Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sorry Its Been Awhile

This post is being written from our new location in Lansdale, and while I am writing this I am realizing there has never been a post on the subject.

We are pleased to announce that what was formerly Gerharts Engraving in Lansdale has been acquired by Bux-Mont Awards and Engraving Services of Sellersville.  With the previous owner ready to retire, we were approached about a purchase of the business almost two years ago.  After a long arduous process, the sale was completed last Wednesday, December 15, and we have been here since.

There are some immediate improvements to the showroom and signage taking place in the coming weeks as well as back end infrastructure improvements that are being put in place in order to make the store in Lansdale more efficient and to better serve you.

This strategic move was made because, as Bux-Mont Awards we felt it was in the best interest to have storefronts in both the Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

We look forward to serving the Lansdale and surrounding counties with quality signage and recognition services and to educate everyone on the benefits of properly recognizing achievements.

Have you used Gerharts engraving services before?  Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

We are expanding!!!

Bux-Mont Awards has successfully completed the acquisition of Gerharts engraving in Lansdale.  In the coming weeks we will be sprucing up the front with a new sign, investing in updating the processes, and working on things to better serve our Montgomery County customers.  The purchase was made not only to be able to offer Bux-Mont Awards existing Montgomery County customers a more convenient location to get their awards, but also to increase our reach in both services offered as well as getting quality recognition products to more of you!

We will be offering the same great service, as the business already had two great employees that we are retaining and upgrading the showroom to include the additional products you have come to expect from Bux-Mont Awards.

Your needs are our priority, and we are looking forward to meeting them!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Help our friends!

There are there are many great charities out there, and a good deal of them trust Bux-Mont Awards to be their recognition services provider.  There are two we would like to highlight in this post.

First, we are once again proud to be a part of the annual Pennridge Chamber of Commerce Toy Drive.  This Toy Drive benefits the Pennridge FISH food bank organization.  They actually set up a toy store for the holidays and allow parents in need to come in and choose toys and gifts so their kids can have a great holiday.  It is truly a wonderful thing to be a part of, and Bux-Mont Awards is offering coupons to whomever brings a toy in.

The other isn't a charity as much as a great non profit whose purpose is to honor those Marines who served in Vietnam and also those who gave their lives for our freedom.

We are involved in the production of a Marines Monument that is being erected in Quantico Virginia.  They are continuing to raise funds and you can stop by Bux-Mont Awards to support that great cause as well.  We will be supporting you at the same time you choose to help someone and every donation made at Bux-Mont Awards will receive a little something from us!

Heres to the giving this holiday season.   Remember to shop local!

Charities, Non-Profits and their stake in the recognition industry

Charities are some of our best customers.  Many of the charities and non-profits understand, for whatever reason, that proper recognition is beneficial to the bottom line.  Maybe its the volunteer nature, maybe its because of the many good and worthwhile causes that these charities are supporting.  And whatever the reason, they use recognition awards, plaques and gifts to show their appreciation for many things.  Volunteering time, donating money, hosting a fundraiser, selling tickets, educating the public, all these things we help recognize and are very proud of it.

What is special to you?  What are you doing to recognize the efforts of those helping you help others?  What motivates you to help?  Please share your thoughts and stories in the comments.

Contact us at Bux-Mont Awards if you want to learn more about how properly recognizing achievements can help your non profit or charity to succeed!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sellersville Winterfest

As the holidays rapidly approach, we just wanted to remind our customers to come visit our town on the first Tuesday in December for the annual Winterfest celebration and tree lighting.


The festivities start at 6:30 and include not only Bux-Mont Awards but also the Sellersville museum and tree lighting across from the fire house.  Santa will also be seeing kids at the fire house as well as local businesses staying open late with different offerings.

A personal favorite was the jazz music and the fire at the new Modern Male Barbershop in the odd fellows building pictured above in addition to the free showing of It's a Wonderful Life at the Sellersville Theater.

With a couple new businesses in town it should be a good year!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The biggest trophy we ever made

You have to see this thing to appreciate how big it really is.  I will take some pictures with us next to it and post it in a future picture.  This enduro racing series wanted a REALLY big trophy for their overall team points winner, and this is what we came up with.  It turned out really good - its a bear to handle and you are going to need a small truck to take it home.  This is in addition to all the other really big (but not quite that big) trophies they are doing.  

Soccer Season continued:

Here is a sneak peak of the trophies being given away at this years SISL'r Slam tournament.  We are thankful to the SIS'L organization for their continued commitment to properly recognizing their childrens achievements with trophies and recognition items from Bux-Mont Awards.  While we are running out of room in our new digs, we are happy to store them for all 700 of them for a day or two before sending them off into the wild!
Notice how this one trophy is bigger than three boxes worth of trophies to the right of it!

Soccer Season

You know soccer season is in full swing when the materials start arriving by the truckload at Bux-Mont Awards.  The month of November has brought a good amount of activity, and I like to think our industry is a leading indicator of economic activity!

While we have had to adjust to the unfortunate loss of one of the part time people here, who took a job in her field of study.  We are happy to say she found employment at a bakery in Doylestown and seems to be doing quite well.  This has led to a shortage of production labor which isn't being felt one bit thanks to the hard work and additional hours put in by Brian, our other part time employee.  Brian, Debbie, and Dan along with the owner Greg Bencsik comprise the entire Bux-Mont Awards team.  We work together to ensure that the area has access to a number of quality recognition products in one location.

That said we are also getting ready for the holidays, with a recent shipment of glassware coming in that we will be highlighting in future holiday posts.  Stay tuned!
 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Proud Sponsor of WHYY12K

Bux-Mont Awards is proud to partner with WHYY for their 2nd annual WHYY 12k.  This is our second year sponsoring the event, and we are happy to be a part of it.  WHYY does a great job with news both online, on tv and the radio as well.  We are happy to do our part towards keeping WHYY a viable part of our regions news and entertainment, and thank them for allowing us to participate.

