Learn-at-Lunch Solutions Series Offers Top-Notch Business Training

learn at lunch logoGraphic Enterprises’ successful Learn-at-Lunch education series returns March to July, 2014, focusing this year on solutions. As a good business partner, we want provide you with free educational lunches that will help you make decisions on the best copier and printer solutions for your business.

We will cover topics ranging from cost accounting that can help your business cut document costs, to workflow basics that will help increase productivity. These sessions will help your business make the most of your Konica Minolta copiers and printers. And, since we know you are busy, the topics are covered over the lunch hour from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join us, and our expertly trained staff, for one (or all five!) of the following Learn-at-Lunch events:

March 14: Cost Accounting 101
This basic course will introduce you to the concepts of cost accounting, including Print Management, Document Cost Control and Recovery. You will learn how to overcome the challenges you face with your current manual processes to account for and reduce associated document costs.

April 16: Scan, Capture, Transform & Route 101
This introductory course will help you become more familiar with the concepts of document scanning and capture, including document transformation and routing processes. It will help you overcome any challenges you might be facing with current projects related to reducing paper in the office.

May 14: Document Management 101
The concepts of managing the many documents you deal with on a daily basis will be introduced in this course. Learn how to more easily organize it all and increase productivity.

June 11: Workflow 101
The basic concepts of document workflow, including OCR, document processing and transitioning of a document from one process to another will be discussed in this introductory course.

July 9: Variable Data & Personalized Printing 101
Learn the concepts of variable data and personalized printing processes in this introductory course. You can expand your business by quickly creating highly-targeted, professional communications with personalized text and pictures.

Seating is limited, so do not delay in registering for this popular series! You can register online at: geiohio.com/event

All Learn-at-Lunch classes are held at Graphic Enterprises’ corporate headquarters at 3874 Highland Park NW, North Canton, OH, 44720. If you have questions regarding the education series or how we can help with your copying and printing needs, please contact us.

Recognizing the Accomplishments of Amazing Teachers

Mrs. Jacki Power, Graphic Enterprises Teacher of the MonthThe kids have headed back to school and so have we! Teachers are often unsung heroes, which is why we started the Graphic Enterprises Teacher of the Month program this past year. Each month, October through May, we recognize one educator in the Canton City School District and one in the Champion Local School District. The great part of this program is that the teachers are nominated by their peers, the people in the schools that see their excellence on a daily basis.

Denise Dennewitz, our marketing director, recently had the pleasure of going to the schools and surprising our first two Teachers of the Month for 2013-2014. It’s a rewarding experience to go into the classroom by surprise and present the award to the teacher. In addition to the award, we present the teacher with a banner, prize package and recognize them on our website, social media and radio stations in their school district.

Without further ado, our first Teacher of the Month in the Canton City School District for 2013-2014 was Mrs. Jacki Power.

Mrs. Jacki Power, Canton City Schools

Mrs. Jacki Power is an energetic, hardworking teacher at Timken High School in Canton, OH. She is always eager and willing to pitch in and support any activity, project, or initiative on campus. In addition to teaching three levels of Broadcast Media, she serves on the Homecoming Dance Committee, PBIS Committee, as Skills USA co-advisor and is the producer for Channel 11 TV. She is a great role model and mentor to all students, but especially her Broadcast Media students.

Mrs. Power received her Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism and her CTE Teaching License from Kent State University. She is currently working on her master’s in education in curriculum and instruction, with a concentration in education technology and on-line learning.

Jacki Power, Graphic Enterprises Teacher of the Month

Thank you Mrs. Power for being an outstanding educator, inspiring and touching the lives of the students at Timken High School!

Banners for Our Troops at Brimfield Veteran’s Parade

Veterans Marching in the Brimfield Veteran's ParadeFive years ago, buses of U.S. Army Reserve troops drove past our building on their way to deployment. The men and women who serve, and have served, in our military make many personal sacrifices in their service to our country. We thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice, if we knew when they were being deployed, to stand out there and hold banners and flags so those troops knew they had our support?”

This was the birth of our Banners for Our Troops program. Through this program we have been able to print and provide more than 200 banners, at no charge, to military families welcoming their loved ones home from service.

Recently, we became aware of the Veteran’s Parade being planned by Brimfield Police Department’s well-known Chief David Oliver. Again, we thought what a perfect opportunity to show our support and love for those who have given up so much to serve our country.

Banners for Our Troops at the Brimfield Veteran's ParadeDenise Dennewitz, our marketing director, contacted Chief Oliver to see if they would be interested in passing out banners to the military families in attendance. The Chief was excited by the offer and the rest, as they say, is history.

Parade day was damp and rainy, but it didn’t stop 300 veterans and more than 1,000 spectators from attending. Members of the Graphic Enterprises team attended the parade and passed out more than 300 “Welcome Home” banners. It was a truly moving experience. An article about the parade in the Akron Beacon Journal mentions how many veterans of the Vietnam era did not receive warm welcomes when they returned home from service. Their inclusion in this parade allowed us to show our gratitude for their sacrifice so many years ago.

