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Masters Tournament

April 11/2017
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Congratulations to Sergio Garcia 2017 Master Champion. The Spanish champion is taking home an eye-watering $1.98 million US after claiming the green jacket at the Augusta National this past weekend. Speaking of that famous green jacket did you know that an authentic green jacket from Augusta National Golf Club that was once bought for $5 at a Toronto thrift store has sold at auction for more than $139,000. Green Jacket Auctions says the distinctive sport coat worn by members of the famed Georgia club and presented each year to the winner of the Master’s tournament was sold Saturday, a day…

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Customer ‘Ownership’ is about delivering 3 kinds of value

March 23/2017
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In every industry, today, there’s an urgent battle being waged for customer ‘ownership’.  The winners of this battle will achieve higher sales and profitability…and the losers will become a commodity with an uncertain future. Ultimately, customer ownership is all about creating, delivering and communicating compelling Value. Customers demand it and businesses promise it, but there’s a huge lack of clarity to what Value really is. Let’s keep it simple; there are only 3 kinds of Value…Functional, Emotional and Financial Value.  That’s it! We deliver Functional Value when we… sell products and service that actually work for our target customers. are…

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March Madness

March 14/2017
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March Madness is a phenomenon that grips the national sports psyche from the second week of March through the first week of April. March Madness is the moniker that is given to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. These tournaments determine the national champions of college basketball in the United States. The term March Madness, today, is synonymous with the NCAA Basketball Tournament, but the nickname was first used to describe another basketball tournament — the annual Illinois High School Association tournament. Henry V. Porter is credited with coining the phrase in his 1939 article…

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How about an Oscar Viewing Party?

February 22/2017
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It’s almost time for the Academy Awards! To celebrate the star-studded occasion, invite some friends over and kick off Oscar Sunday with your own at-home viewing bash. Here’s your guide to all the fun: 1. Invite Lots of Friends: Life gets busy. That’s why a big event like Oscar Sunday is the perfect opportunity to see all those friends you haven’t seen over the winter months. 2. Dress to Impress: There’s no need to go to Red Carpet, but it might be fun to get all gussied up like the stars for just one night. You can even roll out…

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The Grammy Awards

February 09/2017
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The Grammy Awards ceremony takes place February 12, 2017. A Grammy Award (originally called Gramophone Award), or Grammy, is an honour awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. It shares recognition of the music industry. The gold-plated trophies, each depicting a gilded gramophone, are made and assembled by hand by Billings Artworks in Ridgway, Colorado. In 1990 the original Grammy design was revamped, changing the traditional soft lead for a stronger…

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What is this Fantasy Football all about?

January 23/2017
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Fantasy football is a growing hobby or game – whatever you want to call it – that is catching the nation by storm. Millions and millions of people participate in fantasy football every year. So for those of you that don’t know about the game, below is a brief explanation. Most of the people that play fantasy football are NFL fans. They enjoy watching football and playing fantasy football gets them involved in more games to watch on the weekends. If you don’t like the NFL, you likely won’t like to play fantasy football. A fantasy football league normally consists…

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Fun Facts about Banners

January 18/2017
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Banners were used as far back as the Old Testament. During the time of Moses, banners helped keep order among the people as they traveled across the desert to the Promised Land. Some were made of heavily adorned materials, others were simply long wooden poles topped with ornaments. In ancient Rome, houses of nobility distinguished themselves by hanging banners with a coat of arms at the front entrances. During the Middle Ages Knights used them to distinguish their prowess on the battlefield. Today you will see sports banners of all sizes for all occasions. You can see them in gyms,…

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Starting January off with Goals

January 11/2017
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January is the perfect time to start a monthly recognition program. Employers who create a culture of recognition see measurable results from increased employee happiness to improved bottom-line success. According to Harvard Business Review, happy employees are three times more likely to perform at a high level. Here are a few ideas to reward and acknowledge your employees. Service Anniversaries (all years) Peer-to-Peer Recognition Manager Recognition Sales Performance Incentives and Sales Consulting Attendance Social Recognition Wellness and Healthcare Programs Safe Work Programs Team Recognition Retirement Customer Service Excellence We carry a large line of Annual Plaques, Honour Rolls, Employee of the Month Plaques and…

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Time for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

December 09/2016
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Yes it’s that time of year again. Join the biggest holiday party craze and host an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! The Christmas sweater, once thought to be tacky, now has made a huge comeback! It is actually hard to find the authentic 80’s sweaters. Party goers have no choice but to create their own or some other version of ugly Christmas attire. Check out these Tips for Throwing an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! It might just save everyone’s sanity over this busy season and will be a great stress-reliever with all of the laughs it will be sure to get! Enjoy!…

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Rewards and Recognition: Two Highly Effective Ways To Motivate Your Employees

December 05/2016
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by Ernie Capobianco — Oct 9, 2014 In Entrepreneur Retaining quality employees can be a challenge. High turnover not only affects morale, but your company’s bottom line will take a hit too. It’s incredibly inefficient to train new people or get them up to speed. It taxes existing staff, and there’s an obvious cost in time and money of procuring new people. So how do you motivate existing employees and keep them hungry and passionate without necessarily giving them substantial pay increases or bonuses? How do you increase employee engagement, and more importantly, loyalty? Motivate them with a chainsaw. I’m sure…

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