If you are looking to do a 5K visit their website @ http://www.whyy.org/y12k/ and sign up to run through our great city.

What: WHYY Y12K race
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
When: Saturday, November 13 @ 9:00 AM



WHYY Y12K sponsor page

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Reusable custom imprinted totebags - Promotional Products

If you are thinking of using totebags in the next promotion for your business, contact us for a quote.  We offer free virtual proofs (on acceptable artwork), and are very competitive on price without compromising quality.

Though its sometimes hard to get the color everyone wants, my supplier offers alternatives so that we can satisfy your demand.


Free Virtual proof:

We all know that the grocery stores have them.  Tell us your creative uses for your custom imprinted totes in the comments.  Do you offer a discount for using these?  I personally think a discount or some sort of promotion and/or contest held in conjunction with these could be a real success.  
Reward your customers for snapping photos of their bags in use in different places and you have a free walking billboard for the life of the bag.  Multiply that by how many bags you can get out there and it is a easy and cost effective way to get your name out to thousands of potential customers.  

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Recognition Product Spotlight - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The breast Cancer Awareness Resin is a big seller around this time of year as fund raisers and event organizers gear up for October.  Susan G. Koman has a lot of big events upcoming, and some people choose to raise funds and awareness for the cause in their own ways. 

However you decide to do it, please be aware that these ribbon resins make great recognition pieces for a variety of uses listed below.

Uses for Breast Cancer Ribbon Resins:
  1. Donor Recognition
  2. Event Winners
  3. Raise awareness of events
  4. Recognize fundraising efforts
  5. Recognize event participants / organizers
What are your ideas for utilizing awards to recognize the big donors or important people to your event?  Leave it in the comments.  Bux-Mont Awards helps reward recognition.   

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Personalized Gifts - Skip the Mall We Engrave It All

Did you know we are the place to go when you want to skip the mall this holiday season.  Before you travel through the mall traffic and worry about finding a parking spot, you need to know that we engrave it all.

So next time you are trying to remember that place to get a watch engraved or are looking for a personalized gift for the recent grad keep in mind Bux-Mont Awards.

Skip the Mall, We Engrave It All!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rewarding those that deserve it

Many of us have an issue that is near and dear to our hearts.  So much so that we are willing to go out and fight for a cause and raise money for many people who we may never meet.  These fund raising efforts by so many are commendable and also inspirational. 

These are the people that deserve to be rewarded, and so often it is the other way around.  These people, these hardworking people filled with a spirit that few of us can imagine, are rewarding the few that are moved enough to make a monetary contribution.  It is inspirational indeed to see these people work.  To meet them when they come in wanting to recognize a big donor, or a big fundraiser when in fact without the efforts of these very people that recognition wouldn't be possible.

It is inspirational to see people willing to recognize the work put in by others even though it's a fraction of the work they put in themselves without thinking of taking anything, even a simple thank you.  And yet these are the people that change lives.  They instill hope and belief in a better world while at the same time touching the lives of countless others.

These people are an inspiration and we are lucky to be able to call many of them our customers.  Because they understand the power of positive recognition and what it does to people and to movements and to causes, we are able to be here helping them help others.  Its great to be a part of, and we look forward to seeing more of you!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Promoting your business for the holidays

The holidays are coming quickly for everyone, and promopros.com is trying to get these posts out there early in hopes that it will motivate you to make a decision quickly and save us from the headaches of saving your behinds at the last minute!


With that said, we will be highlighting ideas on this blog that you can then find through our websites search function if you think its right for you.  Please follow our link and try out our promotional products search engine at www.promopros.com to see how quickly you can find things to put your name on that will promote your business this holiday season!

Keep checking back here for great promotional product and personalized  gift ideas for the holidays! Great winter promotional product ideas here

Monday, September 20, 2010

Web Design

Our website was just revamped and given a new look, and it is one that we are very pleased with.  We utilized a local company for our web services and we want to recommend them to those of you who read this that were thinking about getting their website updated. 

ZOHF web design services helped us from planning to implementation and has done a great job with every aspect of our web design.  We would recommend them to anyone and they do great work.  If you end up contacting him be sure to tell him you found him through us to get you that added service! ;)

Let us know your thoughts on the website in the comments!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness month is coming in October, if you are looking for team shirts for your Susan G. Koman Run, or some promotional products to create awareness, stop by and visit us first!

In this economy donations decrease as budgets are squeezed, causing the need to effectively recognize your existing donors that much more important.

Have you seen the pink ribbon resin award that can be used for top sponsors and donors?

Creating a appropriate donor recognition program helps create awareness and in turn increases donations as sponsors seek to align themselves to the most passionate causes.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday check in


Just a heads up, we are an authorized seller of Airflyte plaques and awards. Specializing in corporate recognition products for 50 years, Airflyte continues to be a leader in high quality engravable plaques at affordable prices.
If you are looking for a sponsor recognition plaque, or employee of the month plaques, the place we start you at is Americas Airflyte.

If you have an interest in engraved plaques for your company or non profit, or need a plaque to recognize the hard work and achievements of someone, please view their website and contact us to help you with any questions or engraving needs.

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The holidays are coming

As the summer winds down we want to implant it in that front part of your brain as to remind you not to wait until the last minute to order your holiday promotional / recognition products. Bux-Mont Awards can personalize any gifts, but did you know if you are looking for something to give to your employees for the upcoming holiday season, we can do that to.

We have purchased promopros.com and developed this website to become a portal for your promotional products needs, and there are plenty of great gift ideas on there for the upcoming holidays.

