What it Means to be a Certified B Corporation

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Many people are not fully aware of what a certified B corporation is and how powerful it can be. First things first the “B” in certified B corporations stands for “Beneficial”. A company that is marked as a B corp uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.How does a company get deemed as a certified B corporation? Well, businesses are certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet uncompromising standards of social and environmental conduct, responsibility, and transparency.

Bcorporation.net says, “today, there is a growing community of more than 600 Certified B
Corps from 15 countries and 60 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to
redefine success in business”.B corps leverage business (one of man’s greatest man made forces) to offer higher quality jobs and to raise the quality of life in our community.

Caliber Technologies’ Mission as a certified B corporation is to solve one of society’s greatest challenges of supporting our troops. These veterans have risked their lives and given up so much for us, so we could continue to live our everyday lives. Now it is our moral obligation to support them by donating and employing military veterans.

Caliber Technologies donates a portion of their revenue to multiple non-profit organizations focused on supporting military troops/veterans and their families. As well as donations Caliber Technologies is proud to have employed military veterans, allowing them to provide for their families. It is our goal to create a self sustainable business that can give back to the admirable troops who have served for us and our country.

MISSION TWO, 2014: SGT. MATTHEW RANDO’s FAMILY

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The family of SGT. Matthew Rando has had it very hard the last year or so. Upon hearing of their troubles, Caliber Technologies jumped to donate through our non-profit of choice, Operation Once in a Lifetime.

Here is the Rando Family’s story:

SGT. Rando is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  He and his wife, Samantha, reside off-base with their eight children ranging in ages from 2 to 21 years of age, two of which have special needs. They have lived modestly on his Army paycheck while Samantha works as a stay-at-home mother.

The family is used to weathering hardships. When Samantha’s mother passed away, SGT Matthew and Samantha raised her two younger siblings, without hesitation.

Earlier this year, Samantha underwent major surgery which resulted in complications. These complications are, unfortunately, continuing and she will need another surgery in the fall.

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SGT Matthew Rando Family

Just as the family was getting used to the difficulties Samantha’s surgery brought, SGT. Rando’s  pay was disturbed in March.  There was an error in the amount he received. Knowing that it may be 45 days until the error was corrected, the family sought help through Army Emergency Relief (AER). This agency was able to help them on a one-time only basis.

His paycheck problem was not resolved in April, nor in May. Samantha tells us this:

“My husband and his command started working on fixing the error in March and they were told it could take 45 days to [get the monies] back in our pay.

So, we did the best we could to get by. Then when the 45 days passed, and it was not fixed, my husband went to his command and they went to S1 and Finance and found that the paperwork was still sitting on their desk and never turned in.

It has went up to the Lt. Colonel and they are doing everything they can to push the issue but it does not help our current situation.”

Now, with SGT. Rando’s paycheck problems still persisting, the family is placed again in financial need. This is when Caliber Technologies was contacted and we happily offered to help out.

You can help families just like the Rando Family with YOUR purchase.

Thank you.

Mission One, 2014: SGT Darren Downing and wife, Brook

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In a letter to our charity of choice for this Mission, Operation Once in a Lifetime, Darren Downing tells the story of becoming disabled and what he promised his girlfriend who supported him throughout the ordeal.

It starts with US Army SGT Darren Downing being critically injured during a tour in Afghanistan on February 26, 2012.

For the six months that he was in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for recovery and therapy, Brook, his girlfriend at the time, stayed with him. She put her own goals, dreams and life on hold to help his recovery efforts.

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In his letter, he describes her hardships of being away from her support system to be with him. SGT Downing writes: “She went through just as much as I did coming back home, if not more. I had support she didn’t. There was no one she could talk to, She dealt with everything on her own. I leaned on her during my whole recovery; she carried both of our weight throughout everything we were going through. She watched me look myself in the mirror every day, with tears in my eyes, disgusted for what had happened to me, for the deformity that my injury had left. She was there to pick up all the pieces when I was angry at everyone. She was there when I was sad and when I couldn’t make sense of it all. She was there to pick me back up and to put me back together when I didn’t know how. To this very day she still does all these things; some days are worse than others, but she is always there.”

