By Jennifer Pauly
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Innovative Card Solutions as the recipient of the Sanborn Business of the Year Award.
The Sanborn Business and Professional Association assists the chamber in providing a business nomination that has showed dedication and service to the Sanborn community. The SBPA is appreciative of the work that Innovative Card Solutions has done to help further the promotion and outreach of the business association.
Innovative Card Solutions was started in 1997 in company President Kevin Mearbell's garage. He developed a cleaning card that helps remove dust particles from machines that accept credit cards. Since then, the business has grown into an industry-leader in the production of magnetic stripe cards from gift cards to employee ID cards.
The business has remained local, changing from several locations from Cambria to the Town of Niagara and settling in at the end of a quiet residential street off Townline Road, on the border of Sanborn and Pekin. The office space houses 40 printers and a staff of approximately 10 employees (ranging from graphic designers and print room operators, to bookkeeping and marketing).
One of the launching points of growing the gift card aspect of this business was through a business partnership with MICROS (now known as Oracle Hospitality), a point-of-sale computer/hardware system for the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Innovative Card Solutions has produced more than 15 million cards for MICROS, allowing it to develop new markets all over the world. Evolving with the technology has allowed the company to distribute throughout the U.S., as well as Canada, Ireland and Australia. It also has a small base of local clients around Western New York.
The technology is constantly changing the scene for how gift cards are processed. Kevin and his staff stay on top of a number of point-of-sale systems so their products can be integrated into the changing retail and restaurant climate. There are also programs that integrate gift cards into text, E-gift cards and RFID (radio frequency identification).
Innovative Card Solutions attributes its success to an ability to listen to customers, helping them design a great card and also a great solution to help them succeed. Find the business online at www.4icscards.com.
Kevin and his staff have given their time and talents to help the Sanborn Business and Professional Association improve the way they promote their membership and events. A website was designed featuring the members of the association as well as an updated and active social media presence.
Kevin has also worked with the business association officers and chamber staff to streamline information and create an online presence. He donated time and resources, as well as created a new way to get information out to a larger audience. Kevin said he is glad to help; he mentioned one of the best things about having a business in the Sanborn community is it definitely has a small-town feel where everyone will help out as much as they can.
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce and the Sanborn Business and Professional Association proudly congratulate Innovative Card Solutions, the 2018 Sanborn Business of the Year.
Awards will be presented to those contributing to the success of the local area when the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce holds its annual awards gala on Thursday, April 19, at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston.
The event begins with a cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a sit-down dinner and awards program. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening.
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available through the chamber office by calling 716-754-9500.