We can also etch wine bottles and a whole lot more, so make us your first stop for personalized engraving services.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Custom Quilt Squares for the crafty of the bunch

Finished product of a quilt that we helped make! The Messiah College Logo was made using the same process we use for our t-shirt production.

This woman has been doing these quilts for her grandchildren for years now, and each time has used our services to get the custom quilt squares done.

Surprisingly to us, there is quite a market for these custom quilt squares and they really addto the finished product. Some people have tried the transfers you buy at Walmart, but they wear out. These direct - to - garment imprints will last for as long as you need, and we have done photographs on these quilt squares to make a one of a kind instant heirloom!

We will post more pictures as we get them, if you are a quilter and this is something you would be interested in, let us know!
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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Check out our website

We added an information page on the engraving services, and there is an easy way to contact us there.

We are working on getting a products page up that will have links to our supplier catalogs for you to peruse. After we get this rolled out, part two will be getting our product up on the website for you to look at right on our site, without having to go through the process of downloading the catalogs. Eventually you will be able to purchase right online as well.

Thanks to google for providing an easy way to put a shopping cart and take orders on our website. Our goal with our site is to provide you, our customers, with additional resources for your recogniton needs! Please visit our site and tell us what you think and what you would like to see!

Happy Independence day everyone!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

SWDTYMNKA is now The Recognition Product Spotlight

I am glad to report we have settled on a new name. The name of this hopefully weekly or at the very least biweekly blog feature will be The Recognition Product Spotlight. If you think you have a catchier name, we are always looking to improve so leave them in the comments.

This week we are continuing down the personalized gift engraving road and showing you some samples of our wine boxes. These beautiful rosewood piano finish wine sets come comlete with four wine tools and a personalized engraved plate on the front.

I gave my wife one of these for our first anniversary and am very pleased at the reception. She loved the wine as well as the presentation and it was immediately followed by plans for dinner at our favorite BYOB Mexican restaurant in Quakertown.

Please check out the photo gallery below of our engravable wine boxes, and personalized gifts and contact us for more information!


Monday, June 28, 2010

Todays Meeting


Today I attended a focus groom to aid the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce in their strategic planning endeavors. I felt it was very productive and we got to make a cool advertisement for how we see the chamber in 2013!

Check out the photo of the map and look forward to great things coming out of this chamber of other of our local chambers in the near future!

Upper Perk Valley Strategic Planning Exercise: Designing an ad for the chamber in 2013.
upper perkiomen chamber of commerce strategic planning committee

Why we blog

Bux-Mont Awards has a blog for a number of reasons... like to educate our customers on the many solutions offered to your recognition needs. (as seen in the hopefully somewhat regular, hopefully soon to be renamed Stuff we do that you may not know about or SWDTYMNKA posts) We are taking ideas for a new name for that column.

Another reason we have this blog is to assist us in our mission of recognition. We are a recognition company whose goals aim to further the spread of quality recognition with their stakeholders. While this aim is why we offer a lot of engraved and digitally imprinted awards and trophies, we also realize that they aren't always the appropriate way to say "job well done." Sometimes all anyone is looking for is a pat on the back. Some times we aren't recognizing an achievement rather we are helping a company optimize their brand recognition through the use of promotional products or apparel.

Sometimes we are helping youth sports teams with their fundraising or helping young children gain positive well being from playing sports with participation awards, and other times we are making awards for big tournaments or events. Offering a variety of things with the aim of spreading recognition so that you benefit as much as possible from our hard work.

As an extension of our customers, we help them achieve their goals and believe that everyone can benefit from recognizing achievement and utilizing recognition products. The ones who get it and understand what recognition means to them also get how it impacts their bottom line, how it reduces turnover and builds self esteem.

Keep following this blog to learn more about recognition and its benefits to you, and if you have a new name suggestion for SWDTYMNKA please leave the comment.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

New page added to our website

We just put up an information page on our website on our engraving services. Please review this and keep us in mind the next time you have a project that requires engraving!

Please tell us what you think about our page in the comments!Link

Friday, June 25, 2010

New Website

A new iteration of the website is out and it's one you will be happy with. Mind you it's just a start, but soon we will be updating and upgrading to better serve you. What we had, we didn't like, it was inconsistent, didn't serve your purpose and was intolerable. So we changed it.

Bux-Mont Awards new website screen captureSuggestions, questions, comments and ideas are always welcome, as a matter of fact, we would love to hear them! Leave them in the comments.

Bux-Mont Awards new website!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Stuff we do that you may not know about

Please know that we do engraving. We are more than just a trophy shop, though we are a provider of the highest quality recognition products known, we also engrave stuff. We engraved knives and flasks. We engrave wine and champagne glasses.

We can also etch wine bottles. Please keep this in mind the next time you are in Sellersville and in need of a personalized gift for any occassion!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer is upon us

Let's not forget to get those kids to the pool! A great time is to be had by all when you visit your local pool, especially with these behemoths they are building these days. My local pool is a mini water park and is grandiose in design with even a lazy rizer and inner tubes!

If you are hosting a pool party for your little ones birthday, remember Bux-Mont Awards when it comes to the party favors. Kids love contests, so much so that about the only the they love more ( accept for their awesome parents ) is winning a medal or trophy for their contests. Give the kids something to play with and brag about in their next party favors bag with custom medals from Bux-Mont Awards.

These medals can be created to have whatever you want in them from a photo to custom text! At 4.50 / pc. they are very reasonable as well.

Contact us for more information.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Earth day is everyday

I was just reading an article in a trade publication that dealt with ways to green your firm. The number two thing that was focused on was how your products are packaged. We utilize recycled boxes to pack our trophies as well as reusing old newspapers to keep them stable.

This saves us quite a bit in costs, enabling us to keep our prices down at times when prices are rising!

This is just one way Bux-Mont Awards is helping to green the planet. We also sell green promotional products...

