Saturday, November 7, 2015

About My Beard

Maude is the one who usually posts to the blog, but I’m guest-blogging today.

I’m a really lucky guy – I always have been. I was raised by a great family, have had great friends, married Maude, a wonderful woman, and now we have three fantastic kids as well. I’ve also always had my health and that’s the reason for today’s note.

We’re just coming out of October, the month during which awareness and fundraising takes place for breast cancer most notably, and for women’s health in particular. Recently November has become “Movember” and mustaches are worn as part of an awareness-raising campaign for men’s health issues. This movement has its origins in Australia, but has spread to world-wide participation. Another recent movement is “No-Shave November”, and during November participants, men and women alike, donate whatever they would normally spend on grooming to The American Cancer Society.

Back to me being lucky.

Maude and I run a promotional products business. As part of this business, we are regularly asked to make tee shirts for charity walk teams, fundraising events for patients undergoing expensive medical treatment, and remembrance of loved ones who have passed.

I have been blessed with good health. I'm also extra fortunate not to have been called upon to help a friend or family member without means or a support network. So you may think that the health cause is no more mine to take on than it is for anyone else. However, my family depends upon me, my friends appreciate my company, and the causes that I have taken on and organizations that I work with expect that I’ll be there for them. In that sense, the cause of good health is certainly no less mine than it is that of anyone else.

So I grow the beard this month.

As those who know me notice, I’ll remind you that your health matters too. If you’re due for a visit to your primary care physician – schedule it. If you’re due for your routine woman’s or men’s checkup – make that phone call. If there’s something that doesn’t feel quite right – have it looked at. Nothing beats prevention and early detection.

Stay well and stay healthy!

-Dan Swearingen


No-Shave November:

Monday, October 26, 2015

Branding: Why You Need It and How It Helps You #branding

Branding: Why you need it and how it helps you

EmbroidMe Catonsville has worked with companies for over 7 years creating customized apparel and promotional products that showcase their image and make a lasting impression, and we can do the same for you.

At Embroidme Catonsville, we understand your brand and we can ensure it will stay consistent. No matter the stage you're at in the branding process, we can work with you to create the perfect image to represent your company. 

Your brand is your identity. It's the experience your customers expect from you and how the marketplace will perceive you. When creating your brand, there are many vital factors you must consider. What are your target's preferences? Does your brand reflect them? Incorporating your target market's preferences will aid in reconnecting with them. 

Without planning ahead, you're basically dooming your company to fail. Establish clear objectives and work towards those. Your brands positioning and personality are very important factors in establishing your brand. Brands represent the people that shop for them, so make sure yours is representing your customers positively. 

People will always relate to what they know. Don't be afraid to get trendy with your branding. Always follow what's currently trending in your companies community. At the same time, don't be afraid to be bold and stand out. Apply current trends to your brand, but remember your company's core values and what you represent.

Consistency is key. The last thing you want to do is confuse your customers with your brand. If you own a plumbing company, you wouldn't make the logo a red-bottom heal, just because it's trendy and popular. Understand what is well liked in your community, and transform it to match your brand. Styles, images, taglines, can all be transformed to still match your brand but draw the eye of anyone passing by it.

When it comes to branding, Embroidme Catonsville will always be able to help you with whatever you aim to achieve within your company!

A perfect example of the right way to brand! No matter the product, UMBC's brand remains the same.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Calendars are Great Corporate Holiday Gifts #business #gifts #customcalendars

Calendars are great business holiday gifts! 
Calendars give brands recognition every time someone checks the date, extends a deadline and notes a vacation. They’re used as reference points nearly every day and can be inexpensive and fully customized to target very specific audiences. Custom calendars are used in homes nearly as much as offices, and Embroidme Catonsville has many options to fit both needs.  From oversized desk calendars to portable pocket planners, there are many cost-effective options that clients will love. 
410-744-6974 for more info or

Saturday, September 19, 2015

#FallChecklist Easy Projects to Prepare Your Home for Fall #Fall #HomeMaintenance #Tips

Before you know it, the frost will be on the pumpkin!

Here's a list of easy projects to prepare your home (and yourself) for fall:
!     protect pipes with pipe sleeves
@   inspect and clean gutters
#     weatherstrip doors and windows
$     inspect your roof for damage
%    install a door strip
^     get your fireplace inspected and cleaned
&    drain and winterize outdoor faucets
*      hire a professional to give the furnace a checkup
        (replace dirty furnace filters

and, last but not least, order your customized jackets and hoodies and warm hats from Embroidme Catonsville!

Please email us for more info

Saturday, September 12, 2015

#SuccessfulBusiness #Partnership #Keys

Quick Read #SuccessfulBusiness #Partnership #Keys

! Make sure that you can meet your partner's needs and that those          needs are clearly stated and understood by both of you

@ Communication is essential and you need to state and                           understand what is expected from both of you

# Build trust by meeting and / or exceeding the expectations stated           at the outset, paying bills on time, and by being interested in              their business

Please email me your thoughts on this quick read to

Friday, August 28, 2015

#Stadium #Blanket New 4 in 1 Fan Favorite!

New Fall Favorite for your Fans! 
Stadium Cushion + Bag + Pillow + Fleece Blanket  = 
The 4-in-1 Blanket !

