Friday, December 14, 2007

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Imprinted T-Shirt Specials Make Great Chrismas Gifts

If you want a really neat unique gift for that special someone this holiday season, then make it yourself! But seriously we can help you make it yourself if you have an idea of what you want.

Here is the concept. Click the google checkout image below. This will take you to the screen to purchase a white shirt, with whatever size you need. Find an image you want and email me the image at shirts@buxmontawards.com. Your shirt gets shipped to your door with the imprint you emailed me. Full color. 16.50. Free shipping. Imprinted shirts that are custom and have your own personalized imprint on it.

You could even start your own apparel line if you want to. Let us do the hard work for you, while you concentrate on doing what you like to do.
















Sunday, November 25, 2007

Christmas means gifts; personalized gifts

Personalized Gift Specials!











We are adding an incentive to the readers of this blog, and we hope it will be a good one. We are offering a free gift with the purchase of a personalized mug or t-shirt now through the holidays.

The next couple of blog posts will be featuring the products that we are talking about and give you a chance to take advantage of these great deals. You will have to purchase through google check out and this deal is exclusive through the Bux-Mont Awards blog.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Youth Sports Fundraising

Looking for some tips on improving your youth sports fundraising? Every youth sports league must fundraise to cover expenses and keep fees low. So, how do you raise more funds? Focus on these seven factors and you can easily double your results.

Product Selection

In youth sports fundraising, it's so important to select the right products to sell. The right selection is one that has mass appeal, an above average price point, and good profit margins.

Don't sell what's always been sold every year. Consider choosing items that meet the criteria below.

Product Price Point

Your product offering should be at an attractive price point. This means it should be neither high nor low, but rather right in the comfort zone that encourages people to open their wallets.

If you're selling a low-priced product, you are at a disadvantage because you aren't maximizing your revenue from each prospect. In this situation, try bundling a small quantity together and ask for more dollars.

For example, if candy bars are being sold for $1 each, put together variety three-packs or a family ten-pack. Get your prospect thinking bigger numbers. Many of them will step up to the bundle.

Product Profitability

It's important that your fundraising product has a high profit margin. Ideally, you'd like to make 80% or more if you can. This would be products like discount cards for two-for-one deals at fast food places.

Many standard items have a profit margin of 50% and that's OK. It just means that you'll have to pump up the volume to make the same net that you would with higher profit items.

If the product chosen is one with a lower profit range of say 40%, then it needs to either be a higher-priced item or it needs to be likely to inspire quantity orders from each prospect. For example, cookie dough is often in this range, but price points are $10 & up. Many families will buy two or three units.

Sales Script

Don't send your sellers out unprepared. Part of youth sports is teaching and helping kids with their sales skills goes a long way toward building self confidence.

Here's what to tell them:

1 - Make eye contact, smile and introduce yourself.

2 - Say one sentence about why you are raising funds.

3 - Say second sentence that asks for their help.

4 - Make sure that sentence includes the word "because".

5 - Extend sample item, catalog, or order sheet.

6 - Suggest a personal favorite item or bundle.

7 - Always ask for the order.

Prospect, Prospect, Prospect

Now that your kids know what to say, they have to have prospects for their sales pitch. You can't set sales records without having a large supply of prospective customers.

Have everyone make a list of their potential customers. Have them do it as a team exercise and make sure they write them down. It's very important to do this and to have each seller commit publicly to doing their part.

Have each seller stand up in front of their teammates and state how many prospects they have. Then have them make a commitment to raising a certain financial amount. Set minimum amounts and encourage competition by offering prizes for various achievement levels.

Location, Location, Location

Another way to boost your youth sports fundraising is by going where the prospects are. Your group can reach incredible numbers of people just by setting up fundraiser sales tables at entrances to high-traffic retail locations.

Grocery stores, home improvement stores, and mass merchandisers are all places where hundreds of prospects are available. Get permission well in advance from the store manager.

Set up a small table to display your fundraising product items. Staff your spot with two adults and two kids for each 90-minute shift.

Decorate the area with league banners and large-lettered signs explaining your offer. Your signs must inform them well in advance of reaching your display and sales table. That way, those interested in helping your sports team will be primed to stop and will be more receptive to hearing each youth's sales pitch.

Example:

"New Uniform Fundraiser"

"Tasty 3 lb. Cookie Dough - $10"

Imagine how many potential prospects there are at those locations who are completely outside your normal range of contacts. Now, go out there and sell them something!

Have Fun

Always make raising funds fun for the kids. Their emotions are subconsciously communicated to each potential prospect.

If they are smiling while cheerfully communicating your team's need and asking for help, then chances are good they'll get a favorable response.

If they're looking down and mumbling some garbled sales spiel, then chances are more people will pass on the offer. The way to get them involved is to have some competition going, have some fun activities built around the process, and have some rewards waiting for success.

For example, post a list at each team practice of the top sellers. Everybody loves to be recognized!

Do a fun activity just for those who help out by working the retail location sales table. Take the participants bowling or to a batting cage or a golf driving range. It'll bond fathers and sons and encourage increased participation.

Have a rewards party after the fundraiser wraps up. A simple pizza party or group picnic is sufficient. Just make sure that everyone gets recognized for pitching in.

Allow the kids time to run around and enjoy themselves. After all, isn't youth sports all about having fun?

Follow these seven tips and your team's fundraising effort will be a big success.

Kimberly Reynolds writes for national publications about school fundraisers, youth sports fundraising and nonprofit fundraiser events. Find more school fundraising ideas on her website, FundraiserHelp.com

Monday, November 12, 2007

So you have made it through the club's tournament season. You did well but not as well as you would like. So how do you get your game in shape for the 2008 tournament season? Your tournaments will not have grand stands and TV cameras but do not think you will not feel the pressure. With a little thought and preparation, you can give yourself the needed confidence to beat your archrival, win the Club Championship or Match Play tournament in 2008.

Granted with your tournament nerves, you are probably not going to be swinging as smooth as Ernie Els when the big day arrives. Now is NOT the time to start messing with your golf swing. I repeat. It is NOT the time to make any major golf swing changes. First of all this is supposed to be fun. You know, better than anyone, your own tendencies. Depending on how much time you have before your golf tournament, chances are you are going to have to find a way to play with what you got. This is fine. Most of these types of tournaments are flighted. This means players with similar handicaps are pitted against each other. What you can do is check your basics. Review your posture, grip, alignment, and ball position and insure they are in the best shape they can be for your game. Hitting balls is fine but do not go overboard on making changes. The most effective thing you can work on is your swing tempo and insuring that your golf swing is in balance. You can do this by simply counting to three once you finish your golf swing.

Since the average of greens hit in regulation on the PGA Tour is only twelve, you will miss some greens during your round. Set up a practice schedule for your short game up until the golf tournament. You can go out in the evenings when the course is quiet. Go from green to green hitting multiple pitch and chip shots from all around the green. In addition, choose a couple of "nasty" lies just in case you hit a good shot that ends up in a bad place. Although the ultimate goal is to hole the ball, sometime you may need to play away from the hole to be able to make the next shot easier.

