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Office Sign Company 4:01 Social Event with AFF

AAF ND 4:01 Social – Creatives at Work/Play

Each month, a different sponsor of the American Advertising Federation of ND hosts a “4:01 Social” as an opportunity to showcase that company’s workspace and capabilities, while networking with local advertising professionals!

April is Office Sign Company’s month to host the “AAF ND 4:01 Social!” This event will be from 4:01 until 8:00 pm at Office Sign Company’s downtown location (310 NP Ave. N, Fargo, ND 58102).

Our theme this month is “Creatives at Work/Play” to showcase some of our abilities and our fun company culture! We will have Chef’s Table appetizers and Drekker beer to kick off the evening, followed by games, a photobooth (with a vast array of props provided), and prizes! Be sure to stop by our heat press station to see how your t-shirts are made, and our laser engraving machine to take home a customized mug!

Join Office Sign Company on Thursday, April 12th for an evening of socializing, appetizers, work AND play for the AAF 4:01 Social!

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Office Sign Company CEO Ryan Fritz
From Fine Art To Sign Art

From Fine Art To Sign Art: CEO Convos with Office Sign Company's Ryan Fritz

While he admits the CEO thing is always a work in progress, there's one thing Ryan Fritz is certain of: Good design is everything. An artist himself, Fritz has woven his passion for creativity into the fabric of Office Sign Company, and he says it's a big reason for the brand's success. This is what he's learned in his decade of experience as a head of company.

1. Clean the toilets.

Before I founded Office Sign Company, I had developed this briefcase of building blocks throughout my career—even if I didn't realize it at the time. And if I hadn't spent time in any one of those areas, I don't know if we would be successful today.

Growing up, I did t-shirt design, I worked on websites, I worked at McDonald's—I made hamburgers, I took out the garbage, I mopped the floor. There was no dillydallying.

That was always what my mindset was: Work hard. It didn't matter what it was.

You shouldn't think twice about being a CEO and being willing to clean the toilets. I promised my mom that I would clean the toilets forever.

2. Staying "lean and mean" gets harder as you grow, and that's okay.

I use the word "agility" a lot. We're always focused on trying to be more agile, which gets exponentially harder as you scale.

Imagine everyone is tied together at the waist with a rope. When there were five of us, it was, "Hey guys, let's jump to the right." And everyone would jump to the right.

Now, with 40 people, you tell your team to jump right and three people go left, 12 fall down and the rope splits in half.

And that's when you just have to say, "Okay, let's try again."

3. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good

Often times, when I have discussions with young entrepreneurs, my advice is pretty simple: Jump. Just jump in.

I've talked to a lot of other CEOs who struggle with perfectionism—I know I do, to a degree—but the sooner you realize this, the better: You're not going to be able to avoid every pothole. You'll figure it out as you go. You'll get some flat tires, but you can go back—after you destroy your car—and fix them.

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Office Sign Company Donates to United Way

Garage Sale For United Way

FARGO, ND (KVRR) OCTOBER 14, 2016 - Office Sign Company in Downtown Fargo is raising money for United Way with a unique corporate garage sale.

They're selling prototypes, signs with minor defects, and samples lying around on their shelves

Event organizers say they thought it would be a good idea to donate the money raised from discounted signs to charity.

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Office Sign Company Donates Over $2,000 to the Alzheimer's Association

Sign Company Donates to Alzheimer's Association

FARGO, ND (KVRR) JUNE 8, 2016 - A local campaign by Office Sign Company results in a donation of over $2,000 to the Alzheimer's Association.

It lasted throughout the month of June, which is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month.

"Right now, Alzheimer's is a disease that cannot be slowed, prevented or even cured, so we need to start putting that money into research," said Kate Fahlen, development specialist with the Alzheimer's Association.

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Office Sign Company partners with Minnesota-North Dakota Alzheimer's Association

Inside Business: Office Sign Company to fundraise for the Alzheimer's Association

FARGO, ND (InForum) June 10. 2016 - In recognition of Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month, Office Sign Company is partnering with the Minnesota-North Dakota Alzheimer's Association on a fundraising and awareness campaign called #KnowTheSigns

Office Sign Company has designed custom Brain Matters mugs and $2 from each sale will be donated directly to the Alzheimer's Association.