Got a way your office utilizes recycled materials in a creative way to help your businesses bottom line? Leave them in the comments.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Employee Motivation- Cash or non cash incentives

Employee motivation is a major factor that plays a vital role in the success and downfall of any organization.

The key to employee motivation lies in appreciation, recognition, satisfaction, inspiration and compensation.

Building Satisfaction

There is an indisputable chain between satisfied, motivated employees, and satisfied customers. If you will focus on satisfaction of employees, it will motivate them and these motivated employees will satisfy your customers.

Through Recognition

Many people are hungry for genuine recognition than monetary benefit. Some people are motivated to grab an opportunity to get their name on the wall, receive a trophy, or get a certificate of appreciation by the company. It satisfies them with an "emotional recognition" for their deeds.

Look for plans and schemes to increase employee motivation by recognizing excellence in the workplace. Set some target. Distribute awards for attendance records, best achiever or best performer. It is not inexpensive, still extremely effective to motivate your employees.

Through Inspiration

Set a mission, i.e., know where you are leading. Be committed and passionate about your mission. If you don't get excited, how your employees could be! Explain the mission, its value and importance to the marketplace.

Ensure that every employee understand how they fit into the paradigm of fulfilling the organization's mission. Make the link between the mission and the individual values and set targets of your employees.

Genuine Appreciation

At times, managers inadvertently crush employee motivation by failing to appreciate the positive acts and achievements of their employees.

Senior Managers can improve employee motivation by rewarding employees with personal attention. This can be comprised of a hand-written letter, a pat on the back, or a quick comment in the meeting.

Showing specific appreciation is important. Individual and specific appreciation is more effective than a mass appreciation.

It makes the employer more sincere, and the employee realize their actions are truly being noticed.

Through Compensation

Monetary benefit motivates some employees. In fact, a big chunk of employees is motivated by money. It can come in the shape of raises, commissions, profit sharing, bonuses, incentives or any number of "extra perks" like, automobiles, vacations, or other tangible items purchased and given as rewards.

Reading the Employees' Different Motivation Factors

Not every employee is motivated by the same factor. Utilizing all five - satisfaction, recognition, inspiration, appreciation, and compensation guarantees that the organization's success along with the success of employees.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

website

we are working on a new design for our website and are looking for some input from you. Please leave your comments as to what you want to see on our website, how you would like it laid out. Have something you want us to feature or sections you would like to see? Let us know!

We want to work hard to implement a website that works for you, the customer to bring you what you need, but in order to do that we need to know.

So take this chance to let Bux-Mont Awards know what you want. We are listening I promise!

New Website Design

We are rolling out the first phase of our new website and would like your feed back. Please let us know your thoughts and we will continue to work towards implementing a workable design for you, our customers.

Website:
www.buxmontawards.com

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Baseball Burst Thru resins make great team awards


Continuing to highlight the Burst Thru line, we wanted to show you what the baseball burst thru resins look like. They come in two sizes: 7 1/4" and 6"

Case quantities: 12 pcs.

Great to give as team awards, MVP trophies, coaches awards, and Most improved.

The kids will love these and will surely work harder to achieve when they see these being given to recognize their achievements.

Contact Bux-Mont Awards for more information.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Softball Burst Thru Resins


The softball burst thru resins may be my favorite ones in the line. The optic yellow softball with the batter bursting thru is sure to make an impact on the players receiving the recognition. These resins come in two sizes and are brilliantly painted to perfect the piece.

Your girls will work harder to achieve greatness with the hopes of attaining one of these resins.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Burst Thru Resins


We have a new line of Burst thru resins out that have gotten a great response so far, and we are looking forward to showing everyone the new line. The colors on them are exceptional and they have proven really popular.

What do you think of the burst thru line? Let us know in the comments!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Website

zohf web design
We are working with a new web designer, and have been very pleased initially.

The designer is local to Sellersville, and based on his previous work looks like a good fit for us. Zohf.com is his site.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

It's Earth Day

So get outside and plant some flowers or try to catch the wind, do something, but remember breathing emits CO2, which feeds the plants which give us oxygen, so go outside and breath!

Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Aprils Phillies ticket giveaway winner

Bux-Mont Awards owner Greg Bencsik customer achievement recognition
Congratulations to Garry Stout of Perkasie, this months winner of our Phillies ticket drawing! To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we are giving away a pair of tickets a month. Garry was luck enough to be this months winner and as a long time customer we were happy to give him the call.

A long time Philadelphia sports fan and avid Phillies follower and was ecstatic to learn he had won!

Make sure you stop in to enter our drawing there is still time left!

Bux-Mont Awards: rewarding achievements in Bucks and Montgomery counties for 20 years.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bux-Mont Awards' going green

So we also look to build a sustainable future in more ways than just using velcro zip ties. We also recycle our materials and look to offer products that offer minimal adverse impact on our environment.

Bamboo is a great way to do that, and there is a place in Bux-Mont Awards product list for bamboo recognition products. We offer bamboo plaques, custom engraved bamboo pens, and even bamboo coasters.

All these bamboo items can be customized with our engraving services, making for some unique green recognition products.

The more you ask for it, the more it will be around. Bux-Mont Awards need to here from you to know what you want. Leave it in the comments!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Baseball Season

It's upon us. We are working on putting out the new baseball stuff as well as the Spring sports. Come check us out!

Phillies & Hot Starts

It's hard to keep your enthusiasm down these days in the Philadelphia area as the Phillies continue to beat the teams they are supposed to be beating (for a change ehh)

So we are excited, and it's hard not to be. So we watch each inning knowing that we can hit from any spot, and isn't it encouraging to see Victorino improve his batting average almost 100 points in one game.

Let's hope they can keep it up and put together a great season for us all to remember. I think we are all looking forward to it.

