Holidays

National Small Business Week

All this week, in the United States, there is a celebration of National Small Business Week. Since 1963 the federal government has set aside a week for a Small Business Week Imagecelebration that is critical to our economy.  A few Small Business Facts:

  • There are roughly 29 million small businesses in the U.S. which account for 54% of all sales in this country;
  • Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs in the U.S. and 66% of all net new jobs;
  • There are 600,000 franchise operations here that employ over 8 million people;
  • The American small business sector occupies nearly 50% of all commercial space up to 34 billion square feet.

Astounding yes?

Many, if not all, of our NTPDA Regular Member Businesses would fall under 500 employees so, this week is also your week.  What can you do to take part in Small Business Week?  Some thoughts:

  • Share Your Story - Contact the local newspaper, radio or television station. Let them know this is National Small Business Week and share your small business story. Take a moment and share what your small business means to your employees and customers and how money spent with you stays in your local community. Believe us, reporters are looking for stories they can use all week long;
  • Get Social - Grab the National Small Business Logo from this post and share it on your social media channels...and tell your story there as well;
  • Say Thank You - Remember your customers...they are the people that keep your business in business. Post a note on social media, send a note to customers, enclose a note in your shipping items...let people know how important they are to your small business;
  • Email the Message - Send out a coupon or at least a thank you reminding your email list that this is National Small Business Week...many of your customers are also small businesses.

Happy National Small Business Week!

 


It's Like Family

One of the reasons the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association continues to grow is because members feel like family. Sure we do business with each other Family-word-images-dw301_familyand yes, we are sometimes in competition but at the end of the day we really care about each other.

Maybe that's because NTPDA was started by small business people who knew and respected each other. And while today there may be some really large companies who are members of our group the vast majority of Regular Members are still represented by small business people. 

It's Thanksgiving Week in the U.S. and we would be remiss if we didn't wish all our American Members a Happy Thanksgiving. And, please know that if you are based in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and any number of nations where our members are located we are thankful for you and your people. 

May you all enjoy some quality family time and thank you for being a member of our larger family...

 


Dog Days of Summer

Puppy IceWe've all heard the expression "Dog Days of Summer" but did you know that phrase comes from ancient times and not from Georgia? It seems that the hot, sultry weather around the Mediterranean Sea coincided with the rise of the star formation Orion's dog and the "dog star" Sirius. And, so it was that the hot days were recorded as the "Dog Days of Summer" in writings by the Greeks (Hesiod, Aratus, and Homer in The Iliad) and the later Romans.

Here is a piece from The Iliad:

Sirius rises late in the dark, liquid sky
On summer nights, star of stars,
Orion's Dog they call it, brightest
Of all, but an evil portent, bringing heat
And fevers to suffering humanity.

See what you learn when you're a member of the NTPDA?

Happy (and thank goodness for air conditioning!) Dog Days of Summer!

 


Wow! That Was Nice!

FireworksThe long holiday weekend is over and all of us at NTPDA hope that you and your friends and family had an exceptional time honoring our great nation.  Now, it's back at it. (OK, we know...agriculture never really takes a holiday but, hope your customers took some time off.)

We would really be interested in how you spent your time away from the office. If you care to, hit us up on Facebook we'd love to see.

We're in the middle of planning for the upcoming Summer Board Meeting which will take place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  If you've got some questions, comments or want to learn more about what the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association has coming up...feel free to shout (well not SHOUT) at us.  We're always listening!

We get it, you've got work to do and we're with you on that.  Once again, thanks for reading and for your membership in the NTPDA!


Oh Say, Can You See...

There are few holidays that truly speak to the soul. Thankfully Independence Day, as Declaration of Independence it was originally named, or the 4th of July is one of those. It's interesting that in a letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail dated the 3rd of July, 1776 he wrote about the vote by the Second Continental Congress to approve a resolution of independence that had been circulated in June of that year. 

