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Stop by BIC's booth next week to send a note to our troops
When you come to the PPAMS MidSouth PromoShow next week, be sure to stop by BIC Graphic’s booth on the show floor where you can send a note to our troops serving overseas. Of course there will be plenty of writing instruments and notecards for you to use! “I hope that we can all take a couple of minutes out of our busy day to thank those that are serving our country,” said Matt Traverse, president of PPAMS and an account manager with BIC.
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Next week's fashion and accessories show is almost a sell-out
Only a few seats are left for next week’s Power Lunch during the PPAMS MidSouth PromoShow. The lunch event will feature a fashion show, giving attendees a peak at the newest and hottest apparel and accessories for 2015. Thanks to the generosity of the participating suppliers, Power Lunch attendees will also leave with an incredible gift bag. The Power Lunch will be on Wednesday during education day at the PPAMS MidSouth PromoShow. Tickets can be purchased online, here.
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The PPAMS MidSouth PromoShow is powered by SAGE more than ever
SAGE has been a longtime supporter and technology provider of PPAMS and the MidSouth PromoShow — and that support is even greater this year. As the top sponsor of the show, SAGE will now be providing complimentary access to SAGEMobile for all distributors attending the show. This will allow distributors to use their phone to search products, view exhibitors, create a walk list, input notes, photos, audio recordings and videos. Also, you can post pictures and videos directly to your Facebook and Twitter pages. Distributors who are not currently subscribers to SAGEMobile need to call 800-925-SAGE (7243) and tell them they need to get set up with the free trial of SAGEMobile for next week’s PPAMS show.

Show attendees can also take advantage of specialized SAGE training – both on education day and on the show floor. For more information on the SAGE training being offered at the show, visit our website www.ppams.com and click on Tradeshow.

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Hall of Fame trophies unveiled


The first inductees into the PPAMS Hall of Fame will receive beautiful trophies donated by BIC Graphic. The trophies include the new Hall of Fame logo and are personalized with each recipient’s name. The new awards will be presented at the Membership & Awards Dinner on Wednesday evening, Feb. 11 at the Music City Center. Hall of Fame inductees include the founders of PPAMS - Greg Francis (posthumously), Jon and Peggy Hock, Natalie Pyatt Townes, Bobby Rosenblum, and Eric Wittel. Tickets for the event can be purchased online, here.

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IMPORTANT PPAMS DATES
Date Event Location
Feb. 11-12 PPAMS MidSouth Promo Show Music City Center: Nashville, Tennessee
May 5 Chattanooga Lunch & Learn Chattanooga, Tennessee
May 12 Jackson Lunch & Learn Jackson, Tennessee
Aug. 11 Memphis Road Show Memphis, Tennessee
Aug. 12 Nashville Road Show LP Field East Stadium Club: Nashville, Tennessee
Aug. 13 Knoxville Road Show Rothchild's: Knoxville, Tennessee
Aug. 19 Decatur Lunch & Learn Decatur, Alabama
Oct. 6 Knoxville Lunch & Learn Knoxville, Tennessee
Oct. 20 Memphis Lunch & Learn Memphis, Tennessee



7 ways to double the value of your online business in 12 months
Entrepreneur
Every online business should be building an email list of subscribers to engage with and market to. Every person on your list subscribed because they are genuinely interested in what you are offering. Each is a great potential customer, but also potentially a lifelong brand ambassador. Instead of just sending them promotional offers, mix in some emails that present them with some useful content (such as a free ebook).
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Here's where it pays the most to be a small business owner
The Washington Post
Many small business owners around the country are pretty fed up with Washington, D.C. But for those who actually live in the nation's capital, there may not be much reason to complain. Self-employed individuals in Washington, D.C., enjoy a higher median income than their counterparts in the 50 states — and it's not even close. The median annual haul for District business owners is $91,644, according to new data released recently by the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy. Second on the list is Massachusetts, where the median income for self-employed individuals is $61,434.
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Words can boost or block your business
By Fred Berns
"To be successful, you have to be unique," Walt Disney once said. "You have to be so different that, if people want what you have, they have to come to you to get it." Establishing your uniqueness, and differentiating your company depends a lot on the words you choose to use. How you describe your services and yourselves may well determine the quality and quantity of clients you attract.
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Small business job growth slows, but hours, earnings up
U.S. News & World Report
Two employment reports issued recently show small business job growth is slowing, but employees are working longer hours and making more money. ADP's National Employment Report and Intuit's Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes launched ahead of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Situation report to be released later.
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10 social media tools for small businesses and freelancers
Huffington Post
It's safe to say that social media has become an internal part of the lives of those who either work online, or spend a lot of time away from their family and friends abroad. And not just that, social media is revolutionizing the classroom, changing our workspace, and allowing us to build new communities in a matter of minutes.
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The marketing tools that can help fuel business growth
Forbes
It's no secret that growth is the key to business success. Without growth, profits remain flat, which is why we've seen so much interest in the process of "growth hacking" among startups of all kinds over the past few years. But when it comes down to it, growth happens through marketing, and the best marketing happens when you use the best tools. Here are 11 of the marketing tools you'll want to take into consideration when it comes to fueling your business growth.
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Why the Street trusts Facebook more than Yahoo
CNBC
Marissa Mayer and Mark Zuckerberg had similar problems recently but gave Wall Street starkly different answers. And the choices the CEOs of Yahoo and Facebook made speak volumes about their companies' futures. Both are sitting on huge piles of cash — Mayer from Yahoo's $40 billion stake in Chinese e-tailer Alibaba, and Zuckerberg from the $11.2 billion stash generated by Facebook's accelerating operating cash flow, which reached $5.5 billion last year.
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