If you are trying to see the Phillies in person this year, that might be tough, but you can still take advantage of our free Phillies ticket giveaway we are having in honor of our business being open for 20 years!

Stop into Bux-Mont Awards in Sellersville to take advantage of the great deals in personalized gifts (think things remembered in the mall but better ;) and recognition products and enter you name into our drawing for a chance to win Phillies tickets and other great prizes!

Bux-Mont Awards, since moving into it's new location in September, has a newly renovated showroom which we display an expanded gift line, glass etching, and recognition products for all!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

What motivates your sales people

With the start of the second quarter comes the start of our peak season, and we are looking forward to testing out our new production capacity. If anyone out there needs help with implementing a new awards and recognition program, leave a comment. We offer our free advice here on the blog. We offer free advice in person too, we just want to see you succeed.

I can't tell you how many times I have heard a sales person say, "They implemented a sales recognition program and we get a pin for every x amount of dollars in sales we do, and then after so many pins you get a gift card. The pins just go in my desk drawer. "

Heads up HR person, you are doing it WRONG!

Sales people, lets here what motivates you in the comments, and the best answers will make up a future post!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bux-Mont Awards going green

In an effort to keep you posted on how we try to help the environment, we at Bux-Mont Awards want to keep you updated on how we try to help leave our world a better place for the children.

In addition to reusing, we also look to reduce and recycle. We purchase our materials in full sheets and cut them down as we need. We don't just throw our scraps away. We reuse the pieces when we can and recycle what we can't use.

We know it's not much but we try to reduce our carbon footprint and realize that while just us doing it may not make much difference, but if everyone in our industry did it, we know that this is something that can last.

We want to be the change we want to see in this world. And Bux-Mont Awards wants you to help.

Going green

With green having been all but forgotten in this economic downturn, lets hope that it isn't all forgotten on the upswing. We can continue to drive this economy by espousing the green virtues and help leave this planet a better place for our children (sound familiar all you aging boomers?)

In our effort to go green we will highlight here on our blog, some of the things we are doing to leave this planet a better place for our kids.

One of these things is our love of Velcro. We are a big fan of Velcro for many reasons. Not only do they save us from the arduous tasks of shoe tying, but the folks over at Velcro have been busy coming up with new applications for their hook and loop.

One of these ingenious ideas is as a reusable zip tie. Velcro zip ties are great. We never had enough zip ties around when you need them, and I always hated having to waste one every time someone asked for a new monitor or to move their keyboard. The velcro zip ties were the perfect solution.

We are happy to do away with throw away zip ties and switch to the velcro brand. When we were going through our big move, we needed a solution for our cable organization that was as green as could be and worked for our organizational needs. Velcro answered the call for our needs in grand fashion!

Check them out if you haven't before and post your energy saving and recycling ideas in the comments. Check back here often to see how Bux-Mont Awards is saving the planet one trophy at a time.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Embrace it

And by it I mean change. Don't fear it. Embrace it. If you don't switch seats sometimes you may get a sore tushie!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Big News

We have major news coming up. The first quarter ended with sales up moderately over last first quarter 2009.

We can not do this without you, our great customers who realize the positive impact recognition can have on people and the benefits of a properly implemented recognition system.

If you haven't convinced management that a recognition program can benefit your company, give us a ring and we will help you. Recognition works, bottom line!

In the coming days you will be hearing more about our big news and how it helps meet our goals of providing the best recognition services to the Bucks and Montgomery Counties!

Thank you again!

Monday, March 15, 2010

What recognition can do for you

Our goal for this blog is to help you with your recognition needs. So for all of you in the corporate and business world. What does recognition mean to you?

Lets hear some ideas in the comments. What are ways you recognize achievements? What does employee recognition mean to you?

Most business do employee of the month plaques to the point where it dilutes the meaning of the achievement. Without clearly articulating what the employee of the month means it has no meaning. Just putting a picture and a name on a plaque is worthless unless you give it some worth.

Managers need to realize that the hard work is worth more than just a name on the plaque (I am not saying that plaque shouldn’t be there), and celebrate that achievement pointing out to fellow employees, and even customers, the hardwork and diligence that went into earning that recognition.

People work hard and take pride in the work they do. If you recognize their achievement for what it is, they will work harder for you. Make them buy into your companies vision, and they will go to war with you.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Become our fan on facebook

We are happy to see you are interested in interacting with us and allowing us to find new ways to share news and updates as to whats going on in the recognition universe through our facebook fan page.

We like to share new and exciting ways to recognize achievements with you, and also to let you know when the good sales are happening and when we are rolling out new products.

The facebook fanpage has enjoyed a nice growth trajectory and we hope to continue that trend into the future.

So if you are on facebook (and who isn't these days right?) please check Bux-Mont Awards out and become a fan. We look forward to communicating with you, and to continue to help you recognize achievements in ways that maximize achievements. If you are already a fan, please share our page with your friends and let them know what we do.

Striving the achieve is what makes people great, and we love being a part of that for the past twenty years.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Effective recognition helps people strive to achieve

Check out this about.com article for five tips for effective employee recognition. This article will help you learn about what it means to effectively recognize achievements and ways to do so. After you read this, sign up for Bux-Mont Awards newsletter below to keep up on employee recognition awards.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Phillies Ticket Giveaway

We are getting close to our first drawing date, and we are excited!  We have had a great response and as spring training gets into full swing, we are eagerly awaiting the start of the regular season. 

Some are calling this infield the best of the modern era, and I can’t wait to see them play!  Hopefully you can win a chance to see the Phillies play, and at the same time see how we can help you recognize achievements. 

Recognition comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and we are here to help you figure out the hows and the whys.  Whether it’s a pat on the back, a thank you at an employee luncheon, or a full scale awards banquet recognizing the hard work and achievements that go into succeeding in rough times, we want to help you, and our experts no how.