Spend most of your time on the practice green working on short putts, very short putts. Hit as many two to three foot putts as you can. This does a couple of things for you. First it gives you confidence to see the ball go in the hole over and over again. Second, you will be able to see if you are starting the golf ball on the correct line.

Do not forget to take a look at your equipment. Are your grips in good shape? Do they need replaced? If your grips do not need to be replaced, scrub them vigorously with a stiff brush. Use a solution of warm water and dishwashing soap with a degreaser to clean your grips. The degreaser will help remove the oil and dirt buildup that accumulates from your hands over a period of time. Rinse your grips well and pat dry with a towel.

Tournament day is here! Go through your normal warm up. Hit a few pitches, and make sure before you leave the practice green you make about five or ten two footers in a row. Seeing and hearing the ball go in the hole will give you great confidence as you head to the golf course.

foregolftips.com is a great place to get video golf tips to improve your game!

What trophies are

Trophies are mementos to be treasured forever. They could be awarded for certain accomplishments, or a memento of membership, or a souvenir from an event.

Trophies as awards are especially common for scholastic, sporting and office achievements. Academic awards are given in the form of trophies for different classes and subject proficiencies. Trophies for sporting achievements are the most popular. Games like tennis, football, basketball, cricket and golf all have coveted trophies. No one can forget the pictures of sportsmen weeping with joy and clutching their hard-earned trophies.

Trophies are sometimes given for achieving business targets or for attending training programs. They are also given to members of elite clubs and organizations.

Trophies can be different in make and design. Some companies offer custom trophies, which are exclusively designed trophies for particular events, people and occasions. For example, the Oscar is custom-made for the Oscar awards.

Materials to choose from include glass and crystal, plastic, acrylic, resin, enamel, and metals like pewter, gold or silver. The design is left to the imagination of the client. Traditional trophies offer a cup-based design. Some rare designs include bobble heads, resin sports jerseys or Rolls-Royce grilles.

A baseball trophy has a ball or a player pitching the ball, all in metal, or a sports jersey or a baseball-player bobble-head with custom-made engravings. Golf trophies have the figure of a golfer teeing away, or a golf ball, or a golf kit. Soccer trophies have soccer balls with customized engravings, or a goalie or player in action.

Customization enables one to make a trophy unique and valuable. Often it is not the cost that is important, but the ingenuity of the design. The trophy with the shape of a Rolls Royce grille was custom-made for the Rolls Royce owner’s club. There are many such models of custom trophies of all shapes, sizes and designs to win your heart.

Awardsreward.com provides Award Trophies, Baseball Trophies, Custom Trophies, Football Trophies and more. Awardsreward.com is affiliated with Bux-Mont Awards

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kristy_Annely

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Wrestling Trophies

The sport of wrestling has ancient roots. From Greco-Roman times to the World Wrestling Federation matches televised regularly, wrestling has kept viewers entertained and amused for centuries.

Wrestling is admired for many reasons. It can be a fun game or a serious win-or-lose competition, a commercial profit-making interest or a way to gain status. This is a weapon-free game, and the human body is used as weapon of combat.


There are different styles of wrestling. The main division is between amateur and professional wrestling. Amateur is widespread worldwide and has two types in the Olympic Games—Greco-Roman and freestyle. Freestyle evolved from the English Lancashire form. A similar style is called collegiate or folk style, and practiced in high schools and colleges in the U.S.A.

In amateur, freestyle and Greco-Roman differ in what holds are permitted. In Greco-Roman wrestling, wrestlers are permitted to hold and attack only above the waist. But points can be scored in both by following actions-takedowns, reversals, escapes, exposure, lifting and penalty points. A match can be won by period format, win by fall, win by technical fall, win by decision, win by major decision, and also win by injury. Illegal moves in amateur wrestling include biting, pinching and poking with the fingers, strikes, joint attacks, chokes, strangulations, suffocating, spiking, and attacking the genitals.

The most coveted wrestling trophies are those of the Olympic Games. The countries with leading wrestlers in the Olympic Games are Iran, U.S., Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Turkey and the former Soviet states. In the United States, collegiate or scholastic wrestling is practiced as a school sport. The Dan Hodge Trophy is awarded to the outstanding College Wrestler of the Year. It was first awarded to T. J. Jaworsky of the University of North Carolina in 1995. The trophy is named after Danny Hodge, an outstanding wrestler from the University of Oklahoma from 1951-1954.

Professional wrestling is any tourney where wrestlers receive payments for participating. Historically, professional wrestling has involved matches with predetermined results. American professional wrestling is a performance art in which the wrestlers create an entertainment show by simulating a combat sport. Though it started as a sporting event, it dropped all pretensions of such and declared itself to be a purely entertaining starting with the World Wrestling Federation in the 1990s. It eventually changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment.

Whether to entertain or amuse, wrestling trophies are sought after as they represent awards for fitness, agility and strength.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Promotions Launch - retail store

Once your retail store is up and running, it can be all too easy to slip into a mundane routine of your regular end of season merchandise clear-out sales. You need to take charge and keep your retail business from becoming a stagnant lag of the same old sales. People are drawn to excitement. Shoppers are drawn to promotions and enticing events. If you've fallen victim to the marketing mundane, read on for tips to take advantage of every promotional opportunity that is available to you.

The first step is to create a calendar of events for your store's year. Research your area and find out what's going on around town. Is there a special concert, festival or athletic event? Charity events and holidays, races and local celebrations, the possibilities are endless. Schedule your promotional launches well in advance so that you can have a successful presentation. You'll need to order special promotional materials such as signage, store displays, store fixtures and maybe even lighting for your store front windows. Figure out how many events you want to plan for the year and set a budget for each.

A promotional event is different than a regular sale. The idea is to have a theme. Promote the items that relate to the theme during each event. Flyers are a cheap and easy way to start spreading the buzz about your promotion. Stock up on items that you expect to sell the most of. Decorate, put signs outside of the store and dress up your window displays to draw a crowd. If your store has regular events, then you keep the attention of existing and new customers. If things are always the same, people tend to lose interest very quickly.

Keep track of all of your information. Think about making a special file for each event on your calendar. Note what items you ordered more of, which promotional materials you used and even what items you used in your window displays. Write down your projections of sales and customer traffic. When the promotion is over, take note of what worked. Compare your projected sales with your actual sales. Take down which promotional items seemed to work the best and draw the most attention. With each event that you hold, you can refer back to past events to determine how much you think you will sell, which promotional products to order and which items you should stock up on.

Check for new events that may be happening in your area three to four months in advance and take advantage of each opportunity that presents itself. When the year is over, go back over the findings, successes and failures of each event and plan your calendar for the next year. Each year should get cheaper if you keep your store displays and left-over promotional materials from each event in storage. You should waste less and gain more from year to year. Fine tune your promotional marketing plan to best suit your needs. You'll keep the public interested in your store and reap the benefits year round.

