Welcoming a New Business with a Plaque

by Presenta Plaque | on Nov 29, 2016 | No Comments

The mom and pop business is still a necessary part of our community.  These are the businesses started by everyday people that are not associated with a big box retailer or a larger commercial place.  These are the businesses that look forward to serving the community with their services and goods and ask nothing in return other than your continued support.  When these new businesses open up a lot of towns and municipalities welcome them to the fold and when they are welcomed they honored in a special way.

One such example is the newest business in Bangor, Pennsylvania titled “Grace on Broadway.”  “Grace on Broadway” is a store of odds and ends and refurbished furniture that many would describe as shabby chic.  They recently celebrated their Grand Opening in the small town of Bangor with a party of sorts that welcomed them into the community.  One of those in attendance for the event was Pennsylvania Senator Mario Scavello.  He attended the festivities to not only welcome them into the community but to celebrate the accomplishments of “Grace on Broadway” for achieving their goal to successfully open this business.  Not only did the store have a formal ribbon cutting, but during the ceremony, they were presented with an award of recognition by the senator.  The certificate was placed inside a Presenta Plaque kit and recognized their hard work and welcomed them into the town.

What makes this plaque so special is that this gives them a permanent reminder of what it was like to get this all put together.  This is something that can be proudly displayed in the store for all who visit to see.  It can serve as a reminder of the work they put into the business and the feeling they got when it was successfully opened.  It can help start up a wall within their shop where they can portray other achievements and milestones.  Perhaps the next plaque could be the first dollar they made.  Maybe there is a plaque to celebrate the 100th customer.  Another reason would be to recognize other employees when they do well.  Maybe it can be a reminder of their first anniversary.  Whatever the cause is Presenta Plaque has a plaque kit available to help you display it.

These small businesses work harder and longer days than most big box retailers.  Many times the people who own them are the only employees there and that means at least a six day work week to make sure their business thrives.  When they do a little recognition is nice and means the world to them.  You can only imagine what it felt like to have a Senator recognize the achievement of “Grace on Broadway” in Bangor, PA.  Presenta Plaque of course is proud to be a part of the recognition.

When you have a recognition come up like this, remember Presenta Plaque can help you properly display it.  Their plaque kits are stylish, affordable and easy to assemble.  It takes just a few moments of time to put this all together for a business, but the end result can and will last a lifetime.

 

Plaques to Honor Our Military Men and Women

by Presenta Plaque | on Nov 16, 2016 | No Comments

This month we celebrated Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving.  One celebrated the lives of those who fought so hard to preserve our freedom and rights.  The other is to celebrate all that you are thankful for in your life.  During these times there is a simple project that you can do to honor anyone you choose to.

For example, let’s take the mayor of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  He wanted to do whatever he could to pay tribute to some of the men and women who fought for this country.  Specifically those who are housed in a assisted living center in his town.  Yes, he could have easily made a donation or just supplied them a meal, but the mayor decided to take it a step further.  For each of those military members he found out something special about them.   He wrote is up with a photograph attached and presented their special story inside a plaque.  Each of these men and women were presented their plaque at a special ceremony that took place in that assisted living center.  Some of them contained a newspaper article that was written about them.  Others got a collage of photos with the special story put together.  Regardless of what they received these men and women were grateful.   It proved to them that there are people who care for them and it gave them a memento to remind them of the day and the events involved.

This simple gesture is something that you can do yourself.  Nearly every community has an assisted living center or retirement village.  Go in there and learn about your neighbors.  Sit with them, hear their stories and be inspired by them.  Take the time to let them share photos with you.  From there sit down and write down what you learned.  Add photos to whatever you write about them.  Presenta Plaque has the perfect way to get that gift back to them.  Our plaque kits are not only pretty to look at but they are easy to assemble.  Once it is put together go back and present it to them.  It doesn’t have to be in a ceremony like the mayor of Chippewa Falls did, it can be through a personal interaction, just to show these people you care.

This doesn’t have to just be a Veteran’s Day project.  Take Thanksgiving for example.  A lot of people are hosting family and friends in their home.  Why not make a plaque that will not only serve as a place setting, but as a token of appreciation as well.  Perhaps you are hosting your parents, grandparents, nieces and nephews or even some friends.  In a day where social media is prominent there is plenty of access for people to get their hands on pictures and memories of these individuals.  Put together a collage of memories.  Add their name to the top and place it once again in one of our kits.  Place these plaques where they will be seated.  They will act as not only a place card, but they can help stimulate dinner conversation.  People will want to share their plaque and tell stories about the memories.  At the end of the evening they can take them home and it is a memento of the evening.  A sweet parting gift that was easy to make.