Recognition is a constant, like death and taxes, the trophy has been a part of society for thousands of years. 

How do you recognize achievements, or how have your achievements been recognized in a way that made you feel good about what you accomplished?  Lets here your stories in the comments. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

What are you capable of?

You'll never know if you don't try. And if you don't recognize your employees achievements then you may never see what they are fully capable of.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chambers of Commerce

We are affiliated with a number of Chambers of Commerce and they are a great resource for your communities. Please check out the Upper Bucks, Upper Perkiomen Valley and the Pennridge Chambers of Commerces' websites and patronize their members. These people are the very fabric of your community and do a lot of the work behind the scenes keeping the communities vibrant!

They put in a lot of hardwork and dedication to serving the people of the communities many of them work and live in and they do a great job at assisting many people in their daily lives. The chambers do a great job of letting everyone know they are there and facilitating the daily transactions of business.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Turning 20

We are turning 20 and we want to do something special. So From March through July we will be giving away a pair of Phillies tickets on the 20th day of each month.

Stop by the store to enter your name in our drawing.


We want everyone to know how appreciative we are for helping us get to where we are, and without your support we wouldn't be here. We genuinely love the community we do business in and with and look forward to being here another 20 years!

No purchase necessary, must be 18 to enter.

Spring Training: Go Phillies!

To coincide with our Phightens gettin back to Sprint Training, and as a way to celebrate our 20th year in business, we decided to have a contest.

This year if you stop into Bux-Mont Awards you can enter a drawing for a free giveaway. There will be a drawing starting March 20th, for a pair of Phillies tickets to a game. (game to be determined)

This gives you the opportunity to stop into our new showroom at the historic Baum House. Drawings will be held on the 20th of every month through August!

We are looking forward to connecting with you and showing you what recognition is.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Celebrating our 20th year of recognizing achievements.

This is Bux-Mont Awards’ 20th year in business and we are currently brainstorming different ways to recognize all the great support we have gotten from our current customers.   At the same time we want new people to visit our store to see the ways recognition works for them.  We are more than a trophy store, we are a trophy store and more.  We do recognition and we do it right. 

Many think we are just a trophy shop, but we are also engravers, promotional product solutions provider, and recognition and memorial signage specialists.  These all fall under the recognition umbrella that really is at the core of our business.

We help people recognize achievements, recognize brands, and recognize organizations.  There is much recognition to be had in this world and it is way more than the plaques and trophies that you and I are used to.  Recognizing achievements can be for five year of service or for a team getting finished a project early.  It takes many forms and shapes and this blog is to help you recognize the achievements around you, both big and small.  

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wedding Planners plan for personalized gifts & wedding invitations here

I have been trying to pound into your heads that Bux-Mont Awards is more than a trophy store.  We are a leading retailer of recognition solutions and we want to make you aware. 

Among the things we provide that are included in this recognition umbrella are personalized gift and corporate gift solutions. 

We are distributors of carlson craft wedding stationary and have their blue book to loan to those looking for the most unique wedding invitations.

Another thing we offer is personalized engraved wedding favors.  These gifts include etched wine glasses and champagne flutes, bridesmaids gifts and gifts for groomsman and the best man too. 

We have a unique line of flasks, engravable pens and personalized poker sets that are the perfect thank you for your friends.  We will be putting these online in the coming months but in the mean time you can visit our new Sellersville store showroom to see what we have to offer.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Valentines gifts Grandmom will love

custom imprinted totebag

This summer marked my daughters first art camp, and she came away with some really neat stuff.  She made the coolest picture and forgot it there, luckily the art studio where she was going was right above our old store.  The teacher brought the painting down and I couldn’t have been more proud.  My wife and I showed the picture to everybody and her grandmom and great grandmom absolutely loved it.  Dad was looking for ideas for birthday presents for my daughter this year and decided to put her painting onto one of our imprintable tote bags. 

What a great idea, the final imprint turned out great and anna loved it!  Her mom-mom got one for Christmas and she was absolutely ecstatic as well.  P1010133

These bags can be made with your childrens artwork on them and would make great valentines day presents.  A unique gift better than chocolates or flowers, it will be remembered and cherished always.  Stop in or email your orders here

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Not your mom and pop trophy shop.

A lot of people think that we are only trophies, but the trophy shops today are not your grandparents or event your mom and dads trophy shops.  Gone are the days of trophy shops doing only trophies.  Today's awards stores are more of a recognition solutions providers. 

Bux-Mont Awards is a solutions provider for a number of different recognition areas.  Personal recognition with the engraving, corporate recognition with the clocks, plaques and more serving a number of different areas including sales and service achievement awards.  We also provide brand recognition services with our promotional products and imprinted apparel lines.

This is in addition to serving our core, the trophy customers who have been kind enough to let us provide them with the right youth sports awards.

So stop in and visit your local trophy shop and see if they are offering everything we do, and if they aren’t be sure to ask them to.  Your trophy store should be doing more for you.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Smith and Warren Badges

We are a certified Smith and Warren badge reseller. Most of the work we have been doing is for the local fire departments. These great customers of ours have been purchasing service pins, and we are looking to help more of you.

If interested call or leave a comment!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Golf Tournament Planning continued

Now that you know who's running the show, it's time to do some dirty work. A budget is going to need to be developed and followed. A fine crafted budget takes a lot of stress out of the planning process and provides a roadmap to achievable objectives.

The budget process is where you decide on entry fees, sponsorship fees, and where you will play. The location of the event, catering, and selection of awards and prizes all affect the budget. Also, you will want to take into account the amount you want to donate, rather than whatevers left at the end. Having a fundraising goal can help bring sponsors on board and create a buzz in print and online media.

Another question that may get raised comes when you are trying to figure out the number of participants. On one hand you don't want to say no to someone who wants to play but you also don't want to be on the golf course for 6 or 7 hours.

