoided becoming too large. We want to ensure quality work. Our local customers keep coming back year after year, some traveling well out of their way, because they have a reliable outlet for their engraving awards.
We want to help you, too, if we can. Our small town, personalized approach may be different from what you are used to, but it is our formula for success. We handle large government orders and single item orders the same. If we can’t do your order, we tell you so and suggest a shop where you can go to get your needs met.
And if you want to start your own trophy business complete with engraving capabilities, you need look no further than our section entitled “Start Your Own Business.” We’ll help speed you along showing you how to start with next to nothing like we did, and we’ll reveal some tips that will shorten your learning curve.
If we can help in any way, use our contact form or call us on our Magic Jack at 863.288.9716 and we’ll try our best. The contact form is preferred. Magic Jack is usually reliable, but the contact form is a sure thing.