MMBC Turns 10 | Founder Craig Martyn’s Firsthand Account of the First Decade of MyMetalBusinessCard.com

Published June 16, 2021

Author: Craig


Last updated on August 9, 2021
My Metal Business Card | 2021 08 Celebrating 10 Years

I believe it’s true: Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year, but underestimate what they can do in 10.

My Metal Business Card | Craig Martyn Mmbc 2021
MMBC Founder, Craig Martyn showing off one of our premium Black Metal Business Cards.

Eleven years ago, I attended an event in Kansas City, at which there was one guy that had a suede-plastic business card. I saw it…it was cool. Everyone I met kept bringing up THAT card.

On the flight home, cramped between two random people, I put some thought into the idea of doing business cards – made of metal. I figured surely, they would have a bigger wow factor than plastic. I already knew the chemical-etching process from my model train company and the aesthetic/design aspect fit with my interests.

So I went to Google and did some searching to size-up the competition. There were companies selling metal cards; however, (in my opinion) they were either (A) overpriced, (B) their designs were not good, or (C) they were out of the US.

My Metal Business Card | Mmbc First Logo Large Metal Card
The very first MMBC logo and signage from 2011.

In June of 2011, MyMetalBusinessCard.com was officially launched. Like any start-up, sales were initially slow, but things picked-up quickly and MMBC gained traction.

In the first few months of operation, I would finish my work for first business, then in the evenings, do the graphic design for metal card orders. I even had some very helpful friends who would do their 9-5, and then help produce card designs at night.

Things snowballed and I’ve been extremely lucky to have a great team of passionate, talented people who are the reason we are here today. We pushed forward, looking for every opportunity to better understand and serve our growing number of clients.

My Metal Business Card | Mmbc 511 S Harbor Office 672X504 1
MyMetalBusinessCard.com Headquarters in sunny La Habra, California.

Fast forward 10 years to MMBC Now:

My Metal Business Card, thanks to our dedicated team, has become the world-leader for Metal Business Cards. We’ve gotten to work with clients I had only dreamed about while studying advertising in college. A few years back we hit the ’10 million cards sold’ mark, moved to our commercial building (in La Habra), acquired 10 lasers – including some now fully automated, built our own proprietary software from the ground-up, and posted real-time metrics on TV’s throughout the MMBC office.

To say I’m grateful for the MMBC team we’ve had – past and present – would be an understatement; it’s been a lot of hard work from a lot of people.

My Metal Business Card Customer Service Staff Hard At Work To Help In Our Office
Mmbc Office With The Design Team Hard At Work

Over the years we’ve learned a lot, including our fundamental WHY, which drives everything we do: We produce products that positively impact people. Every order and product we produce is an opportunity to spread positivity and at the very least, provoke a smile or two.

To kick-off our MMBC 10-year Anniversary, we just launched a new website that is fully integrated between our software, external/internal production, and order management. Clients can now login to their account to track the exact status of their order, get an estimated ship date, or when the time comes, easily re-order. You are even able to access your My Plastic Business Card and My Wood Business Card orders all in one place.

Many of you might not know we produce many personalized products beyond just metal business cards. For instance, our personalized metal tumblers and other gift items have become increasingly popular.

Finally, and not least, a big THANK YOU to YOU, our MMBC clients for being the main stars in this story. We’ll continue working hard to help make you stand out and leave an instant and unforgettable impression.