About the Author: Ron Maier is the Vice President of S & L Store Fixtures, a leading provider of retail store displays and store fixtures, including slatwall accessories, mannequins and more. For more information, please visit http://www.slstoredisplays.com .

Monday, November 5, 2007

Promotional Tradeshow Products - Boost Your Stall Traffic

Every business today witnesses events on a regular basis. There are several events like conferences, seminars, product launches, luncheons, trade shows and many more. Trade shows make for a very important event these days. They give a platform for various products to be on display at the same time and allow for comparison. Trade shows are an important avenue to make business contacts, entice prospective interest groups and take your business forward. Trade shows can open up you to lucrative business opportunities. Thus considering the importance that trade shows have in the life cycle of a business one should put their best foot forward and make the very best out of it.

At trade shows you'll find free handouts being distributed by various organizations. This is more of a strategy than being a part and parcel of trade shows itself. If you distribute free giveaways at trade shows chances are that you are making the most out of the event. Distributing promotional products at trade shows is an all win-win situation for your business.

Every one likes to receive a gift. The concept of getting something for doing nothing entices everyone. Promotional products work as a reason for people to visit your stall. They might just not be interested in your product or service otherwise but a free gift can bring them to your stall. And once they are at your stall half the job is already done. Bringing customers or people to your stall is the most difficult task at a trade show and once they are there you can obviously entice them if you have good PR skills. And promotional products do the challenging part for you.

You need not distribute an extravagant item at trade shows to increase stall traffic. A simple promotional product like a pen, notepad, or a key chain can serve the purpose. Distributing promotional products at trade shows will not only boost your stall traffic but also help you create brand awareness as the promotional products you distribute as free giveaways carry your brand name and logo that will popularize your business.

So do not go empty handed to your next trade show. A small promotional product can get you huge gains. These days you can find several online suppliers for promotional products but go for the one that offers you the best deal.

Gareth Parkin is the co-founder of Ideasbynet, the UK's leading online promotional products and promotional gifts company based in the north of England. Established in 2001, he has taken the UK gift market by storm by the application of modern business thinking and the latest search engine marketing techniques. For more details visit promopros.com

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Personalized Engraved Gifts

Personalized gifts are more attractive than ordinary gifts. They make a personal statement on behalf of the givers and are an ideal way to convey respect and sentiment towards parents, relatives, friends, or colleagues. Personalized gifts are made for every occasion or celebration. Among such gifts are engraved personalized gifts that have the names of the recipients engraved on them with beautiful quotations accompanying them. Among the items that can be engraved are sterling silver jewelry, flasks made of stainless steel, and jewelry boxes.

There are various articles available in gift stores that have beautiful designs and engravings. They may include antique cups, mementos, lamps, and pen stands. Generally, gift stores offer customized services for engraving the names and phrases for the recipients. Other items that make nice engraved gifts are clocks, pens or pen holders, photo frames, and albums.

There are personalized gifts available for all occasions, whether there are birthdays, anniversaries, corporate gatherings, graduation ceremonies, or baby showers. People tend to retain fond memories each time they see their engraved personalized gifts. They are popular, unique, beautiful, and practical gifts. A couple's wedding day is extremely special and can be doubly memorable when presented with an engraved gift.

A set of embroidered sheets or towels with the couple's name, a pair of personalized throw pillows, scrapbooks with the couple's names on the cover (along with scrapbooking supplies) are ideal for memorializing the couple's first year of married life. Manufacturers of personalized gifts that can be engraved frequently introduce innovative ideas. People can choose from a variety of products that are economical and make ideal graduation gifts.

There are many companies that have online ordering services for engraved or embroidered graduation gifts. They offer customized services with each of the gifts such as providing generous amounts of free personalization. They provide ways to create truly memorable gifts along with various styling of letters that can be chosen by the customers.

Personalized Gifts provides detailed information on Personalized Gifts, Personalized Baby Gifts, Personalized Wedding Gifts, Personalized Business Gifts and more. Personalized Gifts is affiliated with Corporate Business Gifts.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Recognizing Acheivement to Build a Better Event

This is a fact. Recognizing achievement helps make your event complete, engages your participants in a new way, and leads to greater participation in future events. The reasons for this are complex but it boils down to our needs to be recognized for what we do. The greater the recognition of the event the greater the urge to participate and to succeed. This is true in businesses, in sports, and in life in general.

Think about it, people who are passionate about acting tend to become actors. They have the drive to succeed. They see the recognition other stars get and that propels them to strive to perfection in order to gain entrance onto that stage.

The same is true of successful sales people, who are usually looking for monetary compensation. Recognizing their achievements other, non monetary ways, often times will cause a greater bond to build between a company and its sales force. Which company would you want to sell for, company A who only gives a monetary performance based bonus, or company B, who gives the same bonus amount, but also gives out sales awards at a company conference each year? Which sales force do you think sells more?

This is also evident in youth sports, education, and many other aspects of life. Kids watch sports on TV and see the ultimate trophy being won by their favorite player, and they strive to be that player. We have all pretended to be that person in our back yard, Tiger Woods at TPC putting for the win, or pitching the final out in game seven of the World Series, or scoring a touchdown in the final seconds of the Super Bowl.

It is ingrained in us, this drive to succeed, to achieve, but the whole thing hinges on the recognition. The more you get recognized the more you want to and believe you can achieve.

We are here to help you navigate the waters of successful recognition practices. It is not a one size fits all approach. It is dependent upon many things including your industry, your event type, and your goals. There is something for everyone, the problem is finding someone who can help solve your problems. This is the niche we look to fill. In recognition and engraving services.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Bux-Mont Awards shirt imprinting: a history

When we first started offering imprinted shirts it was becuase we had a machine that we were using for our recognition and awards business that also could be used to imprint shirts. The technology was not very good and we ended up scrapping the whole shirt imprinting until we started screen printing.

At around the same time we became beta testers for another imprinting process that was a transfer process. This method worked a lot better than our old method and we were better able to achieve our goal of offering a greater product mix to our existing customers.

With the screen printing and this beta-transfer process, we could offer to very different imprints at very affordable prices. Our screen set ups were the lowest in the area, and we were able to offer screen printed shirts for a low cost as well. This really helped our shirt business pick up and enabled us to grow our business while better serving our customers. Tomorrows post will be about our screen printing process, why you should use it, and how it benefits you directly.

Our Shirt Imprinting Processes

We have three (that we use regularly):
  1. Screen Printing
  2. Embroidery
  3. Digital Imprinting
Throughout the rest of tshe week we will be comparing and contrasting the differences between them, when they should be used and what they are used for. As you will see the digital imprinting process is a really neat animal.

It is a machine that is relatively new to use and has done nothing but good things for us. The process uses a oversized, heavyweight printer to print directly onto the garment and a heat press is used to set the ink into the shirt, with the imprint adhering to the cotton. But more about that later.

