May
17
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

CK Sticker Madness

Have you caught the madness yet??? It is starting to go around! This week we rolled out our awesome new CK stickers and it has been quite fun seeing where these things are popping up, not only in the office but with our customers as well! Our staff has gotten very creative in showcasing the stickers, but so have some of you.  We have gotten a few pics of the stickers showing up on cars, phones, and even their children’s toys…haha! If you got a sticker already, please send us a pic of it “in action”, we would love to see how you are showing your CK spirit!

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CK Lifework Team

This was a very exciting week for our leadership team here at CK!  Each of them graduated from the 2013 Lifework Leadership Program!  Lifework’s vision revolves around raising up a generation of business leaders who

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May
03
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Top 25 Award

We had the privilege of being a part of the 2013 Pinnacle Small Business Awards last Friday. CablesAndKits was selected as one of the Top 25 Small Businesses our of the 150 businesses that were nominated this year.  It was a phenomenal experience for our owners, Craig and Christin Haynie, as well as the CK team.  It was very humbling being at the ceremony with such amazing, successful businesses that have shown significant growth and innovation over the past year.  We heard some great stories while there!

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New Conference room and Sign

This week we wrapped up the redesign of our new conference room, which used to be our breakroom – we moved that to the warehouse and made it bigger! (View that blog post here.)  We are very happy with the way everything turned out.  The final touch was the

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Apr
29
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

At CablesAndKits we are proud to do any small part we can to show our commitment to the planet. Our team of experts has found some creative ways for us to “go green” around the office and with our business. By taking just a few extra steps with our Cisco products and other networking equipment, we can help minimize our carbon footprint and sleep a little better at night.

BuyBack Center

The CablesAndKits BuyBack Center allows you to sell back your old Cisco products and accessories while earning money towards new stuff. We know how quickly unused routers can turn into a makeshift art project. So, before you end up on the next episode of Hoarders, sell us your stockpiled gear and get cash or store credit.

The more you recycle, the more you save. Learn how you can benefit from our BuyBack Center today.

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Apr
19
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Monkey Name Release

Well, we started this week off with a bang! It was a very busy week. We had part 2 of our quarterly meeting to go over the financials for the previous quarter, but we had something else fun in store as well!  You have probably seen our little robot monkey hanging around in our emails, website, and print materials. The little fella has become a true part of the CK family and has fit right in quickly, but there has been one thing missing… a name! This week, the staff got to find out the name of the CK monkey (which they all voted on)  and hear his background story.  The guy is definitely a man…errr…monkey of mystery!  In celebration of the monkey finally getting his name  our President, Dave, led us in a toast of bananas and showed us how monkeys actually open and eat bananas - its not like you would think it would be!  We are very excited about his new name and we will be sharing it with the public very soon! Stay tuned!

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New CablesAndKits Nav

Something else we were very excited about releasing this week was our new navigation for the website. Our goal was to make it easier for you, the customer, to get to what you needed quicker.  We went through and re-categorized some of our product lines – like Fiber Cables, Ethernet, and  Cisco Equipment – to make a little more sense and

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Apr
12
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Q2 Meeting

Well it was that time again, time for the Quarter 2 kick-off meeting! It is always a blast at these meetings…never a dull moment.  This time around we kicked it off with some Chick-fil-a biscuits and then everyone got ready to get to work and start “framing up” with their Home Depot aprons. This quarter our theme is Framing Up.  We have laid the foundations now we are starting to  build the walls around becoming Experts in Awesome.  We did a quick review of last quarter and what we were able to accomplish,  we also recognized our first set of Gold Star core value award winners for Q1:  It was a great meeting rolling out the plans for the quarter.  We are going to be busy, but our customers and community are going to reap the benefits!

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Birthday

We had a crazy amount of birthdays and CK anniversary celebrations this week!  It was kind of nuts, but we sure do like to party around here.  We celebrated the birthdays of

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Apr
09
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Have you ever stopped and wondered why you buy from the places you shop at? Go ahead stop and ponder why you shop from your favorite store. I’ll wait…

< Jeopardy music playing in the background>

Oh, you’re back! That didn’t take as long as I thought it would. It is an interesting question, huh? Sometimes it is difficult to pinpoint exactly why you buy from that store or company and then at other times it is as plain as day. There are so many factors to think about.