These plaques can be quite simple to put together and our kits are the perfect way to do it.  Check out our website for plaque options and order yours today!

 

Honoring Students with a Plaque

by Presenta Plaque | on Oct 26, 2016 | No Comments

Today our students are pulled in a variety of different directions.  They are bogged down with school lessons, homework and even extracurricular activities.  All of these things combined help students to get into the schools of their choice and show that they are well-rounded.  We should recognize these achievements with a plaque and as parents show them off as they happen.

Good grades are expected when you are in school, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t take work to achieve.  For some students those good grades take hours of discipline and dedication to the schoolwork to get in the school’s good graces.  When those good test scores come in or good report cards, they should be celebrated and recognized.  Why not display it an elegant manner.  Our Presenta Plaque kits are the perfect way to display those perfect scores.  You can place them up in your home in a prominent location.  The act shows not only that you are proud of the achievement but it can also serve as motivation for the student as well.

A lot of our students are involved with extracurricular activities such as athletics or academic clubs.  While they are involved in those activities, there will be events you want to preserve and remember.  Maybe it’s a photo taken after scoring the winning point.  Perhaps it is the program from a convention they attended with an academic team.  These memories can all be perfectly framed in one of our plaque kits.  They serve as a permanent reminder of that time and something that can stimulate not only conversation but memories of that occasion.

Finally what about the acceptance letter to the university or college?  All of this work ultimately goes towards that goal.  The dream college your child has worked towards.  The first step they are taking towards adulthood.  Show it off, frame the letter and let the world see that accomplishment on paper.  Be proud of the hard work that went into it and the end result because of it.

Recently the Rotary Club of Castle Rock in Castle Rock, Colorado recognized one of these student achievers.  Alec  Greven was recently named the “Rotary Student of the Month” for the Rotary Club of Castle Rock.  The group used a Presenta Plaque kit to present him with an award recognizing this honor.   Alec was presented the award during the group’s monthly meeting by Castle View High School principal, Rex Corr and the Rotary’s president, Jerry Lionetti.  The award was presented in front of family and friends and it being placed inside a Presenta Plaque made it feel more substantial than just being handed a certificate.  It is something this student will remember and display with pride and will be something he can pull out in the future to look at and be reminded of.

Know your students work hard.  Their hard work should be recognized where possible.  Our kits help you do so with ease.  Maybe the next time you want to remind someone of their special achievement check out one of our plaque kits to do so.

Preserve Arts and Crafts in a Plaque

by Presenta Plaque | on Oct 23, 2016 | No Comments

Fall is the perfect time of year to craft with your children or on your own.  Colors are vibrant, holidays are approaching and there are plenty of opportunities for people to put nicely crafted projects together and preserve in a plaque.

Halloween is the first Fall holiday you get into.  During that time your little goblins and ghouls may dress up so picture perfectly that you may want to capture that image.  Just about every individual is armed with a high-quality camera in the form of their smart phone.  Along with filters and apps that are available you can make those precious moments look picture perfect.  Why keep those photos to yourself.  Don’t just share them on social media but display them proudly.  Why not develop and blow up the photos?  You can place them on traditional paper, canvas or even silk screened on material.  Once that is complete, you should display it.  Why not use one of our simply to put together Presenta Plaque kits.  They come put together and make it easy to display your item for all to see.  Since they come in sophisticated colors it will match most people’s décor either in their home or office.

This is all the time for family craft projects.  Encourage your children to create cards for their friends and family.  Store bought cards are nice, but they take a lot of the personalization out of things.  Sit down as a family and create an image together.  Maybe it’s a skeleton of sorts, perhaps it is a haunted house that has creatures around it, whatever that image is it will be yours to give out and use.  Save one of those images and once again use a plaque from us to display it.

If you are not the creative type but have received cards from others a Halloween collage could be a lot of fun.   Get some cardstock and take either the whole image or portions of the different cards and glue them to the cardstock.  You can perhaps take a photograph of a Fall scene and cut out the other images to place on that scene which is serving as a backdrop.  By framing and displaying it enables you to remember who gave you cards on the occasion and it may serve as a decoration for future years to come.  Every time you look at the framed art you will immediately be transported back into that time period and remember the events all over again.

