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Sales Tax Supports our Community Events and Amenities
By Chairman John Strong
Last weekend, many families like mine celebrated the Fourth of July in our local community by watching the annual parade and fireworks, attending community-sponsored concerts and events, or hosting their own BBQs. I couldn't help but think about all the logistics, time and money that go into planning a day celebrating our great nation's independence. As an owner of an 80-year-old family-owned small business, Economy Plumbing Supply Co. in Indianapolis, I understand that the sales tax I collect from my customers at the point of sale supports my town.
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ASA Execs Look Towards Future Growth
American Supply Association
Last week, the ASA Executive Committee met in suburban Chicago to review divisional updates, discuss membership recruitment and retention and marketing plans, the 2016 association budget, and to review the latest goings on in the key areas of Advocacy, Education and planning for Network2015 in Chicago. The leadership group discussed the association's branding and marketing efforts, its aggressive career recruitment activities on behalf of the industry and ASA's overall support of its industry partners in other key areas. ASA's Executive Committee continues to focus on strengthening the association's overall financial picture while expanding on membership value. ASA Strategic Long Range Plan
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ASA Members Ramp Up Efforts
American Supply Association
Operation Rise & Conquer sends our wounded veterans on a weeklong adventure at the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colorado, to help them regain their confidence and trust in themselves. Through Bradley Corporation's Summer Sales Initiative, where they are donating a portion of their summer sales to Operation Rise & Conquer, they have raised $18,995 in the month of June, alone. This is a huge accomplishment with two months still to come in their initiative and another big step towards reaching ASA's 2015 goal of $100,000. This is also a great example of how ASA members are stepping up in their own ways to raise money for this program.
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    "Because of networking with wholesalers and manufacturers from around the country, education training materials for our people coming up in the industry, and the exchange of ideas that goes beyond what we can get out of our buying group."Sam Williams, Gateway Supply Co. Share your 'I AM ASA' with us!

Stay Connected at Network2015
American Supply Association
Connecting with your industry peers is vital to sustaining a strong industry connection. Network2015, THE industry event in the PHCP-PVF industry, is where owners, decision-makers and leaders gather to network, forge industry connections and stay ahead of industry trends. The event is packed with educational opportunities that provide key take-away that can be implemented immediately at your place of business. Not to be missed is a great part of the event – the Open House Receptions. While at Network2015, and after a full day of events, kick back and have a libation with your industry partners at either the Plumbing Division Open House Reception or the IPD Open House Reception. Both take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and plan on being a festive time. Stay connected by registering now for Network2015, and take part in all that Network2015 can do for you. Visit for full program information.
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Is Home Maintenance a Budding Economic Growth Sector? (The Desert Sun)

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Supply House Times Wins Third APEX Honor in a Row
Supply House Times
Supply House Times recently was honored in the 27th annual Awards for Publication Excellence competition. The annual awards program recognizes excellence in publications work by professional communicators. The APEX awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. Supply House Times won in the Covers category for its December 2014 front cover, which shows PHCP and American Supply Association-member distributors Ted Green (Pace Supply), Scott Weaver (APR Supply), Sam Williams Jr. (Gateway Supply), Karla Neupert Hockley (Consolidated Supply), Scott Robertson (Robertson Heating Supply) and Brian Tuohey (Collins Pipe & Supply) in the casino area of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
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Essential Not Optional: Why Employee Training and Development Matters
Business In Vancouver
Employee training and development is essential for your organization's success. It is important to ensure your employees' skills, abilities and knowledge levels are being regularly updated. There are a variety of reasons for employee training and development.
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