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2007 Texas State Florist Association – Convention Winners Announced

Once again, Flower Shop Network was in attendence at the 2007 Texas State Florist Association Convention. The convention was held at the Palmer Event Center in Austin, Texas on July 13-15, 2007. We saw many new faces this year as both current Flower Shop Network members and other retail florists visited the FSN booth to find out about the floral industry products and services provided by Flower Shop Network. Florists registered for the drawings by leaving a business card at the FSN booth or by filling out a registration card. The convention drawing was held after Flower Shop Network staff returned to the office after the Texas State convention – here are your winners:

Grand Prize – Florist Listing + eCommerce Website

Congratulations to Colonial Flowers in McCamey, Texas as the grand prize winner! The grand prize consists of a premium florist listing in the Flower Shop Network online florist directory as well as one of our fully eCommerce enabled flower shop websites. The complimentary listing and website will run for a full year on Flower Shop Network. Located in Rankin, TX Colonial Flowers also provides floral delivery service to the following areas:

Colonial Flowers
601 S Burlison
McCamey, Texas 79752
(432) 652-3275 – Local

Rankin, Texas
Crane, Texas

Flower Shop Network welcomes you as a new member. Congratulations to Vernon, Janice and the rest of the staff at JD’s Colonial Flowers.

First Prize – Florist Listing

Congratulations to Twisted Willow Floral Shop in Sealy, TX as the winner of our First Prize package. The first prize package includes a premium florist listing in the Flower Shop Network online florist directory for one full year. Located in Sealy, Texas, Twisted Willow Floral Shop also provides floral delivery service to the following areas:

Twisted Willow Floral Shop
128 Main
Sealy, TX 77474
(979) 885-2299 – Local
(866) 735-2299 – Tollfree

Sealy, Texas
Brookshire, Texas
San Felipe, Texas
Frydek, Texas
Wallis, Texas
Bellville, Texas

Flower Shop Network welcomes you as a new member. Congratulations to Lynette and the rest of the staff at Twisted Willow Floral Shop.

Flower Shop Network would like to extend special thanks to the Texas State Florists Association for allowing us to participate in the convention. Thanks also goes out to all of the FSN members and non-member retail florists that stopped by the booth to visit with us. We look forward to seeing everyone next year in League City, Texas for the 2008 Texas State Florist Association Convention.

SAF Announces: Sales Tax Project Grants Two-Year Extension

SAF announced June 28th that an extension was granted on the sales tax issue concerning the taxation of wire services orders. Below is a copy of the article issued by SAF.

Sales Tax Project Grants Two-Year Extension

The Governing Board of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP) voted for a two-year extension of floral rules on the taxation of wire orders at its Detroit meeting last week. This extension, which lasts until Dec. 31, 2009, was granted to allow the project time to establish long-term rules concerning the taxation of wire orders. In addition, once the long-term rules are decided it will give time for the states and the industry to prepare to implement those rules. This extension means that sales taxes will continue to be collected by the sending florist and remitted to the local taxing authority — just as it has been for many decades.

The SSTP was started eight years ago as an attempt by the states to streamline the sales tax process by agreeing to uniform definitions and rules concerning the collection of sales taxes. This is done to facilitate the eventual passage of Federal legislation that will require retailers to collect sales taxes based on the destination of the product. The change will allow the states to collect billions of dollars in sales taxes that currently are not collected on Internet and catalogue sales. This change will level the competitive field between traditional “brick and mortar” retailers and Internet sellers, as well as bring significant additional revenue to the states. In the interim, by agreeing on uniform definitions and rules, many businesses are voluntarily agreeing to collect those taxes now.

Currently 15 states are full members of the SSTP that have enacted legislation in their individual states to bring their law in compliance with the SSTP agreement. Those states are Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia. Seven other states are associate members and are working on becoming full members. Those states are Arkansas, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming and Washington.

SAF and Teleflora have been involved in the project since June 2002, working on behalf of the floral industry by attending the meetings and participating in the various committees. FTD has also participated in the effort.

For information, contact SAF’s Drew Gruenburg at dgruenburg@safnow.org.

— Paul Goodman, SAF’s representative to the SSTP issue, and president of Floral Finance Business Services Inc.

Mothers Day Tips for Florists

Mother’s Day is almost upon us. To relieve some of your stress, we are sending a Mother’s Day Tips sheet for your new or part-time employees. Hopefully these tips will equip your employees with the information they need for efficient customer service while eliminating potential problems with order delivery.

Mother’s Day Tips

  • Place orders early, orders placed after 12:00PM cst Friday cannot be guaranteed delivery before Mother’s Day.