RECOGNITION PROFESSIONALS INTERNATIONAL

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NOMINATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1, 2007!


Recognition Professionals International is the only association dedicated solely to the advancement of recognition in all work places. It is this association's desire that, through developing standards and implementing a site audit process, the Best Recognition Practice at work can be identified.

Management Teams have learned through experience strategic and consistent use of recognition, reward and praise throughout an organization is instrumental in reducing turnover, increasing productivity and creating a positive work environment. A paycheck is not reward enough for employees. When an employee feels they serve a purpose and are being noticed for doing a good job, they will embrace the organization’s mission, goals and values, work above their standards, take fewer sick days, and are willing to put forth the extra effort for the company. As an added bonus,
retaining good, loyal people elevates customer service and sales, and companies identified for their recognition practices attract a better recruiting pool. Compare Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” with “America’s Best Managed Companies” by Forbes magazine. Many of these are one in the same and their return on investment speaks for itself.

Reinforcing standards of excellence, Recognition Professionals International sponsors an annual review of nominees for “best practices” in seven strategic categories:

• Recognition Strategy
• Management Responsibility
• Recognition Program Measurement
• Communication Plan
• Recognition Training
• Recognition Events and Celebrations
• Program Change and Flexibility

When fully implemented together, the seven elements ensure a powerful and strategic recognition program for an organization. RPI Best Practice standards were developed based on exhaustive research, including findings from the American Productivity Center, knowledge from respected recognition practitioners, recognition literature, case studies, selection criteria for Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies, Working Mother Magazine’s 100 Most Family Friendly Companies, and the Baldridge Award for methodology.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Bux-Mont Awards

We have added a call now button to the main page of our website. As not to confuse anyone the way it works is this: You click the button and put in your phone number. When you put your phone number in and click the call button you are connected to a recognition expert.

The call will be recorded so that we may serve you properly and to assist us in training our sales people to properly meet your needs. This is just one more way to put you in contact with us.

Friday, October 19, 2007

New Website Design Tutorial

Having just revamped our website layout to more accurately reflect the robustness and high quality of our business, we decided that you may need to be familiarized as to what direction you go as our customer.

We do a lot of things at Bux-Mont Awards, and as such we decided that our website was not serving our customers needs. Realizing this we immediately began planning a new design and working towards doing what needs to be done in order to serve you, our customer, best. We decided that we would utilize technology available in the trophy segment of our market that enables our customers to utilize the same degree of choice they get when they come into our stores. Also we have a new promotional products search engine that our customers can use to more easily find solutions to their promotion needs.

Realizing that knowledge is power, we immediately started a blog in order to educate you on the pros of recognition, how to properly recognize achievements whether those achievements are in youth sports or the corporate world. We currently have two blogs, this one for general Bux-Mont Awards and recognition information and our promotional products blog that really highlights products and has some information articles that will help you keep your promotions in line with your marketing plan. We are looking forward to expanding our content in these blogs as we find more writers and also in creating new blogs with new content to help you make more informed decisions. These things are also easily accessed from our website.

Another addition to our site in the pipeline is the creation of our high school customers social networks that you can sign up on and create content for. These sites will be information repositories for the sports teams at these high schools. You can upload video highlights from games, create fan groups, add pictures, and have a forum to discuss the latest news in your area.

We look forward to bringing these things to you and are working hard on upgrades and changes to better serve you. If you have anything you would like to see or would like to hear more about a particular topic, please email me and let me know.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Soccer Specials- Part two


Additional specials including a 3.d medal with neck ribbon and imprint for a low low price. These are some great specials. Keep these in mind when planning your next tournament. The great thing about these awards is they are a high quality resin, in full color, at a low cost. If you are getting one team or one leagues worth you will find the solution here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Fall Soccer Trophy Specials

These are some of the great specials we have going on right now in the fourth quarter with Soccer. Take advantage now through the end of the year to affordably recognize youth sports participation. These trophies enable your club to truly appreciate your childrens achievements and hard work during what can be a grueling soccer season.

These kids deserve recognition and praise for making it, and they want to be told they did a good job. They want the positive reinforcement. This will help them come back again next year, it will show them that their efforts don't go unrewarded, and it will engage them in the sport, teaching them lessons that they will take with them for life.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Bux-Mont Awards Mission statement


Our mission is to provide Bucks, Montgomery and the surrounding counties with the highest quality recognition products. We serve the highest, long-term interests of our customers, our employees, our community, and our company.

We look to provide incentives to employees, children and all others so that they will strive for excellence in whatever they do.

We are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help our community grow and its citizens to prosper. We will do this by striving for the highest level of:
  • Commitment to quality and on-time delivery
  • Creativity of product and design
  • Individualized customer service

New website layout


Please give us feedback on our new website design. It is a pretty drastic change from what it was, and we are hoping it was a step in the right direction, if only a small one. Some exciting features we would like to point out to you, in no particular order are the following; integration with our online awards store, awardsreward.com into our website awardsR.us. You can now travel back and forth from one to the other almost seamlessly.

A promotional products search section that enables you to purchase your promotional products online at any time. This has been in the works for sometime now and we are pleased with the way it turned out to be sure.

A learning section with links to our blogs. This will hopefully help drive traffic in both directions, to here and there. We are looking forward to continue to bring our audience useful information and products that can achieve their objectives of happy people through great recognition.

Things to come in the future:
Your schools pages; which will be a complete user generated web page that will enlist the help of school students, teachers and parents to create a truly personal site. Bux-Mont Awards will be contributing photos of the different awards we do for each school and we will be working to come up with new ways to engage the students to ensure that their time in school is productive and fruitful.

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Monday, October 8, 2007

New Football Lineman Awards

The Lineman
Two weekends ago a supplier of ours had an open house and we just got samples of some new products in that I wanted to share with you. The first one is a cast resin lineman statue. This statue will put an exciting spin on your football awards ceremonies. The football trophy comes in gold, silver, or bronze, and the price includes a plate. The price for this award is regularly 15.00 but if you reference this blog post in your order you can take 25% off this price and your inscribed plate is FREE!


#450 The Lineman: $15.00 ----> now $11.75
Imprinted Plate: FREE!

Another sample we have featured in our Harleysville Store is the Cancer Awareness Awards. This piece is a unique resin ribbon that can be painted a number of colors to recognize whichever cause the person receiving the award is a part of. The sample we have is pink, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is truly the perfect award for a top fundraiser, the altruistic employee, or the retiring director of your foundation. Being new this year, you can be the first to recognize using the Awareness Ribbon Resin.

#984 Awareness Ribbon: $25.00
Imprinted Plate with Custom Logo: Free

Quakertown Cruisin' Alive Classic Car Show


Autumn Alive returned to Quakertown, Pennsylvania on October 6th and a new feature this year was the Cruisin' Alive Classic Car Show-- in association with the First Pennsylvania Mustang Club-- and a not-to-be-missed line-up of musical performers. Over 200 vehicles manufactured in 1982 or before will line Front and Broad Streets from Hellertown to Fourth Avenue. Ten People's Choice and Specialty Awards were presented to cars at the end of the show.

