Award Plaque Kit Company Earns Veteran-Owned Small Business Certification

by Presenta Plaque | on Oct 21, 2014 | No Comments

Presenta Plaque Wholesale Plaque Kits was recognized by the VA Center for Veterans Enterprise as an exclusive, Veteran-Owned Small Business.

Phoenix, AZ. – On Tuesday, September 30th, Tempe-based award company Presenta Plaque, announced that it received its long-awaited Veteran-Owned Small Business Certification from the U.S. Veteran’s Administration.

The certification process requires several verification methods including both surprise and scheduled visits to the business by representatives of the VA. Because there are many measures the VA takes to ensure the legitimacy of the business, the process can often take several months.

The certification is a big step for small veteran-owned companies such as Presenta Plaque. Part of the certification process requires businesses to register with the VetBiz Registry, an online registry for veteran-owned businesses. The U.S. Government often turns to this registry first when seeking out business partnerships, making it a valued resource for veteran business owners.

“Presenta Plaque is excited to be a certified member of the veteran-owned business community. We are passionate about contributing to positive change and they look forward to doing our part in strengthening the veteran-owned business community,” explained Maurice Fitzgerald, owner of Presenta Plaque.

Presenta Plaques, available in oak, walnut and black marble, are the perfect way to show someone that their hard work does not go unnoticed. Whether for a brave officer in the line of duty or the crosswalk guard that ensures the safety of our children, Presenta Plaques are a classic and beautiful way to say thank you.

Proudly made in the U.S.A., Presenta Plaque is sure to have an award or bulk plaque kit solution for your company or municipality’s needs.

For additional information on Presenta Plaque, visit www.presentaplaque.com.

About Presenta Plaque:

Presenta Plaque is a one stop shop for certificate plaques. All our plaques are sold in case quantity and ship from our factory directly to you. We have low wholesale prices with single plaques available at retail prices.

We offer two basic styles. The first are Pocket Plaques which are pre-assembled and ready for your certificate or award to slip right into. The second is our Plaque Kits which come with all the hardware and pieces needed to turn your certificate or award into a beautiful plaque. They are both easy to assemble and beautiful to look at.

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Media Contact:

Christine Holtz

Phoenix Marketing Associates

http://www.PhoenixMarketingAssociates.com

602-282-0202

Tips for Writing the Perfect Acceptance Speech

by Presenta Plaque | on Oct 12, 2014 | No Comments

Unless you’re a beloved actor or singer, there probably won’t be many occasions in your life in which you’ll be accepting awards that require you to give an acceptance speech. If and when the time comes, it’s important to know just what to say. If you’ve ever watched the Oscars, you probably know a little something about speeches that drag. At your event, there will likely be no cane to pull you off stage or music to drown out your words of gratitude and wisdom should your speech begin to drag. There might, however, be some annoyed audience members and perhaps some frustrated event organizers.

The first thing you need to ask yourself before writing your speech is, “What’s my point?” From the beginning, decide what the skeleton of your speech will be. What theme should it center around? Is it gratitude? A call to action? Figure this out early on and go with it. A theme will help make your speech sound more tightly woven and in the end have a greater impact on your audience.

The audience should remember you for your act, your grace and eloquence, not for being that guy or lady who kept rambling. Keep it short. Long, complexly crafted sentences are not always the best way to convey your message. Your audience will only tune in until you lose their interest; the surest way to lose them is by dragging on thoughts for too long. Express what you have to say clearly and concisely. Leave the fluff for the amateurs.

It’s true; stories draw people in. Everyone loves a good, solid anecdote. While they can work effectively for saying what you need to say imaginatively, you need to be selective about how and when you use them. Limit the length of your story; remember to keep it short. An anecdote should encompass the main point of your story. Think of it as a seasoning. Standing alone it may not have the most to offer, but in the right context it could bring out all the “flavors” of your speech, if you will.

Many times, people resort to humor to help ease the seriousness of a speech or to keep the audience entertained. While it may work in many cases, it’s an area you should go about with caution. Be very aware of your audience’s sense of humor. Not everyone has the same idea of ‘funny’ and your jokes could come off as offensive of cheesy. The last thing you want to do is sacrifice valuable speech time for a few cheap laughs.

