Voting Is Our Responsibility

July 3, 2018

I probably think more about election time than most because we design, print and mail a lot of political mail.  When I stop to think about the history of our country and how many men and women have died to give us the privilege of voting it makes me want to never miss the opportunity to vote.  Align yourself with the party that best represents what you feel is important and get out and vote. There are many people in this world that would like to have the privilege that we sometimes take for granted, of voting for the candidates that we feel will do the best job of representing us.

What a great time to reflect on voting at this 4th of July celebration.

 

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4th of July In The Middle Of The Week

July 2, 2018

Because the 4th falls on Wednesday, we will be celebrating tomorrow at Burns Mailing & Printing, with an employee luncheon.  We really love sitting down with each other and visiting about things other than work.  Some times we all bring things but tomorrow we are having it catered.

This is a good time to reflect on the freedom that we have in this country and to honor those who made that freedom possible and to those who are serving now to protect our country.  We thank them for their service and appreciate the sacrifices that they and their families make.

May all of you have a blessed and safe 4th of July.


Puppy Break Time

June 22, 2018

It is Friday and who doesn’t need a break.  After sitting at a computer all day Amy, our Mailing Manager need a break and came into my office to play with Lincoln.  He has been lazy all day, snoring under my desk.  She had to coax him from under my desk to get him to play.  It is Friday and I think that he has started his weekend early.  Oh wait, he doesn’t do anything every day, he is living the life.  He could be just a bit spoiled.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  I am having my attic cleaned out, bright and early in the morning.  It will be interesting to see what is up there. A lot of my two daughters things from childhood and teenage years.  Joy once asked he when were we cleaning out the attic. I told her we were not cleaning it out, we were going to die and let them clean it out. I changed my mind on that.  Joy will be here next Friday, no telling what might end up in her car.

 

 

Amy and Lincoln taking a break.


Reputation Is Everything

June 12, 2018

My son-in-law, John Day, a trial lawyer in Brentwood, TN, publishes a newsletter every quarter that goes out to other lawyers.  We print and mail it for John so I often read it.  The subject on his latest newsletter is about Reputation. Reputations can be good or in some cases bad. A quote in John’s newsletter is “ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right”. (Potter Stewart) That says a lot about any business or person. Is doing what is right always the easiest, not it is sometimes the hardest thing but in your heart if you know it is the right thing to do, then do it.

I had an example of this today.  There was some confusion about a mailing date for a customer and we thought that we knew when he wanted his post cards mailed.  Turns out we mailed it a little earlier than he wanted, so I told him we would print another post card for him to be mailed on the date that he desired.  Did I lose a little money, yes, but the most important thing is that I have my reputation as a company intact and that means everything to me.

John’s reputation as a good lawyer is know state wide and beyond, but he is one of the most ethical  men that I know. He is a good Dad, husband and family man.


How Does An Old Dog Learn New Tricks

June 7, 2018

The answer is with great difficulty.  I am so interested in doing social media for my company but there are so many ways to do it and how do I get the most attention on social media?  I started by having someone come to the office and get me started.  Now when I blog it goes to several social media sites.  That is good but is it good enough? I don’t think so.  I have even looked at various training centers in town and from my research I cannot find any classes on social media. I know that there are companies who do this for a living but call me crazy,  I want to do it myself. I did find an online school but there is just something about having a teacher in front of you who can answer questions and I am sure that I would have lots of them.  I will keep plugging along and I am sure that I will get there.  Who knows might one day be a social media expert, NOT.

However, we are good at several things here at Burns Mailing & Printing and that is graphic design, printing and mailing.  Three good reasons to have everything done under one roof..its a big roof.

Email me for a free quote at phyllis@burnsmp.com or call me at 865 584-2265.

 


About Burns Mailing & Printing

June 1, 2018

Phyllis Robinette Burns, President

Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc. has been in business since 1981.  It was started by my late husband, Ken Burns, in our garage.  Ken was very good with anything mechanical and printing came very natural for him.  He put two presses together that were not running and made a working press.  After a couple of moves out of the garage, we built our current location at 6131 Industrial Heights Dr. in 1994.  This was the same year that both of our daughters got married.  If you think that building a building, moving a business and having two weddings all in one year is stressful, you would be right.  I was Vice President of a local car dealership and supported the family while Ken got the business going.  In 1990, I joined him and I have now been in the printing/mailing business for 28 years.  In 2010 Ken had a major stroke and could not work in the business and in 2014 he passed away with Leukemia. He was the love of my life.

I have a very professional and supportive staff with most of the employees being here for some time. The great thing is that if I cannot be at the business, I don’t have to worry that my customers are not being taken care of.  We pride ourselves with great customer service.  Their success is our success.

If you would like to find out about our great customer service for yourself, give us a call at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com for a free estimate. You can also set up an appointment for a free consultation about your project.  I think every good direct mailing or printing should start at inception.

We are 100% women owned and certified by the State of TN as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE).


Summer For Me Starts With Making Strawberry Preserves

May 31, 2018

Last weekend, my daughter, Joy Burns Day and I made 41 half pints of strawberry preserves.  This is had become a tradition for us to make preserves every summer.  We make strawberry, plum, peach and I make apple butter.  It all started when one of my former employees, Nancy,  brought me a jar of peach preserves and my daughter tasted it on a biscuit and declared that it was the best thing she had ever eaten out of a jar.  We bought peaches for Nancy as an incentive to come over and teach us her method of making peach preserves.  We have been making various preserves now for about 10 years.  Ken, my late husband, enjoyed it as well and so he bought us the big copper pot in the picture.  Copper cooks so much faster than stainless steel.  We each have our own chore in the process.  I prepare the fruit and chop it in a food processor.  Joy does the cooking.  Kate, my 10 year old granddaughter labels the jars.  This years batch turned out beautiful.  Joy said “the preserves are so red that it looks like we added food color”.

I don’t know which I enjoy the most, eating the preserves or the family time together making them.  Come to think of it, I love both.