You can see more photos of the parade on the Brimfield Police Department’s Facebook page and read the comments of those who attended, including the post below. You may want to grab a tissue and plan on attending the parade next year! We’ll be there again, with banners in tow to recognize this area’s deserving military personnel.

 

Do you have a family member or neighbor returning home from military service? If so, visit our Banners for Our Troops information page and learn how you can welcome them home with a free banner from Graphic Enterprises.

Educational Lunch Event Focuses on Mobile App Convenience

Wireless PrintingOur Learn-At-Lunch Series continues to be both successful and beneficial to the many participants from area Canton and Akron businesses. At our most recent event, attendees enjoyed a terrific lunch and learned how to print from their Android-based devices to compatible Konica Minolta bizhub multi-function printers.

The PageScope Mobile app came as a direct response to the increasing use of mobile devices by office workers. The convenience factor with this app cannot be emphasized enough! What could be easier than printing wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet? PageScope Mobile, which is also available for Apple® mobile devices, really does make everyday document imaging tools more easily accessible for today’s busy office. In fact, the Android version of PageScope allows you to:

  • Print photos saved on an Android device
  • Receive scanned data from a bizhub MFP using Scan-to-WebDAV or WS Scan
  • Receive data from a bizhub MFP using Scan-to-Email
  • View or print received data
  • View or print web pages
  • Print images taken by the camera available on the Android device

Finally, the price cannot be beat—free from the Google Play Store. We wrapped up our most recent session with an overview of the Sharp AQUOS BOARD, an interactive large-screen display that provides even more options when connected to a multi-function printer. Simply scan a document with your MFP and import the image to the display. Use the AQUOS display to write directly on the image, save it to a PC and print the marked-up data from the MFP. Great for collaboration during meetings.

While you may have missed some great information—and a complimentary lunch!—you can still sign up to attend one our upcoming sessions. You are sure to walk away with some great tips for increased productivity. Check out our Learn-At-Lunch Series for Summer 2013:

  • June 12, Production Printing. Learn more about the new equipment and technology in the print production world, featuring color management, production and wide format printing.
  • July 10, Managed Print Services. Learn how Graphic Enterprises can help you reduce the cost of desktop printing in your business.
  • August 7, Creative Color. Are you still outsourcing your print jobs? Create your own flyers, postcards and banners for a fraction of the cost.

If you are a business owner in the Youngstown or Western Pennsylvania areas, we can help with all your printer and copier needs as well. Contact us today!

Graphic Enterprises: On the Air for Wishes Can Happen

 

If you missed the opportunity to hear our recent broadcast on News-Talk 1480 WHBC, then let me tell you about a wonderful local organization we have been making radio waves about. Wishes Can Happen grants wishes for Ohio children and young adults with serious and life-limiting medical conditions. It is an all-volunteer organization, so 100 percent of the proceeds go straight to the kids and their families!

Our generous employees donated $500 to Wishes Can Happen, and Graphic Enterprises matched it for a total of $1,000. In addition, we gave two gift certificates for the Spa at Atrium to Nathan Williamson, who we were blessed to have met as part of our broadcast.

Nathan’s body keeps producing tumors. Early last year, he had two tumors removed from his abdomen; a few months later, tumors appeared on his brain and in other parts of his body. Part of his wish was to get a massage. Since we had the gift certificates, I called Atrium to make an appointment for him and his girlfriend to get massages. It was a delight to see his face light up! Massages help relieve the pain he experiences every day so being able to help in one small way was a gift to us as well. 

I want to send a special thank you to Lynda Pwarck for the gift cards. Perfect timing! And many thanks to Bethany, Noelle and Karen for the great pictures you see above and for their support during our radio debut.

Finally, a special thanks to all Graphic Enterprises employees who donated! What a great cause!

Recognizing Veterans with Our Military Wall of Honor

For the past several years through our Banners for Troops program, Graphic Enterprises has been printing banners at no cost for people in Stark, Summit and surrounding counties who are welcoming home a loved one from military service.

Because we are so grateful for the sacrifices veterans have made on behalf of our nation, we recently created a Military Wall of Honor at our headquarters in North Canton, Ohio. Within our organization, we were ready to take recognition of military service among our own employees and their families to a higher level. Our Wall of Honor displays photos of employees and/or a family member who served, as well as brief information about the length and nature of service. Since the dedication on June 19, 2012, this display has been a popular stop on tours of our facility.

Each photo that has been placed on the Wall of Honor has a unique and compelling story. One story is about an employee in our sister company’s Toledo office whose family service extends three generations.

John Cassidy III has been part of our company for 24 years and is currently a service manager for copiers and printers throughout a 14-county service area in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. From 1981 to 1985, he served in Korea with the United States Army and at a remote site in California that was part of Fort Ord.

North Canton Ohio copier/printer dealer makes Military Wall of Honor

Army veteran John Cassidy Jr., father of employee and Army veteran John Cassidy III

His father, John Cassidy Jr., was part of a 2,700-man, all-volunteer U.S. Army unit in the Pacific during World War II. Together with other Allied forces, his unit fought Japanese troops in close combat to gain control of Burma, a strategic island because of its airstrips. During his time on the island, he earned two purple hearts and was sent home after a landmine caused injuries to both legs. He returned to civilian life and worked for the Chrysler Jeep plant near Toledo for 44 years. John Cassidy Jr. is now 88 years old.

