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JUDGING THE RISING STARS

A big event in the business life of Vermont has become the selection of Vermont Business Magazine’s Rising Stars. I’ve been honored to be a judge since the beginning and we are proud makers of the award…

BRASS OUTDOORS – WHY NOT?

We make lots of small signs for outside use. They mark trees, boats, mail boxes and on and on. Often we hear that brass is classy and plastic looks cheap. While this may be true on installation I think…

VERMONT'S LT. GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT VISITS

We make a lot of high profile awards in Vermont and I attend many of the events. Lt. Governor Phil Scott is often a presenter of the awards and when I first introduced myself he asked about the company…

THE PENCIL STORY – OR HOW 38¢ CAN BE A LIFE-CHANGER

My daughter Jessie has a nice IQ but at least twice she got herself into special ed. classes. She was not slow – just smart enough to game the system and get simpler work. Skip ahead to 6th grade - another…

RECOGNITION IS RESPECT MADE VISIBLE

This is part of our logo and the over arching mission of our company. If people knew how often the words are used in our workplace we'd probably seem pretty nerdy. But we mean it. We had a man come in,…

IS CUSTOMER SERVICE DEAD?

Sometimes I feel so out of touch. What happened to the idea of customer retention (aka service)? So much effort is put into expensive marketing campaigns trying to wrest customers away from the competition…

Getting It Wrong – Employee Service Awards

Prior to getting into this awards business both Steve and I were in corporate America and we attended lots of employee awards banquets. We ourselves, in Vermont Trophy & Engraving, did the knee jerk thing…

ANTI-RECOGNITION

One night last summer some very old friends had stopped by our house in Vermont for the night and we got talking about our recognition business and how good it feels to usto make things we think people…
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