The group we are members of, the National Independent Flag Distributors Association has been lobbying for this provision to be passed for many years now. We were so happy to see this news:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Mike Thompson’s (D-St. Helena) bipartisan provision requiring every American flag purchased by the Department of Defense (DOD) to be 100-percent manufactured in the United States, from articles, materials, or supplies that are 100-percent of grown, produced or manufactured in the United States, was passed by the House of Representatives and Senate, and will be signed into law.
“This provision will make sure every American Flag DOD buys is made in America, by American workers with American products,” Thompson said. “I am proud to have worked to pass this law so that our men and women in uniform never have to fight under a U.S. flag made overseas, and so that our Defense Department never again spends American tax dollars on a U.S. flag made overseas.”
Thompson’s provision applies the Berry Amendment to the American Flag. The Berry Amendment, originally passed in 1941, prohibits DOD funds from being used to acquire food, clothing, military uniforms, fabrics, stainless steel and hand or measuring tools that are not grown or produced in the United States, except in rare exceptions. Thompson’s provision applies the same rules for the DOD’s acquisition of American Flags, which previously were not listed as a covered item.
Precedent already exists for such a provision. The Department of Veterans Affairs is required to only purchase U.S.-made American Flags for servicemembers’ funerals.
Thompson’s provision passed as part of H.R. 3547, the Fiscal Year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill.
Thompson represents California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.
Kerry McCoy has owned Arkansas Flag and Banner since 1975.
“I started with $400,” McCoy said.
After a few years, she wanted to expand, but had some problems.
“I wasn’t sure how to get a construction loan or how to put together a business plan to that magnitude,” McCoy said.
So she took the entrepreneurial training course offered by the city of Little Rock.
“When you are a young entrepreneur, you just need some simple questions answered,” McCoy said.
Kerry says the class helped her open a renovated building and that’s why she pushes any new entreprenuer to take the class.
The spokesperson for the program says students can learn a lot in the 10-week course.
“It’s really a way for the city of Little Rock to give back to people who are investing back into their business,” said Chauncey Holloman, spokesperson for the Little Rock Small Business Development Office.
The city says space is very limited for the class that begins Feb. 3. Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. this Friday.
Holloman says the Entrepreneurial Training Course is conducted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Small Business and Technology Development Center.
The course covers a wide range of topics for business owners, like business concepts, feasibility, market analysis, pricing and cash flow, among many others.
Each participant receives assistance with creating a realistic business plan and will graduate with a completed plan to implement their own business idea.
Classes are held Monday evenings from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center on 12th Street.
Tuition cost for the course taught by UALR instructors and successful entrepreneurs is $100.00 for Little Rock residents and includes all classes, a textbook and business plan assistance.
For more information, contact Holloman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-379-1505.
Visit http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/biz-owner-talks-success-of-lr-entrepreneur-class/d/story/nSyUKDdYO0qLuNX1fvszgg for more information
This is a great story from CNN about flags. Let us know what you think!
(CNN) — Funny things flags.
Essentially they’re just pieces of colored cloth, but run any of them up a pole and they become powerful talismans capable of making people behave in peculiar ways.
The stories behind national pennants can be inspiring, intriguing and often give an insight into the culture and history of the country.
We’re all about raising standards and we think some of the tales behind these patriotic pennants are worth saluting.
What flags do you love and why? Leave a comment.
Say what you like about over-polite Canadians, at least they’ve managed to ditch the Union flag of their former British overlords.
Canadian leaders debated furiously before finally adopting the resplendent red maple leaf in 1965, an ensign pointedly free of colonial images.
Good thing they did, because it gives Americans and Brits a useful flag to slap on their backpacks to stop people hating them.
What to say: “The Canadian flag has saved my bacon a few times.”
Flag it up: Brockville is birthplace of the flag. Main attraction? Possibly the U.S. border 15 miles away.
Square flags are for squares.
As the only country with an ensign that doesn’t have four 90-degree corners, Nepal is in a league of its own.