We had the honor of sponsoring the Bux-Mont Awards Sponsors Choice Award at the First Annual Quakertown Alive Car Show. The photo below is the winner. This 1960 BelAir was in pristine condition inside and out. Among the cars that were at the show, we thought this one deserved the trophy the most. The car looks like it hasn't been driven since 1960, I mean the thing was literally in immaculate shape.

The weather was gorgeous on Saturday, with early morning fog clearing, and many car enthusiasts took the opportunity to visit downtown Quakertown; enjoying a fun filled, warm October day. There were a variety of booths set up and all kinds of activities from free massage to face painting. The Quakertown Police Department was even there fingerprinting children as a safety precaution in case they were to ever get kidnapped. Rounding out the event were planned activities ranging from a local authors booksigning to an improv groups performance along Main St.

This event was one to be truly enjoyed by all, and it is just one of great events put on by the Quakertown Alive Organization. Quakertown Alive was founded in 1998 to create strong broad-based partnerships that provide the leadership and resources necessary for a successful revitalization effort in downtown Quakertown, PA, resulting in an enhanced quality of life for all in and around the Borough.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Benefits of Holiday Giving

When holiday time rolls around, showing appreciation to clients and the people on your team can prove to be a smart move for encouraging more business and productivity in the office. Give gifts of golf shirts, wovens, tees, fleece, or caps tastefully decorated with your logo, and you can increase the benefits to corporate identity programs. Consider these opinions of small business owners when asked about holiday gift giving:
  • Over 75% feel it helps improve their business
  • Over 55% believe it leads to increased sales
  • Over 70% consider it an important part of their marketing effort
  • Over 85% believe it improves employee morale

Benefits of Holiday Giving

When holiday time rolls around, showing appreciation to clients and the people on your team can prove to be a smart move for encouraging more business and productivity in the office. Give gifts of golf shirts, wovens, tees, fleece, or caps tastefully decorated with your logo, and you can increase the benefits to corporate identity programs. Consider these opinions of small business owners when asked about holiday gift giving:
  • Over 75% feel it helps improve their business
  • Over 55% believe it leads to increased sales
  • Over 70% consider it an important part of their marketing effort
  • Over 85% believe it improves employee morale

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Making them feel real

I am not the average person, so I do not know what the average person thinks. I do know, however, that I like being recognized, and I do not like being put down. Hey who does right. When you put people down it makes them feel detached from their objective. The relationship breaks down and progress can not be made. No good can come from constantly berating people.

Conversely, when you reward achievement you help your bottom line, while developing your human resources. Project management should dictate that you recognize milestones as you achieve them. When people know they are doing a good job, they strive to maintain that level of excellence.

If business is about maintaining relationships, and recognizing achievements is a way to keep these relationships in tact, we have the ability to make our lives easier through recognizing achievements. They do it in sports, it should be done in business.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Awareness ribbon recognition awards

New Product Spotlight:

Perfect way to thank that special fundraiser or the person who does the most for your organization. People want to be recognized for their achievements and there are more people volunteering their time for breast cancer awareness among other great causes. Show them you know they exist and they are doing a good job with these recognition ribbon awards.

Dimensions:
7.5 x 6 x 4.5 Shown Finish: Multicolor Max. Plate Size: 1 x 4 Weight: 2.00 lbs.
Made in the USA. Price: 20.00 / pc. includes imprinting.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Upper Perkiomen Chamber of Commerce

The Upper Perkiomen Chamber of Commerce has listed eight great reasons to become a member. I am listing them here to show our readers why joining is just a great idea!

1. NETWORKING
  • You can never have too many friends, or business contacts, for that matter! Chamber special events and programs offer many opportunities to connect
2. INSURANCE
  • If there’s one thing in life that’s certain, it’s uncertainty. The Chamber offers a variety of insurance options through Taylor & Ochroch, Inc, to take care of those planned and unplanned health issues.
3. SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
  • More than 95 percent of the businesses in the region are counted as small business,
    and they employ many of the Upper Perkiomen Valley workers. We know that, and we offer quality seminars specifically for small businesses!
4. MARKETING, ADVERTISING AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
  • Spreading the word about your business is an integral component in business
    success. We offer many vehicles, as well as professional training, to
    increase your visibility.
5. LEGISLATIVE VOICE
  • More than 1,000 votes are at stake among our Chamber members. We represent 7 municipalities in the Upper Perkiomen School District. The Legislative Affairs Council discusses local issues and develops strategies to work with federal, state and local officials
    to make sure they know what our members are thinking.
6. BUSINESS - EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS
  • We partner with the Upper Perkiomen School District, Perkiomen School, The Western Center for Technical Studies and Montgomery County Community College to provide opportunities for the business and the educational communities. These alliances help both the business community, students and the schools working together to prepare for a
    mutually beneficial future for both the prospective employee and the employer.
7. OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVOLVEMENT
  • In addition to networking and sponsorship, we welcome and encourage our members to get involved and serve on one of our very active committees. Choose from Program Development, Golf Outing, Legislative Affairs, Business and Education Alliance, Community & Business Expo, Clambake and Silent Auction and many more, you will surely find your niche!
8. TOOLS TO GAIN THE COMPETITIVE EDGE
  • “Providing Business Leadership in a Community that Works Together,” is more than just a slogan. Our staff and volunteers have many suggestions to share to help grow and strengthen your company. We’ll do our best to insure your economic success.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Saying thank you makes a world of difference

Thank yous can mean and do a lot of things. When it is said by the right person it can realign your employees with your companies strategic goal. The key objective here is saying it the right way and to the right people.

Recognizing achievements is a way to say thank you. Giving a plaque, a gift clock, or a certificate of achievement all accomplish the same objective. There are times and places for each of these things, and there are times that just a pat on the back is necessary. What you need to keep in mind is that saying thank you the right way is whats important.

Companies give plaques to their employees for a project completion or for years of service. This is the perfect way for some to recognize their employees, while other industries or departments, or companies require a crystal award, a corporate gift, or just a thank you note and some recognition on the company website.

A recognition specialists job is to ensure that your company is properly recognizing these achievements in ways that are most conducive to your bottom line. We know what works for different businesses and what doesn't. Utilize these specialists to help you, and you will be thankful you have.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tuesday: Recognizing Achievements

This was taken out of incentive magazine. Marshall Goldsmith is a fellow at the National Academy of Human Resources.

A question was raised during an interview with Marshall about recognizing other people being a key component to an individuals success. This was his response:
"Any employee's success is highly correlated with their motivation to do the job. Study after study has shown that providing positive recognition, when deserved, for a job well done increases motivation. Another important factor in recognition is the acknowledgment of suggestions for how work can be done better. By asking for ideas and listening with respect, leaders can help their companies recognize others and motivate their people at a very low additional cost."

