Tower Press Expansion & Grant Pool

Help us expand, create jobs for other womxn, and fund future grants for start-ups.

Susannah
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Project Description

 

Tower Press is a woman-owned and women-led creative agency specializing in print and graphic design. Our goal is to push creative boundaries beyond standard print. We offer foil business cards, holographic stickers, and consultation-based design services -- all to help elevate businesses of all sizes. Our mission is more than just business cards; it’s about connections and those tangible relationships we form when we’re out hustling in the real world. So yes, we are designing and printing marketing collateral but it’s so much more than that!

During our first year, we quickly realized that we wanted to expand beyond just standard business and creative services. Our sweet spot is helping small businesses, particularly women-owned, find resources and the support they need to launch their dreams. Aside from beautiful branding and marketing collateral, we are hoping to launch a grant pool to help fund start-ups around the globe, as well as a yearly conference that focuses on the tangible to-dos and actionables in launching a business. 

Tower Press aims to give positions of leadership to womxn-identifying individuals to help close the gap in our creative communities. With future expansions, we are given the opportunity to provide jobs and share knowledge to those who have been most ignored by the patriarchal system. The demand for our services is clear: run-of-the-mill print offerings just do not cut it anymore. Our clients need high-quality and beautiful work that sets them apart, makes the best use of their marketing dollars, and helps them see a big ROI (like enamel pins, patches, and art prints which are set up for both retail and wholesale).

 

 

  • Nearly half of women dream of starting their own business but only 12% think it's even possible, and an even smaller percentage actually start their own business (Fast Company)

  • 11% of Creative Directors are women (AdWeek)

  • 29% of America’s small businesses are owned by women (US Dept of Commerce)

  • Print is a $898 billion industry and drives $3.8 Trillion in related services, yet the percentage of women-owned print studios is so small there is not even a statistic for it (Print is Big)

 

There is limited access to grants, funding, and capital for start up businesses. We’re aiming to help offset some of our costs, as well as give back to other start ups in their beginning stages.

  • We recently asked our community what they thought was lacking in the Instagramable-Weekend-Creative-Conferences and the answers fueled us to begin thinking about how we could offer accessible information regarding filing LLCs or S-Corps, business taxes, how to hire your first employee, and the ever elusive work-life balance. We do not need any more swag bags, we need support and the knowledge to make sh*t happen.

  • Tower Press is not your average creative company. We have put together services you can’t find anywhere else and we want to keep the momentum going! In just over a year, we have accumulated nearly 1,000 clients all over the world. However, we need to keep up with demand and quickly expand our teams, locations, and technology.


 


Being a start-up, capital like small business loans are not as accessible in the first three years. And, we’ve all read the statistics on VC/Investors (Just 2.2% of all venture capital in the U.S. goes to female founders). Ultimately, we felt that in these growing stages, crowdfunding is in line with our core beliefs in community, creativity, and capturing the heart of the hustle.

Funds secured through iFundWomen will go towards the following:

  • Pay back some of our start up costs

  • Purchase and lease new equipment (resulting in quicker lead times and lowering pricing for our clients)

  • Expand our offices to the greater Los Angeles area

  • Expand our team to include more designers and customer service reps

  • Create a grant pool. Every year (starting in 2020) we want to give one grant recipient start-up funds to launch their dream business (or more!)

  • Host a yearly, weekend long conference that teaches the basic fundamentals in getting your business off the ground as well as creating accessible information and tools online


 


Tower Press was founded by Susannah Caviness in March of 2018. After having worked in the print industry for nearly 7 years, she decided to break the glass ceiling and start something on her own. Armed with nothing but passion and a couple good friends with some deeper pockets, a website was launched, an office secured, and a pair of good Nike’s purchased in order to hit the ground running. It wasn’t easy (nothing worth it ever is, right?). It took overcoming homelessness and a lot of bad jobs with even worse bosses to fuel the fire. But try telling a Double-Taurus they can’t do something. In early 2019, Susannah was accepted into Harvard Business School’s Developing Yourself as a Leader program (where tuition was also crowdfunded), which gave her the tools to overcome her fear of public speaking (loves to do it now), and build up/lead an empowered team.

 


Since 2018, we’ve expanded our reach globally and have an incredible tiny-but-mighty team of womxn designers and customer service reps at the helm. We are committed to diversity, livable wages, and creating equal opportunities. You will most likely hear from our lead designer, Jessie, and our star customer service admin Hira. 

 

Thank You to everyone who donates, shares, and sends positivity our way.

 

 

 

Updates

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where are you located?

We currently have a small studio in Decatur (right outside of Atlanta), GA and are looking for a small studio in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. Know a good spot? Let us know!

 

08/14/2019
Monetary Contribution
$20
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Tower Press Enamel Pin

Rock our candle logo on your lapel or bag! This enamel pin is 1.25" tall on dyed black metal and comes with a rubber fastener to securely keep it in place. There's a hint of glitter in the flame too (and who doesn't like glitter?)

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Tower Press Coffee Mug

If you know us well, you know that coffee is a staple in our diets (and be honest, probably yours too). Keep your coffee/tea/water with honey/bourbon (no judgements) cozy in this standard 11oz ceramic mug.

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Tower Press Pin/Sticker Pack

3 enamel pins + 3 high-quality, waterproof stickers featuring mantras like Business Bitch, Freelance isn't Free, and a Surprise Design!

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$150
60 Minute Consultation with our Founder

Have questions about your start up? Need some direction and action items to take it to the next level? This reward gets you a 60 minute phone consultation with our Founder, Susannah, to go over all your questions and concerns about your business. You'll also receive some pretty great advice :)

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Rewards

$5
Tower Press Enamel Pin

Rock our candle logo on your lapel or bag! This enamel pin is 1.25" tall on dyed black metal and comes with a rubber fastener to securely keep it in place. There's a hint of glitter in the flame too (and who doesn't like glitter?)

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$15
Tower Press Coffee Mug

If you know us well, you know that coffee is a staple in our diets (and be honest, probably yours too). Keep your coffee/tea/water with honey/bourbon (no judgements) cozy in this standard 11oz ceramic mug.

100 Left
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$25
Tower Press Pin/Sticker Pack

3 enamel pins + 3 high-quality, waterproof stickers featuring mantras like Business Bitch, Freelance isn't Free, and a Surprise Design!

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0 Supporters
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$150
60 Minute Consultation with our Founder

Have questions about your start up? Need some direction and action items to take it to the next level? This reward gets you a 60 minute phone consultation with our Founder, Susannah, to go over all your questions and concerns about your business. You'll also receive some pretty great advice :)

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