Finally and perhaps most important to your speech is the most of the reason you’re up there: giving thanks. Thanks can be given at the beginning or end of your speech. If you don’t have another note you’d like to end on, your thanks are your Segway off the stage. If you want to be sure you don’t forget anyone, the beginning, when it is all fresh in your mind, is likely your best bet.

Rewarding Community Heroes

by Presenta Plaque | on Sep 29, 2014 | No Comments

When we hear the word hero, it’s easy to remember the characters we see on movies and in comic books. In the past couple of years, Hollywood has made superheroes (the mythical ones) the be-all and end-all of pop culture and every kid’s hero. While giving kids a figure with exemplary values to look up to is fantastic in its own sense, why not teach kids to look up to real life heroes?

 

Some of the most inspiring people for kids to applaud can be found not too far from your own home, right in your community and the best way to say thanks is with a little recognition.

 

Just Say Thank You

Firefighters, police officers and paramedics can sometimes be found while off duty in your community. You run into them at grocery stores, grabbing lunch or even when you are in need of their help. You’d be surprised how many people don’t take the time to say thanks. After a long day on the job, a simple “thanks for what you do” can mean a lot to someone.

 

Pay it Forward

You’ve probably heard of paying it forward a lot recently. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s the ideology of making a random act of kindness for someone who hasn’t necessarily done something for you but deserves it. There are many ways to pay it forward in your community; here are just a few of them:

-          Take care of the bill for an officer or other important community member you recognize.

-          Drop off some donuts and coffee or other snacks to a police station with a ‘thank you’ note.

-          Get together with a local school and arrange for a “letters from the community” project and mail these to them. It will be an unexpected but pleasant surprise.

 

Extend the Invitation

 

Next time you have a community event such as a carnival or open house of some sort, send out an invitation to local police and fire stations. If some of them agree to stop by, treat them to snacks and beverages and be sure to thank them for making the community a safer place.

 

Look for Heroes Everywhere

 

Remember: they don’t necessarily have to be in uniforms to be heroes. There are plenty of teachers and community leaders we should remember to recognize. If you know a local hero who deserves some recognition, head to http://www.presentaplaque.com/ and order one of our made in the U.S.A. plaque kits for your own certificate.

Plaque and Award Kit Manufacturer in Tempe Celebrates 20 Years in Business

by Presenta Plaque | on Sep 25, 2014 | No Comments

Presenta Plaque, a nationwide manufacturer and distributor of bulk plaque kits announces 20 year anniversary.

Phoenix, AZ. – From their humble beginnings in Long Island, NY as a full service trophy supply shop to the day they set up headquarters in Tempe, AZ in 1994 and through present day, Presenta Plaque has adhered to one simple way of doing business:  Deliver quality products to consumers at wholesale pricing while providing outstanding customer service.

This simple formula has allowed Presenta Plaque to become the nation’s premier manufacturer and distributer of bulk plaque and award kits, proudly serving multiple municipalities, businesses, armed services and government entities via their GSA contract.

Proudly veteran and family owned with all products used manufactured in the U.S.A., owner Maurice Fitzgerald comments on the anniversary: “When we opened our doors in Tempe Arizona in 1994, I used to feverishly ship all the orders every afternoon while my 9 month old son took his daily nap. Well, last week he came to work to ship his belongings off to begin his junior year in college. To say that a lot has happened in twenty years is an understatement.”

Reflecting on the past and looking toward the future, Fitzgerald commented, “Presenta Plaque, with its roots on Long Island, New York has spanned two generations and survived a coast to coast move. Many things have changes, but the important things have not. As we move into the next twenty years we will continue to rely on our foundations of personal customer service, loyal dedicated employees and an affordable quality product line. This will never change.”

 

About Presenta Plaque:

Presenta Plaque is a one stop shop for certificate plaques. All our plaques are sold in case quantity and ship from our factory directly to you. We have low wholesale prices with single plaques available at retail prices.

We offer two basic styles. The first are Pocket Plaques which are pre-assembled and ready for your certificate or award to slip right into. The second is our Plaque Kits which come with all the hardware and pieces needed to turn your certificate or award into a beautiful plaque. They are both easy to assemble and beautiful to look at.