  • Please provide complete delivery information for recipients. We must have street address and telephone number, and a cell phone if possible.

  • Minimum Order for Mother’s Day is $40 with an average delivery fee of $8 to $10 except in metro areas where delivery could be as much as $15.

  • Always provide a 2nd choice option for each order.

  • Please inform your staff that FSN Headquarters may be calling with florist to florist orders during this holiday. These checks will be sent Monday following the delivery date and will be paid at 80%.

The FSN relay team is committed to making your holiday go smoothly.

Member Florist wins Civic Award

Bamboo Orchid - Poteau, Oklahoma StorefrontOklahoma Florist Wins Civic Award

New businesses, take note: it’s not just the established florists that get local accolades.

Glenda Wise of The Bamboo Orchid recently received the Civic Improvement Award (in the Small Business — New Construction category), for Poteau, Okla., as well as citations of congratulations from her senator and congressional representative, only a year after opening her doors in January 2006.

“Her business was judged on … the overall appearance, inside and out,” says Bonnie Prigmore of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

Wise says of her open-plan interior: “I believe the al fresco designing lets customers see creativity at work.”

Wise, however, suspects her unique design style and excellent customer service contributed to her winning the award, which she received at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner in February.

“I think that for people who aren’t necessarily exposed to a lot of different design styles, we offer them something else — something they wouldn’t normally get,” Wise says. “In crunch time we always make something work for the customers.”

She also hopes her award will prove to customers that she is in it for the long haul: “I feel like a lot of new things don’t stick around,” she says. “But this award shows that we are here to stay.”

–Vanessa Machir vmachir@safnow.org Reprinted courtesy of Society of American Florists E-Brief Newsletter

Northeast Floral Expo 2007 – Drawing Winners Annouced

At the Northeast Floral Expo in Hartford, Connecticut February 24-25, 2007, visitors to the Flower Shop Network booth registered for a drawing for a complimentary eCommerce website package. Visitors to the Flower Shop Network booth at the convention registered to win the Grand Prize or First Prize package by filling out a small registration card or leaving a business card at the booth. The drawing was open to both existing Flower Shop Network members as well as nonmembers that registered at the Flower Shop Network booth on either Saturday or Sunday of the convention. The drawing was held Tuesday morning after our staff returned to the office and the results are in! Here are the lucky winners:

Grand Prize – Florist Listing + eCommerce Website

Congratulations to McQuade’s Marketplace of Mystic, Connecticut as the grand prize winner! The grand prize consists of a premium florist listing in the Flower Shop Network online florists directory as well as one of our fully eCommerce enabled flower shop websites.

McQuade’s Marketplace
14 Clara Drive
Mystic, CT 06355

(860) 536-4633 – Local
(860) 572-0337 – Fax

The complimentary listing and website will run for a full year on Flower Shop Network. Located in Mystic, Connecticut, Mequade’s Marketplace also provides floral delivery service to the following areas:

Westerly, Rhode Island (RI)
Groton, Connecticut (CT)
Ledyard, Connecticut (CT)
Noank, Connecticut (CT)
Pawcatuck, Connecticut (CT)
Stonington, Connecticut (CT)
North Stonington, Connecticut (CT)
Ashaway, Rhode Island (RI)
Bradford, Rhode Island (RI)
Block Island, Rhode Island (RI)

Flower Shop Network welcomes you as a new member. Congratulations to Tracy and the rest of the staff at Mequade’s Marketplace, we hope to see you again at next year’s event.

First Prize – Florist Listing

Congratulations to Sunset Flowerland & Greenhouse as the winner of our first Prize package. The first prize package includes a premium florist listing in the Flower Shop Network online florist directory for one full year.

Sunset Flowerland & Greenhouse
491 Ridge Road
Fairfield, ME 04937

(207) 453-2357 – Local
(207) 453-7742 – Fax

Located in Fairfield, Maine, Sunset Flowerland & Greenhouse als provides floral delivery service to the following areas:

Waterville, Maine (ME)
Clinton, Maine (ME)
Oakland, Maine (ME)
Hinkley Hill, Maine (ME)

Flower Shop Network welcomes Sunset Flowerland & Greenhouse as a new member. Congratulations to Cathy, Harlan and the rest of the staff at Sunset Flowerland and Greenhouse, the Flower Shop Network staff looks forward to seeing you at the convention next year.

Congratulations to Jamie Symington of Glen Terrence in Hamden, Connecticut winner of a 19″ color TV. Flower Shop Network provided a 19″ Color TV for the Northeast Floral Expo’s Silent Auction.

