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Martin Luther King Day 2018

 

 

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and was assassinated in 1968 at the young age of 39. MLK was one of the most powerful and well known spokesperson for activism in the Civil Rights Movement, focusing mainly on nonviolent methods.

In 1955 he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott; a social protest against the racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama. The bus boycott started after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white person and ended with the United States Supreme Court decision declaring the Alabama and Montgomery laws that segregated buses were unconstitutional. King later helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington where he delivered his most famous speech; “I Have a Dream.”

Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work fighting racial inequalities and his nonviolent movement. Unfortunately, a mere four years later in 1968, Martin was assassinated by James Earl Ray. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t live a long life but he lived a very impactful one. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal years after his death, as well as a day established in his honor, countless city streets named for him as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday that marks the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His day is celebrated the third Monday of January every year, this is because his birthday is January 15th and they wanted the holiday to be around his day of birth.

 

 

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Pop Art Picture Frames – New Item Spotlight

The Pop Art Picture Frame series has been in the works for literally two years! We are super excited to have this line finally in house and ready to sell.

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Pop Art Picture Frames

Our Pop Art Series of wood picture frames are a lighthearted, modern style that puts a spin on more traditional photo frames. With six different colors to choose from, these beautiful art frames will help you enhance any piece of artwork you chose to frame.

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The frame around a picture or a piece of art is a terribly underrated portion of your artwork. A picture frame is often as crucial an element as the artwork itself, being that it houses said art and will affect how people take in your work. Color picture frames can be instrumental in bringing artwork to life! Our Pop Art Picture Frames are a fantastic choice for when you’re looking for a brightly colored frame to electrify your art.

Continue to check back in for new products and events we have going on around Frame USA.

Frame USA’s 2017 Holiday Party

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On Friday, December 22nd Frame USA hosted our annual Holiday party to celebrate the hard work every member of the team contributed in 2017! The party was held in the infamous Empower U room which was decked out for the holiday festivities.

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In addition to the wonderful decorations, the Empower U room was filled with a delicious assortment of food thanks to our lovely caterers and a few employees who decided to bless us with some desserts.

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Once the food was devoured, everyone participated in a company-wide raffle. The raffle has some pristine gifts such as: an Amazon Echo, virtual reality goggles, an Xbox One, a Kindle Fire, a 12 piece cutlery set and a 50 inch TV among other things.

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In addition to the raffle, prizes were awarded to a few individuals who went above and beyond and had exceptional work in 2017. The first award was our Raving Fan Award. What’s a Raving Fan you ask; a Raving Fan is a customer that is more than just satisfied with services and products….they RAVE happily about them.  Raving Fans return to a business because they are thrilled with the service from the minute they view the company’s websites to the minute they receive their product.  Not only that, these customers RAVE about the company and the service to all their friends and family so those people will want to see and experience it for themselves! Jon from the office team and Chris from the warehouse team were the recipients of this award.

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Our next award was the Most Valuable Player and our team is so strong that we had FOUR MVP’s! Jenn was Frame USA’s most valuable manager of the year, Jill won the award for the office team and the warehouse team had two winner, Gail and Carla.

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Our third award of the night was the Iron Person Award. This was given to someone who was versatile in their abilities to help out at Frame USA and they exemplified great efforts with going above and beyond the call of duty. This award was given to Cathy for the outstanding accomplishments she achieved throughout 2017.

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The final award of the night was the Cal Ripkin, Jr. “2,632” award and it was rewarded to Jim.

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Overall the party was a complete success! We hope that everyone had just as wonderful a holiday season as we did at Frame USA. As we enter 2018 we’d like to say that for over 30 years we have been proud to be an American made business. Producing more than 3,000 frames a day, we use 100% U.S. raw materials and also manufacture 100% in The United States. When you buy from us, you don’t just receive outstanding picture frames — you’re supporting American jobs, workers, and economy. We hope to continue to supply you with frames well into 2018 and beyond!

Cheers To A New Year!

Fill The Truck

Fill The Truck

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“In December of 2010, Dan Regenold, CEO of Frame USA, had a vision; to fill an entire 53′ foot semi-truck for a local charity. He knew this would be his biggest charitable giving project and he would need a team to assist him. He put together a team of giving coordinators consisting of: packers, donation collectors, marketing professionals and more, to help coordinate this massive event in under 30 days. By the end of December, Frame USA ended up needing a second truck because they over filled their semi by 7%. This resulted in 833 boxes and over 30 skids equaling more than 22,200 donations!

The truck didn’t stop there. To Dan, the truck represented hope, life and a second chance for people within his community who were down on their luck. It was at this point that the truck became a catalyst, ultimately giving birth to what is now called Fill The Truck.

In 2011, Frame USA expanded the Fill The Truck charity initiative to partner with 9 businesses to host a total of 8 trucks and/or storage units throughout the greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southern Dayton area. Each business hosted a truck and collected donations for a local charity. In 2012, Fill The Truck hosted 6 trucks at 6 different locations.

In the last two years, 2015 and 2016, Fill The Truck has grown and in each of the last two years the charitable initiative has collected over 40,000 items at multiple locations throughout greater Cincinnati.

This year, the 2017 vision is to fill multiple trucks and provide substantial donations to each charity. We have partnered with 17 different businesses and corporate partners to donate items to seven great charities.

