Recognize Women in Business
The first annual American Business Women’s Day was held almost 40 years ago on September 22, 1982. Officially recognized as a national holiday by congressional proclamation in 1983 and in1986, it was conceived by the American Business Women’s Association, which was founded on this same day in 1949. American Business Women’s Day celebrates the accomplishments of over 68 million American working women and almost eight million women business owners.
Why We Love Coffee
Most people don’t realize the coffee plant has white blossoms that smell like jasmine and Ethiopians first choose the leaves for brewing a medicine. They may not know the plant has red fruits that look like cherries and are called “magical fruit” in the 11th century, when coffee is discovered. They do know that roasting the beans, grinding them finely, then percolating them slowly with water yields a tasty, aromatic drink and it is one of the most popular beverages in the world (kudos to the Ottoman empire). Bottom line, people enjoy drinking coffee because it makes them feel good. This and a few more reasons:
Go, Team, Go
From Basketball to Soccer, Baseball and Bowling, to Track and Tennis, Golf and the Martial Arts … Volleyball and Cheerleading, Softball and Hockey, Football and more … The star athletes, coaches, sponsors and other participants in the sports you love deserve appreciation.
Barbecue Like a Champ
1. Have Everything Ready Before Grilling Starts – an essential part of successful grilling includes a clean grill and plenty of fuel; all the food prepped for cooking; salt, pepper and any seasonings on hand; essential BBQ grilling tools; serving platters; and a table set with plates, silverware, napkins, glasses and beverages, so your guests can dig in as soon as the feast comes off the flames.
A Day to Remember and Serve
“When you choose to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, you are playing an important part in memorializing those who were killed, honoring the sacrifices of the first responders, and remembering the spirit of unity that emerged in the aftermath of 9/11,” Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, pictured below.
Turn a Blank Wall into a Creative Canvas for Stylish Décor
If that plain wall in your living room is stifling your inner décor diva, it’s time to turn that wall -or stairway or room divider- into your own personal canvas. Whether you are going for an eclectic shabby chic look or a uniform modern motif, displaying a collage of your favorite framed artwork is an excellent solution for filling large spaces. The trick is to get creative about the frames and the things they hold.
Employee Recognition Awards with Attitude
Employee recognition awards are an excellent way for businesses to retain good workers and re-enforce strong team dynamics. Keeping these honors from becoming boring or stale is the real trick. Rather than sticking with the same categories every year, break away from the traditional with employee recognition – try humor.
Steps for Building a Strong Company Brand
If you are one of the millions of people who started a small business this year, how are you defining your brand? Brand identity is not just a to-do item for corporations and larger companies. Small businesses also benefit from leveraging the power of a strong brand or identity:
The Shield – Symbol of Honor
Do you know a local hero who should be honored with a shield plaque? The shield has long been a symbol of honor that recognizes people who work for the good of others, like police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders, although its appeal extends far beyond these community standouts.
Deserving of Everlasting Honor
If you ever spot perpetual plaques mounted on an office wall, you’ll notice they create a stunning display. Not only can all the people who see them appreciate the winners, every day -the gallery itself represents the high value that company leadership holds for individual and team achievement.
Crunch Time for Labor Day Get-Togethers
Who doesn’t love a party? Labor Day is the first Monday in September and falls on the 6th this year – and you still have time to gather friends and family for this traditional end-of-summer celebration. Not only that, you still have time to personalize your Labor Day get-together with custom products from PlaqueMaker.
How to Acknowledge Inventors and Their Inventions
Inventions reshape our world, changing the way we view business, manufacturing, science, technology, communications and much more. When someone secures a patent for an invention, their achievement can energize a new product, a new company or an entire industry.