Flower Shop Network would like to thank all of our members that stopped by our booth at the Northeast Floral Expo as well as the many new shops and non member florists that took the time to visit with us. Flower Shop Network would also like to send out special thanks to the Connecticut Florists Association for the invitation to the convention – the CFA staff and membership did a wonderful job in making all of the exhibitors and attendees feel welcome. We appreciate your support as we continue to provide affordable, quality products and services to the floral industry. Flower Shop Network has already committed to attending the 2008 Northeast Floral Expo and we hope to see you.

Pictured below are the officers of the Connecticut Florists Association.

Image of the Connecticut Florist Association Officers

Flower Shop Network staff attending the Northeast Floral Expo sponsored by the Connecticut Florists Association are pictured below from the left:

Joe Hays, Network Coordinator
Adrian Burks, Technology
Loranne Atwill, CFO/Owner
Brock Atwill, President/Owner

Flower Shop Network staff attending the 2007 Northeast Floral Expo

Valentine’s Day 2007 – Important Order Tips

With the 2007 Valentine’s Day holiday approaching, Flower Shop Network would like to offer these suggestions and tips to ensure your satisfaction as well as your customer’s, on orders placed going outside your delivery area:

  • Delivery fees in metro areas average $10 to $12.

  • Provide recipient telephone numbers. Many shops will not accept orders without a working recipient phone number.

  • During the Valentine’s Day holiday, the minimum order amount is $40, plus delivery which averages $8-$10.

  • Must provide 2nd choice products on orders: this includes flowers, colors, etc…

  • Guaranteed delivery cutoff will be Monday, February 12th, 2007 at 2:00pm CST.

  • Please inform your customers that orders placed after the cutoff date and time will be delivered as quickly as possible according to the delivery date.

The staff at Flower Shop Network appreciates the opportunity to work with you and wish you a happy and prosperous Valentine’s Day.Sincerely,

Julie Ratliff
FSN Relay Manager

54th Annual Arkansas Florists Association Convention – Drawing Winners

Arkansas Florist Association Logo ImageAt the 54th Annual Arkansas Florists Association Convention and Trade Market on August 18-20, 2006, visitors to the Flower Shop Network booth registered for a drawing for a complimentary florist listing and a complimentary eCommerce website package. Retail florists registered to win the Grand Prize eCommerce Package or First Prize Listing package by filling out a small registration card or leaving a business card at the booth. The drawing was open to both existing Flower Shop Network members as well as nonmembers that registered at the booth on either Saturday or Sunday of the convention.

This was the first appearance by Flower Shop Network at the Arkansas State Florists’ Association Convention and it was a tremendous success. The convention, which was held at the Hot Springs Convention Center located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. The convention was extremely well attended by retail florists and exhibitors from Arkansas and the surrounding areas.

Grand Prize Package – Florist Listing + eCommerce Website

Congratulations to existing FSN Member North Hills Florist & Gifts of Sherwood, Arkansas as the Grand Prize winner at the Arkansas State Convention! The grand prize consists of a premium florist listing in the Flower Shop Network online florist directory as well as one of our fully eCommerce enabled florist websites.

North Hills Florist & Gifts
7311 North Hills Blvd #15
Sherwood, AR 72116

(501)835-1367 – local
(800)678-4458 – tollfree
(501)835-1380 – fax

North Hills Florist & Gifts of Sherwood, AR is the winner of the Grand Prize drawing. The Grand Prize consists of a complimentary listing in Flower Shop Network’s online florist directory as well as a fully eCommerce enabled website for one full year!

As an existing FSN member, their membership services have been extended for an entire year! Congratulations, we look forward to continuing to serve you as a Flower Shop Network member!

The complimentary listing and website will run for a full year on Flower Shop Network. Located in Sherwood, Arkansas, North Hills Florist & Gifts also provides floral delivery service to the following areas:

Sherwood, AR Flower Delivery
Jacksonville, AR Flower Delivery
Little Rock, AR Flower Delivery
North Little Rock, AR Flower Delivery
Maumelle, AR Flower Delivery

First Prize – Florist Listing

Congratulations to Shirley’s Flowers & Gifts, Inc. of Rogers, Arkansas as the winner of our First Prize package. The first prize package includes a premium florist listing in the Flower Shop Network online florist directory for one full year.

Shirley’s Flowers & Gifts
128 North 13th Street
Rogers, AR 72756

(479)636-0118 – local
(800)624-7225 – tollfree
(479)636-4619 – fax

Shirley’s Flowers & Gifts of Rogers, AR is the winner of the First Prize drawing. The First Prize consists of a complimentary florist listing in Flower Shop Network’s online florist directory for one full year!