We are collecting donations to Fill The Truck. Even just basic things such as toilet paper, personal care items, winter clothing and bedding can have a profound impact for those who are in need. Please consider donating an item today through our website.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Fill The Truck in appreciation for your online order for the month of December.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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Picture Framing — How To

The first step in your picture framing journey would be to choose a piece of art or a photo to frame that holds some sort of value to you. This is important because you will be living with your framed work for a while.Once you’ve selected what it is that you intend to frame, the next step is figuring out where you hand to hang your picture frame. When doing this you need to think about the design of the room, the style of the picture and the style of the frame you want to use.If the room you’re picture framing in looks modern for example, you’ll want to avoid ornate frames because these two things clash. Similarly, you have to note the style of the photo or piece of art you’re hanging to avoid clashing as well. Generally, older style of pictures look better in older styled frames because their decor matches. You will have to decide what size frame you want, if you want a thin or thick frame or if you would like to use a shadow box or an other type of specialty frame.

You will also want to think carefully about the color of your picture so you can decide what color frame will enhance your image the most. Black, white and brown are safe picks because they are neutral colors which will generally match most pictures. On the other end of the spectrum, choosing colors like blue, purple, green or red can make a picture really pop and draw attention to it in a room.

Sizing is something that need careful consideration as well; not just the size of the image but the size of the frame, mat and space where it’s going to be hung or displayed.

When picture framing, do you want the picture to be the focal point of the room and take up a large amount of space or do you want to be a small added detail to the room? You’ll have to decide what works better for your design.
These are rules and guidelines that the industry adheres to when picture framing but rules were made to be broken, especially when you’re looking to make a statement with your design.  

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

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Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort: that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work and a civilization work.” His words have great meaning and hold very true in almost any aspect of work and life.

If you have a group of people working individually, not communicating, but working towards accomplishing the same goal that can easilyt result in chaos. Some individuals might be overlapping on the tasks they are doing. Some tasks might get forgotten if Sally thinks Melvin is doing a certain task, and Melvin thinks Edward is doing it, but in the end, nobody has done it.Teamwork is communicating. I believe that poeple working together to accomplish a common goal will always prove higher, more quality, results than individuals not working as a cohesive unit.

Teamwork helps us accomplish results in a more timely manner. Teamwork can be fun, it also can help improve the attitude of the team. Teamwork makes for a better working environment and culture all around. Teamwork can consist of helping people through actions to get the job done, but it also can consisty of individuals lifting other team members up through help and a positive attitude. One small gesutre of help or support can go a long way for a struggling employee, or someone just having a bad day.

I really encourage team efforts on all of the areas I manage. I try to combine efforts of separate teams and make them one. At the end of the day our goal is to create Raving Fans! Every. Sing;e. Day. So in my mind it doesn’t matter what area you work in, I really try to create a culture that we are all there for one another, no single person is left on the island alone.

Like Vince said, if we individually commit to working as a group that is what will make our team work, Frame USA work, or any aspect of our lives. Teamwork makes the team work. Or in my words, teamwork makes the dream work!

~ Jennifer Riggsby, Logistics & Quality Manager

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Presence, Sales, Marketing & People

“Fantastic actually, thanks for asking…How’s your week coming along?”

“I’m doing well & how about yourself?”

“Just trying to keep it together, and you?”

 

Delivery. Delivery. Delivery.

 Business Relationships

The foundation for any agreement, albeit personal or business, is rooted in the relationship.  Successful relationships are built with good communication, lots of understanding and no false pretenses.  Therefore, being in sales and marketing can be challenging.  You need to know your product (and know it well), believe in your product and be able to convey the value of said product.  You also need to be able to relate to the buyer and depending on their frame reference, cater to their intellectual needs or their emotional needs.  The buyer needs to be confident in your presence of product and/or your presence of person.  

Being a person who greatly enjoys the art of communication, small talk seems to come natural for me.  I’m rarely caught without words.  Maybe sometimes this will get me in trouble but usually it brings smiles.

My name is Amanda Dunaway and as the new Sales Representative at Posterservice, I’m really excited about making connections.  The opportunity to convey our product line, with its edgy concepts, is definitely something new for me.  My sales background has always been in regards to emotional purchases; I’ve sold houses/homes and baby photography.  Selling entertaining posters will be unique and I’m super amp’d and ready to rock!  Who doesn’t want to talk about “what’s in”, “what’s tried & true” and “what’s super hot”?

~ Amanda Dunaway

Frame USA November News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you.

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For the month of November enjoy 10% off all Grey Picture Frames with coupon code: November10 

As with anything you place in your home, make sure it’s something that works for you. In the end it’s all about finding something that works for you and makes your home a more comfortable environment. Grey Picture Frames are simply on of the many ways to make an ordinary home extraordinary! 

Frame USA’s Annual Halloween Party

On Tuesday, October 31st Frame USA once again hosted it’s annual Halloween party! The party features festive food, snacks and drinks and there is a pumpkin decorating (we’ll call it decorating instead of carving because some pumpkins were painted) contest as well as a costume contest.

The origins of carving pumpkins at Halloween began in Ireland in the 19th century. Originally people hallowed out turnips to act as lanterns and often carved them with obscure faces. Jack-o’-lanterns were said to represent the spirits or supernatural beings (used by people to frighten others),or were used to ward off evil spirits (set in places to keep harmful spirits out of one’s home).

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In addition to all these wonderfully decorated pumpkins we crafted, there was also a costume contest which many of our employees participated in. It is thought that wearing Halloween costumes began in Scotland in 1585 with the custom coming from Celtic festivals. Halloween costumes were traditionally based on supernatural or terrifying characters but by the 30’s, costume trend took a turn with more of them being based on characters in mass media, film and literature.

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We hope everybody have a safe Halloween and enjoyed it as much as we did!

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