Its double triangle design symbolizes the mighty peaks of the Himalayas where foreign mountaineers have planted so many other national flags.
The sun and moon symbols represent calmness and resolve — character traits needed to tolerate the Everest-sized egos of those flag-planting foreign mountaineers.
What to say: “Nepal’s 1962 design marked a new a pinnacle for world flags.”
Flag it up: You can plan a flag-planting exercise of your own via Nepal’s trekking agencies.
Few flags evoke the nation they represent as well as Greece’s.
The blue stripes conjure the cobalt summer skies and azure seas that annually lure millions of vacationers; the white recalls spotless coastal buildings dotting its beautiful coastline.
The nine stripes are said to represent ancient muses or possibly the number of syllables in the battle cry “eleftheria i thanatos,” meaning “freedom or death,” used in wars against the Ottomans.
What to say: “Tentative signs of a recent economic recovery are a good excuse to wave the flag.”
Flag it up: On the gorgeous Cyclades islands the buildings wear the national colors with pride.
At first glance, Bhutan’s flag appears to bear the image of a dragon on wheels.
The reality isn’t much less exciting.
The beast in question is Druk, a thunder dragon of Bhutanese Buddhist mythology. Rather than riding on castors, he is in fact clutching a spherical jewel in each claw.
As flag stories go, this one isn’t bad either.
The dragon is said to symbolize the origins of religious teachings on which Bhutan was founded.
Drukpa Buddhism was so named by its 12th-century founder, Tsangpa Gyare Yeshey Dorji, because he heard the thunderous sounds of dragons while hunting for a monastery site in Tibet.
What to say: “Vacations are never a drag-on this side of the Himalayas.”
Flag it up: It’ll cost you a dragon’s hoard of silver to travel there, but this isolated kingdom is worth it.
Poor Old Glory. Those starry spangles and candy stripes have become a teensy bit overexposed thanks to recent American ventures in overseas troublespots.
This is a shame as the modern incarnation of Betsy Ross’s purported creation is an oft-imitated design of which Americans are rightly proud.
So proud in fact, it’s one of the only flags to have a National Anthem (“The Star-spangled Banner”) written specifically about it.
What to say: Oh long may it wave.
Flag it up: Don’t get into a flap about whether she designed it or not, just visit Betsy Ross’s home in Philadelphia.
Given Brazil’s skills on the pitch, you’d be forgiven for thinking its flag symbolizes a blue soccer ball being booted into space from a grassy stadium.
Less excitingly, the green harks back to Portuguese colonial-era royalty, while the slice of night sky represents, even more prosaically, federal regions.
It’s still a much-loved design, even among non-Brazilians.
What to say: “Brazil’s success in securing the upcoming soccer World Cup and Olympics justify the flag’s ‘ordem e progresso’ (order and progress) slogan.”
Flag it up: You can take your own flag to Brazil for next year’ssoccer World Cup Finals.
The simplicity of the Indonesian flag belies an interesting tale (if true).
The story goes that as they were shaking off the shackles of Dutch colonial invaders, Indonesian freedom fighters created their flag by tearing the blue strip off a Dutch tricolor.
Another version claims the flag’s colors are derived from those representing the archipelago’s 14th century Majapahit Empire.
Either way, it excuses the fact it resembles an upside-down Polish flag.
What to say: “Indonesians know how to tear a strip off oppressors.”
Flag it up: Surabaya’s luxury Hotel Majapahit is supposedly the scene of the flag-tearing incident.
Mozambique’s flag features a gun!
Yes, there’s a book, symbolizing education, and, yes, there’s a hoe symbolizing agriculture.
But there’s also an AK-47 assault rifle symbolizing the country’s bloody struggle for independence.
The only national flag bearing a firearm, it’s the subject of intense debate in the now largely peaceful country.
Many there feel it’s time to ditch the weapon.
What to say: “The economy is booming, not the guns.”
Flag it up: Mozambique’s flag carrying LAM Airlines is banned in the EU.
