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Tax Day

Tax Day

Today, Tuesday April 18th is known as Tax Day. This is the deadline where individual income tax returns are due to the government.

The idea of income tax began with the Revenue Act of 1861. This Act suggested that a tax should be placed on every US citizen due to the need to fund the Civil War. The Revenue Act of 1861 was signed and made a law by President Abraham Lincoln.

Tax Day usually occurs on April 15th but there are exceptions to this rule. For instance, in Washington DC they celebrate Emancipation Day the weekday closets to April 16th, so when the 15th occurs on a Friday, Tax Day takes place the approaching Monday. Now if the 15th happens on the weekend, Tax Day then exist on Tuesday, like it is this year.

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Frame USA April News

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

April News

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. Barnwood Frame Serving Trays are primarily used to entertain guests while serving drinks or appetizers, these trays give more functionality to your everyday picture frame.

For the month of April enjoy 10% off all Barnwood Frame Serving Trays with Coupon Code: BarnTray10

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

April Charity of the Month: Visionaries and Voices

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Visionaries and Voices

The concept for Visionaries + Voices emerged in 2001 when Keith Banner and Bill Ross curated an exhibition in Base Gallery for artists Paul Rowland, Richard Brown, Antonio Adams, and Raymond Thunder-Sky. Bill and Keith both worked for county boards serving individuals with disabilities and had met these artists in the course of their work. After that initial exhibition, more opportunities arose to organize shows and to present the work of artists with disabilities. 

V+V now serves over 150 artists each week and presents 5 exhibitions per year in our Northside Gallery along with a growing number of exhibitions in wide variety of venues throughout the region and beyond. In 2004, Raymond Thunder-Sky passed away. His legacy is commemorated on the exterior wall of V+V’s Northside Studio in a mural designed by his friend Antonio Adams (this mural was completed and dedicated by ArtWorks in 2009). V+V has also developed a groundbreaking education program that provides artists who attend the studio opportunities to present their work and teach in community and classroom settings. The Teaching Artist Program (T.A.P.) now reaches over 6,000 students each year. 

What began with a simple and ingenuous vision to create a space for artists with disabilities, has become the home for hundreds of artists to find their voice within the cultural landscape of Cincinnati.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Visionaries and Voices in appreciation for your online order for the month of April.

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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Baseball Is Back — Opening Day 2017

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MLB Opening Day

Opening Day, typically occurring the first week of April, marks the beginning of baseball season for The MLB (Major League Baseball). This day is especially important for us in the city of Cincinnati seeing how The Cincinnati Reds were the Major Leagues first professional baseball team.

Originally the Cincinnati Base Ball Club, they were formed in 1866 and three years later became the first pro team by having ten players and all of them paid on salary.  The then Cincinnati Red Stockings had their first game on May 4th, 1869 which they went on to win 45-9! They continued on that season to 65 wins and zero losses, posting the first and only perfect season in the history of professional baseball.

Opening Day in Cincinnati is celebrated with the annual Findlay Market Parade. For multiple decades the first pitch of every MLB season happened in Cincinnati and the Reds are the only team to always play their first game at home.

Does your city glorify Opening Day in grand fashion? Let us know how you plan on honoring this unofficial holiday and what team you plan on watching the most of this season. Additionally, we’re offering 12% off all of our Wood Picture Frames in honor of the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.

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What Does Made In America Mean To You?

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These days, we hear so much in the news and media about being Made in America or Made in the USA.  While this “phenomenon” is new for many businesses, it is not a new initiative for this picture frame manufacturer.

At Frame USA, we have been focusing on being Made in America since we started over 30 years ago.  We manufacture on average 2,750 picture frames a day, in all categories:

In 2010, we were even featured on a Diane Sawyer special that focused on American-made businesses: http://www.frameusa.com/pages/worldnews.

So what does Made in America mean to me?  Made in America means working hard to keep American jobs here in the United States, and offering great opportunities to so many throughout this great country of ours.  While politics may be a focus on your opinion of Made in America, it is not a focus of mine.

We produce great American made picture frames, at low wholesale prices every day here at Frame USA.  As our economy changes, our small American made business notices it quickly.  Do we lose business to China?  Yes.  Do we care?  Yes and no.  In our experience, many people come forward and are looking for the cheapest option all the time.  Then when they find out it will take them 6-12 weeks to get their picture frames from China, they appreciate our 4-5 business day turnaround a lot more.

We care because no one wants to lose business, however, do we waiver on making great American made products, no way!

Kelly Ackerman
Kelly Ackerman

This Guest Blog was written by Kelly Ackerman, Sales Operations Director of Frame USA.

 

 

The First Day Of Spring Is Here!

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Monday, March 20, 2017 marks the 2017 spring equinox. The equinox occurs every year on the 19th or 20th of March and this days marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and happens at the same moment across the entire world.

The word equinox is derived from two Latin words and means equal night. This is important because on the equinox, day and night are equal duration on the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. During this time the Northern Hemisphere tilts towards that sun and that’s what’s causes longer days and warmer weather as more light hits the hemisphere.

To celebrate the first day of spring Frame USA is offering 10% off all Colori Picture Frames all month long. Use Coupon Code: Colori10 & enjoy these wonderful savings.

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Spring is upon us so get ready for the longer days and warmer weather!

Frame USA March News

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

March-News

 

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 Colori Picture Frame Series is 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.

March Charity of the Month: The ASPCA

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“The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world.

Our organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and are proud to boast more than 2 million supporters across the country.

The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the ASPCA in appreciation for your online order for the month of March.

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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Can a Millennial make a change?

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Millennial: A person reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century….

The millennial generation is the largest age group to emerge since the baby boomer generation. Millennials are creating a change in how work gets done. They often work more in teams and use more technology. Some may ask how this may affect the workplace. But rather then asking how this will affect the workplace, why not think of it as improving the workplace. My name is Bethany Larson and this is day 2 at Frame USA as a Customer Service Representative.

I am part of the generation we all call the Millennials. Although I may look older and act more mature then my fellow millennial’s in my age group, we also have to remember the years to be considered a Millennial. Millennials are born between the years of 1980s ranging from the mid-1990s to early 2000s. And there I am 1993; one of the best birth years ever.

I was born in a world full of new technology, there wasn’t anything I couldn’t learn. At my fingertips I have tablets and smartphones; Google with just a touch of a button and Internet wherever I went. It was a new world more advanced then we could have ever imagined. And I was living it. I have always had a passion for the business industry, watching my parents own their own business and their parents owning there’s has really inspired me to become my very best.

As a Customer Service Representative at Frame USA I want to bring my very best abilities to the table. I not only want this company to have satisfied customers but I want them to have Raving Fans. Everyday there are new opportunities to do something amazing, to go that extra plus one to make someone’s life better, to challenge myself and come up with new ideas for the team. It’s my turn to make a difference. And I am happy to have been welcomed into the company!