Marketing business Corporate Incentives celebrates 26 years of family ownership

Melissa Young is the second generation of her family to own Corporate Incentives, and she took over the company in 2019. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Melissa Young is the second generation of her family to own Corporate Incentives, and she took over the company in 2019. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Melissa Young is the second generation of her family to own Corporate Incentives, and she took over the company in 2019. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Corporate Incentives relocated to a 25,000-square-foot space from its previous 8,000-square foot space. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Corporate Incentives employees Chris Loveall and Edah Melgaard assemble packages for a client. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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New clients are able to meet with Corporate Incentives in a showroom. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Corporate Incentives owner Melissa Young is the second generation in her family to own the business, which started as a side project in 1996.

Since purchasing the business from her mother, Young has relocated and expanded Corporate Incentives’ space to better accommodate its clients.

“My dad passed away in 1997, and at that point it became a full-time thing to support our family,” Young said. “We started on the award side of the business, but over time [we became] an extension of our clients’ marketing department.”

Young has spent around 22 years working with the family business, and it now services clients internationally by putting company logos on items and coordinating marketing campaigns to ensure quality control.

Generational business


Young said she started working at Corporate Incentives in 2000 before purchasing the company from her mother in 2019, months before the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I was given a really amazing opportunity to work for my mom and learn from her,” Young said. “It was great for our small family when we were a really small business. It definitely got us through what would have been challenging years, but now it is bigger than that.”

Young said she takes the responsibility of local employment seriously, and Corporate Incentives has 25 employees.

“It has grown from taking care of a small group to now internally, a larger group of family,” Young said. “Without the support of Montgomery County and beyond, we would not be where we are today.”

Young said it is important to her to be a family- and woman-owned company based in The Woodlands area.

“You can start something like this out of a garage, and it is meant to be fun, ... and you can go through all of the things as a business to grow and learn,” Young said.

Expanding and relocating

Prior to relocating to 27329 Spectrum Way in Oak Ridge North in 2021, Corporate Incentives operated out of an 8,000-square-foot office space.

According to Young, the new 25,000-square-foot building completed in 2021 better services the company and client needs.

“During the pandemic, we had started doing a lot of packing and fulfilling,” she said. “We needed a lot more space for assembly for that.”

Young said Corporate Incentives’ new location is better suited for holding supplies due to the larger storage space, so clients’ products can be stored at the facility and sorted.

“We had outgrown our space well before we moved, but we did everything we could to make it work,” she said.

Young said among the new features of the building is a showroom to meet with new clients.

Looking ahead, Young said she hopes to expand Corporate Incentives’ services for current and future customers in the new and improve space.

Corporate Incentives

27329 Spectrum Way, Conroe

281-362-0532

www.corp-inc.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sat., Sun
By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.