Anytime Tees – December’s Small Business of the Month

If you’re facing down a fashion emergency on game day, the team at Anytime Tees is ready to help.
Winner of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s December Small Business of the Month Award, Anytime Tees is a comprehensive customization business that caters to any occasion.
The business was nominated directly through the Chamber of Commerce, owner Rachel Nagunst said.
“I take it to mean that we are doing a good job, to be nominated by our own contact,” she said. “Everybody (at the Chamber) is super helpful. Anytime that we’ve needed help with something, they’ve always been there.”
Having been a Chamber member from the start of her business, Nagunst saw the value immediately during orientation.
“It was great,” she said of that first event. “I talked to several people and I got some leads from it.”
Beginning in spring of 2010, Nagunst started her business working out of her own home with simply a hot press and vinyl cutter while working part-time and learning the trade at another T-shirt vendor.
With a degree in Sports Management, Nagunst coached basketball and softball for 10 years and brings that experience to her printing enterprise.
Because of her connections with high schools and coaches, she was easily able to establish relationships with teams to provide T-shirts, logoed accessories and other items for high schools.
However, Anytime Tees doesn’t just help with high school teams. Promotional T-shirts, lanyards, keychains, customized embroidery and any number of items can be created at the drop of a hat for events or businesses.
They embroider hats, polos and jackets as well as produce digitally-printed promotional logos such as banners, decals and even license plate frames.
In fact, Nagunst has seen to it that orders of all sizes are easily accommodated.
For a soccer mom without a hoodie or a dad missing his favorite logo T-shirt, Anytime Tees maintains a database of logos on file, should a fashion emergency come up before a big tournament.
In fact, individual T-shirts made with heat transfer vinyl (HTV), according to Nagunst, “it will take you longer to pick out the shirt than for us to print. Press it for 10 seconds, and it’s done.”
She chooses HTV for on-the-spot orders because it is less labor intensive while still fusing the logo directly onto the fabric.
For large orders; however, Nagunst uses screen printing. It’s the most well-known method that produces a long-lasting effect, but requires additional steps to complete.
Anytime Tees offers, “just about any kind of customization,” Nagunst said, and is growing and improving their processes.
Clients are now able to proof, pay for and approve their final products online, as opposed to visiting the store each time, but are welcome and encouraged to drop by anytime.
Always considerate of her clientele, Nagunst’s reasoning behind her method is “always trying to make things as easy as possible for the customer,” rendering the process leading up to receiving the product as seamless as possible. She tries to work with every customer that orders.
“I’ve always had my hand in every single order,” she said, “and now we’re growing to a point where I can’t do that. Whether I’m on the phone with a customer or someone else is, they’re receiving that same level of customer service.”
Anytime Tees has expanded to its second location at 1034 Wright Road in Council Bluffs where they are conveniently open until 7 p.m. during the week to accommodate parent, teacher and coach schedules.
Now open Monday through Friday, they may possibly be offering Saturday hours in the future.
“Since we have a lot of schools, we do it so coaches are able to pick up after practice,” Nagunst said.
For more information, peruse their website to see what they have to offer your team at http://www.anytimetees.com.

Written for the Omaha Daily Record: http://www.omahadailyrecord.com/index.cfm?show=10&mid=84&pid=29

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