"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

He missed it by...two days. The public wished to celebrate on the date on the more widely circulated document the Deceleration of Independence.

Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Signing the DeclerationDeclaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, becoming the third President in a row who died on the holiday. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day.

Historical as it is the 4th of July is a treasured holiday for friends, family and for remembering the sacrifice of those who died to preserve our freedoms. It does not matter to what political party you belong; the commonality of celebrating the birth of our nation rings true for all.

May you, here in the United States, have a blessed, safe and joyful Independence Day!

 


Happy Father's Day!

Fathers Day BlogAll of us at NTPDA wish you and your family a Happy Father's Day!  We did a little looking around and the holiday had some starts and stops. 

On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States.  If you want to read more about the history of the holiday, here is a link.

While the history is interesting, it's great that our nation celebrates Fathers and all it means to be a good Dad.  It's not as flashy as some holidays but by simply remembering the goodness of Fathers...the work, the caring, the love...we can set an example for the next set of Fathers who look to their Dads for guidance. 

Happy Father's Day!

 


Memorial Day Thoughts

Memorial Day VisualAs friends and families gather on this the "Official Start of Summer 2015" we're truly hoping you have a safe and happy weekend.  And, as you enjoy the cook-outs, boating, the Indy 500 take a moment and, perhaps, think of why we mark this date.

As we were preparing for the holiday weekend we were struck by how many families look on this day...differently. For some the day is a reminder of family members who didn't come home.  Of family members who are, even today, in harms way in an effort to allow the rest of us to enjoy our freedom.

There's nothing disrespectful of enjoying the weekend.  Not taking a moment to reflect on what this day really means would be a missed opportunity.

May you all have a safe and memorable Memorial Day.

 


A Little Tractor Love

Tractor LoveIt's Valentine's Weekend and all of us at NTPDA want to wish you all a "tractorlicious" day.  We're in love with our tractors and know you are too.  If you've got a "Tractor Love" photo around send it to us.  We would be happy to post it.

For more about the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association we'd invite you to come by our website!

Have a great weekend!

 


Christmas with NTPDA Members

We're collecting Christmas and Holiday pictures from NTPDA (National Tractor Parts Dealer Association) members and posting here for everybody to enjoy! ADS GROUP PHOTO web

Here's a group shot that Dave Coonrod sent us from Area Diesel Service with offices in Carlinville, Illinois and Pleasant Hill, Iowa.  It looks like there's a party brewing! (If you click on the photo you can enlarge it...and see what's on ice!)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at NTPDA!  Got a photo or two from your holiday event, decor...whatever.  Send it to Kim at the NTPDA office!  We'll post here as well.

 


It's an NTPDA Members Christmas!

We asked our National Tractor Parts Dealers Association members to send us some IMG_20131219_104523_638 web holiday photos of their office, staff, business and we'll be sharing here and on Twitter @NTPDA. (You can click on the images to enlarge.)

Our friends from SAV Transportation are really getting into it!  This is Gretchen Thomas a dispatcher at SAV and the WINNER of the company 2013 "Christmas Cube"  ContestIMG_20131219_104541_222 webThanks Steven Haas for the photos.

 

 

 

And, from our friends at Reliable Aftermarket Parts based in Williamston, Michigan we received these beautiful images.  Let it snow, let it snow, let is snow! IMG_0798 web

A big thank you to Liz Root who sent them to us.  You know, in Texas we don't often see snow!

We thought this photo is so simple but, elegant at the same time.  Who would have thought the word "elegant" and "parts" could be used in the same blog post?  Thanks again for sending this in!

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Our friends in Rock Valley at Rock Valley Tractor Parts took part in the annual Rock Valley Tractor Parts Festival of Lights Parade web Festival of Lights Parade and took along their truck and a "lit-up" display.  Very nice!

And, thank you Scott Schelling for sending in the photo...bet you had a great time!

Keep those photos coming in!  Send directly to Kim at the office.

And, Merry Christmas!