Given that it’s so widely displayed on ships using the country’s emblem as a flag of convenience, it’s fascinating to see what they almost used.
This rather alarming alternative version, designed by Frenchman Philippe-Jean Bunau-Varilla, is meant to resemble the country’s famous canal.
Thankfully, then-president Manuel Amador Guerrero rejected it and hired his son to produce the current ensign, adopted in 1925.
The colors represent the country’s main political parties.
What to say: “The alternative flag would have been a danger to shipping.”
Flag it up: You can board the Panama-registered Carnival Breezefor a quiet cruise — just you and 3,689 other passengers.
Granted home rule from Denmark in 1978, Greenlanders decided they needed something new to fly above their frosty territories.
The result, adopted in 1985, is both an exercise in classically minimalist Scandinavian design, and a bold departure from other flags favored by Nordic nations.
Many in Greenland had hoped to emulate Denmark and its neighbors by using a Christian cross — preferably white on green — but from 555 submitted designs, a committee instead chose a red and white split circle on a contrasting background.
The symbolism isn’t too hard to read: a red sun sinking down into snow and ice.
What to say: “Let’s hope global warming doesn’t necessitate a redesign.”
Flag it up: You can witness Greenland’s fantastic sunsets for yourself.
The UK’s Union Flag has long lived a double life, serving both as national emblem and an erstwhile fashion icon — although its associations with the Swinging Sixties are these days just as likely to bring to mind Austin Powers’ underwear.
The flag itself is an exercise in nation building, originally combining the blue and white saltire of Scotland’s patron Saint Andrew and the red cross on white of England’s Saint George when the two countries united in the 18th century.
The red diagonal cross of Ireland’s Saint Patrick was added later.
Of course, all this could change again if Scottish people vote for independence in a referendum scheduled for 2014.
In which case, perhaps Wales might finally get a mention.
What to say: “Groovy, baby!”
Flag it up: The Union flags may not be so prominent these days, but London’s Carnaby Street is still a swinging center for fashion.
Learn more at CNN http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/15/travel/national-flags/index.html?hpt=hp_c4
Which flag do you think has the best design? The most boring? Share your opinion in the comments.
Little Rock, Ark., – Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com and the Dreamland Ballroom will be hosting students on Martin Luther King Junior National Day of Service Monday, January 20, 2014 between the hours of 10 am – 12 pm. The group of students were organized by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (just down the street from Taborian Hall). The students will be repainting the floor of the historic Taborian Hall’s Dreamland Ballroom as part of the MLK Challenge, a program designed by the Mosiac Templars Cultural Center to engage youth in the role of servant leadership with a full day of service projects that challenge them mentally and socially. Participants will work at sites across the city. “We are very glad to be a part of this great youth educational and service opportunity,” said Kerry McCoy, owner of Taborian Hall and president of Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com. “We are very proud that our Taborian Hall is the “sister” building to the Mosaic Templars and thrilled to be a part of the MLK Challenge,” McCoy continued. Press and photographers are welcome to commemorate this community service event.
Taborian Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places with the Department of the Interior and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Society. Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com headquarters and storefront resides in the same building as the historic Dreamland Ballroom that once showcased legendary musicians of the 1930’s. Just a few of the names that graced the Ballroom stage were Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Nat “King” Cole and Louis Jordan.
Kerry McCoy, purchased Taborian Hall as a new home for her business, Arkansas Flag and Banner in 1991. The building had no roof when McCoy purchased it but through her efforts, the building has been preserved. She continues through the help of the non-profit group The Friends of Dreamland Ballroom to renovate the legendary ballroom and building, in an effort to save and to share this magnificent auditorium with the community.
Arkansas’s FlagandBanner.com welcomes the public to browse the first floor factory showroom, filled with all things patriotic and flying the red, white and blue…a fitting enterprise for a building with such a proud heritage as hosting the USO for African American soldiers during World War II.
Those who wish to make a tax deductible donation to the renovation fund can visit www.dreamlandballroom.org for details. To find out more about the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center visit their website http://www.mosaictemplarscenter.com.
