Sunday, December 28, 2008

Bux-Mont Awards 2009 goals

Another goal we will be focusing on this year is to do more with less. We all know that as gas prices have been rising the focus has been on more environmentally friendly methods of doing anything and everything. We at Bux-Mont Awards are no different. It especially hit home for me as this past year marked the birth of our newest child, Graham Ross. We welcomed him to this place on April the 29th. We have been using two trash bags per week, not bad for a family of four, but that increases throughout the holidays.

We doubled our recycling efforts both at home and at work, and are now proud to have found a home for all the packaging peanuts that we get in, rather than throwing them out, and also we recycle all of our scrap aluminum and brass. It adds up too. By recycling our cardboard and paper, we are using less trash services, which leads to less waste in the landfills. Safer for our kids, safer for us. This is just one of the many things we are doing to work towards greener methods of recognizing achievements. Be sure to subscribe to our blog to get more updates on how Bux-Mont Awards is going green in 2009!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

2008 and The New Year

Well 2008 is rapidly coming to a close. Christmas just flew by in a buzz and now we are left with the mess to clean up and for some of us maybe one last Christmas get together this weekend before it's back to the real world.

As 2008 comes to a close, many like to look back and reflect on the previous year and then take the opportunity to set some goals for the upcoming year. Some of us can't wait to get 2009 started. We at Bux-Mont Awards in Sellersville logoBux-Mont Awards had a good year. We continued to grow and help meet more of your needs, and while a substantial rent increase has forced us to close our Harleysville location, we are going to continue to meet our Montco customers needs in every way possible. We are currently looking for a new storefront to move into somewhere in the area, and we are looking forward to announcing that when it happens. Now onto the important stuff.

A couple of our goals for 2009 include continuing to help meet your awards trophy needs, and to hopefully bring on some new members to the team who we can help. Specifically for our blog, I am going to try to bring you a new post every two days on average. This is not unattainable.

This blog is going into its third year. This past year we hit almost 80 posts, and while that is a lot of new, useful information on recognition and how we can help you; it is not nearlhatfield rocktoberfest 2008 dashplaquey enough. We want to have a conversation with you through our blog. We want to better equip you with the tools needed to better utilize our products to help you build character through recognizing achievements. Whether it's corporate awards or youth sports trophies, we know exactly what maximizes the effectiveness of your recognition efforts.

We will be posting more goals in the coming days leading up to the start of 2009. Our overall goal both personal and professional is to have a better year than last year. This is our vision, this is our mission. We hope you will join us and help us achieve these goals together.

Dan is a team player at Bux-Mont Awards; the everything recognition awards & trophy store. *did we mention we do engraved signage?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!

We here at Bux-Mont Awards would like to wish all our loyal customers and readers a very merry Christmas. Without you I would not have any fun at work, and for that I am thankful! Have a safe happy holiday!

The Family

Friday, December 19, 2008

The season for Greetings

I can not believe how fast time goes. It's here one second, gone the next, just like that. This being the season to give thanks, I wanted to take a post or two to outline some of the things going on with Bux-Mont Awards and how it pertains to our stakeholders (customers, employees, family, etc)

I want to assure our customers, old and new, of two things. We are here to meet your needs and we are here for the long term. We invest a lot of the profits at Bux-Mont Awards into new technologies and education to better bring you the latest products and services.

We often times can not offer the cheapest prices on many of our products, but we do offer greater service than our competition, we promise to fix our mistakes in a timely fashion (and yours a lot of times to), and we know what you need to achieve your goals.

A lot of times if you think you know what you want, or are just shopping on price alone (we are not the most expensive out there by any means either I will have you know) you may get what you are looking for, but you won't get what you need.

We have a solution for many types of recognition need. We look for ways to help you achieve your goals. Thats what we are here for; that is what we do.

Try us and see for yourself, you won't be dissapointed.

Bux-Mont Awards
is thankful for its many wonderful customers, and is looking forward to serving them in the coming year!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Valentines Day & Bux-Mont Awards

Yes you read that right. I am posting this about Valentines day gifts because it is the perfect and achievable New Years resolution. How happy would your loved one be to know you took this much time to figure out what your significant other needs.

So let me take this time to tell you that Bux-Mont Awards can help you this year. On a limited budget? This economy got you on a tight budget? Then maybe you should think about making your wife or husband dinner and grab a bottle of wine. In order to keep this memory alive throughout the year, get the wine bottle engraved and personalized with your loved ones name and the year to commemorate the event.

Bux-Mont Awards. 201 N. Main St. Sellersville PA 18960 | 215.257.5432

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Ornaments

Sign up for our mailing list and receive half off your custom photo Christmas ornaments. These are perfect for the season and very versatile. You can put a photograph and add words. You could put your business logo. Local townships can have their seal put on these ornaments to create a custom Christmas keepsake year after year.

These ornaments are available at our Sellersville store at 201 N Main St. Happy Holidays to all!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Getting ready for the holidays

We have been doing a little decorating, and decided to take the time to ask the question and provide an answer. First the question, are you ready for Christmas?

My wife and I recently had the pleasure of hanging the lights on our first tree bought for our first Christmas in our new house. It is really nice to have old traditions, but making new traditions with loved ones is a bit more fun I think. I am really enjoying this holidays season, the first with my new family. Trying to cherish what we have while we have it is the toughest thing to do on a daily basis.

We also took in Sellersvilles annual Winterfest festivities on Tuesday with our two kids. We enjoyed trolley rides and the crowds looked bigger than in previous years.