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Media Contact:

Christine Holtz

Phoenix Marketing Associates

http://www.PhoenixMarketingAssociates.com

602-282-0202

Easy Ways to Say ‘Thank You’ to Coworkers

by Presenta Plaque | on Sep 15, 2014 | No Comments

Most of us spend an average of 40 hours or more at our workplace. In some ways, our job is our second home. We have people we see daily that we must work in a team with. We often give and receive support from them and more often than not we eventually go on to call them a friend. Unfortunately, like we do with family and friends, we sometimes forget to remind them that they are appreciated and that their efforts do not go unnoticed.

 

You don’t always have to give an extravagant gift to let them know you appreciate them; there are many simple ways to say thanks and still leave an impression.

 

1. Bake Something!

That’s right. Break out the spatulas and oven mitts and make something in a real oven! No need to get fancy with the fondant and sugar flowers, good ol’ cupcakes and cookies are always a crowd pleaser and a perfect way to show thoughtfulness. It also shows that you were willing to take time out of your day to make them, which says a lot in itself.

 

2. Leave a Thank You Card/Note

Handwritten cards are darn near impossible to come buy these days. With e-cards, printers, fancy card stores and cellphones, sometimes one forgets the real value of taking the time out of your day to write out a sincere ‘thank you’ to someone. A simple gesture can mean quite a bit. If you’d rather not hand it to them personally, leave it on their desk at the end of the day or in a mailbox if your job has them.

 

3. Give Them a Drink on You

A small gift card from a coffee shop is a perfect way to casually say thanks. Many coffee shops including big chains like Starbucks allow you to purchase a gift card. You don’t have to add a large sum of money to the card, $5 is more than enough, and if you’re feeling generous you can add a few more bucks for a pastry. Your coworker will be pleased because of the kind gesture and –well everyone needs coffee.

 

4. Take Them to Lunch

This is the perfect opportunity to not only thank your coworker for a job well done, but discuss future projects and how you can continue on the right track toward the company’s success. You don’t have to talk about work matters; this is also a good time to get to know a colleague you work with side by side with!

 

5. Give a Plaque/Certificate

This can be as serious or as casual as you’d like it to be. Depending on their sense of humor you might want to say something humorous or just write something that shows your sincere appreciation. A plaque or certificate is a perfect addition to a desk or wall and something they are sure to appreciate and feel proud of.   Ready to take the next step?  Browse our selection here.

 

 

Get Your Kids Back to School on the Right Foot

by Presenta Plaque | on Sep 02, 2014 | No Comments

School is back in session and every parent wants to make sure their kids begin and stay on the right track. Often, it can be difficult to keep kids interested in school. No parent wants to receive that dreaded phone call from a teacher or principal letting them know their child is under-performing. But with a little positive reinforcement at home and some support from teachers, you and your son or daughter will be ready to begin a great year.

 

Meet their teacher

 

Most teachers are excited to have parents who are just as involved and concerned with their students’ education as they are. Get to know your child’s teacher. If there is an open house or meet the teacher night you can attend, by all means. It is great to put a face to the person who spends as much time with your child as you. It is also important to establish a relationship so you are comfortable with contacting them for any concerns later in the year.

 

Ask about their day

 

Many parents tend to get caught up with their own everyday tasks and often forget to ask kids about their own day. Sometimes asking is more than enough for students. This is the perfect opportunity to gauge any frustrations or issues your student might be going through. It will be much easier later in the year to determine if your student is on a good track if you make it a habit of asking them how things are going.

 

Give them incentives

 

This is a part of rewarding that often becomes blurry for parents. It can be difficult to distinguish when you are bribing and when you are giving proper incentives. The best way to remember this is to think of positives and negatives. Incentives should be a reward to continue good behavior. An incentive should serve as more of a motivation rather than a method of persuasion such as a bribe would serve.

 

Reward them

 

Even the simplest of rewards can mean a lot to a student who’s worked hard all year. While verbal praise can be of great motivation through busy and stressful times at school, a reward such as a certificate or a plaque can be the perfect way to give them something so show for it at the end of the year.

 

Give your hardworking student a plaque to remind them all their hard work will pay off soon! Order a plaque for your children today!

 

 

 

Host Your Own Event Next Award Show Season

by Presenta Plaque | on Aug 19, 2014 | No Comments

Award shows are always going on. Whether it is music, film, television, sports or anything in between, there are usually several ceremonies a month that are televised. Sometimes it’s fun to enjoy these from the comfort of your home and in the safety of your pajamas, but if you’re really interested in the ceremony, there are tons of fun ways to watch and enjoy these shows in great company.