So employees success is directly correlated to their motivation, and one way of motivating employees is to recognize their achievements. There are many ways to do this. Getting feedback and recognizing achievements in a positive way are two great ways to do it. Giving awards works also. Thank yous we will save for tomorrow.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Recognizing Achievements Leads to Success

It has been proven that recognizing achievements helps a companies bottom line. These studies have been conducted and outcomes have been stated that say so much. The question is why haven't you begun recognizing your employees achievements? Whats stopping you? It doesn't have to be a plaque or a desk clock. You can recognize achievements with a simple handshake and a thank you. Your own recognition of the work that was done goes a long way towards employee productivity.

That said we are going to be discussing ways to help you recognize achivements this week. Tuesday through Friday we will go through ways to improve your corporate recognition program in order to help you better understand how the system works, why it works, and why you should have been recognizing achievements long ago. Happy Monday!!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Univest Grand Prix

The Univest Grand Prix is being held today. We are happy to say the awards they got were provided by us. This is the first race that we got to be a part of, and it really is an amazing show. I am watching the webstream provided by wfmz69, and I hear that cycling.tv is going to be streaming the end of the race.

There are over 22 reacing teams and 200 riders in this 107 mile race. The announcers do a great job and they really make it easy to understand and follow the sport of cycling.

And then we get to watch tomorrows show in Doylestown as well! They talk about dynamics and I have seen a couple crashes, and they just went through Green Lane Park past the Scottish Irish Festival. A really neat way to be a part of the community. And they do it mostly with volunteers. Amazing, and the video is really spectacular.


Much thanks to Univest and all the sponsors for providing such a great community event that we can all be proud of.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Interesting Awards & Recognition Statistics

Statistics cited from a 2002 NAER Survey show some interesting things about recognition and the businesses that utilize recognition programs in their organizations. Far and away the most interesting stat that popped out right away was that 84% of businesses reported having an active employee recognition program. Additionally, even as the economy cools, recognition programs seem to be gaining in popularity with 41% of respondents indicating they are doing more with their recognition programs then they were 12 months ago.

Of the people without a recognition program, over half said they are looking into starting one within the next 12 months. Another interesting stat include the reasons for having a recognition program. Tops on this list is creating a positive work environment, but other reasons include reinforcing desired behaviors, motivating high performance, increasing morale and supporting organizational values.

The key is not just implementing a recognition program to achieve your goals, rather doing so successfully. This is the tough part. You actually have to care about your employees before the non monetary rewards start to work. And believe me, non monetary rewards really do motivate employee performance.

Product Spotlight

Because we know you are looking to kill time waiting for the clock to strike five on Fridays, we are going to be spotlighting products on this day; some old some new, all tried and true to the quality that you have come to know from us. This weeks product comes from our Airflyte line, and today we are spotlighting their Walnut Piano Finish Plaques.

Airflyte manufacturer Tropar has been supplies awards retailers with products for over 40 years. With 30 design patents, Tropar has positioned itself to remain a major player in the corporate recognition market.

We got started selling Airflyte plaques and they are one of the best suppliers to work with. They helped us grow when we were first starting out, and continually listen to their customers to roll out new products that the market demands.


One of these products, the plaques in the piano finish walnut line, epitomize the value and care that goes into the Airflyte line. Sometimes recognition calls for a plaque other times the recognition piece is more a corporate gift. Airflyte has something for either situation, and continues to expand it's product offering to give you what you want. Quality recognition at an affordable cost.

Hiring, Recognition, and keeping employees happy

We all know how important it is to hire good employees or to find good volunteers if you are working for a non profit organization such as a youth sports org. This can especially be a burden if you are on a tight budget.

After reading an article in Fortune Small Business, and in trying to hire a full time employee, this article helped reinforce this fact. Diana Nguyen is 33. She started her career as a family physician and worked at an HMO seeing 25 patients in four hours. Doing this for sometime led Diana to branch out and open her own private practice. She kept trying to hire employees that weren't the right fit for her organization, and it hurt her business. While attending the UC Irvine School of Business extension program she learned how to find talented employees. This program enabled her to identify and hire an office manager who was able to grown Hguyen practice for her, while she focused on the stuff she likes doing, cosmetic medicine. And she is enjoying her work more.

Recognition products work this way also. By effectively choosing the proper recognition products and recognizing your employee achievements, you are able to let recognition grow your business for you. Are you doing more work than you have to?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Featured Products

It's the time of year when parents are busy readying their kids for school, and everyone is wishing summer was just a couple weeks longer. We will take this opportunity, these last couple days of the summer, to spotlight certain products that are sure to succeed in creating lasting memories and building better lives through recognition. Enjoy!

NEW RESINS

These resins create lasting impressions in the winners minds, and definitely will cause the event that the winner received the award at to be a memorable one. Resins offer the unique opportunity to change up your awards without compromising quality, and even creating a greater perception of quality, while saving on costs. Resins come in many shapes and sizes. Some, like the bowling resin from PDU pictured above, come hand painted, while others are offered in different sizes.

For previous jobs we have taken resins and used them to create custom team trophies for tournaments. These are great because no one has ever used them before, and we know that the customer has a truly unique option for recognizing their championship teams!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Univest Grand Prix

It's the attention to detail, as I am sure many of you know, that makes all the difference in this world, and it just so happens it's also what we, as recognition experts, pride ourselves on. I was at a luncheon yesterday put on by the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce, and it was a great event. With much attention to detail, the program went off without a hitch. John Sparta, from Sparta Cycling, was talking about the Univest Grand Prix, giving us an update as to how it is coming and changes to be expected.

With entering into a new community, it compelled me to fill out a volunteer form, because hearing this guy talk about what a great community event this is and how it's great for everyone involved was very refreshing to hear. I mean I knew the Pennridge community was this way because I grew up there, and I had a feeling that the Souderton community would be the same way, but hearing him speak really hit home. This guy, from New York, really knew what it took to make an event successful and that was getting the community behind it. Once the community is behind it, it really becomes unique and turns into it's own entity, and it's really great to watch.

You should all be proud to live in such a thriving, vibrant community so full of such spirit and energy. The people here came together and supported us when my brother was deathly ill and throughout his recovery, and while we knew what this community has to offer, it's nice to hear other people reinforce it. I am happy to be here, and happy to help!

Monday, July 9, 2007

3 Easy Recognition Tips

Taken from incentive magazine. Written by Jacqueline Durett and www.maketheirday.com

Write a card
to the employee, or even to the employees family, explaining the employee's positive qualities.

Take a big project you are plannind on delegating and think about who it growth opportunity for.

Take 10 minutes to have a performance free talk with your direct reports. Supplying lunch is even better.

Awards programs and choice

Awards programs and choice have not always gone hand in hand. It was generally accepted that whatever the manager or boss thought was sufficient to give to employees to recognize achievements was sufficient and achieved the goals of motivating the employees. We know that to be totally false! People like choice but too much choice can be a bad thing. It's like Goldilocks, she didn't want to burn her tongue on the porridge that was too hot and the porridge that was too cold was not very tasty. It took her until the third bowl to find the porridge that was just right, and baby bear may not of thought it was the right temperature for him, even though it was perfect for Miss Locks.

