Say Hi to Justin Monk and Shannon Bergin. The latest additions to our Engine Communications team! Justin is our Senior Designer, Print God and Award-winning Web Genius. Nothing stumps Shannon, Web Goddess, Code Master and Design Diva!
We’re happy to announce the launch of a special Belleville Bulls Fan Webpage.
Connect with Your Belleville Bulls. See home games and event info.
Your Instagram & Twitter Pics Shared!
Post your pics on Instagram & Twitter using the hashtag #BellevilleBulls and get featured on the webpage.
Player Collector Cards
Click through the players collector cards where you can see personal pics and learn their likes and dislikes including following them on Twitter.
Social Media Sharing
See Belleville Bulls Facebook, Twitter feeds and share posts. Don’t forget to watch the Plays of the Week videos too! Most of all, Share your best Belleville Bulls Moments on our Facebook wall!
Thank you Belleville Bulls Fans! Please share.
Click here to see Your Bulls Fan Page
As we say on our website “a brand is a powerful collection of perceptions in the mind of a consumer.” Although your brand image depends on what your consumer thinks, you can do many things to help foster a positive brand image.
A relatively easy way is to start from where you do business. Whether you are a manufacturer, small business, multinational or creative business, your location can make a lasting impression. A great location will convince people of your mission and your passion.
A great example is the BMW headquarters (seen in the YouTube video). The tower was designed in the shape of four-cylinders, which alludes to a four-cylinder car engine.
Also, as I begin interning here at Engine, the first thing I noticed is that they take their mission to heart. Positioned at a railway station, the constant rumbling, horn-blasting and bell-ringing remind me that we are here to drive businesses toward success.
It really makes a lasting and great first impression on both consumers and employees. Take a look at your business, or your place of employment. Does the location reflect your mission?
Troy is currently interning at Engine Communications as part of his Loyalist Post-Grad PR Program. He likes anything to do with PR, social media and technology. A UWO graduate, he is always looking at new ways of doing things. His blog can be found at: troyvstew.wordpress.com
You may not know this, but I am an avid photographer. I may not make a career of it, but I find tremendous joy in all things photographic–from the gear, to the process, to the final image.
I received an e-newsletter this morning from a company called photojojo. I love the stuff they sell and their light hearted approach. Like this camera lens mug:
Or perhaps you been looking for a fisheye lens for your iPhone?
Well, if you’re not ready to spend your cash on such frivolous items, and you have been wanting to experiment with photography – may I suggest you visit: DIYPhotography. If you are a do-it-yourselfer and want to save some money on studio lighting and such, you can find all sorts of great low cost ideas. Be warned though these projects require some resourcefulness. It isn’t all building stuff however, they also have some great instruction on a variety of techniques too.
Check it out…
This morning I had the privilege to speak to the students in the Loyalist College Public Relations program, of which I am a graduate.
In remembering my time there, and the snippets of wisdom I might have to impart to those just beginning their journey, I realized that everything I learned in school I learned from Loyalist PR.
Kerry Ramsay, the coordinator and facilitator of the program, is one of the most amazing, dynamic teachers I know. She inspired our class to get involved in our community, to give back to others, and that PR is inherently about servant leadership.
Above all she encouraged us to dream BIG!
She pushed us out of our comfort zones into places of creativity and experience that I had never had in four previous years of post-secondary. She gave us the skills and practical know-how to excel in our fields. She also imparted in our class (and many others from what I’ve heard), a fearlessness to take on big projects, communicate effectively, and do things we never thought possible.
Being back in her classroom this morning brought so many memories back. Getting to stand up with one of my fellow grads, the ever-eloquent and hilarious Jeff Lauritsen, was such a treat. It’s amazing when you see pieces of your life come full circle.
For anyone reading this who might be looking for inspiration, I encourage you to dream big. Do something you’d never do. Look for creativity in the most unlikely places. And check out the Loyalist PR blog. You’re sure to find something to bring out the best in you. I know I did.
Yesterday I took a leisurely stroll through the Belleville farmer’s market and was in awe, as I always am, by the familiar abundance of beautiful colors, aromas and tastes. Yes, I did get a taste or two in–sampling is half the fun. The tables were overflowing with herbs, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and gorgeous fragrant flowers. Strolling through the market I am always amazed at how powerful the multitude of scents can be–a sensual experience at it’s finest!
Make sure that you don’t rush your experience. Take some time and visit with the vendors; they have a wealth of valuable information, whether it’s facts about the produce and different varieties available, cooking and preparation tips, canning advice, recipes, or just a good old fashioned story–I guarantee it will be time well spent. You’ll be sure to notice the difference that the relaxed pace can make, a welcomed change from today’s rushed, crowded supermarkets and the bonus here? It’s FRESH!
I was trying to decide which basket of apples I wanted to take home, so of course I was handling them; checking out the color etc., when the vendor so politely looked at me and told me to try one and see what I thought. With some produce it’s always wise to touch, but isn’t tasting it better? You couldn’t do that in the supermarket. (I suppose you could but you might get thrown out.)
My goal here is not to knock the supermarkets, as I would be totally lost if I couldn’t get the staples that I require on a daily basis–not to mention how ticked off my kids would be if they didn’t get their Froot Loops or their Nesquik–it is to get you to slow down and truly enjoy what an “experience” crossing off your grocery list can be.
In the end I took home Dempsey Red apples from Dempsey’s Orchards in Rendersville. These are very similar to Macs–an awesome sweet crisp apple with a slightly sour finish. Yummy!! Check out the Foodland Ontario website for some awesome apple recipes.
Here’s my pick!
This easy dessert, between a custard and cake, is perfect for a quick company dessert. If you like, serve it with softly whipped cream.
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 1 Hour
- 3 large Ontario Apples, Ida Red or Spy
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) brandy
- 1 cup (250 mL) each milk and light cream
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
- Icing sugar
Peel apples, core and cut in half lengthwise. Thinly slice crosswise and arrange attractively overlapping in rows in well-buttered 6-cup (1.5 L) shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the sugar. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for 10 minutes; remove from oven. Sprinkle with brandy; let cool.
In blender or food processor, blend milk, cream, eggs, flour, cinnamon and salt for 2 minutes. Add remaining sugar and vanilla; blend for a few seconds. Pour over apples and bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until well puffed and golden. (Clafouti will fall upon cooling.) Serve barely warm sprinkled with icing sugar.
My “experience” wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Shelter Valley Farms stand where Beth, the owner, helped me pick a variety of vegetables to grace my dinner table. She’s awesome! If you don’t have a chance to visit her at the market, her farm is located in the County at 4309 Hwy 62 South, just past Victoria Rd. If you don’t see anyone around just knock on the side door at the house and someone is always glad to help. How great is that?
This info won’t apply to all of our readers, but sometimes it’s nice to share the spotlight with other businesses and non-profits in our community who are doing great things! So here are a few pieces of interest to those living in the Quinte area.
PELA CFDC Business Plan Competition
From September 1-September 28, your small business could win a $50,000 interest free loan from the Community Futures Development Corp of Picton! Check out the website, or Facebook page for more information.
The Lung Association Wine Tour
Who wouldn’t want to tour local wineries for charity?!
Cougars for Cancer
Have a girls night at the Ramada Inn on October 2, to support the Canadian Cancer Society. This night will feature fashion, fun and food. It’s hosted by the Cat’s Meow Salon & Spa. Check out the website or Facebook page for more details.