In 2010, Pam Miller ’10 and Emily Anderson ’11 founded Button Up, a company that creates custom-made buttons and magnets. Miller and Anderson attended Ideas Inc. through Millikin’s Center for Entrepreneurship. After placing in the Elevator Pitch Competition and becoming tenants in MU's business incubator, Hub, the pair competed in the 2011 Business Creation Competition, winning Best Business Plan in the College of Arts and Sciences. They also received funding through the Larry and Ann Haab Seed Fund.
The company has created buttons for major events, including International Foursquare Day and National Homeless Advocacy Day, as well as local events such as weddings and student programs. The owners also visit grade schools to talk about small businesses and work with children and older adults to help them create their own hand-drawn buttons.
As a student, Miller was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Alpha Psi Omega national theatre honor society. A resident assistant, she also served as the Americorps VISTA Service Learning Coordinator and implemented the first annual Box City event to spread awareness of homelessness.
While at Millikin, Anderson was a resident assistant, a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, president of EQALL and member of the Human Service Connection, which organizes alternative spring breaks for students to learn about underserved populations. She also played in the Percussion Ensemble and in the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra.
Miller and Anderson are both scheduled to graduate in May from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with master’s degrees in social work.
Button Up products are available at The Blue Connection and the Cancer Care Center of Decatur. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
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