Custom printing, embroidery and branding company is a valuable marketing resource for many Lowcountry small businesses
Charleston Cotton Exchange continues to build its name and strives to be a premiere local business leader, as it helps to enhance the brands of many Lowcountry businesses.
Launched in 1995 with a small printing press, CCE has grown to more than 25 employees and 6,000 square feet of production space.
Owner/president Stephanie M. True prides herself in being behind many local brands. There is a very good chance you are wearing a CCE printed t-shirt or enjoying a beverage in a CCE designed mug or cup. With a customer base of nearly 5,000 area businesses, CCE is one of the most prolific, sought-after custom design promotional products businesses in the Lowcountry.
CCE stays busy helping small businesses be more visible — and while Stephanie is glad to be doing just that, she also is very proud CCE is still local and focused on providing the best quality product, delivered on time, at a fair price. Stephanie encourages her team to live by certain core values: Be kind and courteous, deliver a quality product, do the right thing, have a positive attitude, take initiative to make a difference and respect and appreciate one another. These values motivate Stephanie to make CCE an integral part of Charleston’s entrepreneurial growth.
“While you might not see our logo or brand out there, you definitely see us everywhere,” she said. “We’re behind the scenes of so many local businesses here. That’s part of what makes me love what we do — we get to take an active part in helping build our community and our economy. To me, an important marker of a successful economy is the number of small businesses and entrepreneurs — which are abundant here.”
CCE works with a wide variety of clients, from small landscapers to the Lowcountry’s robust brewery scene. It serves as a one-stop shop for custom screen printing, t-shirt and clothing design and promotional items and can handle virtually any size order. Whatever a business needs in the way of promotional items, chances are CCE can fill that need.
“In some small way I like to consider us a partner with the businesses we work with,” she said. “Some of our customers we have helped with their original logos and now they’re placing orders for all their employees — and it’s such a good feeling to know we were able to help them get to that level. Having the right promotional products really does make all the difference and helps bring businesses to the next level. We want to help people stand out and keep our local economy going strong.”