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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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”

Small Business Saturday: Start Planning NOW!

Wedged in between the sales juggernauts known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another holiday: Small Business Saturday. This day celebrates the “little guys,” those businesses upon which our great nation was built: mom-and-pop shops, eclectic boutiques, entrepreneurs going it alone, and the corner stores that have been around for decades. Continue reading “Small Business Saturday: Start Planning NOW!”

July 7 is World Chocolate Day

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Make life sweeter for you and your customers on World Chocolate Day!

Did you know that July 7 is World Chocolate Day? According to tradition, chocolate was first introduced in Europe on July 7, 1550, probably in Spain after the explorer Cortes brought the delicacy back from Mexico, and it was love at first taste.

Today chocolate is widely regarded as the king of all confections. No Christmas or Easter celebration would be complete without it, and on Valentine’s Day it ranks as one of our favorite gifts to express love and affection.

Here are a few fun facts to get you in the World Chocolate Day spirit — and to share with your customers:

  • Cacao tree cultivation dates back to the Mayans, who used it to brew ceremonial drinks and even used the beans as currency.
  • The majority of cacao trees grow within 20 degrees north or south of the equator.
  • During the American Revolutionary War, soldiers were sometimes paid in chocolate.
  • Dark chocolate is loaded with health-boosting minerals, including iron, magnesium, and potassium.
  • The chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1937 by Ruth Wakefield, proprietor of the “Toll House Inn.”
  • Every year, Americans spend $16 billion on chocolate … and eat 2.8 billion pounds of it.
  • White chocolate isn’t actually chocolate — it’s made from cocoa butter.

No doubt about it — chocolate is a special treat, and smart marketers understand that when you give customers chocolate, you know they’ll feel appreciated.

Here are a few sweet ideas to help you build buzz for your brand on World Chocolate Day:

  • Give a Belgian chocolate bar, branded with your name and logo, to every customer who visits your location on July 7.
  • Surprise your very best customers with a premium gift like a box of sea-salt caramel chocolates, or a chocolate-themed gift set.
  • Invite your social media followers to share their favorite chocolate indulgences, tagging your page and using the hashtag #WorldChocolateDay.
  • Restaurants and cafes can offer a free chocolate dessert — or a chocolate coin — to guests who visit on July 7 and mention that it’s World Chocolate Day.
  • Create a fun chocolate trivia quiz (using a free quiz creation tool like Typeform) and invite your social media followers to test their “chocolate IQ.”
  • If your business is local, share a list of the best “chocolate destinations” — spots where you can get the best chocolate ice cream, the best chocolate cake, etc. — in your area.
  • Remember to share the love with your employees! Surprise each team member by having a bag of Belgian chocolate hearts waiting for them when they arrive at work on July 7.

And don’t forget one of the sweetest ways to celebrate World Chocolate Day — treating yourself to your favorite chocolate indulgence!

May 5-11 is National Small Business Week 2019

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National Small Business Week is a time when we salute the small businesses and owners that make up the foundation of the American economy.

Did you know that according to statistics from 2018 from SBA.gov, there were over 30 million small businesses in the U.S. employing almost 59 million workers? That’s 47.5% of the private workforce!

We applaud small business owners, employees, and all of those organizations that work tirelessly on their behalf, such as your area chambers of commerce, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Here at the Small Business Know-How blog, we often provide articles full of helpful ideas and strategies for small business owners of all kinds, both commercial and non-profits, and for the people who work within them, like HR people, marketing folks, and sales teams.

Here’s a roundup of four of our most popular and helpful articles from small business resources:

So go ahead, get the word out and promote this worthwhile event that celebrates you and your business! Check out everything happening at the SBA.gov event website https://www.sba.gov/nsbw. Here’s just a sampling of what’s planned:

  • Free social media banners ready for you to use on your own page to promote the event
  • In-person and virtual events you can join in on
  • A virtual conference with a range of speakers on business focused topics
  • Twitter chat #SmallBusinessWeek, @SBAgov

Check it out, then, stop back and tell us: how are you celebrating national small business week?

Earth Day is April 22

Celebrate Earth Day by digging into this Environmentally Friendly  Guide to a Greener Business and find out why your business should consider going green. This guide is filled with tips on how to become an Eco-friendly company.

Then keep your “Go Green” benefits going all year when you choose eco-friendly promotional products to support your brand. What a great way to get the word out that your business supports environmentally friendly practices every day!

Teacher Appreciation Week

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 6-10, 2019 — 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. Continue reading “Teacher Appreciation Week”