Host Your Own Awards:

There are lots of ways you can go about hosting your own award show. Here are just a few:

  1. Make an event of the night. Have friends come over in their best clothes and serve drinks and other finger foods so they can enjoy and feel more interactive with the awards show. Create categories and nominees and select winners of the night at the end of the show. Have some friends or family pitch in to buy awards such as gift cards or other small gifts you can award the winners of the categories. Some categories you can award them for are: Best Dressed, Who Took the Longest to Get Ready, etc. The options are really up to you. You might even be able to come up with some categories once you get a chance to gauge your group!

 

  1. Place some bets! Maybe not with money necessarily. Pass out a sheet with the list of categories and nominees of the award show you will be watching. Let everyone make their guesses and give an award to the person with the most correct guesses at the end of the night. If you don’t have time to shop for gifts or don’t want to spend too much on them, you could also shop online for awards. You can always order plaques for friends and winners. If you are watching the Academy Awards, you can also look online for little Oscar replicas you can award.

Make It A Game Night:

Depending on the type of crowd you think you’ll be getting or the type of thing you think your friends would enjoy you might choose to turn this event into a game night. Once you have an idea of this, you can decide what kind of game night would suit you best.

 

  1. Find ways to incorporate games into the award show. Play charades with friends using movies, celebrities, TV shows or other things that are being awarded that night. Get as creative as you want with this, as long as everyone is involved, it should make for a fun time.

 

  1. If you’re hosting a party for adults, make it a drinking game. Have a drink for every time someone expected wins, or every time you make a correct prediction.  Remember to have fun and drink responsibly.

Motivate and Reward Your Kids to clean

by Presenta Plaque | on Jul 31, 2014 | No Comments

Getting your kids to clean can often be quite a task in itself. These days it’s difficult to redirect your kids’ attention from the computer, their cell phones and video games back to their duties. With technology all around them for school, entertainment and social communication, it’s easy for them to forget that part of their duties include keeping things tidy around the home. While it may be easy to fall into the temptation of bribery, there are other more effective methods and reward systems you can use to get your kids away from the screens and back to your side.

 

Tip #1: Reward random acts of cleanliness

The best way to get kids and adolescents excited (or at least willing) to cooperate with you to do chores, is to acknowledge their efforts when they think no one is looking. While their random acts might be few and far between, it’s important for them to know that you see their contributions.

 

Tip #2: Printable Certificates

Kids love being rewarded. While they may love candy and toys, there’s something about a certificate that gives many children a sense of accomplishment and importance. Printable certificates are an excellent and extremely affordable (or free) method of motivating your kids to do their part and reward them when they do it well. Personalize these for the tasks they do best and let them know you appreciate their effort.

 

Tip #3: Give Coupons

This might be something that works better for kids, but only you can decide if it would be beneficial to your kids or not. Decide what chores need to be done and how much you think each is worth. Reward your kids with a coupon for TV time or their favorite dinner or snack once they’ve completed their chores. Another way to use this reward system is to give them coupons with pre-written chores. Once they accumulate a certain amount or fill up a page of a “coupon book” they can redeem them for a reward of some sort.

 

Tip #4: Get a Dry Erase Board to Help Keep Track

A dry erase board could be very helpful in terms of keeping everyone’s chores and everything that needs to be done organized. You can create a chart with names and tasks and let everyone decide who will do what. If you fear this may turn into a free-for-all, perhaps it’s best to assign tasks to everyone; you can later discuss and negotiate if there needs to be any changes. If all the tasks on the board are completed early or on time, you can then decide if you deem this worthy of a reward or not.

 

Tip #5: Allow Them to Trade Every Once in a While

More than likely your kids are going to run in to some tasks they probably don’t want to complete, whether it’s because they did it last week or because it’s just not their favorite. While cleaning isn’t usually something anyone enjoys, kids should have some freedom to choose the lesser of evils, unless you don’t think they can handle it.

 

 

Tip #6: Have Fun

Cleaning shouldn’t feel like slave labor. Sometimes it can be fun. Play some music and make a family event of it. If everyone is doing their part, things should get done much more quickly. Once everything is done and all is clean once again, take this time to enjoy your newly cleaned home and enjoy some downtime with the family.

