One thing that I am passionate about is highlighting the accomplishments of Pasadena area businesses and their owners. Although I am not known as Mr. South Pasadena, I have always loved my friends in South Pasadena and today I highlight an award winning South Pasadena business owner who has been serving our community since 1978.
Article By Kristen Lepore – South Pasadena Patch
Congratulations to Ellens Silkscreening for their 5th inclusion in this year’s “Los Angeles Business Journal’s 100 Biggest Women-Owned Businesses in Los Angeles County”.
In 1978 Ellen Daigle (a recently divorced registered nurse at the time, with 3 small children) took some courses on sign painting in order to work at home and be near her children. Silkscreening was one of the courses she enrolled in. In 1978 Ellen opened shop in her garage and started printing t-shirts. Her 3 young daughters helped. She started by going door to door to business, offering her screen printing services. Six years later she opened a store front in South Pasadena. As an incredible entrepreneur, she grew her business steadily.
Through a project with KRLA Radio, Ellen began working with Joe Daigle, the Art Director at the time, which eventually led to Joe leaving KRLA to work with Ellen full-time. Ellen & Joe married in 1984.
It was in 1984 that her big break came when she secured a contract with the Olympics and she expanded the business.
Ellen’s customers and employees will attest that her hard work, commitment and dedication to her business and her employees are unmatched. Ellen has gained a great deal of satisfaction mentoring the members of her staff over the years. She finds great joy when she is able to promote an employee. She considers herself a great support to her staff and it is evident her efforts are greatly admired and respected.
Ellen is active in local politics & one of the founding members of WISPPA, a very strong and active women’s political group. She often takes the lead in projects for the betterment of the community at large. She is a champion of local arts and culture. Ellen has been on the Parks and Recreation commission for 8 years and was the chair for 2 of those years. She served on the Community Redevelopment Commission for 4 years and is currently serving on the Public Safety Commission.
In addition to the Los Angeles Business Journal award, Ellen has been recognized by the following:
- 1994 Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
- 1994 Industry Award for Ethics & Excellence by Press Magazine
- 1995, 1996, and 1997 Ellens Silkscreening honored with the “Industry Service Award in Excellence”
- 1999, 2000, 2005 & 2007 Ellens Silkscreening named one of the top 100 women-owned businesses in Los Angeles County by the L.A. Business Journal
- 2000 Inducted by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) to its “Millennium Hall of Fame”
- 2002 Woman of the Year awarded by Congressman Adam Schiff
- 2008 Woman In Business awarded by State Assembly member Anthony Portantino & State Senator Carol Liu
- Previously honored by Business Life Magazine as a woman of Achievement.
1500 Mission Street
South Pasadena California 91030
A special thanks to my dear friend Margaret Hernandez (from the ANROMA Group) who made me aware of Ellen and this article.