The point of this is there is not a one size fits all approach to this recognition thing. The goals themselves will often times be different. One thing is for sure though, you need to approach it with goals in mind and then approach it accordingly. Plaques and awards are the second most used recognition item next to cash, and there is a reason for this. The reason is plaques and awards are generally used in conjunction with that trip or tv that was used to entice them. While meeting your sales goals does get that flat screen 52", a salesperson working for a company also enjoys a sales meeting where they are singled out for their accomplishments in front of the rest of the workforce and publicly thanked for their achievements. This also helps motivate the other employees by showing them they are appreciated and will be recognized for the work they do.

It is to the point now where HR managers are becoming focused on the total recognition package, and it is this package that is going to help you achieve your goals of greater profits, and to efficiently manag your human resources.

Recognizing Achievements with plaques and awards

For those critics who think that awards and plaques are just dust collectors, there is proof out there that shows this information to not be quite correct. Incentive magazine cited research that says 47% of companies surveys use plaques & awards for their annual compensation programs. With half of businesses planning to utilize awards and another 13% using awards spontaneously that means that 60% of businesses that use recognition programs are using awards and plaques to recognize achievements. So they are not just dust collectors, they are often starting points for stories that build not only morale, but connections to others in more ways than one. Retelling the story of how you got that sales award may not seem like a big deal, but to the person telling the story and the person hearing it, a bridge is being built that will connect these two for years to come, and that plaque on the wall epitomizes that achievement and is symbolic of the hard work and countless hours the person devoted to their organization. These symbols prove to people looking at them, that the person they are about to do business with is the right person for the job, and it achieves a comfort level that otherwise would have taken hours, days or even years to build. It is a certification of sorts, and brings peace of mind. All because of the company taking a little extra thought and time to do what it takes to make their recognition programs work. Plaques enable you to round out and compliment the gift cards, monetary compensation, trips and other incentives your company utilizes to make a recognition program a success. Awards reward and that is the bottom line.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Give Me Liberty!

Recognize your independence with this Liberty Bell Resin Sculpture from Bux-Mont Awards. These make great awards for an Independence Day tournament, citizenship recognition, and much more.



Dimensions: 7 x 5.75 x 4.75
Finsih: Antique Bronze/ Black Base
Plate Size: 5.75 x 1.25
Weight: 4 lbs.

Price: 25.00

Monday, June 25, 2007

Pennridge Community Day Names Citizen of The Year

Perkasie PA, The Pennridge Community Day Board has chosen Greg Bencsik, owner of Bux-Mont Awards and Engraving, with it's annual Citizen Of The Year Award. The Award will be presented at the Community Day Events taking place at the Sellersville Veterans Monument Sunday July 8th at noon. Bencsik just completed his 15th year at the helm of Bux-Mont Awards, a company he founded out of his basement. This award epitomizes the committment and dedication to the community in which he lives and does business. Bencsik has mentored many young aspiring businessmen in the community including one of Highway Marines top salesman Brad Anderson, Tyndale Manager Christopher Fuller, and his son Daniel. Teaching those around him to think outside of the box, to serve the community, and to always do the right thing are three of the values Greg is sure to instill in those who learn from him. Whether it is making a sacrifice for his buisness, family, friends, or the community, Greg Bencsik continues to do what it takes to make a difference in our towns, helping do what it takes to help our area grow and prosper.

The Pennridge Community Day is in it's 35th year and is a celebration of the great Upper Bucks County Pennridge Community and their residents. A fun filled day of events and fun for people of all ages capped by a spectacular fireworks show at dusk, Community day offers something for everyone whether its the dunk tank, canoe races, or the fireworks at night, you are sure to have a blast. The town and it's residents really take pride in offering a great event that everyone can enjoy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

What it's about


There are times that take away your breath and make you feel proud to know a particular person or to be associated with an organization because of the things they do or say to further that organizations cause. This world is filled with many selfless people who do things that often go unrecognized. And since it is our job to recognize achievements, I figured it was only right to bring this cause to your attention. Steve Kendra is the head of The Childrens Tumor Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) medical foundation, dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by the neurofibromatoses (NF).

Steve is dedicated to this cause because he has seen the debilitating effects of the disease firsthand. Steve is so dedicated that he and a group of his friends is participating in the Race Across America, a hard core endurance bicycle race across America to raise awareness and funds to go towards research for the Childrens Tumor Foundation. He is a truly spectacular man and it chokes me up to think about the loyalty and dedication that is innate in some people in this world. It's not every day you get to meet someone like Steve, and it is an honor to not only know him, but to provide him with the recognition products he gives out to donors and fundraisers in recognition of their achievements. It brings me to most pleasure, however, to know Steve as a person, and to be a witness to the great things that can be achieved when people have a passion for what they do. It is one of the many great things about being in this business, is seeing people like Steve, and what a person with his passion can achieve. Check out his blog on the Race Across America here. It is really a remarkable read.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Lederach Golf Course

There are certain aspects of being in the Montgomery county that remind me of my home in Bucks County, and one of those is the beautiful golf courses and the abundance of them. Lederach Golf Course is one of them. A beautiful place to play and a pristine course that is well managed. Challenging but fun.

Its my understanding that the course is owned by Lower Salford Township, and how lucky they must be to own such a beautiful piece of property. We were supposed to have a golf course built in my hometown of East Rockhill Bucks County, but it never materialized. Maybe one day, and if so I hope it's as nice and well run as the Lederach Golf Course. A gem for the county indeed.

They have a tournament coming up in September, and if you get a hole in one then you get bragging rights and your name on a plaque in the club house. Great course, great golf!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Our towns, our teams.


If you are anything like me, and I know in this area that there are thousands of us, you are an avid follower of professional sports and our Philadelphia teams. You are also well aware of the heartache we as Philadelphia sports fans have had to endure in recent years, and some of your kids are growing up not knowing what it's like to get Playoff Fever or know what it's like even going to the finals.

This is really unfortunate, especially because we are such a passionate bunch and want nothing more than a winner in this town. We are an area full of winners, rich traditions, and also great heartache. Being in the awards and recognition business, knowing what goes into championships, and the sacrifice and blood sweat and tears involved, I know it's not as easy as it looks to build a winner. It often seems, though, that things never work out even remotely close to as planned, as evidence with the Freddy Garcia debacle that is currently surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies as he goes for his "2nd Opinion." Lets hope it turns out better than the first one.