The answer we have for you is in the form of custom ornaments for the holidays. We can commemorate this special holiday season with your childrens grandparents. These make great gifts for the grandparents that have everything. Sample pictures below.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Hometown Christmas 2008

We are know the holidays are in full swing now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and everyone is getting into the spirit with decorations and Christmas Sales!

The annual Hometown Christmas is once again happening this Sunday the 7th at Santa Land, or St. Marks Church in Pennsburg. From 11 - noon children ages 3-6 will be decorating a gingerbread house and from 12:00 - 1:00 kids aged 7 - 10 will get their turn. Children aged 11 - 14 will decorate a breyer horse at home and drop it off between 11 and 1 for judging.

Prizes are awarded to the winners in each age group! Click here for more info

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stand Behind Your Team!

Personalize these items today. The freeport sports bottle at a great price. The minihorn noisemaker looks great in your school colors with the team logo on it.

For those hot days the turbo mini fan and flashlight is a great incentive for fundriasing efforts.

Also available is soft stress relievers. These are a great inexpensive give away.

Get in the Game Sports Promotions

The perfect promotional items for sports fundraisers, promotional items, and giveaways. Your logo looks great on any of these items.

Get in the game promotions include a noisemaker, stadium cushion, can insulator and sports bottle. Inquire now for special pricing.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Planning Commission Survey Results

The Upper Perkiomen Valley Regional Planning Commission conducted a survey on Recreational Opinions. Three focus points emerged:
  1. Support for more Recreational Facilities
  2. Preserve Natural Areas
  3. Increase locations for outdoor concerts
Anyone interested in adding their opinions do so in the comments. Anyone interested in helping email me here

Dan Bencsik, sales team member at Bux-Mont Awards, is here to spread the idea that properly recognizing achievements is the key to economic success and builds healthy lives.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

PERK UP Strategies for the Future of the Valley

The PERK UP steering committee of the Upper Perkiomen Chamber of Commerce has outlined the needs and priorities for the greater Upper Perkiomen Valley region.

The Eight Aspects of the Community follow:
  1. Strengthen Small Town Environment
  2. Value Open Space
  3. Community Pride Civic Involvement
  4. Market Community Assets
  5. Low Impact Business
  6. Planned Growth
  7. Community Cutural Recreational Events
  8. Inter Municipal Interaction

Friday, November 21, 2008

Engraving Services

The business first started as Bux-Mont Awards & Engraving Services and not a lot has changed in the 16+ years we have been in operation.  We added some recognition services here, apparel and promotional products there, but everything is under the recognition umbrella.  

We are a recognition company first and foremost.  We are dedicated to the principles of properly recognizing achievements and what goals do
ing so accomplishes.  We firmly believe that pe
ople thrive in an environment that includes recognition of achievement.  We also believe in the power of corporate apparel as aiding in brand recongition.  We recognize those who have come before us and deserve memorialization.  This is what makes up the Awards and engraving services in our name.  We do all this for you.  We can help many people in many ways, a lot like the engravers who came before us were to their villages and towns.   

In these times it is of greater importance to utilize recognition of some form on a daily basis.  Simple thankyous are sufficient and effective.  Formal recognition works well also.  We can always help, and it's always free to talk.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

This mornings meeting

I had the opportunity this morning to attend my first event as an Upper Perk Chamber of Commerce member and it was exciting! The event was a well attending breakfast at the Upper Perkiomen School District Building. A very nice building with a great conference area. After networking we enjoyed the sounds of the Upper Perk Uptones then it was on to awesome omelets, prepared by the Culinary Students at the Western Center for Technical Studies.

After breakfast was finished we heard from the presenting sponsors Sandi Syglowski of The Family Resource Network. She talked about some of the programs they put on as well as the 40 developmental assets they stress.

There was a good time had by all, and it was nice to be able to meet and converse with new people. I am looking forward to the attending the train ride, as well as picking up a Christmas Tree at Ringing Dale Christmas Tree Farm this year. The chamber reminds us to always shop & support local businesses, especially in these trying times.

Dan is a member of the team at Bux-Mont Awards, and a new member of the Upper Perkiomen Chamber of Commerce.

Is everyone ready for the Holidays? They are rapidly approaching!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I still can't believe it

2008 World Champions of Major League Baseball
Simply amazing.

Give your customers that warm feeling

File this one under creative marketing plan ideas: winter 08
Embroidered Fleece blankets are a great way to instill that warm feeling in your customers this winter season.

There are many opportunities to utilize fleece blankets in your marketing this winter season. Especially with the current economic climate.

Possible Taglines include:
Financial Industry: Current economic climate chilling? We'll bring back that warm feeling.

Senior Gifts: High School gave me the Warm Fuzzies Seniors '08

Insurance Industry: (given for referals): You give me that warm feeling: Thanks for the referral.

Health Care: Keep warm this winter; avoid the flu

These taglines, with your logo incorporated, can be a very powerful way to build your brand.

contact for quantity and pricing information. Contact me now, these may be on sale!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

2008 Courtney Isabella Memorial Scholarship Award

2008 Winners:
2008 Courtney Isabella Memorial Scholarship Winners

First- Brooke Finkbeiner
Second- Tyler Silfies
Third - Madalyn Slook

Prizes (1st: $2500, 2nd: $1000, 3rd:$500 Scholarship)

Award Rules:
The Courtney Isabella Memorial Scholarship Fund will again award $4000 in college scholarships to three Keystone drivers.  In order to be eligible for the award each candidate must:
  1. Exhibit good sportsmanship through the Fall 2008 Keystone racing season
  2. Participate in at least 7 of the fall Keystone races.  This could be either AA or NDR races or any comdination of AA and NDR races.  Only double elimination races will count towards this participation.
  3. Submit an essay of at least 500 words on the following topic: "Sportsmanship: More than just playing fair"
  4. Complete the application form and submit with the essay.