Printed materials cost money as well. Try to get a printer to subsidize part of the cost in exchange for putting his name on them and being listed as the print sponsor, recognition at these events is at a premium because there is a guaranteed number of people looking at the sponsors business.

Once the budget is crafted you want to lay out an outline for each chairman to help them stay on task.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Golf Tournament Planning Step One

The first thing you need to decide before you even begin is the roles and responsibilities. Who will be responsible for what? You are going to want to create a committee to keep focus on the tournaments goals and will bring the golf outing together.

Typical Roles Needed Include:
  • Tournament Chairman- the person with the vision. Expected to lead and provide guidance to the golf tournament.
  • Honorary Chairman- Someone well known in the community to help draw golfers.
  • Vice Chairman, Sponsors- someone who can focus on getting sponsors for the event.
  • Vice Chairman, Event planning-
  • Vice Chairman, Awards and Prizes- this person will be in charge of getting awards and giveaways to not only the golfers but to the sponsors as well.
The committee chairman and the committee people will come from a variety of places, make sure they understand the objective and their place in the big picture. These people will be volunteering and should be recognized as such. Time is worth it's weight in gold and these people are as much as sponsor as the monetary donors, make sure they are recognized for it.

If you thought this tip was useful and have something to add or a question leave it in the comments and I will answer best I can. More tips to follow!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Golf Tournament Planning

We all know the golf tournament season is coming, and some of you might have already had your first meeting. Others may be thinking about starting up a golf tournament and not know where to start. While we don't think your first step should be planning the awards, we know that it shouldn't wait until the last meeting the night before your event either.

Bux-Mont Awards is here to help. One of our promotional products suppliers has put together a golf giveaways and awards catalog in print and online to help you with your golf tournament needs.


We will be publishing tips from the Tournament Planner here on this blog to help you with your golf tournament needs. Of course we hope that you will be thankful enough for the planning aid that you will want to try us for your tournaments awards and promotional products needs.

And if you can't wait for these posts you can also read over the full version here.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Blog feature product shopping

We will be rolling out a great new service in the next couple of days. When we do a product feature on our blog, we will be putting it into a shopping gadget that will be embedded on our blog. This will show up in the post for the featured product as well as on the side of the blog. This will enable those of you with a google account to easily purchase products right from this page!

Hopefully this helps make it easier for you to try Bux-Mont Awards for your trophy and recognition needs so you can see how great the products are this company has!



The featured product shopping gadget!


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

We thank all those who are taking time out of their day today to serve others.

Skip the Mall, We engrave it all

We can engrave stuff that wasn't purchased here (most of the time.) A lot of people are surprised to learn that we engrave stuff. Like our name isn't Bux-Mont Awards & Engraving Services or we are just a trophy shop.

Thankfully we have a network of jewelers referring customers to us. Long time ago, the jewelers used to do their own engraving, but then it got to be too expensive and since we opened most have been referring peoples engraving needs to us.

Most local trophy shops have the ability to do this. We offer a lot of the same products as a typical mall engraving store, but we do it at a more affordable cost with higher quality. The quality is higher because we take care of our machines and take our time. The more affordable cost comes from not having to pay high mall rents.

Some other products we offer you probably didn't know we have include but are not limited to the following:
  • Wedding Gifts
  • Wedding Invitations
  • Engraved Wine & Champagne glasses (also for weddings)
  • Best men, grooms, ushers, brides maids gifts, all of the engravable kind
  • Custom imprinted shirts
  • Custom imprinted tote bags (great mothers day gifts for grandparents, take your child's artwork and put it on a tote that Grandma can take around and show off. She will love it)
  • Custom imprinted mugs
  • and the list goes on....
Bux-Mont Awards will try to highlight some of these products on this blog and they are always on display in our showroom.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Local Sports News Coverage

Is it just me or is more attention being paid to local sports coverage in the papers. I heard on the news the other day that ESPN is going to start focusing on increasing it's local coverage with new channels to compete with comcast sportsnet among others.

I wonder if local high school sports is where the newspapers are going to find their new niche to call home while figuring out how to make money on the web. There are two good sites covering local news in this area: phillyburbs Bucks Mont sports now site and Rally: The Daily News & Inquirers online offerings. Both are good, but neither of them have won awards made by Bux-Mont Awards so how good could they be right? But they have some great writers and coverage of the local sports today.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Recognition programs for companies big and small

My wife and I were talking the other day about an employee that recently gave her two weeks, and I was saying how they needed an employee recognition program to help them retain their employees. She responded that being in a small dental office, they would just keep giving the same person an employee of the month plaque over and over.

That got me thinking a lot about small business and what they do to recognize achievements and how it is a very underdeveloped part of our business. Some small businesses get it, but a lot don't realize that there is more to recognition incentive programs than employee of the month plaques.

Even if you were to recognize someone monthly, you can easily create a plaque or recognition piece that sits in a prominent location in the office highlighting the persons achievements.

Contests could be held between employees that would reward them for exemplary service or commitment to employee loyalty and this could be in the form of gift cards to their favorite retailer or even a lunch out with the boss.

Monetary bonuses are nice and greatly appreciated by employees when they receive them, but they are quickly forgotten. These bonuses coupled with an effective recognition program set up by your favorite recognition specialist will ensure your employees are in your court come game time.

Leave your thoughts in the comments and look for more posts about recognizing corporate achievements.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Corporate Recognition

About.com's article on employee recognition is a good one. This is the one area where Bux-Mont Awards sales has fallen off. With the financial meltdown came fear. A fear that halted the stock market and a fear that skittered through the banks so fast it brought lending to a halt. This fear cost many people their jobs, and it cost many people their businesses and livelihoods.

