STAHLS’ Heat Press Scholarship Q3 Winners

*Excerpts from this blog were originally published on TedStahl.com

Learn More About STAHLS’ Heat Press Scholarship

The goal of the The Stahl Family Small Business Fund Heat Press Scholarship program is to help decorators reach their goal of starting a heat press business. This year we were so excited to be able to give away 21 heat presses to qualified winners. So, without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to the newest STAHLS’ heat press scholarship winners!


Jessica Pretty of Daring’s Deserved in Cedartown, GA

Jessica Pretty of Daring's Deserved was one of the winners of the Q3 Pure Imagination Heat Press Scholarship from STAHLS'
Jessica hopes to use her A2Z™ Heat Press to help others show their unique personalities.

According to owner Jessica Pretty, Daring’s Deserved was born from an idea of hope to bring a little more light, diversity and excitement to people’s lives through crafts, clothing, and other merchandise. She is an artist who brings uniqueness to the world. Jessica started with resin crafting during the pandemic and opened an Etsy shop. It’s been doing well and she decided to branch out to add custom apparel merchandise. Overall, Jessica dares you to be different and embrace what make you, uniquely and unequivocally YOU. She is grateful for the opportunity to showcase her creativity through custom apparel and thankful to be a STAHLS’ Scholarship winner.


Ciara Smack of CUTE CREATIONS BY CIARA in Frederica, DE

Ciara Smack of CUTE CREATIONS BY CIARA was one of the winners of the Q3 Pure Imagination Heat Press Scholarship from STAHLS'

In 2018, Ciara started her business by creating custom security curtains for school classrooms. The curtains provide safety for students during intruder drills. Then she created a successful Kindness Matters T-shirt. She has a great niche market that serves educators and school staff members, school districts, parents, and students. The ability to add customization to her unique items has been a great business builder. Ciara is excited about the six coaching sessions from STAHLS’ and has a goal of being a one-stop shop for her customers.

  • Facebook- www.facebook.com/cutecreaionsbyciara
  • Instagram- @_cutecreationsbyciara
  • Pinterest- www.pinterest.com/cutecreationsbyciara (under construction)
  • TikTok- @cutecreationsbyciara
  • Website- etsy.com/shop/CuteCreationsbyCiara

Shane Hickey of SH CREATIVE in Churchville, PA

Shane of SH CREATIVE was one of the winners of the Q3 Pure Imagination Heat Press Scholarship from STAHLS'

Shane is a Graphic Designer by day, working outside of Philadelphia for a large company. But he always had a side hustle, helping out the local sports teams his kids played for. He would also create custom T-shirts and logos for friends and family. When his “Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia” T-shirt blew up, he understood the opportunities in the custom apparel world. He realized he wanted to print more on his own. Shane already knew about STAHLS’ from his previous experience printing uniforms, so he entered the contest and the rest is history. Shane is excited to take his business to the next level.


Traci Williams of StellHER Curves in Lathrup Village, MI

Traci of StellHER Curves was one of the winners of the Q3 Pure Imagination Heat Press Scholarship from STAHLS'
Traci plans to target a niche market with custom printing.

Meet Traci — she’s super excited to work with STAHLS’ team of experts who will mentor and help her build her business. Body positivity is her passion. Why be ordinary when you can be StellHER? According to their website, StellHER Curves was created to empower all the beautiful Curvy Queens! Curvy and Plus Size women now have a place to shop for high quality, stylish, and unique clothing. Owner Traci Williams says, “Our goal is to provide the best of the best in clothing without the hefty price tag. Quality is our number one priority and we stand behind all the products we sell.”


Brandon Blackmon of Ballers World Order in Birmingham, AL

Brandon of BALLERS WORLD ORDER was one of the winners of the Q3 Pure Imagination Heat Press Scholarship from STAHLS'

Finally, meet Brandon Blackmon from BALLERS WORLD ORDER. Brandon is excited to be backed by a top-notch supplier like STAHLS and is ready to build his business. The tagline for his company is “The Baller Makes the Brand.” B.W.O is a youth sports/social organization and custom T-shirt apparel company that offers text/graphic motivational, inspirational, and funny basketball slang quotes. In addition, their primary design style is a combination of urban, cartoonish, graffiti tag-like style and flair. Anything goes, the more creative the better!


Apply to Win a Heat Press Scholarship

In conclusion, we hope you enjoyed learning about our most recent heat press scholarship winners. We hope to give away six more presses by the end of 2021. Do you dream of being your own boss? Want to work from anywhere? We encourage creative entrepreneurs like you to apply!


Watch this video below as Dan Stahl, President, walks you through the program and proudly announces the winners.

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