Joan Escover Featured in Silicon Valley Organization Campaign

Joan Escover, founder and owner of JP Graphics was recently featured as part of a month-long campaign from the Silicon Valley Organization #SVOWomen campaign. Check it out and read about some of the amazing business women that happen to also be  SVO members and staff. Recently, local small business owner Joan Escover was featured. She is an amazing business woman, runs JP Graphics and is highly involved with The Silicon Valley Organization. Read excerpts from the article:

Name:  Joan Escover

Company:  JP Graphics, Inc.

Profession:  Printer/Communications Professional

How long has your business been a part of TheSVO?: 

10 years

Why is it important to your business to be a part of The SVO? 

I enjoy the networking AND more importantly the education – especially the Monthly Breakfasts … really helps in your ability to know what is going on in Silicon Valley.

What was your first job like? 

I got my first job at Wendy’s on my 16th Birthday. I have never worked that hard again. But you do appreciate working with the public and what its like to clean up after someone who doesn’t care … So I teach my children to CARE and be respectful of everyone’s things.

Describe your current job.

I run a large printing company that covers the whole realm of print – from digital to offset to specialty finishing like foils and letterpress. We have 45 employees that are true craftsmen, and I am proud to be a woman-owned business in a male-dominated industry.

What has been a career high point for you thus far?  

Surviving the Dot.com Bust.  A LOT of printers didn’t. I used every bit of my education and resources to stay alive and it has paid off .

What words of advice can you share for other professional women working in the Silicon Valley

Support one another. From a Yelp review, to a referral, to just be listening support. We make the best sales team because we are fair and have great follow-through.

On August 26, 2017, Women’s Equality Day is celebrated across the nation. 

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JP Graphics is a Proud Certified Green Business

JP Graphics is a certified woman-owned business, and one of the first certified Green Businesses in Santa Clara, CA. Santa Clara city staff interviewed Joan Escover, President of JP Graphics.

City Staff: Why did you decide to pursue the Green Business Certification?

Escover: One, I am an avid recycler and I always have been. But really, I started out with the solar panels. I installed them because of the incentives. This program was a no brainer for me. Also, we do a lot of printing for the City of Milpitas, which requires 40% post-consumer recycled paper, so it was a logical thing to buy and start carrying it for everyone. All papers we use here at JP Graphics have minimum 10% recycled content, all the way up to 100%.

City Staff: Was ti an easy process to go through?

Escover: Yes. I’ve been certified for about 6 or 7 years now. From what I remember, it went into everything from your faucets to your lightbulbs to what kind of car your employees are driving. So, I remember it feeling like a lot at first, but it was actually easy once I started checking things off.

City Staff: What piece of advice would you give to an organization that is considering becoming Green Certified?

Escover: First of all, I think anyone that owns the building that they’re in needs to install solar panels on the roof. If you’re not taking advantage of the available rebates, you’re really mission out on an opportunity.

City Staff: What aspect of the certification was the easiest for you?

Escover: Definitely the recycling of papers, but actually, the solar panels. During that economic downturn in ’08, I used every bit of knowledge I had just to stay in business. One of the things I did was put solar panels on this building, which was hard for my employees to understand give our financial situation, but in the end it helped us stay in business because of the rebates.

City Staff: How much of your energy needs do your solar panels provide you?

Escover: My bills were cut in half. On a summer’s day I would say we produce about 75% of our electricity needs with our solar panels. Since we don’t work weekends, it goes back to the grid,a dnthen I get a check because I’m selling back that energy.

Looking for a Green Printing Company? You’ve come to the right place. Contact us to get a price quote on your project!

JP Graphics – Letterpress Making a Comeback

Why Is Letterpress Making a Huge Comeback?

Holding a letterpress print is a completely different experience than holding a digital or offset print. Run your finger over the surface and you can see and feel the embossment of the letters; feel the substantial weight and rich surface of the paper and experience quality that speaks of high craftsmanship, of elegance and the revival of a lost art.

There are reasons that, 30 years ago, letterpress almost disappeared. This kind of printing is fussy. To print books and small matter, you arrange blocks of metal type in a press to spell out words; headlines or posters often use large type cut from wood. A letterpress then pushes paper down onto the blocks, which have been covered with a thin layer of ink. You wind up with inky fingers and aching muscles. And it’s impossible to achieve completely consistent results.

