What the Plastic Bag Ban Means for You


NYS-bag-ban-logoThe New York State Bag Waste Reduction Law

Sunday, March 1st brings the Bag Waste Reduction Law, more commonly known as the plastic bag ban, to those of us here in New York State. With all of the (sometimes conflicting) information out there about the law, it can be a little confusing as to what the ban really means to you as a consumer or as someone whose industry will be affected by the change.
Let’s dig in a little bit to clear it up.

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10 Tried-and-True Promo Ideas for Banks and Financial Services

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As a small community bank, credit union, or financial services organization, competing with large national enterprises can seem like an uphill battle. Fortunately, you have an advantage the big players try hard to replicate: the personal attention you give to your clients. And there’s no better reminder of that personal relationship than a promotional gift that they’ll use on a regular basis — one that keeps your brand at the top of their minds, and one that others will see and ask about.

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Wellness in the Workplace for 2020

working out officeRising insurance costs and sedentary lifestyles have companies large and small looking for ways to save money and keep their employees happy, healthy and at work. This has resulted in a nationwide wellness initiative that began gaining popularity over the past few years and has continued to pick up steam in the HR departments of businesses of all sizes. Creating a wellness program for your workplace can motivate your employees to make healthy choices, demonstrate your commitment to their health and happiness and ultimately keep their premiums low. This week, we’re taking a look at a few ways that you can get involved with your team’s well-being and maybe have some fun in the process. Continue reading “Wellness in the Workplace for 2020”

Celebrate National Flashlight Day with these 3 Fun Solstice Facts!


December 21st is the shortest day of the year and also, and not coincidently, National Flashlight Day!
It’s cold and dark here in the great Northeast but we’re happy to lighten the mood by sharing these 3 fun facts about the Winter Solstice (along with some engraved flashlights that will dazzle your customers). Continue reading “Celebrate National Flashlight Day with these 3 Fun Solstice Facts!”

3 Ways You Can Support Food Banks at Work

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Many of us take the food in our refrigerators and cupboards for granted.  It can be easy to forget that hunger is real, and people all around us may not know where their next meal will come from.  Food insecurity doesn’t discriminate, affecting an estimated 40 million Americans, 12 million which are children. Food banks can help fill the gap for those who face a food shortage by collecting food and then distributing it to various local hunger relief agencies, who in turn distribute to those affected.
With the holidays approaching, it’s important to recognize the work that these organizations do each day and do our part to help support them and those in need in our communities. We spoke with Blanca Tristani who runs the local food pantry here in Amsterdam New York, Catholic Charities, about ways we can all lend a hand.
Here are a few ideas of ways that you can rally the troops at work and help those in need!

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B2Basics: 4 Tips to Beef Up Cyber-Security for Your Small Business

cyber security laptopIf your company conducts business online, stores sensitive information on the organization’s computers or even does something as innocuous as sending emails, you’re in danger of being compromised by criminals. These cyber-attacks are being carried out on small businesses at an alarming rate and cause all kinds of damage including but not limited to loss of data, loss of income and, arguably worse than either one of those, loss of your customer’s trust.
But don’t fear because this week we’re taking a look at a few ways that you can shore up your team’s security and avoid all of these headaches. Continue reading “B2Basics: 4 Tips to Beef Up Cyber-Security for Your Small Business”

4 Spooktacular Halloween Festivities to Get Your Office in the Spirit

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Orange and red leaves blanket the ground, the temperatures are falling and football is back in full force which means that fall here and Halloween is on the horizon. This week we’re helping you and your team get into the spirit of the season with four ways to celebrate the day at your workplace. Continue reading “4 Spooktacular Halloween Festivities to Get Your Office in the Spirit”