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The U.S. Department of Commerce Honors Bridge360

Austin-based Software Company Acknowledged for Dedication to International Trade Operations

Bridge360, a custom software application development company, has been granted a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of Commerce for its commitment to helping companies prepare for international markets by providing internationalization, localization and software testing for foreign markets.

Brenda Hall CEO accepts the award on behalf of Bridge360 from U.S. Department of Commerce – Commercial Service Director, Karen Parker

Bridge360 has enabled software and developed software applications for businesses of all sizes and industries including major automobile manufacturers, high fashion retail, mobile technology, education, and finance. “Bridge360 believes that doing business globally strengthens our clients’ businesses and our country through international trade and understanding,” said Brenda Hall, Bridge360 CEO. “Making sure software works anywhere in the world has always been a core competency for us and receiving recognition for our work is a testament to Bridge360’s contribution to our clients’ successes.”

Bridge360 CEO Brenda Hall has been member of the Camino Real District Export Council (DEC) for over ten years. She served as the DEC’s chair in 2007 and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the National DEC Steering Committee from 2010 – 2012. The U.S. Department of Commerce grants these Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Department’s promotion of U.S. international trade.

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When Your Company Is On The Move ( Like Ours ) — Top 5 Tips For Eliminating Move Stress

by Brenda Hall

So…I’m packing up my office because we’re ‘moving on up’.

Been in this building for 7 1/2 years and it feels a little strange to be leaving it; it feels better though to know our new office space is going to be so much nicer – and bigger!An office move has its challenges, but here are some helpful tips in case you find yourself in this situation:

Tip #1    Make sure you use a good mover who uses recyclable plastic bins with rollers.  This makes life a whole lot easier than trying to pack, tape and stack cardboard boxes.  (most of them will break with the loads of books so many of us have).

Tip #2    Always order more bins than you think you need.  A good formula is if you think you need 100 bins…order 150….so uptick by 50% and you should be ok. Besides, a good mover won’t charge you for bins you don’t use.

Tip #3    You’re going  to find things you forgot you had….and guess what!….you don’t need it!  So, make sure you call in the shred-it guys with their truck and have them show up to pick up these stacks of things.  Nostalgia is nice….but keep it limited!

Tip #4    No matter how much extra space you think you planned for in your new location….you’ll probably fill it up right away, especially if you bring all that stuff from Tip #3 above!

Tip #5    Get good people to help you….don’t be afraid to ask everyone to pitch in.  At the end of the day, it all comes down to great people banding together to get the job done.

BTW….I learned I didn’t really need 5 wine bottle openers in my desk, so I’m going to take 2 of them home now 🙂

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It’s All About YOU!

by Brenda Hall

Time flies when you’re having fun!  It hasn’t always been a cake walk, but we are having fun!  Bridge360 is now entering ‘early adolescence’ and we’re looking forward to many more interesting and fun years ahead.    Where will we be at the end of the next decade?

No one has a crystal ball, but I am sure we will continue doing much of what we do today; giving great service to our clients with our ‘secret sauce’…great employees.  It’s as simple as that.  We have great plans as we continue our growth, and that is to make sure each and every client gets more than they expected, and we find ways to solve those difficult problems they’ve come to rely on us for.  We will also remain focused on finding ways to grow opportunities for our employees.   This is our culture – this is who we are – this is what we will continue to do.

Oh yes, and by the way….we’ll be eating lots and lots of birthday cake as we celebrate each and every new year!  Thank you to all of our great clients and friends – after all – IT IS ALL ABOUT YOU!  And a special thank you to all of our extraordinary employees who deliver solutions day in and day out!