SpeedPro East Bay is your place for high-quality, jaw-dropping visual graphics, including wall murals, window graphics, trade show displays, photography reproduction, signs, banners, and vehicle graphics and wraps. Alameda residents Ed and Carrie Owens celebrated the grand opening of their new business with a ribbon cutting by Trish Spencer, Mayor of Alameda, and an open house for the community last month.
“Our goal is to partner with East Bay businesses and organizations to help them catch their customers’ attention and get their messages out,” explained co-owner, Carrie Owens.
Opening a business to support Alameda and the broader East Bay community has long been a dream for Ed and Carrie. Since moving to Alameda in 1998, they have been very involved in the community through both civic and sporting programs. Ed is a member of Kiwanis Club of Alameda and has served on the boards of Alameda Little League, Alameda Soccer Club, and Alameda Lacrosse Club. He is a co-founder and board member of Alameda Futsal Club. Carrie and Ed have also served as scout leaders for Cub Scout Troop 1015 and Girl Scout Troop 30150, as well as in various PTSA roles for their three children’s schools in Alameda.
“One of the things we are most excited about is our ability to support local community groups. We’ve committed returning 5% of our profits back to the community,” said co-owner Ed Owens. At their recent Grand Opening, they presented Alameda Little League with a check for $1,600 that will go for new banners on the outfield fence in time for opening day. In addition, they’ve produced signage and banners for Kiwanis, Encinal High School Marching Band, Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter, and Tomorrow Youth Rep, to name just a few.
For all who know Ed, protecting the environment is another passion of his. In setting up the new business he made sure he acquired the most advanced large format printers using the most sustainable products. “For banners, wraps, and vinyls we print with HP’s most advanced latex ink which is 100% hypo-allergenic and has a 200-year colorfast capability. For more rigid materials (e.g., signs, metals, wood, and glass) we use HP UV-cured ink which is LEED certified,” said Ed.
Carrie and Ed have reached out to the broad and diverse Alameda community of graphic designers and installers to ensure they have the partners lined up to offer the full spectrum of marketing, design, and installation services their customers may need. “Alameda has so much talent! One of the best aspects about this business is the creative people we get to partner with,” said Carrie.
While SpeedPro East Bay is independently owned and operated, it is also part of the SpeedPro Imaging network of 123 studios in 33 states. This nationwide network allows SpeedPro East Bay to support both local and national business needs. “Being part of a network of print studios allows us to support our clients more flexibly,” said Carrie.
For more information, visit the SpeedPro website at www.speedproeastbay.com, stop by their Alameda shop at 1734 Clement Avenue, call (510) 246-8643, or just flag Ed down at one of his kids’ many sporting events!
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