The company will also donate 10 percent of its sales June 21 in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association's #LongestDay events.

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Office Sign Company opens a second location with 16,000 sq ft of production space in North Fargo

New Production Facility Opens Door to Expanded Product Lines for Office Sign Company

FARGO, ND (PRWEB) APRIL 12, 2016 - Office Sign Company is adding on 16,000 ft² in production space as they open their second location this week. The sign company that has occupied a major space in the interior office sign industry is opening up a new production facility in the industrial park area of North Fargo this Friday, effectively expanding their production capabilities to encompass new signage offerings. Between their two facilities, [OSC] will now have nearly 28,000 ft² of space for their 30+ employees, as well as their expansive manufacturing equipment.

"It's an exciting move for us,"" said Production Manager Jamey Bauman. "The new production facility gives us room to grow and expand our capabilities." One of those new capabilities is large format printing, which will allow Office Sign Company to produce full color yard signs, political signs, prints on wood and metal, etc. that are up to 4' x 8' in size, and can be printed in fine-art quality. Their new production facility will also include a drive-in vehicle wrap center where cars, vans, and trucks can have vinyl graphics installed by a certified team of 3M installers.

"It's going to be a big year for us," Marketing Coordinator Jack Yakowicz stated. "The second location opens up a lot of new capabilities, but also will help us immensely as we aim to expand our brands moving forward." Office Sign Company, who has already excelled in offering unique products such as ADA-compliant braille signs, engraved door signs, and more also has plans to open up a wholesale sign website later this year. "The additional 16,000 square feet of space will grant us an opportunity to store more inventory as we prepare to set up the wholesale side of operations yet in 2016," said Yakowicz.

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Office Sign Company Volunteers with Prairie Public

FARGO, ND, March 16th 2016 - Last night, members of Fargo-based Office Sign Company took a break from making signs to volunteer their time with Prairie Public. To help raise money and increase membership for the local broadcasting channel, the OSC team spent their evening answering phone calls and collecting donations. They also had a lot of fun along the way.

"It was a great night," said Jack Yakowicz, the Marketing Coordinator at Office Sign Company. "There were lots of smiles and good conversation, and it was all going to a great cause." Office Sign Company, a business that is centrally located in downtown Fargo, makes it a point to get their employees to participate in community initiatives. "Being able to lend a hand in the F-M community was prize enough," Yakowicz added, "but the free tacos were a nice touch, too."

Office Sign Company on TINYpulse recognition


By Sabrina Son on Feb 8, 2016

The results are in, and Office Sign Company is the winner of the TINYpulse Employee Recognition Award in the Consumer Products & Services industry.

You're probably wondering how we came to this conclusion ...

Over 500 companies around the world use TINYpulse's peer-recognition platform called Cheers for Peers.

We separated the companies into 14 different industries then compared which company sent the most Cheers within their organization over the course of the past six months.

About Office Sign Company


Office Sign Company has had a great year. First they were selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program, and now they've just won a TINYpulse award for their commitment to employee engagement. It's no surprise since they're the industry leader in professional office signs, door signs, and any other sign imaginable for the workplace.

We got a chance to speak with the team to go behind the scenes of the organization and find out what makes Office Sign Company one of the best places to work. Let's see what they had to say.


Q: What was the funniest recognition you've ever received?



Q: What was the happiest moment at work?

A: Although there have been many happy moments at Office Sign Company over the years, one hits home more than any other. In June 2015, we were awarded Small Business of the Year honors at Fargo's Chamber Choice Award Ceremony. This day was particularly special for our team because it was a testament to the time and effort that each employee sacrificed to help us achieve this honor. After winning the award, we celebrated with a DQ Ice Cream Cake and plenty of smiles. The Award is now placed on our front desk in the lobby of our office and exists as a constant reminder of what we have accomplished as a company.


