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10 More Ways Small Businesses Can Use Custom Buttons

10 More Ways Small Businesses Can Use Custom Buttons

Back in February, we showed you 10 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Buttons.  Well, we know you’re all busy looking for even more ways to promote your businesses so we’ve highlighted 10 MORE ways creative SMB customers have leveraged our cost effective keepsakes: 11. Reward Loyal Customers Many small businesses use frequent-buyer cards or digital...
Pete The Dog Buttons Up

Pete The Dog Buttons Up

It’s no secret that Denise, our Marketing Manager, loves cats. In fact, she loves cats so much that she’s made it her personal mission to earn the business of all famous internet cats; we make buttons for Keyboard Cat, Nyan Cat, and, of course, Lil Bub. But me? I’m a dog person. I share my home...
Land And Sea Dept. Buttons Up

Land And Sea Dept. Buttons Up

Everyone knows that Chicago’s creative scene is top notch. We’ve got vibrant arts, design, food, music, and performance cultures. Busy Beaver works with many great creative agencies throughout the city, but Land & Sea Dept. is certainly one of the most diversified of those companies. From restaurants to fine art exhibits to community projects, Land...
Buttons As Affordable Fine Art: Sophie McMahan Buttons Up

Buttons As Affordable Fine Art: Sophie McMahan Buttons Up

The crew at the Beaver Dam are a creative bunch, often integrating buttons into their endeavors. Alternative comic artist Sophie McMahan has a similar need to create. “I’ve been doing art for the past 6 years, and I’ve loved every second of it! I was really lost before I discovered alternative comics and art, I’m...
Bookmarks and Buttons: Author Lori Otto Buttons Up

Bookmarks and Buttons: Author Lori Otto Buttons Up

Outside of the Beaver Dam, one of my favorite ways to spend my time is relaxing with a good book, a hot cup of coffee in hand, and my dog at my feet. Over the years I’ve been to plenty of book fairs and library sales, oftentimes picking up promo materials for a book or...
Bringing Fun to Architecture and Buttons

Bringing Fun to Architecture and Buttons

Fun is an essential part of Busy Beaver’s company culture. Beavers get pizza on their birthday, we have chore chart competitions with prizes, and every year we throw a big party for the Button-o-Matic series release. We get to see a lot of great button designs come through, but when I saw an eye-catching design for...
Digital Button Zine Now Available for Download!

Digital Button Zine Now Available for Download!

“A Very Brief History of Buttons,” Busy Beaver’s first-ever zine, was released back in 2014. The zine is of a cultural history of the 20th century as told through pin-back buttons and the messages they spread. In just a few short years, the publication has made its way into the hands of movers and shakers in the...
William McKinley, Grand Marshall of the Button's 119th Birthday

William McKinley, Grand Marshall of the Button’s 119th Birthday

Every good party needs a mascot, and for this year’s celebration of the button’s 119th birthday, we chose a face with gravitas to spare– 25th President William McKinley! The stern elder statesman adorns this year’s button’s birthday design, ready to get down at the button celebration. But why McKinley, you may be asking? The button was patented back in July...
The Button is 119! Four Ways to Celebrate

The Button is 119! Four Ways to Celebrate

This week marks the 119th birthday of the pin-back button, also known as National Pin-back Button Day. Each year we celebrate the pin-back’s original patent date, July 21, 1896, and all the ways that buttons have changed the world since! We’re planning a full week of celebrations, and– lucky you!– you’re invited! Here are our favorite ways button-lovers can...
5 Ideas for Using Neon Buttons

5 Ideas for Using Neon Buttons

So you’re in love with our new Totally Neon paper special. It’s no surprise! With rainbow of five fluorescent shades, who wouldn’t love it! But perhaps you’re having a hard time coming up with the perfect excuse to make some show-stopping neon buttons or magnets of your own? Good thing we put together five great ways to...
How To: BOOK-IT Inspired Buttons

How To: BOOK-IT Inspired Buttons

For 20 and 30-something adults in America, BOOK-IT! is synonymous with buttons and pizza. The program, which was started in 1984, used the lure of pizza to get kids reading. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, kids in classrooms all over the country were given 3-inch BOOK IT! buttons to use as a sort of reading log– for...
6 Unique Ways to Use Buttons in College Admissions

6 Unique Ways to Use Buttons in College Admissions

The academic year is drawing nearer and orientation sessions have already begun! There are so many ways Admissions departments can support incoming students and excite those already on campus. Buttons are a great opportunity to build connections among new students, let proud parents show off a little, help newcomers make connections with faculty, and more.  Check...