Bux-Mont Awards congratulates you on your hard work and accomplishments!

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Because of the amount of hoopla surrounding the pink month of october, not that many people know that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. We recongize achievements and as such we would like to recognize those who help battle this silent killer. Bux-Mont Awards is willing to give our customers a free gift and donate 2% of profits from orders taken when you mention that you want to support Pancreatic Cancer Awareness.

Pancreatic Cancer kills about 35000 individuals each year and should not be taken lightly. Most people diagnosed with this cancer have their lives taken by it.

So when you are giving Thanks and filling up on the turkey, or out shopping on Black Friday; when you are recognizing alzheimers awareness month or doing something to fight national youth homeless, please take time to think about those in your life that are close to you and help us raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

November means...

I know, I know, I don't want to think about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday let alone Christmas. With these tumultuous times we are dealing with and the massive amount of change being undertaken, let's show this world that we can let the Phillies pick us up.

Please visit our Sellersville store to see the World Champion Phillies Ornaments on display and for sale. These commemorative ornaments include pictures taken at the Game 5 World Series Clincher against the Ray and those Phillies.

There is no better tree ornament this holiday season.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Soccer Patches

Soccer dad writes in his blog about using patches as recognition for his soccer team. I thought it was a great idea! When he started the program he gave patches to his girls for achieving the first time. This year he gave a patch for doing something over a number of matches. The goal here was to get the girls to perform over a number of matches. He has 9 different patches he gives.

He gives patches for juggling, assists, goals, different soccer moves, leadership, intensity, volley, support, blood and champions patch.

Do you give patches? What do you give your players patches for? Other methods for getting them to reach for the stars? Leave your ideas in the comments and we will post when we have more ideas on getting more out of your players.

Dan provides patches for soccer teams through his work; Bux-Mont Awards

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The trophy quality difference

This is a picture taken from our customers website. While the column and figure used are ones that we would also take pride in using on the awards we provide you, we would never ever put a trophy on a base that small.

The trophy base is often overlooked and undervalued in the overall trophy itself. After the industry moved away from metal figures the need was there to keep the weight behind the base without comprimising cost.

In youth participation trophies and tournament awards, kids often look for weight in determining the intrinsic value of the trophy itself.

ie. Trophies that weigh less equate to less effective trophies. After the metal figures (the old heaviest part of the trophy) went bye bye, we were left with all plastic trophies which cheapened the quality and lessened the effectiveness of the award. We answer this by using a base that is proportionate to the overall height of the trophy (theirs is way to small) and to make it marble; this gives the trophy a heavy feel and better accomplishes the goals of the organizations giving the awards. Just a thought.

This trophy here has a bigger base which gives it more weight. It also just looks better. The base is proportionate to the overall size of the trophy.

The effect on cost is minimal and the impact is maximized. Keep this in mind when buying trophies.

Dan Bencsik is on the sales team at Bux-Mont Awards. Email him here

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Resin

Breast Cancer Awareness Resin

Cost: $25.00
Description: Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons in pink on a black base, the perfect way to recognize the achievements of those fighting for the cure.

*Trying to do our part, for every purchase of Breast Cancer related Recognition items we are going to be donating a portion of the proceeds (from 3 - 5%) to the Susan G. Koman Foundation. And for the Cancer Ribbon Resins, we will donate 100% of the profits towards fighting for the cure.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It is hard to believe October is here already, but you know what that means, the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am sure that everyone knows someone affected by Breast Cancer, and we should take this time to remind all you ladies to do your monthly breast checks, and to everyone else, we can all do something to do our part to help find a cure. Let's get together and make something great happen.

That said we are trying to do our part and for every purchase of Breast Cancer related Recognition items we are going to be donating a portion of the proceeds (from 3 - 5%) to the Susan G. Koman Foundation. And for the Cancer Ribbon Resins, we will donate 100% of the profits towards fighting for the cure.

Breast Cancer Awareness Resin

Cost: $25.00
Description: Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons in pink on a black base, the perfect way to recognize the achievements of those fighting for the cure.

Size: 7 1/2 x 6 x 4

Dan Bencsik of Bux-Mont Awards writes this in memory of Grandma Watchous, who lost the battle to breast cancer.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bux-Mont Awards wins Business Achievement Award

The family here at Bux-Mont Awards was proud to not only attend the annual Pennridge Chamber of Commerce Autumn Gala this past Saturday, September the 27, but also to be able to see our Team Leader, owner Greg Bencsik receive this years Business Achievement Award.

We have made these awards for the last 10 plus years and have had the opportunity to produce with honor and great care the prestigious awards that some amazing individuals and businesses have recieved. Greg accepted the award with great pride knowing that his name was put in the records with the other previous winners.

Greg has led Bux-Mont Awards to double digit revenue growth that is as much an indication of the great care and responsibility that goes into making the numerious awards for those in the Bucks and Montgomery Counties as it is vindication for the amount of hard work and great care taken in responding to his many customers needs.

Bencsik has single handedly taken this company from a home based start up to what it is today; a robust recognition business with two locations that not only focuses on corporate recognition and awards, but also promotional recognition, signage and badges, donor recognition and team apparel. Who knew recognition was associated with so many different needs of a vast number of companies and organizations. Greg led the team here to double digit revenue growth in 4 of the previous 5 years, with only the expansion into the Montgomery County providing a break from this growth.

