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Before you learn about our company's past, let's talk about what's happening with our sign business and the economy now, in 2016

picture of the front of our sign shop and production warehouse

Anyone who knows me, knows I could talk for days about all the new and interesting things going on inside our business. And that's partially because I didn't anticipate that a downturn in the economy would spark such record growth in our sign company.

What we're discovering is that with all the layoffs and unemployment, a shift is quietly taking place in our economy. Large numbers of unemployed people are starting new businesses, out of shear necessity. And since the internet is such a convenient way to shop, there is a steady rise of start-up businesses finding our sign company online.

Startups are especially fun to work with!

The fresh sense of hope and quiet excitement makes working one-on-one with new business owners, a real pleasure. We get to help a variety of businesses across America develop their own unique identity and company image with ...

  • New logos
  • New company colors
  • New slogans & marketing messages
  • And new custom business signs ranging from banners to billboards!

Providing custom business signs nationwide wouldn't be possible without these 2 critical components ...

Software & Shipping

Unfortunately, back in 2003, the software we wanted wasn't invented yet. So we recruited a small, 3 man team of programmers to custom build our new, interactive website technology, from scratch.

In February 2004, we launched the front-end software which includes our SignMagic Online Design Center. SignMagic works in combination with our other interactive web based tools to help you find, price and buy the signage you need, anytime day or night. These are the parts you can see and directly interact with on our website.

Here's the critical part you don't see, behind the scenes ...

Our back-end software is an end-to-end order management system we named DataLoop (because it puts everyone in da Loop!). Imagine a system that automatically tracks and records every tiny detail, of every single order, from the time the order is placed, until the package arrives at your doorstep ...

That's DataLoop!

It may very well be the best Customer Service System in the sign industry.

And with rock solid shipping partners at our disposal like FedEx & UPS, our system now makes it just as easy to help business owners 2,000 miles away, as it does our neighbors.

How did the head SignChef get started?

I was 26 years old when I started the sign company back in 1987. Computerized sign making technology was in it's infancy back then and insanely expensive. So I learned the traditions of custom sign making first hand by developing these core trade skills:

  • Hand lettering
  • Sign Design
  • Pattern making
  • Plastic molding
  • Spray painting
  • Welding
  • Woodworking
  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Neon manufacturing
  • Electrical wiring
  • Crane operation
  • And installation

Taking the time to develop these skills of the trade has given me invaluable hands-on knowledge and real-world sign experience. As a company, we use and build upon this experience every day to meet the unique, individual needs of our clients.

picture of TheSignChef's showroom

Shortly after starting the company in '87, Hurricane Hugo hit us in 1989

As Hurricane Hugo blew through Charleston, South Carolina on September 22nd, my wife Robin and I weathered the storm together while celebrating on our 5th year wedding anniversary!

When we woke up the next morning, Charleston's landscape had been dramatically altered. As we slowly weaved around the trees and debris in the streets, it was quite a shock looking at all the devastation we had just lived through. And it didn't take us long to notice, there was hardly a sign left standing.

As you can imagine, the sudden rush of businesses needing new custom signage and restoration work had a profound impact on our company. Robin was finally able to join me in the business full-time. We were able to acquire some much needed sign making equipment. And for the next year, we sure didn't get much sleep!

Some of the growing pains were severe over the next few years

Our thriving local economy enabled the steady growth of our small sign business from 1989 to 2003. So as our family of clients grew, we experienced the normal (and sometimes severe) growing pains of finding the right employees, improving our sign manufacturing processes and expanding our facility.

Halfway through 2003, we decided to expand our traditional local sign business, nationally. However, we decided to expand in a non-traditional way. Instead of expanding with more store locations or by franchising, we decided to expand the business via the internet.

Thanks to the reach of the internet ...

We now ship orders daily all across America! And internationally - it truly is the world wide web.

We are truly honored to have the opportunity to work one-one-one with so many business professionals. If you feel our services might be a good match for your company or organization, we would love to speak with you! We're available 7 days a week, until 9:00 pm, eastern.

Warm regards from the south,

Tim Harrelson Head Sign Chef and CEO signature

Tim Harrelson
Head SignChef

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Custom Sign Business

Custom Sign Service

"How can I contact TheSignChef.com?"
TheSignChef.com can be contacted the following ways:

Physical Address:
TheSignChef.com, Inc.
7360 Cross County Road, Suite 103
Charleston, SC 29418

Mailing Address:
TheSignChef.com, Inc.
PO BOX 42346
Charleston, SC 29423

By e-mail:
support@thesignchef.com

By telephone:
800.899.6272 (Toll-Free)
843.552.5252 (Main Line)
843.552.9000 (FAX)

We can also be reached through LiveChat! from 8:30AM until 10:05PM EST, 7 days a week!
"What types of organizations do you serve?"
We serve ANY organization or business, and create personal signs as well!

