I Love Viola TN, Smaller Than Mayberry

I often travel from Knoxville to Winchester TN where my daughter and her husband have a lake house on the Tims Ford lake. I pass through this quaint little town, Viola, on my way down. I could not help but stop and take pictures of the post office, town hall, church and yes..Floyd’s Barber Shop. The drive down is a beautiful drive with the mountains on my left and the beautiful farm land an nurseries on my right. It is truly a road well traveled.

A Great Promo Product For Golf Tournaments

Golf ball with rain poncho inside. Clips on golf bag.

I was browsing through our promotional products catalog and came across this great golf ball rain poncho. What a great idea for golf tournament give away. If you are not into golf they can be ordered in just plain balls in many colors. Have you name and company information imprinted and this will be a keeper. That is what it is about, giving away a product that the recipient will keep and remember your company or organization.

Check out our website http://www.burnsmp.com and click on promotional products on the front page. If you don’t want to look through 800,000 products, just give Suzanne McCarter, our promotional products representative a call at 865 584-2265 or email her at suzanne@burnsmp.com. We have great ideas for promotional products.

Time To Start Non-Profit Appeals

Non-profits do you ever feel like this when thinking of annual appeals.

You know non-profit appeals can be made easy with the right help. At Burns, most of our non-profit customers send us a word file with the copy and any pictures that they want to use and we handle the rest. First our graphic designers lay-out the letter with the help of our mailing manager, they made sure that everything meets postal regulations and the lay-out that will save our non-profit organizations the most money. The letter is then proofed back to the customer, along with proofs for the envelopes and any other items to be included in the mailing. Upon receipt of the list, we can provide the amount of postage needed to the penny. We then send quotes for the printing and mailing labor. The customer provides us with a desired mailing date and we work with them to try and make their desired mailing date. That is the importance of starting early so that they don’t get in the rush of other non-profits all wanting their appeals mailed at the same time. We have some non-profits who are already gearing up or mailing their appeals now.

We make it easy and our customers know that they have the very lowest postage possible or their mailing. Also we now offer promotional products for their events. This is four good reasons to use Burns Mailing & Printing…Design, Printing (both digital and offset), direct mail and promotional products.

You can reach me, Phyllis Burns, at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com.

A Personal Challenge

I don’t usually write about personal challenges but I a making an exception today as I want to share something that could be important for you. In July of this year I found out that I have Hepatitis C (a blood borne disease that can mostly by spread by blood transfusions, shared needles, and tattoos) . I had blood transfusions in 1975, before testing for Hep C was available and that is how I got Hep C. But wait that was 44 years ago. The virus can lay dormant for decades and in the meantime can be damaging your liver. I have never been so shocked in my life. As a matter of fact, I told my daughter that there is no way I have Hep C. Lets be clear, I am not a drug user, and I do not have tattoos.

Fortunately for me, in the last 2-3 years they have drugs that have a 98% cure rate. Unfortunately the drugs are very expensive costing up to $80,000 for treatment. I am blessed that I have Humana Insurance and they are paying for most of it.

The main reason I wanted to share this is because 300,000 million Americans are infected with the Hep C virus and don’t know it. I am a prime example. If you have had blood transfusions before they tested the blood for things like Hep C, if you have had a tattoo or any risky behavior, I strongly urge you to get a Hep C test. It is a simple blood test and can be done at any doctor’s office. The Hep C virus damages the liver and can lead to liver cancer.

I am doing well and have very little side affects from the drug. I am blessed and God is walking this journey with me.

Labor Day

Fall in East Tennessee

When I was in school, we won’t say how many years ago that was, we did not start until after Labor Day. Labor Day always reminds me that fall is just around the corner. U.T. will be playing their first game this week. The leaves may not be orange just yet but the town has certainly turned orange. I was at a doctor’s office this morning and everyone had on orange, on Face Book I see pictures of kids all dressed in orange.

I love Knoxville and the spirit that this town has. We may not all agree on politics but I think most of us agree to support the Vols. Go big orange.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday. Burns Mailing & Printing will be closed on Labor Day to enjoy time with our families, but we will be back next Tuesday ready to help our customers with graphic design, printing, direct mail and promotional products.

Who Doesn’t Need A Phone Charger From Time to Time?

Wallet Charger Promotional Item

I am constantly looking for an item that I can suggest for my customers and I think this is a great promotional item. It is one that your customer or client would use and even better keep for a long time. It will have your information so that your name and phone number is handy when they need your services.

Looking for a great promotional item, give me a call at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com

Networking, Networking, Networking

This has been a busy week of networking. I am in several networking groups and have made long lasting friendships. The picture is from one that is called KWIN (Knoxville Women In Networking). It is a very supportive group of women who want to see each other succeed. We meet once a month and it is industry specific. I represent printing and mailing and my new account representative, Suzanne McCarter (who is President) represents promotional products. In fact, KWIN is where I met Suzanne. We share some of the personal things going on in our life and when she shared that she was looking for a change, it just fell into place. I believe that God has a plan for us and some things that we think just happened were in God’s plan all along.

I am also a 19 year member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). AFP is a national and international association of non-profit fundraisers. Yesterday we met at Second Harvest Food Bank. I have learned about so many of the needs that non-profit organizations have in fundraising. It has helped me help them because so many of them are my customers also. I have made many friends in the non-profit field in 19 years. They have a passion for people and their community and Knoxville would be a much different city without them. Can you imagine being in a group of more caring people? AFP is responsible for National Philanthropy Day which is November 1st this year at the foundry. . If you are interested in attending go to the AFP website at http://www.afpknox.org.

What I have benefited most in networking is that I get to hand out with strong women and wonderful non-profit fundraisers who go beyond to help their community. I could not ask for any more than that.