This revenue growth is not whats important to us and not why we won the award; this Award was won because, through enabling our customers to better recognize achievements, we are helping our community grow and thrive. Recognition of achievements is important, so important to the people who receive it that it is a driver of economic development. We help our customers recognize achievements effectively because it is important to us.

Whether it's helping your kids stay involved in youth sports, helping your staff feel appreciated, or saying thank you to your teachers retiring, we like to help you do it better. Our staff knows how to effectively give recognition in these ways and more, and we like to help you do it better. We don't just make recognition products, we make recognition products better. Greg deserved this years Business Achievement Award not for where we have been, but for where we help you go.

*update: links to photo album here. We are going to be adding to this album as more pictures become available. Check back soon!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Recognition Education to better serve you

desktop pen and clock set personalized by Bux-Mont AwardsWe at Bux-Mont Awards are continually updating our skills so that we may better serve our customers. It is in this vain that we have enrolled in a Webinar on Building a Recognition Culture that will take plate Thursday September 18 from 2:30 - 3:30.

Enjoying doing what it takes to disseminate the best recognition practices, we take our job seriously and we think we do a pretty darn good job.

crystal award from Bux-Mont Awards
If any of you would like to attend follow the link to sign up. I will be posting a follow up from the seminar on our blog after the show, so you can look forward to getting some ideas.
The 2008 Paralympic Games are underway in Beijing, China. A list of the sports and a background of the games is available here. This year there will be an unprecedented amount of coverage thanks to There will be webcasts of full games on the website while they will have a daily recap show on their HD television channel. has some photos from the games. There is a little more notoriety surrounding Oscar Pistorius a single leg amputee who made a run at the Olympic games in track. There was a lot of discussion whether he should be permitted to compete in the Olympic games because his prosthetic leg enabled him to run just as fast using less energy than a real leg. In the end the discussion was moot as he did not qualify for the games.

Post written by Adam Bencsik, Communications Team Leader at Bux-Mont Awards

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Univest Grand Prix

Bux-Mont Awards is proud to be the official Awards supplier for Sparta Cycling and the Univest Grand Prix. For the last two years Bux-Mont Awards has proudly supplied The Univest Grand Prix with The WFMZ Team Award and The Intelligencer Most Agressive Rider Award.

Taking place the weeknd of September 6th and 7th this year, John Eustice, owner of Sparta Cycling, created the Univest Grand Prix. Now in its 11th year the race is one of only thirteen Union Cyclist International (UCI)-ranked professional road cycling competitions for men in the United States with more than 150 professional riders from 20 countries competing.

Outside of the Bux-Mont Awards, Bikeworks and The Harleysville Hotel is the Leidy's Sprint. The racers come right by us and the excitement ensues. The Harleysville Hotel was out grilling and providing free water for all. The weather held out and we were able to see the racers come by us at tremendous speeds. Check out the videos below of the Leidy's Sprint. The racers are on their way into Green Lane for a king of the mountain competition and will be greated by the Green Lane Scottish Irish festival and their bag pipers!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Effective Recognition

While creating an ad for a local soccer tournaments program, I was having trouble finding a design I liked. Trying to decide whether to settle on this one particular layout I decided to seek advice from a graphic designer friend of mine. This friend works in the graphic design department at Velcro and is very good at what he does. I greatly respect his judgment and value his opinions when it comes to design work. He looked over it and we decided to make some changes, but in the course of that he questioned the benefit I had used as the tagline, "Quality Awards Build Brighter Futures." The conversation we had follows:

Mike: I like where you are trying to go with the tag line but I'm not sure quality is the right word...
I know why you used it...
me: ummmm.... i don't know what to replace it with
Mike: but does the quality of the award really play into the accomplishment
I guess it does if I think about it
me: quality awards that reward the accomplishment have a greater impact than a crappy award
Mike: true
me: someone that achieves and gets junk is not likely to try harder the next time, or may even become complacent and feel that he doesn't need to try as hard as he did at the time the award was won.
Mike: yea I'm sold on it
me: whereas someone who achieves and gets a quality award not only strives to do better and achieve again but also will talk about the accomplishment and what the award meant to them.

Quality awards reward achievement, and junk does not, it's as simple as that. You don't get to the front of the pack by playing second rate, and top tiered athletes or even those that try their hardest and give it their all do not want junk. Junk is ineffective for any purpose. Quality recognition helps to build brighter futures and inspires achievement.

What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Benefits of recognition

There are two kinds of recognition. The effective kind and the ineffective kind.

The ineffective kind often finds its way to the trashcan or the back of a shelf fairly quickly. These types of recognition products are often referred to as dust collectors and in the most severe cases trash.

Effective recognition
inspires and invigorates the receiver to continue to strive to achieve. These types of recognition awards and trophies are often times cherished for a lifetime and the stories of the victory or success is often times repeated again and again. Jimmy Rollins MVP trophy fits this category. I think that Aaron Rowand will be talking about his gold glove for some time.

We shouldn't forget that for kids, effective recognition goes great distances towards building brighter futures and is imperative for some youth to keep them striving to try their hardest and keep wanting to come back year in and year out. This is omething that dust collectors can't do and a great reason to make sure your awards and recognition retailers are specialists in their fields.

What are your thoughts on effective recognition vs. dust collectors? Please comment...

Monday, May 12, 2008

Quakertown Arts Alive

Quakertown Alive is hosting it's 9th annual arts alive festival on Saturday, May 17th. This event is a good time to be had by all and includes a number of things to do that celebrates the arts.

With close to 100 artists and crafters and live performances going on all day, downtown Quakertown comes alive on this Saturday to help spread the arts to all. Included in the activities are musical performances, horse drawn carriage rides, magicians and much more.