Recent organizations we've served include:

Start Ups
Small Businesses
Licensed Professionals
Large Corporations
Franchises
Municipalities
State Agencies
Federal Government
U.S. Military
Schools
Universities
Hospitals
Non-profits
Churches
"What areas do you serve?"

The SignChef is serving up a multitude of signage options out of our sign shop in Charleston, SC. With our wide menu and the World Wide web, we have the pleasure of serving business and commercial sign needs throughout the entire United States, Canada and even internationally. Some of the more popular locations for our custom sign services have been in Wyoming, Vermont, Delaware, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Nebraska, Idaho, California, Maryland, Wisconsin, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Kentucky, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Oregon, Iowa, Arkansas, Utah, Nevada, Kansas, New Mexico, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, Washington, Arizona, Virginia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Alabama, District of Columbia, New York and West Virginia. What can the SignChef create for your area?

The SignChef has been instrumental to many businesses in Wyoming. We are one sign shop that is available in Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, Gillette, Rock Springs, Sheridan, Green River, Evanston, Riverton and Cody without actually having a chain.

We serve the signage needs of cities in Vermont very often. With our online sign shop, the SignChef is able to deliver to Burlington, Rutland, South Burlington, Barre, Montpelier, St. Albans, Winooski, Newport, Vergennes and Essex.

If you have need for a sign store in Delaware, look no further as we can fill orders for commercial signs for Delaware City, Dover, Harrington, Lewes, Milford, New Castle, Newark, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford and Wilmington, just to name a few places.

In South Dakota we have produced custom signs for Watertown, Brookings, Mitchell, Pierre, Yankton, Huron, Vermillion, Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen.

The SignChef has been available for many citizens in Montana. We have received orders for custom signs from Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Miles City, Missoula and Dillion.

We have met the commercial sign needs of Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Dickinson, Jamestown, Williston, Wahpeton, Mandan and West Fargo, North Dakota.

Rhode Island is a popular destination for many of the signs that we have produced here. Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, Newport, Central Falls, Cumberland and Jamestown are all recipients of our products.

People in New Hampshire have used our online sign design wizard, SignMagic and we have produced those custom sign orders from Concord, Derry, Dover, Keene, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Rochester and Claremont.

Because of the extended hours afforded to us by the World Wide Web, we have gained customers throughout Oregon. Business signs have been produced and shipped to Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, South Portland, Auburn, Biddeford, Brunswick, Sanford, Augusta and Scarborough.

Nebraska is a popular destination for our commercial signs. We have had many orders from Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Grand Island, Kearney, Fremont, Hastings, North Platte, Norfolk and Columbus.

The Signchef is serving the business sign needs of Boise, Idaho Falls, Nampa, Pocatello, Meridian, Caldwell, Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Twin Falls and Ammon, Idaho.

It is a goal here at the SignChef to become the main signage shop for residents and business owners of California. We are currently producing business signs for Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Long Beach, Fresno, Sacramento, Oakland, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Bakersfield, Riverside, Stockton, Chula Vista, Fremont, Modesto, Irvine, Glendale, San Bernardino, Huntington Beach, Oxnard, Fontana, Moreno Valley, Oceanside, Santa Carita, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Garden Grove, Pomona and Santa Rosa.

The SignChef uses a team effort to produce signs for Baltimore, Annapolis, Columbia, Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Frederick, Hagerstown, Bethesda and Bowie, Maryland.

Even if it is late at night in Wisconsin, you can still order your customized sign from us and we will be glad to have it shipped to you. There are plenty of customers in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine, Appleton, Waukesha, Oshkosh, Eau Claire and Janesville that can tell you the same.

The SignChef produces commercial signs for many businesses in Colorado, including Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Lakewood, Fort Collins, Arvada, Pueblo, Westminister, Boulder and Thornton.

Festivals throughout Louisiana are using custom signs this spring. You might even see some of our work in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Kenner, Bossier City, Monroe, Alexandria and New Iberia.

People in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Bloomington, Duluth, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth, Eagan, St. Cloud and Coon Rapids, Minnesota are using us as their sign shop.

The sign products that we offer have hit the mark for many people throughout the state of Kentucky Lexington, Frankfort, Lousiville, Richmond, Bowling Green, Henderson, Owensboro, Hopkinsville, Covington and Paducah

SignMagic is available day and night for Connecticut and its many citizens. We have shipped orders to Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, Norwalk, Danbury, New Britain, West Hartford and Bristol.

Customers in Oklahoma preferred to be directly involved in the designing of their custom signs. The SignChef has been able to meet the needs of many folks in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, Lawton, Broken Arrow, Edmond, Midwest City, Moore, Enid and Stillwater

Unique signage is one of the many advantages to using our online sign design wizard, SignMagic. People throughout Mississippi are trying their own ideas by using this software. We have produced custom business signs for Jackson, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Southhave, Meridian, Greenville, Tupelo, Olive Branch and Clinton.