Let’s not forget where the concept of “fall” comes from.  Once our foliage begins changing color from the temperature, those leaves then begin to fall.  Those leaves are so vibrant and colorful they are perfect to preserve.  Take a couple of the more vibrant leaves and once again place them on cardstock.  Put them in interesting patterns and designs on the paper.  Buy the liquid that you use when you are planning to decoupage and gently brush it on the leaves that you have laid out.  Once the liquid dries the leaves will remain in place and have a prettier look and texture to them.  Place them inside one of our plaque kits and put them on display.  A series of these types of frames is an easy decoration to put on display in your home or office to represent the season.

Our plaques are versatile and functional and beautiful.  They can be enjoyed for a variety of reasons and are so easy to put together that you will have no problem coming up for a use for them.  Check out our website for styles and ordering information.

Honoring Someone For Service

by Presenta Plaque | on Sep 27, 2016 | No Comments

Nicholas Sparks wrote in his best selling novel “Dear John,” “they inspire you, they entertain you and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it.”  What he was describing was the work of a teacher.  These men and women give of themselves each and every day, so of course we should take time to honor them.

One group recently did just that for one of the educators.  The Mountain View School District in California took the time out to honor one of their own.  That employee was Roberto Lopez.  Mr. Lopez is much more than “just” an employee to the district.  He has literally had a hand in molding the lives of thousands of students who have walked the halls of their schools.

Mr. Lopez has been with the district for more than three decades and shows no signs of slowing down or stopping any time soon.  Parents in the district are proud to have him as a role model to their children.  For those nearly 30 years, Mr. Lopez has held a variety of positions that helped in the betterment of the children in that area.  Roberto Lopez started with the district as an instructional aide.  From there he eventually became a teacher, graduated to become an assistant principal, principal and eventually a director within the district.  The district describes him as an “excellent hard-working, dedicated administrator whose heart is always with the students.”

Sometimes these school districts feel that more than words are needed to show their respect to their faculty.  Recently the Mountain View School District did just that for Roberto Lopez.  The district honored Mr. Lopez with a special award, naming him the “District-At-Large Administrator of the Year.”  For Lopez , it certainly isn’t about the award, for him and the countless others the reward comes when they see a student graduate and achieve their own success.  That being said, it is still nice to recognize someone for their hardwork.

When the district gave him his award it came in the form of a plaque, a plaque that was part of the Presenta Plaque line of plaque kits.  Not only is it visually appealing, but the plaque is made from high quality materials and presents itself beautifully.

These plaques mean something to those on the receiving end.  Not only is it something they can display proudly on their walls at either home or their office, but it shows that someone else took notice in their good work.  It is such a simple gesture but it says so much to the recipient.  People don’t need recognition, but they appreciate it.  It shows them and others that they did a “good job” and who doesn’t deserve or like that.

So the next time you or your child achieve a special achievement in school, think back to the teacher that helped get them there.  It may not be a plaque you deliver, but perhaps a simple “thank you” for a job well done!  A simple gesture that really does go a long way.

Why Plaques are Great for Rewards and Recognition

by Presenta Plaque | on Sep 22, 2016 | No Comments

Remember when you were a child and made your parents a drawing?  When we did those things our parents many times proudly displayed this accomplishment on the refrigerator door.  Now fast-forward 20 plus years and we are celebrating another accomplishment.  Why than as adults are we afraid to proudly display that?  Here at Presenta Plaque we say be proud and let us help you show everyone around you what you did.

Some accomplishments that are plaque worthy can include a special award from work, maybe you made an appearance in the local paper, perhaps your child’s team scored big in the Friday night game, whatever it is be proud and show it off.

Some people fear a plaque may come across as gloating, but why think that way?  Plaques can add visual appeal to a room.  Who wants to sit in a room with plain white walls.  Plaques can give you and your guests something to look at.  It can give people a focal point to look at instead feeling the need to stare at you the whole time.  It can take boring to inviting.

Plaques can also be a conversation starter.  Sometimes when there is an ice breaker needed during an interview a plaque that is showing off something can give you something to talk about.  If you are talking about your company’s achievements than a plaque can help you do so.  For the person who’s office you are sitting in, having a plaque there puts them in a position of power and in a comfort zone in front of the guest.

Plaques can also help to establish credibility for not only you but the organization you work for.  Not every potential client will believe what you say you and your company have accomplished, by having a plaque there listing accomplishments it helps substantiate the achievement.  This can be especially vital when you have a piece displayed from an organization vital to your industry.

Plaques can also serve as a motivator.  Employees like to be recognized in front of their peers.  By displaying the accomplishments of employees on a plaque you give people something to strive for.  The same thing can be done for employee achievements from outside the office.  Why not give recognition to employees other accomplishments.  It can be a display put together in a breakroom setting and gives people something to talk about and acknowledge.