Check out Quakertown Alives Arts Alive page for more information. Hope to see you there!

Quakertown Alive! is a volunteer-driven, non-profit community development organization in Quakertown, Pennsylvania based on the principles of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and its Four-Point Main Street Approach. See "About QA!" at left for additional information.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Spring has sprung: youth sports are in the air!

Baseball participation awards: female bobblehead resin
There are many great things about this time of the year.  The plants are starting to bloom and signs of spring can be seen everywhere.

The athletic fields are starting to get used again, and signs of new life are everywhere. 

I just want to take the time to remind everyone that we need to practice good sportsmanship and remind all parents that these games are played for the kids enjoyment.

It is hardwork to play a long season for everyone involved, and it is even harder to have your kids playing while you are volunteering and coordinating the bigger picture. 

As parents we need to realize all the hardwork and dedication the kids put into playing youth sports, and also the parents and volunteers work that goes into getting the kids to practice and the games, and volunteering to help out in  youth sports organizations where it is very desperately needed. 

Thank you and your participation and involvement does not go unrecognized.  The smiles on the kids face s when they get that participation trophy or win the big game against the undefeated foe, or make the playoffs when no one thought they could is proof enough.  Keep up the good work.

Dan Bencsik rounds out the recognition team at Bux-Mont Awards and Engraving Services and

baseball youth great catch

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

High School Awards Highlights

The Perfect High School Award
scholar athlete mvp high school plaques and awardsThis plaque is right for the following reasons:
  1. Digital Imprinting: This thing is done with the newest technologies to keep your school spirit up to date.
  2. Full Color Logo: Gone are the days of the same old engraved award. These plaques utilize technology to bring your award to life.
  1. MVP Awards
  2. Scholar Athlete Awards
  3. Coaches Awards

We here at Bux-Mont Awards have put an awful lot of thought into recognition, and one of the things that diffentiate us from them is our willingness to learn, to adopt new technologies and to not be afraid to fail.

We do this for you, our customer, so that you may have the absolute best when it comes to recognition products. Below we will highlight what we have found to be the perfect high school scholar athlete award.

Check the full photo set here.

central bucks plaque scholar athlete coaches awards plaques

Monday, April 7, 2008

Five Soccer Clubs I would Enroll My Children In

There are many more than five, but these seem to be getting it right. Evaluation is based on sponsorship efforts, child enrollment, and the effectiveness of their recognition program. So here they are in no particular order.

  1. Deep Run Soccer: Deep Run Soccer has a tradition of being an excellent club to play for. Their intramural and travel teams have consistently been among the best in the area. Deep run has provided the Pennridge High School teams with many qualified soccer players. They also implemented the TOPS program that enable special needs kids to play organized soccer.
  2. Harleysville Soccer: We recently celebrated the 1 year anniversary of the opening of our new Harleysville store and since we have been here we have heard nothing but good things about the Harleysville Soccer Club. Their Previous President wrote a great article about the benefits of volunteering that I posted to this blog and he continues to be instrumental in providing the quality leadership needed to make a quality organization. Its amazing how they, like Deep Run, can consistently inspire so many individuals to volunteer their time and efforts to enable the club to run. My hats off to Harleysville Soccer and their youth sports endeavors. I had a chance to talk with Jack Stacey about the club when he was in ordering the awards for their upcoming Golf Outing Fundraiser.
  3. Quakertown Soccer Club: The Quakertown Soccer Club continues to be one of the most well maintained clubs in the area. The Quakertown Soccer Club runs a great indoor program and it's officers go to great lengths to ensure that the participants achievements are properly recognized. Using custom medals as participation awards, this club effectively recognizes achievements in ways that increase participation in the program and decrease turnover from the lower levels to the top. The QSC is good at what they do: growing soccer fans and players for generations to come.
  4. Souderton Area Intramural Soccer League (SISL): Sisl has been a great customer of our for a number of years. Their club also uses a custom participation medal for their tournaments. These guys take care in selecting the trophies they use and we work with them to find an effective awards within their budget. They see direct benefits from utilizing proper recognition through youth participation. I can't tell you how many times I have been somewhere and got into a discussion about how so and so's kids just love playing SISL.
  5. Pennridge Yellowjackets Soccer Club: Pennridge has had a great program implemented for a number of years now. They have a great tournament they put on every April and have an intramural session that runs for 8 weeks in June and July. Their league officers truly care about the kids well-being and they consistently went above and beyond what most clubs could afford to ensure that the kids efforts didn't go unrecognized.
Now I know I didn't get everyone and want to hear your thoughts on who should make the list and why. I know we can expand this list to include the Warminster Soccer Club and the Valley Soccer Club among others.

What are your thoughts on your childrens clubs? Why do you like them and why don't you? Do you volunteer? If you don't, why not? Lets hear your comments.

Dan Bencsik is on the team at Bux-Mont Awards. An awards store with more recognition choices to meet your needs.

Friday, April 4, 2008

The many great foods in the North Penn Area

I can not begin to tell you how many amazing tastes that were taken in from the many vendors at the show. The Washington House and Sellersville Theater booth offered a great crab bisque to taste while checking out the upcoming lineup at the Theater.

Pumpernicks and Houlihans both had samplings of their menu that showed why they are popular spots to visit when eating out.

The Texas Roadhouse has it's chili and pulled pork to sample, and the ice cream at Maggie Moos was simply magnificient.

The William Penn Inn highlighted the event for me with a sampling of their desert menu. They had these little deserts shaped like espresso cups with little espresso beans on the top that were absolutely worth the wait in line to get them.