Army Specialist Adam Cassidy, our employee John’s son, spent 18 months in Mosul, Iraq. He was wounded and received a medical discharge.

“I am very proud of both my father and my son, and we are all gratified to have been part of our country’s military,” says John Cassidy III.

I, too, am proud to be part of a company that pays homage to the men and women who defend our freedom both here and abroad. Here are two other great photos that are included on the Wall of Honor.

Graphic Enterprises, Konica Minolta dealer, creates Wall of Honor for military

Father of GEI employee Brian Casterlin

Copier, printer dealer Graphic Enterprises creates Wall of Honor

Army Sgt. Jennifer S. Rader, daughter of service tech Mark Rader, former Army Sgt.

 

Banner Printing to Support Our Troops

Custom-printed banners for U.S. TroopsI believe the men and women of our military deserve honor and admiration for the sacrifices they make every day on our behalf and on the behalf of our nation. They risk their lives to protect us and endure difficult living and working conditions so that we may enjoy our freedom.

My son is currently serving in the United States Marines, and my wife and I are very proud of him. I look forward to the day when we will welcome him home to Stark County.

If you have the privilege of welcoming home a military family member in the near future – perhaps a spouse, child or sibling – then Graphic Enterprises would like to help you do that in a noteworthy way. At no cost to you, we will create and print banners you can take to a homecoming reception to show your support of your loved one. It’s our way of thanking him or her for service.

Again, the banners for the troops are free for military families. Each one is made of 11-in. by 40-in. card stock and printed on our multi-function printers. Please allow two to three days for us to produce the banner, which must be picked up at our offices. We are conveniently located near the Akron-Canton Airport at 3874 Highland Park NW in North Canton.

To order, I recommend sending an e-mail to banners@geiohio.com. You can also call Denise Dennewitz at 330-491-2975. She’ll be happy to assist you.  Click here for more information!

How to Get the Most from Your Copier: Free Learn @ Lunch Series

As a valued customer, we want to be sure you’re getting the most out of your KonicaFree Food and Copier Seminar Minolta copier. So, we’re bringing back our popular Learn @ Lunch program, a series of free seminars on how to use all the unique features of your copier/printer, as well as to learn what new options are available for scanning, document management and managed print services. Denise Dennewitz, our marketing director, will tell you more about this exclusive copier training opportunity for Stark, Summit and surrounding counties that only Graphic Enterprises offers.

In 2011 we will offer six free multi-function copier training seminars in our Learn @ Lunch series. All seminars are scheduled on the third Wednesday of the month at our North Canton facility and run from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The best part is that each one features a catered lunch at no cost to you! However, seating is limited, REGISTER ON LINE  to reserve your place.

Our in-house experts will discuss the following copier/printer topics and answer any questions you may have:

  • May 18: Scanning and Document Management. Learn how to better organize and retrieve your documents while minimizing paper usage.
  • June 15: Creative Color – Flyers, Posters, Banners and More! Discover how your copier/printer can make handling print jobs easier and more cost-efficient in-house.
  • July 20: Managed Print Service/OPS. Find out what managed print services is and how it can save you money on printing, toner and other supplies, and copier maintenance.
  • August 17: Color for Churches. If you are responsible for the copier at your church, learn how your multi-function printer can help you stretch your budget for bulletins, banners, flyers, postcards, raffle tickets and more.
  • September 21: Document Management for Business. Discover how to simplify your workflow and improve office efficiency! We’ll show you how to capture, organize, store and retrieve your information quickly and easily.
  • October 19: Why Scan? Walk through the scanning process and benefits – including faster audits, increased security and your peace of mind!

Following each Learn @ Lunch seminar, Graphic Enterprises will offer a facility tour so you can meet our staff.

These classes are free and open to anyone interested. For more information or to make a reservation, call 330-491-2975.

Free Copier Printer Technology Show with Canton Cougars

Every year we love to introduce businesses in Ohio’s Stark and Summit Counties to the latest technology in Konica Minolta color copiers, laser printers, multifunction copier printers and more. This year, we’ve decided to take our office equipment technology show on the road and visit the home of the Canton Cougars, the area’s Ultimate Indoor Football League team.

We invite you to join us on March 21 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. We’ll be offering two breakout sessions:

  1. Creative Color for Business, a workshop where you can learn to create your own fliers, postcards and banners on a copier.
  2. Scanning and Document Management, a session that can help you master scanning to file, browsing, editing and processing documents using a multifunction printer.

Other great event features include:

  • Free food and beverages available throughout the technology trade show.
  • Meet and greet with the players of the Canton Cougars and have your picture taken with the Cougar Kitties Dance Team.

You’re also invited to stay and watch the Canton Cougars take on Michigan rivals, the Saginaw Sting. It’s going to be a great event and a great opportunity to network. Stop by and introduce yourself. I’ll be there throughout the day.

For free tickets to the Graphic Enterprises Technology Show and Canton Cougars’ game, call our office at 1-800-553-6616.