Classroom Reward Systems

by Presenta Plaque | on Jul 24, 2014 | No Comments

When it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and motivated in the classroom it’s all about changing things up. Kids, as we know, get bored easily at times and sometimes getting them to stay interested in classroom material can be challenging. Many teachers use reward systems in the classroom to keep kids excited to contribute and eager to learn. There are many different systems that have been used by teachers, both original and passed down. It all depends on the dynamic of the classroom and the age of students you are trying to engage.

 

Kindergarten-First Grade: At this age it’s fairly easy to keep kids motivated. School is a new environment for kids and the new people and new rules are usually enough to keep them on their toes. One of the key things kids should be getting comfortable with at this age is participation:

  • Make a chart with everyone’s names on it. Have them tally the amount of times they’ve contributed in class and reward the five kids (or whatever number you think is fair) who’ve participated the most at the end of the week. Remember to watch out for the repeat kids. You want to encourage the quiet ones too!

Second Grade-Fourth Grade: Improvement is always important, but right around this age, kids might get comfortable with school. Often the novelty of a new environment and new friends may no longer be enough to keep them eager to continue to improve. This is a good time to remind them their improvement is still being monitored:

  • Record the improvement of kids’ test scores. Let them know you’re monitoring this and encourage them to raise their test scores. At the end of the year, buy plaques for the most improved kids. They’ll love the special recognition and be motivated to continue getting better.

Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade: Right around this age, kids are beginning to value social relationships more and more. They may value hanging out with their friends more than they would recognition or treats. This is the perfect time to incorporate social rewards to encourage them keep up the good work.

  • Decide what your classroom needs to improve on, whether that’s test scores, chattiness, overall behavior or attendance. Every Friday, select one student with the best performance and allow them to sit next to a friend for the day.

High School Age: This is the time when kids want to be rewarded with things they don’t have to do. Whereas in earlier years, you could reward them with candy and stickers for the things they did do, now is the time to allow them to skip some of the more unpleasant things such as homework and dreaded assignments.

  • Make coupons for the kids who consistently turn in assignments. Reward them at random with a “free assignment” pass and let them skip it for that day.

 

As kids get older, they begin to have different motivations. Make sure to really take a look at your class and think about what particular rewards would motivate them. Remember, every classroom is different!

Easy Ways to Motivate Excellence in Your Work Place

by Presenta Plaque | on Jun 28, 2014 | No Comments

Deadlines and work loads can very quickly make work a stressful place for everyone. In the midst of exhaustion and shortages of hands, it’s easy to forget what one is working for. While feet will keep moving and the job will continue to get done, it’s important that employees know their hard work is appreciated and is not going unnoticed, even when it sometimes feels that way. There are many ways to motivate a team and remind them that no matter how frustrating the job is, someone is always taking note of their efforts.

 

Not all of these methods involve ceremonies or a gold star next to their picture somewhere in the break room. Here are some fun, easy ways to keep the positive energy flowing in your place of work:

 

Positive Reinforcement:

From a simple “keep up the good work” email to a friendly card, positive reinforcement is an essential part of keeping a team with their eyes on the prize. Take the time to tell someone when they’ve done a great job at something; even if the task seems trivial, it’s always nice to hear. This doesn’t necessarily mean dishing out the compliments at every given moment, but an unexpected “great job” can go a long way.

Award Plaques:

If you’re looking to really make your employees feel appreciated, there’s no better way to do it than with a plaque. These are something you may want to use sparingly. Plaques are a nice way to recognize hard work at the end of trying tasks or big projects that required a lot of extra hours and hard work. Presenta Plaque offers beautiful self-assemble plaque kits which make an excellent token of gratitude for employees.

Drawings:

A drawing or a raffle is a fun way to get everyone involved. The prize doesn’t have to be anything spectacular, movie tickets or a gift card are enough to say thanks. Raffles are also great because rather than isolating one person in the group and recognizing their efforts, it gives the whole team an equal chance at winning something. You can go as big or small as you want with this one, depending on how often you’d like to do it.

 

Snacks:

You really can never go wrong with food. Cookies, donuts or any snack really are a nice thing to walk in to in the morning. Make sure you set out a nice note to let them know you’re appreciative of their hard work. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when there are cookies involved!

Recognize Them at A Meeting:

Simply acknowledging someone’s hard work is usually enough, but saying thank you in front of a group of people can mean a lot to an employee. It is always great to be recognized by colleagues and others that are regularly part of your team.