North Penn Business Expo Highlights continued

More on the exhibitors as we continue the roundup of the North Penn Business Expo.  

The only golf course displaying there, the Talamore Country Club of Ambler, had some very pleasant people working the booth.  Mr. Jack Lutz clearly explained the many options Talamore has from full membership in the club to student memberships.  Mr. Lutz had a lot of information to share and the display had some quite illustrious pictures of the majestic views offered at the different holes.  

Representing Alderfer Auctions, a woman from their Human Resources department informed me of the many things that Alderfer does in addition to their auctions.  Something new Alderfer is starting is an "Antiques Roadshow" of sorts for people to bring in their antiques and have them appraised.  It runs Wednesday nights and starts April 9.  

The next post will highlight the many great food samplings available.  

Dan Bencsik, sales team leader at Bux-Mont Awards, is writing his opinions of the North Penn Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

North Penn Business Expo Roundup

     I stated in yesterdays post that I would be closing early to travel down the pike to visit the North Penn Chamber of Commerce Business Fair 2008.  The business expo featured  a taste of North Penn and was held at the Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley.  

It was quite the event, well produced and seemed to be very well attended.  I got to the show at 2:30 and arrived to a packed parking lot and a lot of busy exhibitors.  In the following paragraphs and upcoming few posts I will outline some of my personal highlights of the show:

After one trip up the aisle I saw some familiar faces and some new ones as well.  William Quigley, owner of the Washington House and Sellersville Theater, and active participant in many area Chambers was displaying for both the restaurant and theater and really talked up the new renovations currently being undertaken to the theater.  The marquee was retired and the lobby is being expanded along with a new deck.  The design is crisp and maintains the look and feel of the 1800's horse stable.  

Another booth I took great interest in was the North Penn Art booth.  They had on display a variety of framing techniques and options showing off both pictures and jersey frames they can do.  The woman I spoke to was very helpful and seemed quite interested in her job.  

More to come tomorrow, but the overall reports are very good.  As I get to know the people in the Upper Montgomery County area more I am starting to see more and more I like.  I am going to join another chamber this year and I think I have it narrowed down to two choices!

Dan Bencsik is an awards solutions provider for Bux-Mont Awards

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Soccer Open House

Tommorrow, Friday April the Fourth we will be holding an open house from 5:00 - 7:00 for people who are interested in seeing this years new soccer awards! Check out the flyer below and visit Bux-Mont Awards tomorrow for great fun and prizes.

Thursday 4/3 Harleysville Updates

This Thursday, Bux-Mont Awards Harleysville store will be closing at 1:30 in order to attend the North Penn Chamber of Commerce Business Fair 2008.

If you need immediate assistance please contact me, Dan Bencsik at 215.701.4652. When calling this number you will be asked to leave your name and then be put on hold while the service contacts both the Harleysville and Sellersville stores as well as my cell phone. You are sure to get a human voice when you call that number and thats how we like it!

I suggest anyone who can to come to the North Penn Business Fair. It looks like a good one!

Thanks for your understanding and I look forward to giving you updates!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

This Saturday

Bux-Mont Awards will be attending an Open House after work this Saturday April 5 in order to keep our employees up to date on the latest and greatest recognition products in the industry.

Our trade organization bailed on their east coast show, so unfortunately, in a cost saving measure, we were unable to attend their national show in Las Vegas. Fortunately for us our suppliers care enough to gather us together to keep us educated.

We like education. We like to assure our customers that we have the know how it takes to ensure their needs our met. We pride ourselves on our knowledge, and we look forward to showing you we have what it takes to meet your trophies and awards needs!

Dan Bencsik is sales manager at Bux-Mont Awards a recognition company serving its customers since 1991.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

New banana brain award

Bux-Mont Awards, a recognition solutions company, has instituted a new banana brain award for the employee who exemplifies the least amount of brain matter within the organization.

Designed to encourage poor performance, the bananna brain awards sure to make people strive to achieve new lows. Don't let your employees poor attitudes go unrecognized, make them the next recipient for the bird brain award!

oh and april fools! ;)

Dan Bencsik heads sales and marketing at Bux-Mont Awards, the recognition right company

Friday, March 21, 2008

Soccer Season Is Here

Thats right it's starting to get to that time of year! Sign-ups are starting and teams are forming. Lets not forget the many lessons kids learn and the vast amount of exercise they get from their participation in youth sports. Success at a young age isn't measured in the wins column, but in the amount of energy exerted and the many life lessons that come with both the wins and losses.

While many of us are busy, and these times are trying, it is important to remember to take time to do something you enjoy. That said, there is much to enjoy about volunteering for your childrens youth sports organizations. Even a couple hours at the snack stand goes a long way in helping the overall welfare of the organization.

Kids and parents alike have much to gain through participation in youth sports. You can meet great people who become lifetime friends. These people, through their volunteering, truly inspire and change lives. Get out and volunteer your time, you won't be disspointed!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Top Five Reasons to Shop Local

Shopping local has a big impact on the local economy and your neighbors wellfare. Being a primarily local business, we continue to rely on community support for most of our business.

