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By Brittany Engelmann @ 2017-05-23 5:00 AM

Father’s Day can a be a fantastic opportunity for a Spring fundraising campaign. If you haven’t planned a fundraiser yet, read these 5 last minute fundraising ideas for Father’s Day. These ideas are simple and easy to pull together, so it’s not too late to take action!


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2017-01-27 7:01 AM

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to show your partner just how much you care. While flowers and chocolates are characteristic of the holiday, stepping outside the box can allow for a more creative and romantic occasion. Here are some Valentine’s Day celebration and gift ideas that are sure to make your lover swoon.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-11-28 10:00 AM

The holiday season is upon us. For many, this time of year is viewed with fondness and excitement. For some families, however, it brings stress and disappointment. Many low-income children find this time of year to be disheartening, as they lack access to the toys, food, and amenities that make the holidays so special. Here are a few ways you can make a difference in the lives of children, so every child can experience the holiday season they deserve.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-11-25 7:00 AM

When operating a small business, one of the most stressful aspects is ensuring all shipments arrive in a timely fashion. When deliveries run late, you risk running short on items, or running out completely, inevitably upsetting your customers and losing out on critical business. Come the holidays, it’s particularly crucial to remain stocked, as holiday shoppers will be scrambling to conquer their shopping lists and counting on you to have the products they need. Here are some tips to help ensure your store remains fully stocked throughout the holiday season.

Always Get Your Orders in Early

If you seem to have a continued issue with orders arriving late, the problem may not be with the supplier but with you. Consider altering your weekly schedule to have all your orders submitted a few days earlier than usual, so you can give your suppliers a bit more time to prepare.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-11-23 7:00 AM

Ah, stockings. A hallmark of the holidays and one that sends a warm feeling through the bodies of many. There are few things more relaxing and reminiscent of past years then seeing a string of stockings hanging delicately above the fireplace. But, for those with large families or those who are offering stockings to their employees, students, or a local nonprofit, stuffing all those stockings can be time-consuming and costly. Here are some tips to make stuffing stockings a little easier this time around.

Collaborate with Friends

It’s not just you who has to conquer the task of stuffing innumerable stockings. Your friends and neighbors have the same task presented to them. You can all save money and time by collaborating to conquer your stocking list together. Since stockings usually contain general items, like candy and baked goods, it’s easy to collaborate, since items don’t need to be geared toward individual wish lists.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-11-21 7:00 AM

Employee engagement often wanes around the holidays. Employees begin eagerly anticipating their trips home, daydreaming about relaxing by the fireplace, and planning their holiday occasions with family – all of which detract from their focus at work. However, the holidays are one of the busiest times for retailers, making it the worst possible time for employees to lose focus. Here are some tips to improve engagement and productivity this winter.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-11-09 7:00 AM

Start Early

It seems with each passing year, retailers are putting up Christmas displays earlier and earlier. While shoppers tend to let out a collective groan when hearing Christmas music in early November, the truth is, the earlier retailers start, the more money they can make. In fact, nowadays some stores are rolling out Christmas items as early as September, in hopes of squeezing out as many holiday sales as possible. The reasoning behind this is sound. According to an NRF consumer survey, about 37 percent of all shoppers begin some Christmas shopping by Halloween each year.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-11-07 7:00 AM

Have you ever wondered why some businesses seem to make a killing at Christmas, while others are deserted in the storm? A lot of it boils down to the strategy businesses are employing to attract customers and incentivize spending. Here are some tested strategies that will help retailers generate more sales and enjoy a merrier Christmas.


By Maria Werner @ 2016-02-05 2:35 PM

Valentine’s Day is the second highest spending holiday of the year, falling just after Christmas, with the U.S. netting nearly $19 billion in sales each year. Businesses large and small can benefit from this spending trend, provided you prepare your store for the love-struck shoppers in advance. Here are some ideas to help organize your store for Valentine’s Day.


By Maria Werner @ 2015-12-18 2:26 PM

Office parties have become a widely anticipated tradition, with employers expected to provide parties to their staff.  Nonetheless, finding the resources for a work party is challenging for small business owners, particularly when their profit margin is low. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to reduce the cost of your office party, so you can reward your employees with a New Year’s bash, while remaining within your allotted budget.