The U.S. flag should be flown every day but especially on national holidays. FlagandBanner.com presents the 2014 holiday calendar with half staff information.
The United States Flag at half staff.
Little Rock, AK (PRWEB) December 31, 2013
The New Year is almost upon us and many may be sitting down to mark special dates on their calendars. While marking down birthdays and special events, think about marking what days to lower your American flag to half staff. While the American flag should be flown every day of the year, it is especially important to fly flags on national holidays and if they are half staff days, flags should always be lowered to half staff.
Kerry McCoy, owner of FlagandBanner.com, said, “The American flag does not stand for any political party or faction, it stands for every American. We look to our flag in times of national triumph such as the upcoming Olympics when we hope to see our flag displayed and our national anthem play. We again look to our flag in times of national tragedy, such as the Boston Marathon bombing this past year or September 11th, 2001. These times of trial or celebration are when we as a nation rally around our flag. Let us hope in 2014 that half staff notices will only be issued for already known holidays and we also hope you will join us in proudly flying your flag all 365 days this year.”
2014 Holiday Calendar:
Wednesday, January 1, New Years Day
Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King Day
Monday, February 17, Presidents’ Day
Thursday, May 15, Peace Officer’s Memorial Day (half staff)
Saturday, May 17, Armed Forces Day
Monday, May 26, Memorial Day (half staff until noon, then raised to full staff until sunset)
Saturday, June 14, Flag Day
Friday, July 4, Independence Day
Monday, September 1, Labor Day
Thursday, September 11, Patriot Day (half staff)
Friday, September 19, National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Monday, October 13, Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 4, Election Day
Tuesday, November 11, Veterans Day
Thursday, November 27, Thanksgiving Day
Sunday, December 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half staff)
Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day
If you would like reminders of when to fly your flag at half staff for events other than those listed in the calendar above sign up for Flag Alerts from FlagandBanner.com.
FlagandBanner.com is based in Little Rock, Ark., and has been in business since 1975. They have been selling flags, flagpoles, banners, pennants and home and garden décor online nationally since 1995.
For more information about the more than 22,000 products FlagandBanner.com offers, log on toFlagandBanner.com, become a fan on Facebook, or call one of their Flag Experts for answers to any and all questions about flags, banners, pennants and more at 1-800-445-0653.
Watch the Arkansas Razorback Cheerleaders demonstrate how to best utilize a spirit flag during a football game. The flag featured in the video was made by Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com
Kerry McCoy, owner of Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com was recently featured on IdeaMensh.com a community for entrepreneurs to share their stories about building their business.
You can read the full interview here: http://ideamensch.com/kerry-mccoy/
Little Rock, Ark., — Flag and Banner.com, a leading retail supplier of American flags and patriotic items, recently announced that hurricane flags are making a comeback after nearly two decades on the sidelines.
Kerry McCoy, owner of Flag and Banner, said that “What may seem like a step back in technology is really just one more way to protect the public. After the Katrina disaster and after Sandy last October, we all want to feel safer and to have all possible warning tools available.”
“During the past thirty-nine years,” McCoy said, “the length of time that I have been in the flag business, I have seen occasional purchases of U.S. Storm Signal flags, consisting of one or both of the red Gale Storm Pennant and the red and black squared Hurricane Storm Flag. But ever since Katrina, they are making a huge comeback because they really are needed.”
In 1989, after 100 years of use, the Coast Guard found Storm Signal flags to be an inferior warning device compared to other technological devices such as television and radio. But today, with more storms and with what seem to be increasingly stronger storms, the Coast Guard is trying everything they can to protect coastal resident and visitors, and that includes bringing back the “Hurricane” flag. “While the flag’s reach is limited, when storms approach the surge is sometimes so powerful other means of communication can be lost. So I believe we can expect to see more of the red and black squared flags flying along the coast for residents, boaters and tourists to observe,” Kerry said.
If you live in or plan to visit a coastal area during hurricane season which is June 1st and ends November 30th you may want to not only watch for these red and black warning flags but also prepare a basic emergency supply kit. An emergency supply kit infographic is available for download at www.flagandbanner.com.
