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Jakprints

Jakprints is a full-service Cleveland, Ohio printing company that grew through the 2000s by printing apparel and marketing for musicians. While Jakprints has since printed identity, promotional and apparel for national clients like MTV, Red Bull and Zippo, about 50 percent of the company's business is still with bands.[1]

History

Jakprints was created by Jacob Edwards and Dameon Guess, two Northeast Ohio natives who had dropped out of high school.[2] When touring with their respective bands, both Edwards and Guess discovered a market for small orders of custom merchandise for musicians. In 2001, the two friends started Jakprints, printing t-shirts, stickers and CDs for bands out of a single office with a plywood desk. Today, Jakprints has nearly 150 employees and 90,000 clients worldwide.[3]

In 2010, Jakprints was honored by Harvard Business School's Initiative for a Competitive Inner City as one of the top 100 U.S. companies doing business in the urban core. According to the Harvard Business School, Jakprints had $13.5 million in revenue in 2008 and was growing at an average rate of 33 percent per year.[4]

Products and Services

Jakprints offers a broad range of products, from business cards and banners to sticker and t-shirt printing. The company also provides secondary services like embroidery, die cutting and custom hang tags.[5]

In 2011, Jakprints introduced the Favicard, a square business card with rounded corners designed to resemble a mobile app icon. Clients have been encouraged to use the cards to promote their social media presence.[6]

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