But for every degree of difficulty, there’s an equal measure of aesthetic appeal. Martha Stewart was among the first to highlight this as letterpress faded, and clamored for its revival. In the 1990s, her lifestyle empire extolled the handcrafted look and feel of letterpress work, especially for wedding invitations. Stewart’s outlets tended to feature prints with a deep relief, known as debossing, which photographs well at an angle in a shallow depth of field. You can feel the impression with your eyes. (Embossing raises paper towards the reader, pressing up from underneath.) Photo credit: Adrian Harrison.

Have a project you’d like to share with us? Get a quote from JP for your letterpress artisanal print project. You will be pleasantly surprised!

FREE Business Training from Inner City Capital Connections

Do you know of a small business that can benefit from this unique, free business training opportunity slated to begin this summer? The nominations deadline is June 30, 2017, so please take a minute to see how you can help support small business and the vitality of our inner cities. JP Graphics is a proud alumni of the ICCC Program.

ICCC is a national program that helps small businesses in low-income areas – or with a majority of employees who live in low income areas — build capacity for sustainable growth. The program provides:
-12 hours of training in strategy, sales & marketing, talent management and small business finance
– virtual training sessions over a several month period
– one-on-one coaching with experts in small business finance and operations
– direct access to providers of capital

Along with Janet Liang, President, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and the Oakland Thrives Leadership Council, I invite you to nominate businesses that you think might benefit from the program.  Please find more details about this free training on the ICCC Oakland website.

To nominate a small business (or self-nominate), email the nominating form directly to Hyacinth Vassell  or nominate online at http://icic.org/inner-city-capital-connections/nominate-apply/   ICCC will follow up with every business that is nominated to be sure the program is a good fit for them and answer all their questions.  All we need are nominations!

Feel free to share this information with others who may have ideas about businesses that could benefit.

Employee of the Month – Claudia Rubio at JP Graphics

JP Graphics Employee of the Month in Bindery Services

We’re proud to announce our latest Employee of the Month, Claudia Rubio in Bindery!

Claudia was selected because she is the definition of an outstanding employee and a perfect fit for our team.

Claudia is:

Reliable – and always there, and will stay until the job is done

Talented – she knows all the machinery and print bindery processes

Quality Oriented – she always checks and double checks her work

Claudia is known for going above and beyond, and is very fast and efficient!  You can tell from her smile that she loves what she does, and her strong work ethic shows she takes pride in her job and with JP Graphics!

Thank you Claudia, for a job well done, we’re lucky to have you as a part of the JP Graphics team!

Learn more about JP Graphics Bindery Services here.

JP Graphics is Proud Sponsor of SF Travel Conference 2017

JP Graphics is a proud sponsor of the The San Francisco Travel 2017 Marketing Conference along with Audi, the Ritz-Carlton and others. The conference promotes San Francisco as a global travel brand, showcases new research about tourism in San Francisco and provides an update on major events coming in the next year, all at the 2017 SF Travel Marketing Conference.

JP Graphics sponsors Marketing Conference

Employee Appreciation Day – Norberto Gonzales of JP Graphics

Happy Employee Appreciation Day!

Meet our first recipient of JP Graphic’s Employee of the Month award, Bindery Manager, Norberto (Norbi) Gonzales.

Norbi has worked for JP Graphics since Feb 12, 2002, and was selected unanimously due to his dedication and commitment to his work.

Congratulations Norbi, and thanks to all of the JP Graphics team for the work you do today and everyday! 

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JP Graphics Installs Digital Foil and Lamination Machine

JP Graphics in Santa Clara, CA recently installed the powerful new Protopic™ Auto-540 Dual digital foil and lamination machine.  It packs a formidable list of abilities, including single-sided laminating, single-sided SHR™ (Silver Halide Replacement), spot Sleeking, and metallic foil fusing.

Here are some exciting new capabilities for your printed materials:

  • foil stamp inline digitally and then laminate too
  • foil stamp folders and then ZUND die-cut out to any shape.
  • foil stamp all save the dates – wedding invites and such…  even magnets

Contact Us Now for a tour of our Santa Clara, CA commercial printing facility.

Download a PDF with complete specifications of the Protopic™ Auto-540 Dual machine.