The National Weather Service recommends the following:
- 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days
- Food, at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery or hand crank radio (A NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both is also recommended)
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place if necessary
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic ties and hand sanitizer
- Manual can opener
- Wrench or plies to turn off utilities
The NWS also advise that if you take prescription medication, have an infant child or pets, that you should not forget to add their needs to the emergency kit. Include extra water for your pet along with their food and don’t forget diapers and wipes for your infant. You may also want to include a favorite toy or two for children.
Another handy tip is to include a set of gallon size zip top plastic bags to store your important documents such as insurance policies and bank account records or even your wallet with cash.
While you may not live comfortably in the aftermath of a hurricane or other weather spawned by the storm such as tornadoes, high winds and flooding, an emergency kit can make life a little easier to bear during that time.
For more information about hurricane flags or other nautical signal flags contact one of the friendly Flag Experts at FlagandBanner.com by calling toll free 800.445.0653.
Little Rock, Ark. (PRWEB) July 30, 2013
Each year consumers are inundated with back to school advertisements starting in mid-July. Most of these ads focus on the students’ needs such as clothing and supplies but administrators and teachers are also heading back to school, too. Schools from pre-K to collegiate level have varying needs throughout the school year for items not found on the traditional back to school list.
FlagandBanner.com has noticed that the needs of the educator are a little different depending on the age group involved or their educational niche. For the first time, FlagandBanner.com is offering a 15% discount to educators on in stock products and free art set up on custom orders. This discount will be available from July 29, 2013 until September 3, 2013.
Some examples of the type of different or unique items educators and administrators may be looking for are listed below:
History, social science or literature teachers, for example, often seek out posters with historical and educational facts that engage the students for their classroom walls. FlagandBanner.com recognized this need after talking with teachers and carries a line of educational posters for educators which the company plans to continue to expand on. If educators have specific ideas or requests for educational posters they can e-mail Kerry.McCoy(at)flagandbanner(dot)com with suggestions or even request custom posters.
Band directors may be looking for custom marching banners or hardware and parade accessories for the upcoming holiday parade season. These banners come in many styles and formats and are available with or without hardware packages.
School principals may not be on the hunt for glue sticks and writing paper but they may be seeking ways to direct traffic around the school pick up and drop off area for parents. One of the best ways to direct traffic is with string pennants. The pennants are easy to use for marking the pick up area. The pennants are eye catching and colorful and keeps staff from having to direct traffic.
School athletic directors or coaches may be looking for ways to make their teams stand out. One of the more popular options the last few years is using breakaway banners. In the past, paper banners were used but now players get to tear through vinyl banners with colorful images without waste. The banner uses hook and loop fastenings down the center allowing it to be put back together for the next game. Because of the great flexibility of breakaway banners their longevity and usefulness for other events make them a bargain for many school sports programs.
Another popular item for school athletic programs, high school or collegiate level, are spirit flags that can be used during events to rally teams and used as school identification at events.
School administrators, club advisors and others may also be looking for unique fundraising opportunities for their various programs. Many schools have been trying alternative fundraisers to the standard gift wrap and candy programs of the past. FlagandBanner.com has several fundraising options available for schools such as selling branded mascot gift items or selling American flags and flag kits.
ROTC sponsors may also be looking for parade accessories, or new or replacement parade flags and poles for the honor guard.
Over the last 15 years schools and universities have turned to custom street pole banners or other flags and banners for special events, special anniversaries, identification, campus beautification or directional needs for large campuses.
FlagandBanner.com is based in Little Rock, Ark., and has been in business since 1975. They have been selling flags, flagpoles, banners, pennants and home and garden décor online nationally since 1995.
For more information about the more than 22,000 products FlagandBanner.com offers, log on to FlagandBanner.com, become a fan on Facebook, or call one of their Flag Experts for answers to any and all questions about flags, banners, pennants and more at 1-800-445-0653.