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May 2, 2019
Shana Gardner, Operations
Employee acquisition and retention is a hot topic these days.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of February 2019, the unemployment rate was only 3.8%, with 7.1 million job openings but only 5.7 million hirings.  This has resulted in many companies struggling to find qualified employees while avoiding turnover.  Here at Maple Ridge Farms, though, we've created a culture that encourages our employees to not only sign on, but also to stay and build careers.
April 18, 2019
Shana Gardner, Operations
Times, they are a-changin', and you have a choice: Do you change with them, or do you stay the course?  Sometimes you need to take a step back, evaluate your position, and decide if it's still appropriate for you, or if it's time to be a-changin' yourself.
April 4, 2019
Stephanie Bishop, Contributor
2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The goals and progress of this observance is even more critical today. Maple Ridge Farms embraces business practices that assure adherence to a set of corporately responsible principles that are environmentally sound, socially ethical, ecologically safe and promote sustainability.
March 21, 2019
Molly Neises, Sales
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein Here at Maple Ridge Farms, we have always encouraged industry-based education opportunities for our team members.  Many hold current industry certifications and are diligently working for next levels.  Staff regularly attend educational sessions at the various trade shows and webinars, and often participate in other opportunities to learn more within the promotional products trade. Recently we decided to really take a step forward and actively look for more general professional development opportunities that could benefit our team members.  As we’ve searched out (and taken advantage of) some interesting programs, we stumbled across some great insight on lifetime learning.  And here at the Farm, we love to share! After extensive exploration into the topic, my brain automatically started breaking all these great knowledge bombs into three categories… Reasons Why, Methods How, and the Wow Results.  Within each of these categories, I often found myself saying, “I would have never thought of it that way,” and “That’s an easy goal to reach for!”  Continue reading below and you may be surprised at ways you are already actively attaining new knowledge without even realizing it – and some easy ways to boost your wisdom quotient!
Press Release - Supplier Star 2019
March 14, 2019
Shana Gardner, Operations
Mosinee, WI – Maple Ridge has won the 2019 PPAI Supplier Star Award.  Traci Simonis and Joelle Stahlecker accepted the award at the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.  Maple Ridge Farms has won more Star Awards than any other food gift company in the history of the industry (6 Supplier Star Awards along with 14 Supplier Star Awards of Merit). In addition, Maple Ridge Farms won its 18th consecutive ASI Counselor Distributors Choice First Place award.  It won the inaugural award in 2001 and has followed up by winning it an additional 17 times.
March 6, 2019
In business, it all starts with communication. From client relationships to marketing campaigns and so much in between, clear communication lays the groundwork for success. So, how do you communicate clearly with clients, employees, colleagues and other business relationships?    
February 15, 2019
Stephanie Bishop, Contributor
Food is a basic human need. We all must eat. We eat when we are hungry and when we are not. We eat when we celebrate and to commemorate. We eat when we are happy, sad, bored and lonely. We use food to fuel our bodies for daily life and as a main element of every gathering, holiday and special occasion.
February 7, 2019
Molly Neises, Sales
So, here we are:  one week out from the “Holiday of the Heart”.  And while many may jump to assuming gourmet gifts belong to the fourth quarter, it’s simply not true.  Food365 is a way of life here at Maple Ridge Farms, and Valentine’s Day is another way to use delicious and mouth-watering treats as a promotional tool.  Let’s look at what February 14th can mean to you…
January 24, 2019
Shana Gardner, Operations
Email is a huge part of our work days.  Most of us receive dozens, if not hundreds, of emails every day.  Email offers efficient communication, but is by its very nature rather impersonal—perfectly fine for the vast majority of situations... but sometimes you need something more.  That's where handwritten correspondence comes in!
January 9, 2019
Mary Kate Riordan, Social Media
This year, we’re celebrating 40 years in a wonderful industry working with great partners. It seems like yesterday that we started out as a fresh new company in a huge industry that wasn’t used to food suppliers. Here is the journey we have taken to become the largest food gift company in the promotional products industry!

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