Following advice from others, SGT Darren Downing and his young girlfriend, now wife, were married before the process of getting medically retired was completed. SGT Downing writes again: “My wife agreed to get married on such short notice without her dress, without her family, and without her friends. She didn’t get her fairy tale wedding that she had dreamed of her whole life; (one) that she most certainly deserved more than anyone I have ever met. She agreed, under two conditions, one being that we had to get married in a church, not in an office or at a courthouse. Secondly, she made me promise that on the exact date a year from our original marriage, we could have a real wedding ceremony. At that time I made that promise, it seemed like a small price to pay for all she has done for me from the very second I was injured.”

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At this point in the letter he spells out that he is asking for assistance with giving her the “dream” wedding she did not receive the first time. Caliber Technologies wishes to help this young couple. We are happily donating a portion of the sales of YOUR ORDERS to SGT Downing and his wife towards their “dream” wedding in Ohio this spring.

2013 Year-In-Review: Missions Complete!

Caliber Technologies is excited to give you a fantastic recap of the five missions and our Annual TOYS FOR TROOPS Campaign in 2013. From reaching out and helping three of our military service personnel and families in need to expanding our donations this summer to cover two community programs here in North Carolina, we are utilizing your contributions from ink, toner and office supply purchases to help where it is needed most! And, our Holiday toy and clothing reached further than we even expected! Read on…

We started out 2013 with a call to help little Piper with our “Print for Piper” mission. Piper Wilhide is a baby girl diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. Both her parents currently serve in our armed forces in different branches. The diagnosis, as you can imagine, brought a series of debts that was difficult for the family to handle all at once.

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We were successful with our mission! We dearly wanted to raise enough money, to purchase plane tickets for Piper’s grandparents to fly in and provide the much needed assistance and support during the recovery process. In addition to the tickets, we would love to be able to assist Piper’s parents’ with their unexpected travel costs to and from Piper’s hospital and their hotel stays. With the tickets and a monetary donation, this family is well on its way to recovery!

During our Second Mission of 2013, Caliber Technologies was able to help two of our military families! We’d like to introduce you to the families of Sergeant (SGT) James Ray and Airman (AMN) Nichole Murphy.

On duty in Iraq, SGT Ray was enjoying his military career, a loving family, and a promotion in the near future. Unfortunately, one day his vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) resulting in burns over 60% of his body.

Fast forward to his stateside recovery, SGT Ray was adjusting nicely to life as a disabled veteran. He bought a home both near his family and the Veterans Affairs Office in Lometa, TX. The home was equipped to accommodate his needs.

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Everything was on track on moving day until, while driving with his wife to his new home, the couple was hit by a semi-truck. The timing of this accident is made worse by the fact that former SGT Ray’s wife was to start a new job the very next week.

Although both are recovering from this accident, the couple is currently living off of only former SGT Ray’s disability payments. This loving and patriotic couple is now in need of funds for housing. Caliber Technologies is delighted to contribute towards their needs.

Air Force Airman (AMN) Nichole Murphy is a dedicated servicewoman and loving mother to a daughter named Haley. AMN Murphy recently received the hard news that her daughter’s illness may shorten Haley’s life; in fact, she may not live through the summer.  Haley was born without urinary organs and she is on constant dialysis and has a colostomy bag.

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Having nothing more than a disposable camera to record what may her daughter’s last few happy months, Caliber Technologies is delighted to help donate a Nikon Digital Video Camcorder to the family.

Sadly, we were just informed that Haley did pass away in September, 2013. We all are heartbroken to hear this news. We are very proud to be a part of giving AMN Murphy some lasting memories of her daughter and wish her peace.

Caliber Technologies is proud to announce we are a participating sponsor of the North Raleigh Athletic Association (NRAA), the largest organization in the CFF and Pop Warner Mid-South Region.

As an “Ultimate Fan” level supporter we help fund the wonderful boys and girls and their football and cheer activities in our own community.  Go Bulldogs!!

The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) Teen Council and Caliber Technologies have teamed up to help teens of deployed National Guardsmen with the inaugural NCNG Teen Challenge Retreat at Camp Butner in June 2013.

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The teens that attended the four day retreat worked on developing their communication, leadership and team building skills in a small team environment. By donating the official camp tee shirts, we helped these teens meet their goals and take an active role in their learning! Congratulations to all participants! Way to go!!