If it doesn't though, it is nice to see some pleasant surprises every once and again, and I mean come on they are so few and far between in our pro sports that I am not sure any of us can recognize it when they come. There have been a few in this young Phillies season and it shouldn't go unnoticed, because they could help us finally reach those just out of reach playoffs that we so yearn for before Eagles spring training starts. Two names; Bronco Zagurski and Kyle Kendrick have turned out to be the two pleasant surprises. Zagurski being called up when Myers went on the DL, (one of those low points we are so accustomed to) and Kyle Kendrick, a call up for Garcia. Both had exempliary starts to their Major League careers, and both hope to make an impression on their parent clubs. Myers will be back soon, as will former closer Tom Gordon. Hopefully Myers can move back into the rotation at some point in the near future and maybe Gordon can return to some form of what he used to be, but at least we have something to look forward to in the coming years, as these young guys start to mature and make their way into the bigs for good. I like what I see so far, and hopefully they can continue to impress. Now if only we can keep from trading away all our talent for aging stars...

Volunteering



an article written for Harleysville Soccer Clubs newsletter, by club president Chris Ryan. Quite articulate and well put!

I understand why people don’t volunteer. It’s easy to do, there’s no sign-up required and you don’t have to worry about embarrassing yourself doing something wrong. Not that long ago, I felt the same way you probably do now (heck, I still find it hard to volunteer for some things, like painting one of the rooms in our house.) I remember being at soccer signups five years ago when the man behind the table asked me if I’d like to coach my son’s team. I thought, “What, are you kidding, me coach? I haven’t played since high school. I wasn’t even that good.” But it only took the plaintive plea from my then six year old son, “Please Dad, you’d be great” to get me to even consider the idea. Hesitantly, I printed my name on the volunteer portion of the registration form. My last thought was, “Great, now how do I get out of this?” Nothing fills one’s heart with dread like being in a bad situation of one’s own creation. I felt like William Tell’s son at the time, only imagining the apple was the size of an acorn and that William had jittery hands. I kept on thinking, “How do I get out of this?” Fast forward to today. Now, I’m not that brightest bulb in the chandelier (definitely not just my own opinion), but somehow I
survived the experience. Actually, I’ve enjoyed it a lot. I’ll admit that I’m no Vince Lombardi when it comes to coaching (see, I couldn’t even think of a soccer coach to use here), but with the help and training I’ve received from many of the men and women in this Club, I’ve learned a lot and feel very comfortable being a coach. I really enjoy it and think I make a difference with the
kids I teach. What I’ve ultimately found is that the only qualifications I really needed to get started in this were enthusiasm, a receptive mind and patience – qualities that have helped us all become great parents! My story aside, I’m hoping you can make that “leap of faith” and volunteer to help us. There are so many different ways each of us moms and dads can help, from coaching, setting up fields or helping with Soccer Day and more. And it doesn’t mean giving up
your summer plans or embarrassing yourself in front of kids and neighbors (though you’re welcome to do that if you really want to!) Because we don’t strong-arm our parents for service to the Club, this obviously leaves our program with personnel gaps each year. We never liked the idea of making service mandatory because we find that the people who truly volunteer feel better about themselves for their contributions and that they’re the ones we can ultimately rely on to make our Club better and our kids’ experiences brighter. We think you can and should be one of them. Take that leap of faith and help us and the kids have a great season!
Chris Ryan
Director, Intramural/Rec Program

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Learning about the Harleysville Community


So we are continuing to settle into our new digs over at the second store. Slowly, more samples are arriving, more and more customers are starting to trickle in, and we are starting to become a part of the community; all important factors in opening our second store. We are even learning new things, as if that never happens.

For example, in the course of reading up on the area and its thriving community in hopes of learning more about the people who use our products, I stumbled upon a neat, well written newsletter and learned quite a bit about our local soccer organization, Harleysville Soccer. The club, run by all volunteers, fields 110 intramural teams a year in addition to its travel and TOPS programs, and they also run a soccer day to showcase the skills of the players in the organization. The soccer day has become so popular it has grown to two days this year.

Amazing considering it is all done with volunteer support. These people devote countless hours to all kinds of tasks that most of us would probably not want to do, my hats off to them. Over where our first store is located in Sellersville Upper Bucks County, they are fortunate to have a few very well run organizations not just in soccer, but in all facets of youth sports. They are very fortunate also. I am looking forward to learning about the organizations around here, and to meet the great people that help make these organizations what they are.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The culture of praise in the workplace


Heard this on NPR today, and thought it was pretty interesting, or at least interesting enough to share with you. It was about our, or my generations need for praise, not just in the workplace, but for life in general. Maybe it's just because I sell products that help people recognize achievement, but I do not see this as a bad thing. One caller said that we should blame Mr. Rogers, but again I can't see why we need to blame anyone.

People need recognition. It doesn't need to be over the top recognition, but a pat on the back goes a long way for most all people. Even adults like getting recognized for a job well done. We are a society that thrives on motivation and in this day and age, we need to do whatever we can to get the most out of our human resources. These are the biggest asset of any company and should be watched closely. People make and sell the things. People make relations and believe in the products they are buying and paying the prices they pay for them because of the value that our employees add to those products or services. Why shouldn't they be recognized for the job that they do. Paychecks and monetary rewards are not the only way to do that either, and money is the least effective way of recognizing acheivements. Christmas bonuses come to be taken for granted and expected. It is for this reason that we provide recognition products and services, so that we can help you properly say "job well done" or "you are appreciated."

The program got their information from a study someone published in the Wall Street Journal. The article in the journal makes a few points that, as a recognition specialist, I just do not agree with. The man says "Workers under 40, he says, require far more [ego]stroking. They often like trendy, name-brand merchandise as rewards, but they also want near-constant feedback. It's not enough to give praise only when they're exceptional, because for years they've been getting praise just for showing up." He also says that people over 60 tend to like more formal awards. Now I can attest to the fact that what he calls formal awards and trendy awards are one and the same. Plaques and engraved awards have been evolving for some time now to take advantage of technology enabling us to engrave on surfaces not before available. I think that it is for this reason that 60 somethings like formal awards. They like them because its what they are used to recieving and I believe that the questioning was flawed in such that if you asked them if they like the awards they have been receiving in recent years you will hear they are. Everyone likes being recognized; especially when its done in a way that enables them to share that recognition with others. It has been that way since the days of Aristotle, as illustrated in Plato's allegory of the cave. Experiences are not as good with out anyone to share them with. And when companies can effectively recognize their employees it opens up countless opportunities, increases employee loyalty, and reduces employee turnover. Publish

Friday, April 13, 2007

Bux-Mont Awards opens second store. Location: Harleysville PA

We are finally open!! hooray. The hours of the Harleysville store are as follows:

Monday: 12:00 - 6:00
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 12:00 - 6:00
Thursday: 8:30 - 7:00
Friday: 8:30 - 7:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 1:00


Please come check out our showroom, it is very big and contains the latest and greatest in not only awards and recognition items but also any of a number of promotional products to help your business or organization promote yourself.

We are constantly looking for ways to improve add value to our products for you, and to do this we are constantly looking for opportunities to utilize technology. We recently started a website that enables you to build your own trophies online that has been well received by you, and we are constantly training our staff on the many new technologies we employ here to better serve you.