Finally, plaques just simply cheer you up.  When you are having a bad day what is better than a simple reminder of a happier time.  It can also serve as a personal motivator for yourself.  It is a reminder of something that you achieved and can be obtained once again.  It reminds you that you have achieved something special and should and deserve to be proud of it.

Presenta Plaque makes displaying these achievements simple and easy.  Our kits make putting it together simple and they are designed to look great on display on either a wall or shelf.  So the next time you’re given a special recognition, remember, Presenta Plaque has you covered.

Presenta Plaque Kit Used by Racine Police Department

by Presenta Plaque | on Aug 31, 2016 | No Comments

Recently the Racine Police Department in Wisconsin honored one of their own.  For more than 20 years Brent Hutchinson was not only an officer for the department, but for the better part of that time he was an investigator for them.

This year Investigator Hutchinson retired following 24 years of service for that community.  As you can imagine his fellow officers wanted to honor him the best way possible.  Not only did they throw a celebration for him in his honor, but they presented him a plaque to recognize his service.  A plaque he can proudly display wherever he chooses.  This plaque will be a constant reminder of not only his service, but that moment of recognition and the love and respect his co-workers had for him.

The plaque used for this event was one supplied from right here at Presenta Plaque.  Our kits are easy to assemble and can really make a statement for someone.  That statement can work in both ways, meaning the plaques look good for those giving the recognition away and make for a lovely gift for the person receiving it.

The kits put the certificate, or whatever you choose, inside a beautiful enclosure.  Those enclosures can be in a lovely wood grain or a marble looking finish.  The type you choose will be determined by the look you are trying to achieve.  The marble appearance may feel , for some, to be a little more substantial, while others would prefer that would grain look and feel.  The black marble on the other hand would go with most motif’s while the wood could potentially clash depending on where it is placed.

Once again the frames themselves are just left up to personal preference.  What makes this a nice gift is that those who are purchasing one of these kits will have a little bit of room to decide what to place inside.  For a situation like this retirement, a certificate would make the best presentation for the recipient.  The certificate can talk about the appreciation the organization has for the individual all while recognizing their service.

For a more personal or individualized form of recognition perhaps folks can sign or create personal messages.  These can also be displayed nicely in one of our plaque kits.  The goal here is to make the person feel special and that their work was not only acknowledged but appreciated.  These kits are the easiest way to do so.

Whether you are planning a retirement celebration, employee of the month or an attendance recognition let Presenta Plaque be your go to place to recognize someone.  Check out all of our kit options and find the one that suits you the best.  Say it with class with a Presenta Plaque.

 

Show Kids You Care with a Plaque

by Presenta Plaque | on Aug 17, 2016 | No Comments

School is back in session which means in some cases your child has work to do at their job, school, and at home after.  Just because the school year has started it doesn’t mean that household chores get put on hold.  On the contrary, that just means your child may be getting pulled in different directions.

Children need motivation when it comes to keeping up with both schoolwork and housework.  No one wants to do something where they are not recognized for their efforts.  Why not as parents start a recognition program that will help motivate them both at home and at school.

Certificates are an easy way to acknowledge good work and show you care what your child does.  Certificates can be printed off online for just about any topic and subject possible.  They are an easy way to not only recognize a job well done, but that simple bit of encouragement will be a motivation for your child to continue their good work.

There are a lot of topics where parents can print out certificates to recognize their child.  Starting with the work they are responsible for around the house.  No one likes chores, but they especially do not like them when no one recognizes their efforts for doing them.  Why not keep your child motivated by showing them you see what they contribute around the house.

There are some parents that say, ‘why should I recognize my child for doing what is expected of them,’ the answer is simple, because it is a nice pick-me-up.  When you are at work, you do what is expected of you, but you still enjoy when the boss or someone tells you when you did a job well done.  The feeling is no different when it comes to your child.  Maybe your children have a hard time getting along with one another, maybe they don’t enjoy picking up their things in their room or making a bed or helping with dinner.  Perhaps a certificate or reward system will be just the motivation they need.  Maybe your child made their bed without being reminded.  Perhaps they handled a disagreement with a sibling in a civilized manner or maybe they offered to help with dinner before being asked.  All of these things deserve some sort of recognition.  A certificate or plaque may be the thing that motivates them to keep helping out on their own.

School is another area where you can celebrate your child’s accomplishments.  Not every student is good at every subject.  Some students struggle with subjects like English and Math.  Why not recognize when they do well in these challenging subjects.  A high score on an assignment, quiz or test is a big deal for a child who has to work twice as hard for those good grades.  You can print off something that tells them about a job well done.  Maybe a perfect attendance recognition is in order.  Maybe your child isn’t particularly athletic but did well in gym class.  Whatever it is it takes no effort to put it down on paper.