Caliber Technologies started working on our TOYS FOR TROOPS campaign earlier than usual in 2013. TOYS FOR TROOPS is our annual toy and clothing drive for the children of military families in need during the Holiday Season. This time, we were fortunate enough that we were able to select three families through the “New Beginnings” website for special recognition and help.

We are very proud of our eighteen community partners for 2013! Each hosted a box and sign at their location throughout the Triangle Area of North Carolina. All of these locations were thanked personally by staff members when the donation boxes were picked up. Several locations were thanked in person by military personnel in tow with our staff. What a great campaign!

Oh, we also need to mention, this year we had some extra help outside the Triangle Area. Our partner in West Virginia, Mary B’s Restaurant in Parkersburg, helped to gather donations for children whose parents are with the West Virginia National Guard.

Please remember, Caliber Technologies proudly donates a portion of every order for ink, toner and office supplies back to our Veterans and our local community. We could not do it without your support and we greatly appreciate you! Thank you!

 

2013 Toys For Troops Campaign RECAP

Caliber Technologies ends each year with an annual toy and clothing drive during the Holiday Season. This year we spread our wings a bit further and not only ran our Toys For Troops campaign, but we selected three families through the “New Beginnings” website for special recognition and help.

Our TOYS FOR TROOPS campaign works closely with partners throughout the community here in the Triangle Area of North Carolina to gather toys and clothing for the children of military families in need.

A matter of note, this year we had some extra help outside the Triangle Area. Our partner in West Virginia, Mary B’s Restaurant in Parkersburg, helped to gather donations for children whose parents are with the West Virginia National Guard. We are very pleased with the outcome and a special thanks goes to the staff of the restaurant!

Accordingly, we are very proud of our eighteen partners-listed in our last post. Each hosted a box and sign at their location.

During the week before Christmas, most of the partners were visited by a Caliber Technology employee who received the donations and gave personal thanks to everyone. Several of our partners were thanked by extra visitors- the soldiers, themselves.

On Wednesday, December 18th, SGT Jackson and SSG Powell from the Unit 1-130th ARB,  were accompanied on the visits by two of our Caliber Technologies employees, Tammy Croom and Adea Arnson, and teen volunteer, Hunter Sparks, getting his community service points! They are all visiting, thanking and picking up boxes for the North Carolina National Guard.

On Friday, December 20th, four soldiers from Fort Braggwere accompanied the same employees. The soldiers are from the 525 BFSB: SGT Brad Urban, SGT. Casie Norton, SSG Kevin Malloy and PVT TaylorAnne Roden.

All in all, Caliber Technologies and our partners gathered 16 LARGE boxes of toys and clothing (and one bicycle!) to distribute to the children of needy military families both in the NC National Guard and the US Army stationed at Ft. Bragg.

Now, as mentioned in the first paragraph, the three military families that were selected for special assistance are all stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. We found their names and needs on a website dedicated to helping military families: http://www.adusa.com/FamNeeds.htm . We were able to provide a large box per family filled with toys and a few clothing items picked out just for the children of these families. We are thrilled that we were able to help!

Thank you to each of you: our partners, our customers, our donors, and our community. We cannot do it without you!

Caliber Technologies “Supports Military Families One Order at a Time”!
Happy New Year!

Annual Toys For Troops Campaign for 2013

Caliber Technologies is proud to continue our Annual Toys For Troops Campaign this year. Toys for Troops is a program in which we gather, with help from local partners, donations of unwrapped toys and clothing for the children of military families in need.

Here in North Carolina, where Caliber Technologies Headquarter’s Office resides, we donate to those children who have parents stationed at Fort Bragg and the children who have parents in the North Carolina National Guard.

This year, we are so excited to broaden our donations to include the children who have parents in the West Virginia National Guard!

Please visit the locations below to donate and to shop for your loved ones this Season. Without our partners and our customers, we could not give back to our wonderful US veterans and military families in need throughout the year and especially during the Holiday Season.