We have a graphic designer on our full time staff that has used their extraordinary talents to produce logos for many people in Oregon. Custom signs have been created for people in Portland, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Bend, Medford, Springfield and Corvallis.

Several businesses in Iowa have taken advantage of all that we have to offer. We have satisfied customers in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Iowa City, Waterloo, Council Bluffs, Dubuque, Ames and West Des Moines.

Many customers in Arkansas were looking for a personal touch when it comes to choosing their sign company. We have been able to meet the needs of businesses in Little Rock, Benton, Cabot, El Dorado, Jacksonville, Jonesboro, Springdale, Van Buren, Pine Bluff and Rogers.

The SignChef has been given the opportunity to service many areas of Utah, including Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Provo, West Jordan, Sandy, Orem, Ogden, St. George, Layton and Taylorsville.

Creating custom signage every day for our clients is not a new concept here. We have manufactured custom signs for several organizations in Nevada that are based out of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Reno, Sunrise Manor, Paradise, Spring Valley, Sparks, Carson City and Pahrump.

We have had numerous chances to produce signs for different events in the state of Kansas. Some of the most recent locations include Wichita, Overland Park, Kansas City, Topeka, Olathe, Lawrence, Shawnee, Manhattan, Salina and Lenexa.

New Mexico can be included in the areas that we serve as we have shipped many custom signs to Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Sante Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Alamogordo, Clovis, Hobbs and Carlsbad.

People in Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Sarasota, Saint Petersburg, Hialeah, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee, Hollywood and Pembroke Pines have chose the SignChef as their personal sign shop in Florida.

Our reach has extended to Texas through the World Wide Web. The SignChef has served the business sign needs of companies in Houston, Dallas, San Antonia, Austin, El Paso, Forth Worth, Arlington, Corpus Christi, Plano and Garland.

The website not only serves as the online sign shop for people around the nation, it is being used as close as our own South Carolina. Being that we are located in North Charleston, a lot of our customers from Charleston, Summerville, Mt. Pleasant and Goose Creek can just walk right in. But we do ship around the state, and have, to places like Rock Hill, Greenville, Spartanburg and Sumter.

Commercial signs have been ordered from many cities throughout Illinois. We have shipped to Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Springfield, Peoria, Elgin, Waulegan and Cicero in just the past few months.

If you are not able to find a sign shop to meet your needs in Pennsylvania in the phone book, try the web. We have shipped custom signage to cities like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, Scranton, Bethleham, Lancaster, Altoona and Harrisburg.

The SignChef can be your one stop sign store in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Savannah, Athens, Macon, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Albany and Johns Creek, Georgia.

North Carolina is one of many states that have tried our online sign design software. People in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham, Fayetteville, High Point, Asheville, Hickory and Salisbury have created, and we have produced, custom signs by using SignMagic.

You will even be able to see some of our work in Ohio as we have manufactured business signs for companies within Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, Parma, Canton, Youngstown and Lorain.

Our online sign shop has a lot to offer, as many clients in Michigan can attest. We have shipped custom signs as well as accessories to cities like Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Flint, Clinton Township, Livonia and Dearborn

New Jersey is no stranger to our sign store. We have had the pleasure of completing signage for locations in Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Edison, Woodbridge Township, Toms River Township, Hamilton Township, Trenton and Camden.

Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Everett, Spokane Valley, Federal Way, Kent and Yakima, Washington are just a few of the cities that have taken advantage of our many products that are offered within our sign store.

The SignChef has a lot to offer Arizona as far as business signs and customer service is concerned. We have satisfied customers in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Peoria, Chandler, Sun City, Sun City West, Fountain Hills, Surprise and Gilbert.

Let's say you reside in one of the many cities in Virginia and need to have a commercial sign created; we can help! We have been the sign shop of choice for many people in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Lexington, Roanoke, Arlington, Newport News, Hampton and Alexandria

You know that you need a sign that grabs the most attention but you are unsure of how to make it happen. Many people in Massachusetts, namely Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, Cambridge, Brockton, New Bedford, Quincy, Fall River and Lynn have had the same problem. Let The SignChef work with you personally to create the perfect sign for you.

Tennessee Chattanooga, Clarksville, Knoxville, Memphis, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Bartlett, Bristol, Cleveland and Collierville

Missouri Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence, Columbia, Lee's Summit, O'Fallon, Cape Giradeau, St. Joseph and Branson

Indiana Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Gary, Hammond, Bloomington, Carmel, Muncie and Fishers

Alabama Birmingham-Hoover, Mobile, Huntsville, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Decatur, Florence-Muscle Shoals, Dothan, Auburn-Opelika and Anniston-Oxford

District of Columbia

New York New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse, Schenectady, Albany, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon and Utica

West Virginia Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Morgantown, Wheeling, Fairmont, Weirton, Beckley, Clarksburg and Martinsburg