While answers are waiting to be found a fear persists. People know that changes need to be made, and many are doing just that. Paying down credit cards, saving more, searching for greater and greater deals, peoples habits are changing.

But that doesn't change the fact that people need to be recognized. When business go through massive layoffs, or even small layoffs it fuels this fear I was just telling you about. This is a reason, in downturns in the economy, why you need to utilize recognition to show your employees appreciation.

Because it works.

Lets face it, businesses don't have the budgets anymore to give big bonuses, and in many cases they aren't giving bonsuses at all. Some have cut out their budgets for awards programs and others haven't been meeting their goals which doesn't warrant their traditional sales awards programs.

My advice to them: Do something different! Find a reason to recognize achievement. When done right (ask the professionals) it can have profound effects on your organization. People need meaning in their lives, and commitment to recognizing their achievements and giving them the meaning they seek in their jobs will get you an employee for life. These associations and bonds being formed will stay with the company and increase brand equity and bring greater increases in worth to the company.

It really works, and our being around for 20 years is a testament to that. We see the results first hand in the form of repeat customers and community feedback. It really is a neat thing to be a part of.

Leave a comment on your companies recognition program.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Goodbye Holidays

Hello 2010! We have jumped right into it and are having ourselves a very busy start to this exciting new year.

We have big plans ahead for this year and we are excited to share them all with you in the form of these blog posts.

As January hits full stride, our production people are readying orders for year end soccer banquets. If you have a year end awards and recognition banquet upcoming and have been getting the same drab trophies every year, maybe it's time for a change.

Bux-Mont Awards
offers the widest selection of awards out there. Specializing in creating a unique custom award for you at a standard trophy cost.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Soccer Trophy Dude Awards

Someone asked what trophy dudes were the other day, and while they are hard to explain, they are undoubtedly the coolest thing to hit the trophy market in sometime. There hasn't been a trophy this well received since the children wanted the second place tournament trophies because they were the bobble heads and first place was a bigger heavier trophy!

So without further ado, check out our soccer trophy dudes!
This trophy figure coupled with the new spinning riser is a great way to recognize childrens travel tournament winners, and also youth league champions. Give the children these and watch their eyes light up with joy! Plenty of moving parts to play with and enjoy for countless hours.

They will truly appreciate the hard work they put into the season with these trophies!

Leave questions and trophy dudes stories in the comments section!

Call Bux-Mont Awards with any questions at 215.257.5432


or order now!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Soccer Awards

Soccer banquets are coming together. We have gotten a number of orders in for the year end banquets most soccer clubs have, and want to let everyone know now is the time to put your trophy orders in.

We ask 2 weeks production time on our products and time is running out to get your orders in on time. We would like the opportunity to show you how good we can be, and how we are the right fit for you. So please visit our showroom, visit our website, or call to see exactly what we can do for you.

We find solutions to those awards problems you have. We work with you to create a unique custom award that satisfies the needs of your club. Helping you recognize your childrens achievements to keep them motivated and working towards building a healthy future is our number one aim.

Whether it's one team or a whole league, Bux-Mont Awards works with our customers to find the exact right product. We have the right colors, sizes, shapes and types of trophies to meet your needs.

Please give us a call and give us the opportunity to help you meet your needs. We are ready to earn your business!

Monday, January 4, 2010

2009 People's Choice Awards: January 7 | The News is NowPublic.com



The 2009 People's Choice Awards will take place this Wednesday at 7:00 PM. The event will take place at the Nokia center in LA.

Our competitor Waterford designed a new trophy for them this year. An elegant glass design with Waterford Flutes going to all the nominees. Hope everyone enjoys!


of course we can do anything they can do better, and Bux-Mont Awards has many great glass suppliers that will argue against Waterford being second to none. They provide us the ability to offer you the very finest awards in genuine lead crystal!

Become our fan on facebook

Bux-Mont Awards has a nice following on it's facebook page. Check it out for special Sellersville events and Bux-Mont Awards news, as well as specials, updates and new product info.



Saturday, January 2, 2010

promopros.com

Bux-Mont Awards started as an awards and engraving store, but as the years have moved on we have expanded our services to be a full scale provider of recognition services.

Many of you are wondering what that even means and this blog is here to help you with that somewhat. Recognition can be thought of as incentives, as promotions, and as an identification. We do all of that.

We sell brand recognition aides, otherwise known as promotional products. We sell products that companies can put their names on to help bring their brand to the forefront of their customers mind. With these products we help create connections between brands and their customers that will help these brands grow and become worth more.

We have a website specifically designed for this recognition niche: promopros.com. Promopros.com is here to give you a place to research imprintable promotional products for your business or brand. We have professionals here to help you create a plan for these promotional products to maximize their effectiveness.

This is one form of recognition that help many in the Bucks and Montgomery counties with and we are looking forward to helping more meet their promotional products needs with this website. We know that not all our customers need awards and that some just want a space to find their promotional products. Promopros.com is for you.

Friday, January 1, 2010

January Awards

There is lots to be done with awards in January, and for those of you doing your awards ceremonies in January, we are looking forward to helping you. For those of you who need there orders for January, we need to hear from you soon, because our production schedule fills quickly at this time of the year, and while we don't say know, we reserve the right to publicly flog you.

Alright no flogging but please give us as much time as you can for production. We are looking to help more of you this year, so if you are unsure of how your company can utilize awards for recognizing achievements, we are here to help you.

From service to sales, and beyond recognition opportunities provide you with ways to show people they are appreciated and keep them motivated to get the job done.

Happy Winter!

Happy New Years

Happy 2010, we are looking forward to you being a productive year for many! Let's hope our hard work pays off. And if you find organization out there while your ringing in the new Years, please send it my way, you are one of my resolutions and I will be searching for you!!!

Be safe and happy!

Congratulations on your hard work, keep it up, it is something to take pride in!