A stadium seat cushion that is 12"x15" and zippers open to a full 50"x60" fleece blanket. Water resistant nylon liner with sewn in shoulder strap and large outside pocket. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sales Strategies That Work

Review my sales strategies. Please email me your views, at

!Create a strategy that everyone is comfortable with, and that is friendly, uses conversation and video proof.
@Everyone on the team should help to create the sales strategy, including existing customers.
#Sales strategy must use social media easily and efficiently.
$Make the sales strategy professional and current.
%Make sure your sales people are included in system creation, happy with the strategy and willing to use it!
Thank you for your review!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Custom Baseball Tshirt Unisex #Fall #Customtshirt

Custom baseball tshirt = Fall Favorite!
Email us with questions
1 custom tshirt is $29.99 shipping included in price
There is a quantity discount, 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Do the Right People Make the Company?

What do you think? Do the right people make the company? Yes, according to Jim Collins, writer of Good to Great.
Write me your answer
I want to hear what you think.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Trade Show Participation #tradeshow #coolstuffcustomized

How do I stand out at a tradeshow? Draw attendees to your booth with a full color imprinted tablecloth! Then, give them a full color pen as a takeaway gift, after they are added to your email blast list.

Visit us at for more ideas, or call Dan at 410-744-6974

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Four Must-Have Promotional Items for the Summer

Four Must-Have Promotional Items for the Summer

A great promotional item for your business or organization should be  ATTRACTIVELY PRINTED and BE USEFUL TO ITS USERS. With Summer upon us, we'd like you to consider...

  • Collapsible foam beverage sleeves (A.K.A. koozies.) These wonderful items keep your drinks cool and help to prevent their condensation from making a mess.
  • Water bottles. These come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and with an equally wide variety of features. Most everyone uses water bottles in the summer, and USED = SEEN, and that means you get noticed.
  • Lanyards. These are great not only for events that require ID badges like meetings and conventions, but are also good for school and camp events and reunions.
  • Sunglasses. This is a great promotional item for outdoor events such as concerts, races, family reunions, company team-builds. These can be had in a wealth of colors. Most styles have UV protective lenses.

EmbroidMe will help you promote your brand this summer, with 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Funny Father's Day tshirt!

Funny Father's Day tshirt printed using our digital printer. 
Digital printing is the same as inkjet printing, and is what you use in your inkjet printer. It creates a soft feel because the ink actually goes into the shirt. Since the ink is in the shirt, it has a softer look than traditional screen printing. Screen printing is what most people think of, when they think of printed tshirts. In screen printing, the ink sits on top of the shirt, so the color is vibrant, and you can feel the ink on top of the shirt.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Where Does Wage Growth Come From?

Where does wage growth come from?

Here's an answer from one of my favorite bloggers, Larry Janesky

Wage growth comes from productivity gains.  Productivity gains comes from capital investment (facilities, software, machinery, etc.)  But business owners will only make capital investments if they feel safe about the future, feel the risk is worth a potential reward and profits will not be taken away by excessive taxation, and if they have access to financing in stable financial markets.
If we don't have a safe environment for businesspeople and entrepreneurs, we don't have capital investments, innovation or wage growth for workers.  

Here's what I'd like to add
Business owners will make capital investments when they also feel safe about themselves, when they feel they can keep growing the business by making adjustments to themselves as well.

Often Larry talks about self improvement, please review his blog to read his interesting ideas

Think Daily for Businesspeople

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Value of Positive Thinking

The positive person not only finds ways to overcome obstacles, but actually turns them into stepping stones. 

A positive mind attracts opportunities for success.

A positive mental attitude brings with it faith, enthusiasm, personal initiative, self-discipline, imagination, and definiteness of purpose, which attracts people and beneficial opportunities.

How does one maintain a positive mental attitude? By thinking and acting on the "can do" portion of every plan, or purpose, and refusing to accept as insurmountable the "no can do" portion which can be found in almost every undertaking.

by Napoleon Hill, Chapter 32, A Year of Growing Rich

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Use personal can coolies!
Keep those cans ice-cold while getting the word out — imprinted can coolers do more than just insulate! They bring style and excitement to any occasion. They are light and mail easily!

Monday, February 23, 2015

New! Cool & Dry 1/4 Zip that Performs!

New! Cool & Dry 1/4 Zip that Performs! Moisture wicking, 

and UPF 50+ protection!

Available in black, blue, navy, red, charcoal, and white, for $30!
Come in to try one on today!
Embroidme Catonsville gots your workout covered!
#coolstuffcustomized #catonsville

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Year, New Inner You

There is an inner negative voice inside me sometimes, that tells me "I am an idiot, blah blah blah."
It's a new year, so I can, and I am able, I will, I am enough 
and I deserve.
I am not going to listen to or encourage negative me.
I am creating a new positive voice, even if I don't believe it at first, and I am going to put my new positive voice on replay!
"I can, I will, I am able, I'm enough, and I deserve." 
Replay. Replay alot!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Some Succeed, and Others Fail - Why?

The successful person knows exactly what she wants, has a plan for getting it, believes in her ability to achieve it, and devotes a major portion of her time to acquiring it.
A successful person is a master salesperson who has learned the art of influencing others to cooperate in a friendly way, to carry out her plans.
The successful person thinks before she speaks, minimizes her dislikes or doesn't mention them.
A successful person budgets time, income and expenses, and lives within her means.
The successful person takes a keen interested in people, especially those with whom she has something in common, and forms a bond of friendship with them.
A successful person keeps her mind and outlook on life positive at all times, and keeps current on local and worldwide news and events.
The successful person has a great respect for her Creator, and expresses it frequently through prayers and being helpful to others.
Adaped from A Year of Growing Rich by Napoleon Hill.