Once you get those awards together, place them on one of our plaque kits.  They make displaying the award simple and fun.  What kid doesn’t enjoy their friends walking in and seeing an award given to them on display.  The kits are simple to use and hang with ease.

Psychologists say these recognitions are vital to your child’s development.  They help them develop a stronger sense of self-esteem.  That boost in confidence is enough to keep them motivated to keep up the good work.

Call us today and we can get you started with one of these kits.  You will be surprised on how easy they are to put together.  More importantly you will be excited to see the end result on your wall and what it does for your child’s self-esteem.

Surprise Your Bestie with A Plaque This Friendship Day

by Presenta Plaque | on Jul 28, 2016 | No Comments

We’re all a little guilty of forgetting to tell those we love how much we care about them. Many of us wait until birthdays and holidays to remind our friends and family that we are grateful not just for their support when we need them, but all the other things they do that we might not even take time to consider. But this Friendship Day, the best way to tell someone what their friendship means to you is with a plaque.

A plaque is a perfect, long lasting reminder that one is appreciated and that can mean a lot to friends and family, especially if it comes as an unexpected gift.

Choosing the Right Plaque

It’s easy to customize your bestie’s new plaque thanks to Presenta Plaque’s convenient Pocket Plaque that allows you to easily slide in any 8.5” x 11”, 8” x 10” or 6” x 8” certificate and easily remove or replace it at your convenience. But its ease of use doesn’t take away from its elegance. These plaques are available in beautiful Walnut and Black Marble that make a beautiful display and addition to any desk, room or office space.

If you’d like to opt for a more traditional option, Plaque Kits are another elegant way to present your friend with their new “best friend” award. Though they require some assembly, they make beautiful and elegant displays with golden rivets and plaques available in Walnut and Black Marble. They are available in sizes similar to the Pocket Plaque in 8.5” x 11”, 6” x 8” and 11” x 14”.

What to Say

The most personal and “true to you” part comes when deciding what it is you want to say in your plaque. Like many others celebrating Friendship Day, you can simply give it to them in honor of the special day on August 7th or you can take a more creative route.

If you’d like to really turn it into a personalized gift, think of ways to make your certificate more personal and specific to your friend. It will mean all the more when they open it and are surprised to find your took the time to think of them this Friendship Day and any other day.

For more information on Presenta Plaque and to view our selection of products, visit our website at www.PresentaPlaque.com.

Host Your Own Olympic Viewing Party with Awards for Your Guests

by Presenta Plaque | on Jul 27, 2016 | No Comments

The Summer Olympics are just a few days away and Brazil and the rest of the world are getting ready to watch the world’s best athletes compete for gold in the world’s largest and athletic competition. With just a few days left before the competitions, businesses all over the world and athletic enthusiasts are preparing to host crowds of people and groups of friends in their bars, restaurants and homes.

If you plan on hosting your own Olympic viewing parties or gatherings in the upcoming weeks, there are plenty of fun activities to keep your guests entertained through the entirety of the games.

1. Make it a Potluck

Have friends bring some of their own tasty creations to share with you and your friends. It’ll allow you to have a great variety of snacks and dishes, reduce the mess and keep the party costs cheap!

2. Watch the Game Like True Grecians

The original Olympic Games date back all the way to ancient Greece when togas, sandals and leaf headbands were all the rage. Why not take your celebration back to the ancient times and watch as the aristocrats would have?

3. Take a Trip Around the World

If you’re watching athletes from all around the world compete, why not indulge in a little bit of their culture? Encourage guests to bring dishes and drinks from their own cultures or from the cultures of participating countries and get a little taste of the food and beverages of the Olympians from around the world.

4. Play Up on the Olympic Theme

From the torch to the Olympic rings that are symbolic of the colors of different flags from participating countries, there is plenty of symbolism in Olympic celebrations. Incorporate some of these colors and symbols into your party to give your guests the ultimate Olympic experience!

5. Give Your Guests Their Own “Medals”

Another fun way to immerse your guests in Olympic culture is to award them with their own “medals” or plaques. You can decide what they will be rewarded for, whether it’s “Most Helpful Clean-Up Committee Member”, “Best Cheerleader”, “Most Spirited Olympian” or any other fun category you might come up with.

To order your “Olympic” plaques or to learn more about how you can incorporate Presenta Plaque quality plaques into your gatherings, visit www.PresentaPlaque.com.