So enjoy shopping local and read the top five reasons below (from the NFIB):

  1. Support the country's leading job creators. Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of all U.S. employers. Over the past decade, small business net job creation fluctuated between 60 and 80 percent. In the most recent year with data (2003), employer firms with fewer than 500 employees created 1,990,326 net new jobs, whereas large firms with 500 or more employees shed 994,667 net jobs.
  2. Small-business owners are community leaders. Most small-business owners spend their entire year contributing to their communities – what a perfect time to show them how much they are appreciated. Eighty-three percent of the general public believes that local small-business owners contribute more to the betterment of their community. Ninety-one percent of small-business owners contribute to their community by volunteering or through donations.
  3. Small businesses are everywhere. Instead of fighting for parking spots at the mall or spending hours waiting in line at department stores, try exploring some of your local small businesses for the perfect gift. And there are plenty of places to look – there are more than 25 million small businesses in the United States and 90 percent of all retail firms are small businesses with less than 20 employees.
  4. Receive extra attention and quality service. Research shows that small-business owners compete with other businesses by focusing on customer service and the quality of their service or goods. As experts in their field, small-business owners go above and beyond to be a knowledgeable and friendly resource for their customers.
  5. Find something unique. Small businesses offer shoppers unique products and services that can't be found at large chain retailers. According to a 2005 survey, 42 percent of all small businesses introduced at least one new or significantly improved product, service, process or design into their sales inventory.
Bux-Mont Awards is a small business serving the Bucks and Montgomery counties with two locations for over 15 years!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Websters Definition of Recognition

Websters definition of recognition
1.the action of recognizing : the state of being recognized: as a: acknowledgment; especially : formal acknowledgment of the political existence of a government or nation b: knowledge or feeling that someone or something present has been encountered before
2: special notice or attention

Dan Bencsik of Bux-Mont Awards is a recognition expert striving to spread proper recognition in every way.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Physical Benefits of Youth Sports

Finally we have the healthy habits of starting your kids in youth sports. This is the final benefit in the series. We hope that as you read these you offer to share your ideas. Thanks for reading, hopefully you got something out of it!

Healthy habits.
Because sports increase an awareness of one's body and how it responds to different stimuli and circumstances, sports help prevent drug and alcohol abuse. Most athletes value what their bodies can do and want to maintain those abilities. Being an athlete also gives kids an acceptable reason for telling their friends no to drugs, booze, and other high-risk, unhealthy behaviors. (Of course, not all athletes avoid drugs and alcohol.)

Dan Bencsik, Bux-Mont Awards

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Physical Benefits of Youth Sports

Our continued look this week at the physical benefits of youth sports. Today we highlight Stress relief!
  • Stress relief. Sports allow kids to clear their minds of academic and social pressures, to literally run off the tension that's accumulated in their muscles. In the words of one patient, "If you play really hard, you feel better because playing takes your mind off things that bother you, and afterwards you can concentrate better." Most doctors recognize the positive mental effect of physical exertion, even though we're not sure exactly why this is so. I know that my ability to study in college and medical school was greatly enhanced when I ran during the day, and I'm not the only athlete to find this true. Many athletes get better grades in-season (theories posit the discipline and the need to manage time, along with an increased ability to concentrate). During exams, Duke University opens its gyms twenty-four hours a day to provide stress relief for its students.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Physical Benefits of Youth Sports

The continued benefits of youth sports continues as we look today at Mastery, that satisfying, enjoyable way to develop your kids talents!!
  • Mastery. Sports give kids a satisfying, enjoyable way to develop their own talents: through personal effort they get good at something they're interested in. Doing something well makes them feel good about themselves, but equally important, it teaches them about the process of how to improve and work more effectively. Learning a skill-to dribble left-handed, say, or to execute an effective second serve-entails a recognition that practice is essential and that improvement is incremental. The process of repetition teaches the athlete how to master a move and also how to experiment with different approaches to improve a skill. The feedback in sports is usually immediate and visible-does the ball go into the basket?-so that the athlete can change or repeat what she's doing and figure out how to get better. Not only that, the whole process of seeing practice lead to improvement gives kids a feeling of control, a feeling all too rare in their lives.

Dan Bencsik helps people find the perfect trophies and awards at Bux-Mont Awards

Monday, February 4, 2008

Physical Benefits of Youth Sports

The following information was taken from The Benefits of Youth Sports Article by Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., Carol Shookhoff, Ph.D.

We are going to highlight the physical benefits of your sports participation over the course of the next few posts. Any other ideas are welcome!
  • Fitness. Kids who play sports develop general physical fitness in a way that's fun, and they establish lifelong habits for good health. This is particularly important at a time when obesity in the United States has reached epidemic proportions: the incidence of obesity has increased by more than 50 percent among America's children and teens since 1976 and continues to grow at a staggering rate!

Dan Bencsik, Bux-Mont Awards

Superbowl MVP

Who would have thought a year ago today that Peyton Mannings younger brother Eli would win the Superbowl XLII MVP award and I would not have believed you, but he played his heart out and we can really say he deserved it. He played lights out and showed the same grit and determination that Brady has shown in previous championships.

They played with speed, tenacity and sheer enthusiasm. It was a really great game and one to be enjoyed by all.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

My favorite big football game commercials

The Superbowl has come and gone, but the commercials will be around for the whole year! And what luck we have that such a great football game could be played and watched by so many.

Another pleasant (few) moments was during the breaks, which I think the quality of the commercials increased from previous years. Some were disspointed that no monkeys were sighted, but I for one was quite pleased. What follows are some of this awards specialists favorites.
Fed Ex-Carrier Pigeons

Dueling Parade Balloons.

It was a real nail biter this year complete with everything. Great defense, an upset at the end. Fumbles, quarterback sacks, a couple touchdowns and even some field goals. The Patriots may not have completed the best season in the history of professional football but they gave it a darn good run.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy was given and well deserved. We had a quarterback come of age and a future hall of famer give his all and just come up short. It was a pleasant surprise to see these two teams play a game for the ages as they did and made it a little easier to watch since my Philadelphia Eagles weren't in the game.

