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Spotlight: Give Your Brand a Hand Winner March 2015: Joel Ott & Fletchergraphics!

We make it no secret that QLP loves startups and entrepreneurs. You might remember that just a brief while ago, we announced our Give Your Brand a Hand Giveaway for small businesses.  We were pretty excited about the opportunity to give away a $500 credit to use on whatever the heart of their business desired. And not just once – once a month until someone tells us to stop.

Well, we’re jazzed and delighted and pleased as punch (and other excited-sounding words) to announce our first winner!

Last month we chose Joel Ott of Fletchergraphics as our first Give Your Brand a Hand Giveaway winner. Joel’s business focuses on web design, brand development, logo design, illustration, and quite a bit more. He is pretty much a graphic design master, collaborating with lots of cool businesses on their packaging, websites, and corporate branding.

He is also a do-gooder in his community. Based out of The Colony, Texas, Joel participates in a lot of charity runs in the fight against cancer, including the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and The Colony Half. He thought that one of the best ways to share his brand would be to give away water bottles at these events, providing some much needed hydration to his fellow participants.

This refreshing idea caught our attention, and the rest is history. We let Joel know he’d won, and he excitedly went to work picking out his prize (these neat 21 oz. Recycled BPA Free Sports Bottles) and sending over his logo for us to put on them.

His water bottles just arrived, and he was cool enough to send us over a picture of his branded water bottles. Honestly? They look amazing.

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I’m a big fan of the cool blue and bold black! Hopefully these will become the participants’ go-to water bottles, wherever their running takes them. And if the runners find they need a designer sometime in the future? Well, they know how to get in touch with him.

So, congrats, Joel! We’re hoping these bottles bring you tons of business and endear you to many thirsty marathoners. Keep an eye on the blog, because Joel’s first event is in May, so we’ll definitely follow up with him to see how much people loved them!

If you’ve got a great idea of some stuff your logo would look amazing on and you’re interested in winning some swag for your business, check out our guidelines and entry form here! Who knows, you could be featured right here on our blog, showing off your winnings!

UPDATE (5/6/2015): 

Joel participated in his local American Cancer Society Relay for Life event on May 1. We checked in with him to see if it was a record-smashing, fundraising success (and if his water bottles helped carry participants to glory) and he said:

“We gave about 30 away with every auction that was completed. $13,548 was raised.”

He also sent along this picture of his water bottles in action.

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Way to go, Joel!