2000 - Angela Pope established Charlotte's Social Butterfly, LLC as a part-time, grassroots event planning and personalized gifts business in Charlotte, NC.
2004 - We started participating in vendor "shopping pop-ups" before they were all the rage and gave back to local charities regularly. Angela was also a member of the “MOB” Mom Owned Businesses at this time, and made some amazing friends during the early days of establishing CSB. Charlotte's Social Butterfly, LLC opened a retail boutique in Pineville, NC continuing the personalized gifts theme with lines of handbags, totes, baby and children's gifts, jewelry and accessories.
2007 - The brick and mortar boutique closed after Angela's second child was born, and transitions were made over the next year. CSB began sourcing apparel and accessories for corporate branding. We outsourced decorating initially and later purchased a commercial embroidery machine to decorate monogrammed and logo products for individuals, corporate clients, and specialty retail boutiques.
2011 - dba CSB PROMO CSB Promo joined ASI, Advertising Specialty Institute, PPAI, Promotional Products Association International, and Sage. CSB established graphic design as a core service to ensure art quality and best decorating outcomes, and to provide differentiation for clients from stock artwork. Our team identified packaging as a key component of our in-house services.
CSB increased business development efforts offering clients promotional products alongside decorated apparel.
2013 - CSB pursues larger corporate accounts to provide employee and partner awards and recognition gifts. We developed targeted marketing mailers and packaging used by placement firms to attain new clients. Focus was on measurable results and engagement.
We joined forces with Kaeser & Blair, Inc. as Authorized Dealers of their 125+ years of experience in print and promotional marketing. Kaeser handles billing/receivables for most of our transactions and has strengthened our vendor relations to in turn provide preferred pricing and services to our clients.
2014 - We expanded our offering of consulting services to help businesses identify opportunities for growth, and became an extension of their existing marketing efforts.
2016 - CSB became an integrated marketing partner for a key manufacturing client. We began designing and developing smart products in collaboration with software engineers and manufacturing teams.
2020 - CSB-CLT Today
We are an experienced team of marketing strategists, brand developers, and business enthusiasts. Integrity, critical thinking and collaboration are our core guiding principles. We strive is to become more infrastructure than outsource for our existing clients and others looking to expand product lines, services or systems. Our team has the capability to work side by side with owners, directors, operators, and managers in business and charitable organizations to develop sales or business development programs, training, event or short-term projects providing measurable results. We can help plan marketing and event strategies so that goals are reached and expectations are exceeded.
CSB has a proven track record for for working efficiently, cost effectively, independently or collaboratively to achieve project management success. Being in business for twenty years doesn't happen without determination, perseverance and some bumps and bruises. Let us know what some of your challenges may be so that we can help your organization move beyond them and soar!