This year is looking good for the New England area even though the Patriots lost, Tom Brady and company still had a great year, and the Celtics are really playing some great basketball.

My Philly teams at least have the flyers, doing fairly respectable again, and the Phillies have upgraded since last years division win and the ensueing playoff birth, but we have nowhere near the rings to show for it. I just want the first one, then the other championship trophies will come. I want to taste it first though!

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Benefits of Youth Sports Participation

Found on the web at

By participating in youth sports, the young athlete will:

1. Develop and become proficient at the various sports skills.

2. Develop skills needed to socialize with their peers as well as adults.

3. Develop independence and confidence.

4. Develop a sense of achievement, which helps develop a positive self-image.

5. Develop leadership skills and qualities.

6. Learn how to cooperate and compete.

7. Develop agility, coordination, endurance, flexibility, speed and strength.

8. Develop the ability to make decisions and accept responsibilities.

9. Learn to understand and express emotions, imagination, and appreciation for what the body can do.

10. Develop an interest in continuing sports participation as an adult.

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Top Youth Sports Links

The following list is some of the best youth sports resources on the web. If anyone has any links to add comment back and we will update the list. Look for some to be added and taken away through time. This list will be revisited and continue to grow and expand over time.

Institute for the study of Youth Sports
National Alliance for Youth Sports
North American Youth Sport Institute - sports info

Friday, February 1, 2008

School Spirit Decals - NEW!

Display your school spirit on helmets, notebooks, MP3 players and more with these PDQ 1 1/2" diameter decals.

Material: Clear polyester
Color: Any standard Bux-Mont Awards Color
Additional Color: See sales rep. for additional color price
Production Time: Approximately 10 - 15 working days after receipt of art or proof approval.

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Impact Sport Resin Collection

Bux-Mont Awards impact series hockey resin trophy pictureImpact Hockey Resin

The impact sport resin is hand painted and averages 6" in height. From Ballet to Wrestling these awards meet your participation needs. Participation means keeping them involved and that includes awarding their hard work and discipline with an award. Participation, on a younger level, is the main thing we should be rewarding.

We believe every award has a place. If that weren't true why would they make them? Bux-Mont Awards impact series basketball resin trophy pictureSave the big, metal, more prestigious trophies for the competitive leagues. The impact collection is for the kids.

1 pc. - $7.50 | 24 -52 pc. - $5.50 | 53+ $5.00

Sports and subjects available include: Ballet, baseball, basketball, billiards, bowling, cheerleading, coach, darts, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, karate, lamp of knowledge, medallion holder, music, racing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling. New Designs: Drama, Music, and Tap

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Can you believe

it has been six days already since I have last posted. This days post will be a short plug on what I think is a good idea. I try to play golf. The emphasis on that last sentence was try. I am not very successful but I don't have the time or money to put into furthering my skills.

Enter the internet. The internet, and more specifically youtube, has created an avenue for golf tips in video form to find an audience and create the opportunity to help people like me.

If you are like me and don't feel like searching through all the garbage on youtube, you can visit, a website dedicated to enhancing the golf skills of novice golfers through online training tips.

After watching these and signing up for yahoos fantasy golf league, you may even fantasize about going pro. Well once your wife snaps you back to reality, you can rest assured that you will be able to find your fantasy trophies at Bux-Mont Awards, even if you can never get the real thing, these trophies are made for your intense level of competition.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Bux-Mont Awards Harleysville and Sellersville Store Hours

So we have a couple retail stores tucked away in some beautiful corners of the South Eastern Pennsylvania Counties of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. There are some nice parts of Pennsylvania, for those of you who don't get out this way much. We are a friendly sort of people that genuinely care and want to help each other get along. Though once again I got off track slightly I have not forgotten the reason I am here. Store hours are as follows:

Monday: 8:30 - 5:00
Tuesday: 8:30 - 5:00
Wednesday: 11:00 - 5:00
Thursday: 8:30 - 7:00
Friday: 8:30 - 7:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 1:00
Sunday: CLOSED

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
Sunday: CLOSED

don't think that because we are closed on a Tuesday and open at twelve Mondays and Wednesdays in Harleysville that we aren't working. I run the Bux-Mont Awards Harleysville store and can assure you that when I am not there I am over in Sellersville filling orders or at home working on the website. We always make time for you our customers and we try to have hours that work for you. Understandably as much as we would like to we know that some of these hours are not going to work for some of you. That is why we make ourselves available within limits to work with you to meet your needs. We will meet you most any time to fulfill your awards requests. Why? Because it's what we like to do. We also have an online store and our website has a vast informational section that grows bigger each day.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Dad!

I would like to take this time to wish my father, the owner of Bux-Mont Awards, a very happy birthday. He is 55 years young today and though he maybe starting to show his age slightly still acts as young as the day I met him 26 years ago. (sorry dad, just joshin, don't be mad)

He is a well accomplished man and one that I look up to in oh so many ways. The reigning Sellersville citizen of the year started Bux-Mont Awards out his basement with little more than an idea and turned it into a successful business 16 years later with two thriving locations and a growing web presence that helps his customers succeed in properly recognizing achievements.

I can only hope to accomplish as much in my life as my dad did in his first 30 years on this planet, and he one of the few genuinely honest, caring, and sincere people I have had the joy of sharing this life with, and on top of that I get to have him as my dad.

So I hope that he had a happy birthday, and I hope that everyone who has not had the chance to talk or meet with him will have the opportunity to do so sometime in the near future. He is great to talk to, and will welcome conversation with anyone. From his Bux-Mont Awards family, Happy Birthday!!