Now think about your business. With everything you are doing to run and maintain a successful business, time and energy are in short supply. We get that thought process. We also understand when it comes to finding your networking equipment and accessories you don’t really want to shop around. You want to find one place that offers exactly what you need at a competitive price.

But, you deserve so much more than that! At CablesAndKits, we go above and beyond what’s expected to offer you a trusted and reliable interaction every single time. Our core purpose is to positively impact the lives of others, so we go the extra mile to enhance our surrounding community while enriching the lives of the

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Mar
29
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Top Five Things You Need to Start Your Computer Network

It can seem overwhelming to start a computer network. Whether you’re looking to create a network for your small business, home office, or the bunker in your back yard, it’s still intimidating.

But, if you break it down it’s actually much more manageable than it may appear. If you have the right tools, equipment and guidebook, it’s possible.

Let’s start with the basics. Why do you even need a computer network? Setting up a network is a good way to get more use out of your computers and peripherals. A single network allows you to use one Internet connection for all your devices. It also makes it easier to share files, printers and resources. Sounds useful, huh?

So, take a deep breath and let’s get started!

Cisco Networking Equipment

What equipment do you need when starting a computer network? Believe it or not, it involves a little more than just plugging in the monitor, closing your eyes, and crossing your fingers! Although that does help from time to time when dealing with technology.

Understanding what basic equipment you will need to set-up a computer network will make the process much easier. Don’t attempt to create a network until you’ve purchased all the equipment and accessories you may need, because all this will create is a huge headache and we don’t sell aspirin. (But, maybe we should….hmmm new business plan!)

With just a little effort and our awesome guidance, you’ll be up and running before you know it:
CablesAndKits Cisco Equipment 101

The top five things you will need to start your computer network include:

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Mar
29
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

CK Preppy Day

Well, I figured I would start it out with a bang this week! Part of the office celebrated CK Preppy Day this week. Trust me when I say these guys took this seriously and it was an all out competition.  One guy, Kyle (one of our Sales Account Managers), decide he was not dressed good enough so he went home and had a “costume change” and brought back his golf clubs to kick it up a notch, and then to trump everyone else he went and did a prep photo shoot at the lake.  Kyle did win best overall…Congrats Kyle! Around CK it is either go big or go home, even when it comes to CK Preppy Day.

Warehouse

We have this new fad in our warehouse that started up this week.  It seems most of the guys back there have acquired scooters and are using them to get around – not just in

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Mar
22
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

First off, I apologize for the “Awesome Week in Review” being MIA for the past week.  I took a vacation day to enjoy the beautiful weather.  It was amazing! But, enough about that…on to the current Awesome Week in Review!

CK Roadtrip

This past weekend we had a few of our purchasing/sales guys take a little “roadtrip” down to Florida for an industry event in the CK mobile.  They left at 5-dark-thirty (before any of us were up!) and drove all day. It was cool though we had a cool little 10% OFF coupon code on the back of the car – gotta take advantage of any billboard we have!  The drive down seemed to inspire Carlos to wear his driving hat, but drive Jonathan to hide and sleep the whole way. (Thanks Geoff for the incriminating pictures!) There was a casualty on the trip though.  Carlos’ iPhone 5 was having a great time on the trip until it took a dive off the table. Poor Carlos…what’s this, your 4th one?

 

Geoff BDay

We also celebrated Geoff’s (from our Purchasing Department) birthday! As with most birthday’s around here, his desk space was appropriately decorated.  This would not be complete without a

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Mar
08
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

You remember us talking about LEGO being so kind and giving a few LEGO construction guys to us to use with our yearly business theme (go HERE to see info about the theme), well we passed the little guys out this week to the staff, along with our new Core Value cards.  It seems that, unbeknownst to us, the little LEGO guys have made themselves right at home around office and settled into a daily routine of doing typical office things around here like fishing in the fish tank, bench pressing cars, taking naps, and umm…other “normal tasks”…sigh. I think they fit in very well around here.

 

Speaking of Core Values, we rolled out another cool thing around the office this week. We now have a Core Values – Wall of Fame.  The basis for this is that anyone in the company can submit the name of a co-worker, along with the reason why, to be recognized for 

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