Isn't it frustrating? You've just met a likely prospect for your EAA Chapter but you don't have anything to give him so that he can get in contact with someone...Now what would you have done if this was a business contact? You'd give him a business card, right? So why not do the same thing for your EAA Chapter? With today's computer technology, you can create way-cool business cards in as many colors as you like and in any amount that you desire. No more ordering 15,000 cards printed in two colors that are out of date after you give out the first 128.
For example, here is an image of the Chapter 1000 business cards:
Your basic requirements are a computer, a printer, some business card stock, and some software. Since you probably already understand the first two, let's discuss the second two.
Business card stock is card stock which is pre-perforated to ten 3-1/2" x 2" cards on an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet. Those of you quick with the calculator will note that leaves 3/4" side margins and 1/2" top and bottom margins. A typical package will have 25 sheets, good for 250 cards. Several sources are available. A common source you may find at your local office supply store is Avery #5371. Another source that we like to use is to phone order from MEI (1-800-634-3478). Order item number 130138 (white), 130161 (ivory), or 130252 (gray). These cost less than the Avery cards at our local Staples, running $6.47 for 1 or 2 packs, $5.97 each for 3 or more packs (60¢ shipping per pack), and are of good quality. Of course, if you're a scratch-built kind of person who would rather trade some effort for lower cost, you can just pick up some 110 lb card stock (8-1/2" x 11" size, 250 sheets per "ream"). Then you'll need a paper cutter to cut the cards apart after you've printed them.
As for software, you have many choices. The one you may already have is to use your favorite word processor. In Microsoft Word, you can choose "Envelopes and Labels" under the tools menu, which will guide you through setting up a table of appropriate size to create the business cards in. Again, if you have nothing else to go on, set it up for Avery #5371. The disadvantage of this technique is that you have to maintain all ten business card images on one page, meaning that if you change something (like a phone number), you have to change it in ten places.
Another software option is to buy a labeling program, like Labels Unlimited from Softkey. The advantage of this program is that you only have to maintain one business card image, and the program automatically prints ten of the same thing on the page. The disadvantage is that you have to buy an additional piece of software which may be on limited use otherwise.
Don't forget that the back side of the business card is still usable space. All it requires is that you run the cardstock through the printer a second time.
If you are willing to settle for a monochrome card (black on white), you can always print the first sheet and then make all of the other sheets using a copy machine.
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Revised -- 30 March 1999