February 15, 2023
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
February is probably best known for that most indulgent of holidays: Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day is an opportunity to remind your loved ones of their importance to you, but it doesn't have to be only about others—it's also a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with yourself. Even though Valentine's Day is past, you can still renew that relationship with yourself by practicing self-care. It doesn't have to revolve around a holiday; instead, it's something to do every day. By setting a few habits into your daily routine, you can improve your physical and mental health, essential components of living a full, satisfying life. Let's take a look at some habits to help you prioritize yourself!
January 11, 2023
Maple Ridge Farms Team
To blog, or not to blog? That’s the question so many companies are asking themselves today. As a business, you’re always looking for ways to connect and engage with your audiences to establish trust, build relationships and help them succeed with your products and services. But are blogs still relevant today? While blogging is evolving, it can be as effective as ever, depending on your goals. Let’s take a quick trip back to see how we got here, so we can figure out the best way to move forward!
September 29, 2022
Maple Ridge Farms Team
Social media is a powerful tool to grow your business, but it can also take up a lot of your time. As a busy professional or small business owner, you don’t have all day to surf the web—business related or not. How can you maximize your time while building your brand and growing your business on social media?  Check out these five quick tips to make the most of your time online!
July 21, 2022
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
Food gifts are rather a different beast from virtually any other promotional product. They can present challenges, but they also provide new and exciting opportunities. Food gifts satisfy needs that soft and hard good lines are intrinsically unable to while making it possible to imprint memories with taste sensations—one of the most powerful types of memories! Creating those connections with your client's gifts can give you a leg up on the competition and offer an impressive boost to your sales. That being said, how do you get started selling food gifts when you've never offered food before?
July 11, 2022
Molly Neises, MAS, Sales
They’re back and looking like they are here to stay – at least for the foreseeable future.  What are we talking about?  QR codes, those black and white pixilated squares that scream “scan me”! We have all seen QR codes popping up everywhere from restaurant menus to contactless shopping and payment options.  They are exploding in all things promotion as well.  From billboards to product packaging, QR codes allow for a more interactive consumer experience.  And we’ve seen them work amazingly well first-hand with some of our full-color imprint options! Read on for a few recent case studies showing the power of QR codes when partnered with gourmet gift solutions:
June 20, 2022
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
Maple Ridge Farms presented a check for $7,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Wausau.  The donation was the result of the company’s “Give Back” program for 2021.  In that program, Maple Ridge Farms donates a percentage of the profits from a specially selected line of gifts. 
June 13, 2022
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
Jodie Schillinger, Executive Vice President at Maple Ridge Farms, was featured in the June 2022 edition of PPB Magazine, the magazine published monthly by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) to serve the promotional products industry.
June 9, 2022
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
It's all but impossible to look up party planning ideas without tripping over charcuterie board suggestions—for good reason! Charcuterie boards offer an attractive way to present finger food that's perfect for an appetizer or a snack. Think of it as the traditional North American meat and cheese platter's big brother, the one that took a gap year to backpack around France and came home with Ideas. Meat and cheese varieties are staples of charcuterie boards, but they can also feature bread and crackers, fruits and vegetables, and condiments, among other things—the limit is only your imagination! That being said, read on to learn a few things to take into consideration when putting together your next charcuterie board.
June 8, 2022
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
Maple Ridge Farms donated a percentage of its sales through April 30th to CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund, totaling $11,000.
May 26, 2022
Maple Ridge Farms Team
As a small business owner, you wear many hats, from sales and marketing to customer service and accounting. You get so much done in a day, but you’re always scrambling from one task to the next. How are you supposed to work on your business when you’re so busy working in your business? One way to maximize your productivity and streamline your time is to use the best tools and resources available. It may take some trial and error, but finding tools that work for you will help you manage your to-do list when you don’t have anyone to delegate to. We’re sharing some of our favorite tools, so check them out and let us know what you think!

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