Tattoo Manufacturing Named SBA Pacific Region Small Business Exporter of the Year

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Tucson-based temporary tattoo manufacturer, Tattoo Manufacturing International (TMI), has been named the Pacific Region Small Business Administration Exporter of the Year. TMI exports US-made products around the world.

A pallet of 12,000 temporary tattoos packed and ready for shipment to France.

Tattoo Manufacturing prepares pallet of more than 12,000 temporary tattoos for shipment to France. (Photo by Sam Tooker.)

We are taking full advantage of the opportunity afforded us as a recipient of the Arizona Step Grant last fall, and continue to respond to an increasing worldwide demand for fairly priced products made in the U.S.A.

Tattoo Manufacturing International (TMI), the world’s largest manufacturer of temporary tattoos, has been named the 2013 Pacific Region Small Business Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. TMI is one of six Pacific Region Award recipients. The company was named the Arizona Small Business Exporter of the year in April by the state’s SBA office.

“Small Business Exporters like Tattoo Manufacturing play a crucial role in creating jobs and building a secure Arizona economy,” said Robert J. Blaney, the SBA District Director for Arizona. “We are delighted that TMI’s accomplishments have not only been acknowledged at the state level, but that its efforts now have been recognized at the regional level, as well.”

The Pacific Region, also known as Region IX, includes Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and the U.S. Pacific Territories.

“It’s an honor to have both the Pacific Region and Arizona District divisions of the Small Business Administration recognize the efforts or our team,” said Stephen Tooker, CEO of TMI. “We are taking full advantage of the opportunity afforded us as a recipient of the Arizona Step Grant last fall, and continue to respond to an increasing worldwide demand for fairly priced products made in the U.S.A.”

Other Pacific Region Award recipients include:

  •     SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Billy Giang
SG Group Inc., dba Pho Factory and Saigon Garden
Honolulu, HI

  •     Financial Services Champion of the Year

Joan K. Earhart
Pacific Mercantile Bank
Costa Mesa, CA

  •     Minority Small Business Champion of the Year

Jose Villa
Latin Business Hawaii
Honolulu, HI

  •     Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year

Sandy Schneeberger
The Sanberg Group, Inc.
Santa Fe Springs, CA

  •     Women in Business Champion of the Year

Hope Suhr
Hope’s Chest Company
Canyon Lake, CA

TMI is an Arizona exporter that ships to more than 80 countries, including weekly exports to Australia, Canada, Denmark, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and South Africa. The company has more than 100 employees and prints seven million temporary tattoos every day in its Tucson, AZ, manufacturing facilities. TMI has a 90 percent market share in North America and a 65 percent share globally.

The company has partnered with more than 65,000 businesses and other organizations to provide custom and corporate temporary tattoos of the same quality as those produced for sale in Walgreens, WalMart, Michaels, Target, Toys R Us and other national retailers. TMI remains committed to manufacturing all of its products, including temporary tattoos, stickers, paint books and coloring posters, in the United States.

About Tattoo Manufacturing International
Tattoo Manufacturing, a division of TMI Acquisition LLC, is the largest manufacturer of temporary tattoos in the world. The company designs and manufactures all of its products in Tucson, AZ. Products are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, use FDA certified colorants and comply with CSPC/CPSIA and ASTM requirements. All products exceed US, Canadian and EU safety standards. The company’s products have a worldwide reputation for quality. Visit http://www.tattoosales.com or call 1-800-747-8016 for more information.

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