Congratulations to Jo and the rest of the staff at Shirley’s Flowers & Gifts and welcome to Flower Shop Network!

Located in Rogers, Arkansas, Shirley’s Flowers & Gifts, Inc. also provides floral delivery service to the following areas:

Rogers, AR Flower Delivery
Elm Springs, AR Flower Delivery
Pea Ridge, AR Flower Delivery
Bella Vista, AR Flower Delivery
Lowell, AR Flower Delivery
Bentonville, AR Flower Delivery
Springdale, AR Flower Delivery
Cave Springs, AR Flower Delivery
Centerton, AR Flower Delivery
Johnson, AR Flower Delivery

Flower Shop Network would like to thank our current members that stopped by the booth at the Arkansas State Florists’ Association Convention as well as the many new shops and nonmember florists that took the time visit with us. Flower Shop Network would also like to thank the AFA for the invitation to the convention and the opportunity to exhibit our services at the convention – the AFA staff and membership did a wonderful job in making all of the exhibitors and attendees feel welcome. We appreciate your support as we continue to provide affordable, quality services to the floral industry.

Flower Shop Network staff attending the Arkansas Florists Association convention are pictured below from left to right:

Cathy Condray, Network Coordinator
Shelly Condray, Network Coordinator
Cindy Prichard, VP Sales
Joe Hays, Network Coordinator

ar - fsn staff

Texas State Florist Association Convention – Drawing Winners Announced

Texas State Florists' Association Logo ImageAt the Texas State Florists’ Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas July 21-24, 2006, visitors to the Flower Shop Network booth registered for a drawing for a complimentary florist listing and a complimentary eCommerce website package. Visitors to the Flower Shop Network booth at the convention registered to win the Grand Prize or First Prize package by filling out a small registration card or leaving a business card at the booth. The drawing was open to both existing Flower Shop Network members as well as nonmembers that registered at the Flower Shop Network booth on either Saturday or Sunday of the convention.

This was the first appearance by Flower Shop Network at the Texas State Florists’ Association Convention and it was a tremendous success. The convention, which was held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the Westin Riverwalk Hotel located in downtown San Antonio, was extremely well attended by retail florists and exhibitors both from within Texas and out-of-state.

The winners of free florist listing and eCommerce Website Package giveaway offered by FSN were drawn and notified Tuesday morning after our staff returned to the office and the results are in! Here are the lucky winners:

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Texas State Florist Association Convention – July 21-24 – San Antonio, TX

flower shop network logo imageThe 93rd Annual Convention and Trade Show for the Texas State Florist Association is coming up this weekend on Friday July 21st through Monday, July 24th. The convention and trade show will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

Flower Shop Network will have both Sales and Technology staff members at the convention. Stop by booth #16 to find out more about the valuable floral services provided by Flower Shop Network. Florists may also register for our free giveaway: FSN is giving away a free listing in our online florist directory for one full year as well as a free listing AND website for one full year. Be sure to ask about our show signup specials!

For more information about the trade show and convention center, use the links provided below – we hope to see you there!!

Florist Convention Information

Attendee Application

Exibitor Information

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Flower Shop Network
800.858.9925 – tollfree

Mother’s Day 2006 – Relay Suggestions

With the Mother’s Day holiday approaching, Flower Shop Network would like to make these suggestions to ensure your satisfaction as well as your customer’s, on orders placed going outside your delivery area:

Encourage customers to place orders early.

Consider minimum order amounts of at least $40 PLUS a delivery charge. Shops in METRO areas may require $50 PLUS a delivery charge.

Allow an additional $ 5.00- $10.00 for delivery. Metro and rural delivery areas may run $10 to $15.

Obtain a 2nd choice/ or color for product.

Obtain recipient phone numbers. Many shops will not attempt delivery without a recipient phone number.

Send your orders via www.fsnf2f.com the fastest, lowest cost and most accurate way to send your orders. If you are not setup call 800-858-9925 today for immediate access.

Our Florist to Florist relay department will be on an extended schedule Mother’s Day week to better serve you. Our Mother’s Day Holiday Hours are:

7:00am to 7:00pm CST – Monday, May 1st – Friday, May 5th
7:00am to 5:00pm CST – Saturday May 6th
Relay Office Closed on Sunday May 7th
7:00am to 8:00pm CST – Monday May 8th – Friday May 12th
7:00am to 6:00pm CST – Saturday May 13th
10:00AM to 2:00pm CST – Sunday May 14th

Julie Ratliff
Relay Department Manager