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Product List

Tumblers-stainles steel with lid
Ceramic Mugs-11 ounce
Coasters-3 3/4" square
(free holder with purchase of 4)
Mouse Pads-7 1/4" x 8 1/2"
Buttons-2 1/2"
Dog Tags-aluminum
Puzzles-8" x 10"
(110 pieces or 30 pieces)
Ornaments-round, oval, or scalloped
Magnets-3 1/2"
Tiles-4 1/4" square    
     *Ask about current prices and new items available.**

Education and Entrepreneurship for Students with Special Needs

Address: Memorial High School, 2225 Keith Street-Room 1465, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Phone: 715-852-6498  Fax: 715-852-6304
Email: jschemberger@ecasd.us

History of 1st Start

1st Start began in September 2005, to provide students with special needs a real work experience while attending Eau Claire Memorial High School.

1st Start specializes in the design and manufacturing of personalized products such as coffee mugs, mouse pads, ornaments, coasters, bookmarks, dog tags, magnets as well as many other items.

1st Start uses a process called sublimation, in which designs are printed onto transfer paper with artanium ink. When the design is attached to the product and heated, the ink turns into a gas and goes into the pores of the specially coated products. When cooled, the design becomes a part of the product.

Students are involved in all aspects of the company, including marketing, designing, printing, pressing, cleaning, packaging, and shipping. Students also write invoices, receipts, and calculate costs within the business.


All Products can be designed for holidays and special occasions:
Graduation Gifts, Memorable Moments, Holidays, The Big Catch,The Big Buck, Historical Sites, Birthdays, Anniversaries

bookmarks button ceramic mugs coasters dog tags magnet mousepads ornaments puzzles stainless steel mugs tiles

Previous Customers

  • Businesses
    • Mahler Family Dentistry
    • Lien and Peterson
  • Universities/  Schools
    • University of Wisconsin Stout
    • Chippewa Falls
    • Eau Claire Area School District
    • CESA 9
    • Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Schools Athletics / Clubs
    • Basketball
    • Football
    • Hockey
    • Gymnastics
    • Swimming
    • Soccer
    • Golf
    • Choir