Here is a list of our partners in Toys for Troops:

 North Carolina

Charlotte Area:

  • Totally Fit 4 Life     Denver, NC

Triangle Area:     14 Locations

  • Bagwell, Holt, Smith, Jones & Crowson     Chapel Hill, NC
  • Bill Plemmons RV World     Raleigh, NC
  • Cary Pediatric Centers – 3 locations       Apex, Cary, and Fuquay Varina, NC
  • Health Fitness Designs     Morrisville, NC
  • Holly Springs Police Department     Holly Springs, NC
  • Jim Allen Group (Coldwell Banker)     Raleigh, NC
  • Kruse Family Chiropractic     Durham, NC
  • Lenovo    **On-site Employees Only**
  • Milham Family Chiropractic     Apex, NC
  • Morrisville Deli     Morrisville, NC
  • Pam’s Farmhouse     Raleigh, NC
  • Papa Johns Pizza – 2 locations     Brier Creek and Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC
  • ReMax United     Cary, NC
  • Village Physical Therapy     Holly Springs, NC

West Virginia

  • Mary B’s Diner     Parkersburg, WV

Thank you for YOUR support so that Caliber Technologies can help our US veterans and military families in need by purchasing ink, toner and other office supplies. A portion of our profits go to help these worthy US citizens.

Best Practices for High Quality Printing on HP Laser Printers

There are times when the quality of the documents you print can be crucial. These times can include printing legal documents and scanning signatures. If you feel that your printer quality and resolution is not translating well from your computer to paper then make sure you are following these six best practices!

 

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1. Properly store printer supplies.

  • If a toner cartridge is to be stored, carefully insert it into its original packaging.
  • Keep toner cartridges well away from office activities to prevent physical damage.
  • Verify the printer and supplies are kept within an environment of 50 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity level of 10 to 80% RH.

The Reality of Veteran Unemployment

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Veteran unemployment is a current and widespread issue in our country. This issue is one that many people seem to ignore or just factor into the national average unemployment rate. Veteran unemployment should not be overlooked because it is an estimated 2 points higher than the national average.

Veterans have put their lives at risk repeatedly so people in the United States can continue to have their freedom. Veterans face dangerous obstacles overseas and then come home only to face unemployment and the reality of not being able to provide for themselves and their families.

Business owners or recruiters do not realize the skills and the value that veterans returning from long military careers can add to their organizations. The business leaders in recent generations are among the first who did not serve first in the military before beginning their careers. This means there is a sense of disconnect between military vets and this new generation making it hard for the business world to understand the experience and skills veterans hold.

Nation.time.com said, “In a June 2012 report, the Center for a New American Security noted that one of the main barriers to hiring veterans, from the perspective of businesses, is that they struggle to understand how military skills translate to increasing the bottom line.” The business world fails to recognize the discipline and great work ethic veterans have acquired after being a part of the U.S. military.

In today’s society there are also legal issues that prevent military veterans from finding employment. After returning from deployment vets need to re-train for their jobs they used to have because some now required civilian licenses and certifications.

With new laws being put in place and a new restructured Transition Assistance Program
(TAP), this program is now available to every unit.

Although it is true that veteran unemployment is beginning to make a turn around, it certainly does not mean we can forget about it. The average veteran unemployment rate is still currently higher than the normal average overall and it most definitely should not be. These patriots deserve more for their service and commitment to our country.

Why You Should Start Buying Compatible Ink & Toner Cartridges

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Over 500 million Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) toner and inkjet cartridges, like those made by brother or HP, are manufactured every year. If these cartridges end up in our landfills, this equates to almost 1,000 tons of unnecessary pollution that will enter our waste stream every day. In addition to this waste, upwards of three quarts of oil are consumed during the manufacturing of every OEM cartridge. This comes out to more than 375,000,000 gallons of oil consumed every year to manufacture toner and inkjet cartridges.

Now the really bad news: many of these cartridges end up in cities like Guiyu, China where they incinerate or dissolve them with hazardous chemicals to extract residual metals. This process contaminates the local air, soil and groundwater. ONE in TEN children in Guiyu have birth defects due to this terrible pollution.

Reusing certain non-wearing plastic shells and metal components from used OEM cartridges will help conserve nature’s resources. Friends of the Earth said, “Humans today extract and use around 50% more natural resources than only 30 years ago, at about 60 billion tonnes of raw materials a year.”

In the year 2013 it is time to start becoming a more environmentally conscious society and making the right decisions to keep planet earth as our home. Buying compatible cartridges is one way that will significantly help the waste and pollution problem.

Compatible cartridges are the best option for you and your company and here is why: they can offer almost identical quality to OEM cartridges when printing standard text and graphics, while saving the environment, and saving you MONEY. Now imagine if you buy it in bulk!