Teacher Appreciation Week

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Our nation’s teachers are shaping young minds to mold the leaders of tomorrow, and for that, we cannot thank them enough. But we can try.

During National Teacher Appreciation Week — May 7-11, 2018 — the National PTA encourages not only schools, but also local businesses and civic organizations to make a special effort to honor our “V.I.T.s” — Very Important Teachers.

For schools, showing appreciation to your faculty improves morale and raises awareness among students and parents of the tremendous contribution your teachers are making every day. For businesses, Teacher Appreciation Week is an ideal opportunity to show your support for local schools and to build goodwill among the teachers and parents you serve.

#ThankATeacher Ideas for Schools

Teachers are the power source that keep our schools going, and Teacher Appreciation Week is an opportunity to recognize and honor all their contributions. Think about these and other creative ideas for showing your enthusiastic appreciation:

  • Swap out the cover images on your social media pages with PTA’s custom Teacher Appreciation Week banners, and share the custom-sized I.T. Graphic on Instagram to generate buzz.
  • Provide a catered lunch for your teachers on Tuesday, May 8 (National Teachers Day).
  • Have your principal, PTA/PTSA president, or students sign and present customized appreciation certificates as a public “thank you” for all your teachers do.
  • Present your teachers with custom gifts marking the occasion and featuring your school logo. Be creative and consider gifts they can enjoy outside of work, such as a Bluetooth speaker, an engraved wine glass, or a charging station.
  • Each day during Teacher Appreciation Week, post a “Teacher Spotlight” on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, including the hashtag #ThankATeacher.
  • Invite students and alumni to contribute stories to your blog about teachers who made a difference in their lives.

#ThankATeacher Ideas for Local Businesses

Because we can all thank teachers for helping to shape us into the people we are today, Teacher Appreciation Week activities can extend far beyond the walls of the school. Showing your appreciation demonstrates your community spirit and gives you an opportunity to reach out to the parents, students, and teachers on your list.

  • Create a social media campaign where employees share stories of teachers who made a difference their lives, using the hashtag #ThankATeacher.
  • Send a personal email to all the teachers on your list and let them know how much you appreciate their contributions.
  • Spas and beauty salons can give parents and students a coupon for a free manicure or haircut to share with a favorite teacher.
  • Restaurants can run a different special for teachers every evening during Teacher Appreciation Week, such as a free appetizer, a free dessert, or a commemorative glass to take home.
  • An insurance or real estate agency can surprise the faculty of a local school with a delivery of fresh doughnuts and custom coffee mugs printed with “We [heart] Teachers!”
  • A local bank can deliver teacher goodie bags containing pens, jelly beans, a water bottle, and a note letting them know how much you appreciate them.
  • Since Teacher Appreciation Week falls close to the beginning of summer break, travel agencies can offer special getaway packages for teachers, along with a weekender tote bag as a special gift.

By offering shout-outs, gifts, experiences, and discounts for Teacher Appreciation Week, you can show well-deserved thanks to the educators who do so much for students and for the community. Making our teachers feel loved and appreciated is the least we can do for these hard-working heroes, so be thoughtful and creative in finding just the right ways to lavish them with gratitude.



Trade Show Season: 5 Trends to Watch

Trade show season is upon us, and each season brings with it a new set of trends that forward-thinking exhibitors are using to attract and engage visitors. Conferences and expos are highly competitive environments, and each year your fellow exhibitors will be raising the bar with new experiences, new visuals, and innovative new promos. To stand out from the crowd and make your booth presence a success, it’s important to keep up with the times, starting with these five trends that are shaping the trade show game this year. Continue reading “Trade Show Season: 5 Trends to Watch”

Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

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If you’re a small business owner and March 29 isn’t circled on your calendar, it should be — it’s National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day!

While most people are familiar with Small Business Saturday, which encourages people to patronize local small retailers, National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is all about honoring you — your hard, work, your dedication, and your vital contributions to the economy.

According to the Small Business Administration, small enterprises make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms and account for 64 percent of the jobs created between 1993 and 2011. If that’s not a reason to celebrate, what is? Continue reading “Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day”

Promos to Help Customers Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions


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It’s been several weeks since we rang in the new year, and many of us are at the point when our commitment to those New Year’s resolutions begin to sag a bit. Maybe the promise to “exercise every day, no matter what” has slipped to once-or-twice-a-week gym visits, and the pledge to get more organized may have stalled in an assortment of half-finished projects.

Chances are many of your customers find themselves in the “post-January resolution slump,” and you can be the one to help them re-commit to their pledges. By offering promotional gifts that help them get back on track — and stay there — you can keep your brand at the top of their minds while also playing a part in helping them become, healthier, fitter, better organized, or whatever their goal may be. Continue reading “Promos to Help Customers Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions”

Disaster Recovery – Getting Your Business Back on Track After a Natural Disaster

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When a natural disaster such as a wildfire, flood, hurricane, tornado, or earthquake strikes, the impact on small businesses can be intense. Even if your business isn’t physically affected, you may have to deal with disruptions such as power outages, blocked roads, employee absences, supply chain stoppages, and decreased business from customers who suffered losses.

Fortunately, you can take some steps to make the disaster recovery process a little easier … and to be prepared for future emergencies. Continue reading “Disaster Recovery – Getting Your Business Back on Track After a Natural Disaster”

Holiday and New Year Promo Gift Guide

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Amidst the rush to prepare for the holidays, and with the New Year close at hand, your quest is probably underway to choose holiday gifts for your employees, best customers (and your hottest prospects). Keep in mind that this season abounds with distractions — including gifts, trinkets, and giveaways from vendors of all kinds — so it’s important to choose promos that stand out. By thinking outside the box and offering a truly unique gift that current and prospective customers will use all year long, you can ensure that your brand will remain top of mind season after season.

To get you started in your quest for the memorable gifts, we’ve put together a list of several innovative ideas for giveaways: Continue reading “Holiday and New Year Promo Gift Guide”