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September, 2008

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In this issue:
  • Senate Vote Could Give Tax Relief to Stores
  • Finding Government Grants for Business Simplified
  • Quick Industry News
  • Featured Vendors In GiftsWholesale.Com
  • Trade Shows

Finding Government Grants for Business Simplified

Until recently, anyone who looked into getting a government grant for business was quickly overwhelmed by the sheer number of agencies and programs; often overlapping in purpose and application. With so many sources, each with their own rules and regs to be obeyed and conditions to be met, many a business owner has given up in despair.

But that may have changed a bit with the introduction of Managed by the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, is a sort of clearing house for searching (and finding!) grants through searches. The website has a Basic Search, where you can search by keyword, Funding Opportunity Number (FON) or Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number. You can also Browse by Category or Agency. There is also Advanced Search that allows you to search by more specific criteria such as funding instrument type, eligibility or sub-agency. was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public. From the website, you can download the application packages for the various grants as an editable PDF file. You can view a flash tutorial with audio narration on how to complete a grant application package. From the tutorial, the application process appears to have been streamlined and standardized, which should remove some of the confusion and frustration from the process.

After completing the package offline, you can then submit the package online using buttons built into the PDF.

Featured Vendors in GiftsWholesale.Com
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At Alexa's Angels , the special moment of gift giving motivates everything we create. Each of our expressive and inspirational jewelry products were crafted with your friends and loved ones in mind. Because what you give to the special people in your life can say so much about the sentiments you with to share.

Aspen Bay Candles: The best candles on the market--a result of our continual and diligent application of superior candle science. Take a moment to visit our unique high quality line of candles. Once you have experienced the superb fragrances and long burn times, we are sure you will be back again and again.

Box and Wrap Your Unique Source for Wholesale Packaging! We offer Stock and Custom Packaging. Gift Boxes, Apparel Boxes, Candy Boxes, Candle Boxes, Pillow Boxes, Wine Boxes, Jewelry Boxes, Paper Shopping Bags, Plastic Shopping Bags, Gift Bags, Gift Wrap, Gift Basket Supplies and more! With our Gift packaging Selections, the Possibilities are Endless!

Carson Home Accents: Long known for their wind chimes and outdoor accessories, Carson continues to develop exciting new styles and designs in categories like figurines, statuettes, message bars, plaques, mini-plates and table accents that are both decorative and functional.

Don Mark Lifelike puppies & kittens that actually breathe. These adorable pets offer a real pet ownership experience without the work or expense. Perfect petzzz -------the ultimate pet. We now offer 30 breeds of puppies and kittens to choose from. Visit our web site to see our entire line of petzzz plus over 180 other unique gifts and gadgets.

Mud Pie: Mud Pie products are now featured in three catalogs: Mud Pie Baby, Mud Pie Gift, and Mud Pie Pet. It has always been our goal to offer innovative giftware that's affordably priced and adorably packaged.

Peking Handicraft, Inc. is an international manufacturer and wholesaler specializing in home textiles, decorative accessories and giftware. The company's expertise in sourcing and manufacturing the finest products from throughout China is reflected in over two decades of experience and is recognized throughout the industry.

Spring Street is proud to offer the finest assortment of personal, home, and office accessories. Our extensive product lines are all theme oriented, from baby to bride and beyond. All of our gift items are hand epoxy enameled and adorned with faux jewel encrusted motifs. Many of our designs are inspired from the famed Soho district of New York City where the very real Spring Street is located.

Sunset Vista Designs: From the same creative team that brought you Care and Wonder Company; We're back with a fresh new line of the latest in home and garden decor.

Wellspring: Stationery products that help keep you organized by giving you fashion with function--wherever you are in your home, office, or on the go. Includes: Pencil Pads®, Auto Notes™, Flip Notes, Wiggle Pens™, note cards, note pads, and recipe books.

Senate Vote Could Give Tax Relief to Stores

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2008 -- The National Retail Federation (NFR) urged the Senate to approve a tax extenders package scheduled for a vote today, citing support for provisions on retail depreciation rules, Alternative Minimum Tax relief and mental health parity. NRF also urged support of energy tax relief expected to be handled in a separate vote.

NRF said a provision renewing the 15-year depreciation period for remodeling done at leased stores and expanding it to include owned stores for the first time was particularly important for retailers.

