Ottawa salsas score two Scovie awards
An Ottawa company's picante sauces are among the hottest things going, judging from results of a recent contest.
MyHotSauces.com LLC landed two winners in the annual Scovie Awards, sponsored by Fiery Foods & BBQ. This year's contest drew more than 600 entries in 62 categories.
Both winners for MyHotSauces.com came in salsa categories:
- Hot salsa: Monty's Party Picante-Medium Hot, first place.
- Unique salsa: Monty's Party Picante-Black Beans & Corn Mild, third place.
MyHotSauces.com, owned by Monty Fritts, wasn't the only operation with Lawrence ties to score Scovies.
Buffalo Wild Wings, a Minneapolis, Minn.-based chain that has a bar and grill in downtown Lawrence, won six awards, including the contest's grand prize in advertising and marketing for a Teriyaki Brand Sauce poster.
Happy holidays, boss: Here's a fine cup o' joe
Giving at the office -- especially a holiday gift for the boss -- can lead employees into a minefield of potential inappropriate presents, hurt feelings, fiscal waste and pointless gestures.
But gifts at work need not be a nervous experience, according to Ajilon Professional Staffing, part of Swiss-based staffing giant Adecco SA. Among its recommendations:
- Avoid gifts connected to a certain holiday or religious tradition. Not everyone observes Christmas, Hanukkah or the seven days of Kwanzaa.
- Keep humor in check. Avoid anything that could be construed as a racial, sexual or religious joke.
- Don't feel pressured to spend lavishly to impress. A card or kind act -- say, grabbing a cup of good coffee or a cookie -- expresses thoughts just as sweetly.
- Hew the fine line between thoughtful and fanny-smooching. An extravagant, over-the-top gift for the boss looks like what it is -- an effort to suck up to a superior.
According to a recent Maritz Poll of 1,002 adults, 28 percent of workers plan to buy their bosses a gift this holiday season, up from 24 percent last year.
Name that company
Incorporated in 1977, I've been through tough times and good times. Customers tend to fall in love with my products. At my core is innovation and good design. Peel off my plastic outer layers and you'll find portable digital music players, personal computers, laptops and more. My operating system marks the spot, and "i" have sold tens of millions of my key products. I recently launched some "mini-stores," to promote my unique wares. My annual revenues top $8 billion. My name stems from my co-founder's time on a farm in the Northwest. Who am I?