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CREATIVE THINKING: doing kingdom business PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rick Tocquigny   
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:29 AM EDT

By opting to attend a Convene leadership conference in Denver this past week, I took a few hours to consider business performance from an eternal perspective. Surrounded by others genuinely interested in having greater kingdom impact, I heard some "off the grid" ideas, some of which I can share now.

As I have mentioned in previous editions of this column, it's not wise to go at your business and ministry alone. This was emphasized at the conference where Prov. 24:5-6 was amplified: "A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength; for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers."

If you are moving too fast, perhaps its time to make a timely stop to evaluate if you are "on track."

Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:27 AM EDT
Georgia company's art ‘eternally inspiring'

Aiming "to inspire and encourage through original art," Suwannee, Ga.-based Velvet Lime Designs is releasing several new images, including Having Hope, on Sept. 1.

The images are mounted on 7.25-by-6-inch black or white wood with a flush mount for wall or desktop display at $24 suggested retail or $34 for American eco-friendly bamboo. A second format-wrapped giclee prints with sizes starting at 11 by 14 inches-retails for $32 each.

Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:25 AM EDT
Bronner's ornaments for 2010

Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland has introduced a number of new, exclusive ornaments for Christmas 2010. Among the offerings is its annual form glass ornament.

Produced in Poland, the ornament features an image of Bethlehem. It measures 4.25 inches in length and retails for $24.99.

For more information, go to To order, call Bronner's at 877-874-6287 (877-TRIM-A-TREE) or e-mail

TOP TEN GIFTS: Jewelry PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:23 AM EDT
1. WWJD woven bracelet (Dicksons) 99 cents
2. Live For Him rubber wristband (Kerusso) $1.99
3. Witness silicone bracelet (Gifts of Faith) $1.49
4. God's Girl Glittery Faith Bands (Swanson Christian Products) $2.99
5. Plan of Salvation Faith Bands (Swanson Christian Products) $2.99
6. Cross necklace (Dicksons) 50 cents
7. Praise & Worship Faith Bands (Swanson Christian Products) $2.99
8. Adam and Eve Faith Bands (Swanson Christian Products) $2.99
9. Faith Symbols Faith Bands (Swanson Christian Products) $2.99
10. The Lord Is My Shepherd Faith Bands (Swanson Christian Products) $2.99

List based on sales data for July 1-31, 2010, provided by Christian Books & More Gold and used with permission.

Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:22 AM EDT
Aug. 2-6
Gift + Home at Las Vegas Market
World Market Center
Las Vegas

Aug. 5-7
Salt Lake Wholesale Gift & Home Accessory Show
South Towne Exposition Center
Sandy, Utah

Aug. 7-9
GTS Greensboro Show
Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Greensboro, N.C.

Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:22 AM EDT
"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal."
(Is. 26:3-4, NIV)
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:20 AM EDT
Deirdre Handcrafted Jewelry highlighted in virtual retail show

Deirdre Handcrafted Jewelry is a featured company in Christian Retailing's new, online product-preview and buying service for retailers.

The Virtual Christian Retailing Show runs through Labor Day, Sept. 6, and will help stores set themselves for the fall and Christmas seasons with product news, order specials and training. The magazine's fourth virtual trade event features more than 30 suppliers--including gift vendors such as Swanson Christian Products and Robert Spooner Galerie--with their "booths" presenting new and recent releases and offering links for orders and specials.

GIFT NEWS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 11:39 AM EDT
Demdaco announces new and expanded showrooms

Demdaco has added new showroom locations at World Market Center Las Vegas in order to add a West Coast presence to the company's showroom offerings. Along with its popular Willow Tree brand, Demdaco collections include "Be Still," "Answered Prayers" and "By Faith."

With the addition of Demdaco's Big Sky Carvers and its Las Vegas showroom, Demdaco relocated and expanded its World Market Center space to accommodate all of its offerings and added a separate room for the Silvestri brand. Both new rooms (C-944 and C-907) will open during the Gift+Home show, Aug. 2-6. The rooms total 13,000 square feet and house Demdaco, Willow Tree, Silvestri and Big Sky Carvers.

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Wednesday, 21 July 2010 11:38 AM EDT
Russ Berrie to open new showroom

Russ Berrie U.S. Gift has signed a multi-year commitment with World Market Center Las Vegas. A leader in juvenile products and gifts, including Thomas Kinkade, Russ will be located in the 9,000-square-foot C-796 for the Las Vegas Market, Aug. 2-6, awaiting the build-out of their new permanent home/showroom, joining its other corporate showrooms in Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle and Los Angeles.

GIFT NEWS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 11:37 AM EDT
June sales down, but school spending expected to rise

June retail sales excluding auto purchases were down compared to sales from the previous month, although the monthly figures from the Department of Commerce reported modest growth over June 2009, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) said.

Overall retail sales declined 0.6% in June, but went up 5% over sales in June 2009. Retail sales excluding auto and auto part sales slipped 0.1% in June, but showed gains of 4.4% over the previous year. Department store sales grew by 1.1%, while home improvement, home furnishing and sporting goods retailers all saw declines of 1% or more.

"Although there is no question that the economy and the retail industry are in a considerably better place today than a year ago, retailers continue to face strong economic headwinds, limiting the industry's short-term growth," said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. "Persistent high unemployment continues to drag down retail sales further dampening hopes of meaningful near-term growth.

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