Q: What kind of fun activities does your company participate in?

A: Our CEO and management team here at OSC have worked hard to create a culture that incorporates as much fun as possible into our weeks. During the summer, we partake in events such as our Celebration of Rad Employees Day, where this year, we had Famous Daves catering and attended an event at an outdoor amphitheater.

We also have season tickets to the FM Redhawks (a local baseball team) and all of our employees got paid to attend a game this past August. Throughout the rest of the year, we celebrate potlucks on nearly every holiday and have a post-Christmas Party every January.

To further validate how present "fun" is in our company's culture, we have a pinball machine in the office and a keg in our break room. Needless to say, there's no shortage of good times at Office Sign Company.


Q: What is the one thing that every company can do to make their employees happier?

A: One of the best ways to make employees happier is to recognize them for their hard work. Fostering a workplace that values employee recognition has been a large, but necessary undertaking for our company.

Although hosting events for the team is also a great strategy for brightening moods around the office, showing gratitude to employees for their hard work and devotion to our company is hands-down the best tactic for boosting spirits.

Luckily, we came across TINYpulse, which allows for us to send Cheers to other members of the team. These Cheers are small excerpts that involve thanking a coworker for going out of their way to help you out or simply acknowledging the hard work of an individual or group. Recognizing employees for their hard work is a surefire way to keep your team happy.

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Office Sign Company on Amazon!

Office Sign Company, Amazon Storefront

By Travis Richter on Jan 22, 2016

FARGO, ND, January 22nd, 2016 - Office Sign Company, has recently started selling on the Amazon marketplace. Products are being added everyday to offer our customers an alternative method for purchasing our high quality signage and products.

Selling on Amazon has given Office Sign Company the opportunity to be accepted as part of the AmazonCustom Beta program in which customers may personalized their products before purchasing. This allows the customer to have a visual of the product before making a purchase.

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Office Sign Company Google Trusted!

Office Sign Company Awarded Google Trusted Stores Badge

By Jack Yakowicz on Jan 20, 2016

FARGO, ND, January 20th, 2016 - Office Sign Company, which offers interior office signage, banners, and a variety of other products for the workplaces, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the Office Sign Company website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

"I think it gives our storefront more credibility," said Lis Krabbenhoft, the customer service manager at Office Sign Company. "It puts their mind at ease when shopping with us, because they know we are backed by Google."

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google's help, and Google will work with Office Sign Company and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

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Wood is being incorporated into different types of advertising and promotional materials that are being made at Office Sign Company in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Here's your sign: Local company finds success producing office signs and logoed merchandise

By Angie Wieck on Nov 6, 2015 at 1:40 a.m.

FARGO-Owner Ryan Fritz was thrilled when Office Sign Co. was named Small Business of the Year by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce this summer. He knew this was his last chance, because after a few planned hires, his company would no longer qualify as a small business.

It's hard for Fritz to believe sometimes just how far Office Sign Co. has come since he launched the business in the basement of his Fargo home in 2008. At the time, he was looking for a way to be his own boss so he could spend more time with his daughter, Ceely.

Fritz, who studied commercial art in college, initially planned to do freelance marketing and design.

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Office Sign Co. in downtown Fargo has beautified the alley entrance to the building. Special to The Forum

Inside Business: Office Sign Co. beautifies alley entrance

By Dave Olson on Oct 3, 2015 at 1:02 a.m.

FARGO-Office Sign Co. is doing its part to beautify downtown Fargo.

The business recently held a contest that involved its graphic design team, which was asked to come up with things Office Sign might do to bring art to its neighborhood, the 300 block of NP Avenue.

Followers of Office Sign Co. on social media voted for their favorite design, which was submitted by Chelsie Heide, a graphic designer with the sign company.

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Office Sign Company's Ryan Fritz

Entrepreneurial Advice From 13 Of Fargo's Finest Business Owners

by Erica Rapp on Aug 6, 2015

Office Sign Company was born out a desire for founder Fritz to spend more time with his daughter. The e-commerce site specializes in creating custom signs. With customers like L'Oreal and Yahoo!, it is obvious Fritz made the right decision.