“In the current economic climate, some retailers look at remodeling as a way to revitalize a failing store, but the anticipated return has to pay for the costs involved,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Steve Pfister said in a letter to senators. “During this past year when retail sales have dropped so dramatically, retailers made investments based on the assurances of many members of Congress that these depreciation provisions would not be allowed to expire at the end of 2007. When the costs must be written off over 39 years, it is much more difficult to make the decision to remodel the store.”

The 15-year period expired at the end of 2007 and will revert to the previous 39 years if not renewed retroactively. Pfister said retailers typically remodel every five to seven years in order to maintain customer interest and compete with newer stores.

The Senate is expected to vote today on a substitute version of HR. 6049, the Tax Extenders and Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008 passed earlier this year by the House. Among other provisions, the bill would extend the 15-year period for leased stores through the end of 2009 and extend it to owned property placed into service during 2009. Improvements at owned stores are currently depreciated over 39 years. (source)

Quick Industry News

Rocket USA Introduces Political Punching Bags
Politics! Politics! Politics! Regardless of which political party you love to hate, you can take out your frustrations on political "Bop Bags" from Rocket USA. The inflatable punching bags come in either Obama or McCain designs and in 46-inch and 7-inch "finger bop bag" sizes, so you can go a few rounds with your political nemesis. The company is advertising them as political stress relievers.

Each large Bop Bag purchased includes three bumper stickers and the 7-inch desktop political punchers come with two bumper stickers.

Global Product Resources Debuts Deco Heat™
(San Diego, Ca.) -- San Diego-based Global Product Resources, Inc. (GPR), a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of home decorative products, heats things up this fall with the anticipated debut of Deco Heat™.

The new collection of decorative portable heaters is the newest addition to the firm's popular Deco Breeze® collection of designer fans. By combining function with high design, Deco Heat™ offers a new way to beat those winter chills in style! The innovative Deco Heat™ portable heaters are offered in an array of top selling Deco Breeze® fan styles with a compact design for easy placement in the home and office. Because of their decorative appeal, the portable heaters can easily become a permanent part of any desk, vanity, bedroom, bathroom or other personal space décor ensemble, adding a decorative dimension and making it easily accessible for frequent use. (more)

Mud Pie Debuts New Holiday Gift Collections

New items featuring Santa's suit are tailored to fit customer's budget
Tucker, Ga. -- The award-winning international gift company, Mud Pie, introduces its much-anticipated new holiday gift collections for the 2008 holiday season. Its new collection of Santa-themed gift products is sure to steal the show, featuring Santa's red coat and favorite belt. The collection offers items perfect for gift-giving and holiday decorating, including a wine bottle bag, guest towel, coasters, dinner plates, platters, photo album and picture frame. Affordably priced at retail ranging from $7 to $25, the adorable holiday items will make cash registers "ring" in the season! (more)

Traviata Line of Candles Introduced
Aspen Bay Candle Co. is proud to introduce the Traviata line of fine candles. A collection of eleven distinctive fragrances designed to scent your space for bountiful living. Our stunning jars are made of mouth blown recycled glass, hand finished by artisans at a small workshop that we found hidden away in the mountains of central Mexico. Our wax blend is a proprietary mix developed over the course of years -- primarily based on ultra-refined soy wax. Call us now at 1-800-748-9249 for a complete catalog featuring all of our fine products or visit us online at

An adorable, new gift package coupling plush peas and "Eat Your Peas" gift books in one!
Gently Spoken Spreads "Peas and Love" Across the World
Anoka, Minn. -- Gently Spoken, publisher of the wildly-successful "Eat Your Peas" gift books, has teamed with the Mary Meyer Corporation, an award-winning manufacturer of quality stuffed toys, to introduce Peas and Love, an adorable new gift package that combines a Food for Thought Mary Meyer plush pea and an "Eat Your Peas" gift book. The new Peas and Love gift packages include: Peas and Love for New Moms, Peas and Love for Daughters, Peas and Love for Grandkids and Peas and Love for the Holidays.

"We are extremely excited to have this opportunity to work with the kind folks at Mary Meyer," says Cheryl Karpen, author and owner of Gently Spoken. "Mary Meyer is a lovely family-owned company that celebrates 75 years of quality products in the plush toy industry. We are confident our new Peas and Love gift packages will be a top-selling product that will be enjoyed by all ages, spreading "peas" and love across the globe!"