Give us a brief history of how your company came about.
"Office Sign Company began with my wish to spend more time with my daughter - and with the vision of a very simple lifestyle. Of course, most of my life there was a desire to do my own thing and start something of my own. So I quit my job."

What was the hardest part about being a risk taker and going off on your own?
"Gathering the confidence to believe in myself. Once I was able to take that first step, the details seemed very simple. Of course quitting a decent paying job is a hard thing to do. It's easy for me to say now, but I wish I would have done it sooner."

Tell us a brief story that illustrates the hardship and risk you faced.
"The first couple of years I ran the business out of my basement and endured a series of growing pains. One of our very first job applicants was a female, and she emailed me a photo of my home and asked if this is really where the business was located, because it seemed like such a terrific job. In my excitement towards our very first job applicant, I replied 'Yes it is, could you meet me in the basement at 8 p.m. tonight?'' I will always remember her response, 'Creepy.'"

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere There's Signs

By The Chamber on June 6, 2015

Not even a smudge will make it past Ryan Fritz, CEO and founder of Office Sign Company in Fargo. Every piece of work this company puts out must meet rigid criteria for quality. And yet amid this strive for perfection, there is no doubt the operation is busy but laid back, vibrant, fun and full of personality. Behind one door you can find a vintage pin ball machine, on one wall an Iron Maiden poster and in the break area, a keg.

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Behind it all is its Fritz, who runs the company from humble beginnings based off his vision for a simplistic lifestyle. A company that started in his own basement circa 2008 as a way to spend more time with his daughter. Now, not even a decade and a few offices later, his staff has grown from a one-man operation to approaching 30, and their growth is showing no signs of stopping.

Office Sign Company won our Small Business of the Year Award at the ChamberChoice Awards this June, and it's thanks to Fritz's mom who submitted the nomination. The CEO made sure to thank her, genuinely and graciously, at the awards ceremony. As a finalist for this same award two years in a row, he was surprised and elated to have won the title. And like any humble leader, he gives all the credit back to his staff. "I'm happy the team was recognized. They deserved it," he said.

As for how they've achieved such great success from a small beginning, Fritz attributes it simply to making great products for every single order, and a bit of search engine luck. In fact, their business started out as an eCommerce website, primarily making products for companies around the country. And these are no small orders either - Office Sign Company has supplied products for ESPN, the Philadelphia 76ers, Coca-Cola and even the White House. "We strive for excellence. That's the difference," he said.

But Fargo is Fritz's home, and he is happy to be doing more and more local business, though he still views the company as an underdog and almost a community secret. "We finally feel like Fargo is realizing who we are," he said. "Doing business in Fargo is like a dream come true."

For that business, no job is too big or too small for Office Sign Company. They'll take orders for small name tags to large wall designs, and the only limit is your imagination. "If someone says, 'can you do this sign,' we want to say yes," he said.

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Office Sign Company Ryan Fritz and his team.

Meet 5 Startups

by Andrew Jason on Feb 24, 2014

Ryan Fritz just wanted to spend more time with his daughter. He felt he was missing her childhood because he was always working. That's when he came up with This was set up to help companies with their search engine optimization. He created Office Sign Company as a test client.

"I wanted to promote my marketing company, but what really happened was that I guess I marketed it so well that Office Sign Company became real," Fritz said.

In 2008, Office Sign Company became a reality. This company, as the name suggests, specializes in any custom made sign for offices. With over 200 products, 24 employees and a new expanded office in downtown Fargo at 310 NP Ave. N, the company has taken off across the country.

This Grafton, ND, native grew up in Fargo and went to Fargo South High School. He worked at a number of different jobs and quickly came to the realization that most entrepreneurs stumble upon: he did not enjoy having a boss. That's when he set off on his own.

"It may sound cliché, but you can't go into it for the money," Fritz said. "It's true about the whole do what you love type of thing. For me, I really thought that I would wear the same shirt every single day for the rest of my life, but I just wanted to spend more time with my daughter."

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