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2 $500 scholarships available for PPAMS members
Employees of PPAMS member companies have the opportunity to receive financial help for continuing education. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded this year to individuals who are working to obtain one of our industry's professional designations — TAS, CAS, MAS, MAS+, BASI or MASI. The scholarship money can be used to pay for your travel and registration fees to attend any CEU approved seminar, such as the ones held in conjunction with the ASI Shows or PPAI Expo. It can also be used to attend events such as the Women's Leadership Conference, the Product Safety Summit or the North American Leadership Conference.
Click Read More to download a scholarship application or call the PPAMS office at 615-465-8109 for more information.
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End-user show training session will be held for PPAMS distributors
In preparation for our PPAMS Road Shows in August, we will be holding End-User Show Training Sessions in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville. During these sessions we will show you how to set up the online registration site for your clients to register, how the process works during the show, how to obtain your leads after the show and some tips on how to optimize your sales success. We will also have marketing materials available for you to customize and use in promoting the show to your clients.
End-User Show Training Sessions:
4 p.m., May 14 — Memphis (in conjunction with mixer)
4 p.m., May 16 — Nashville
4 p.m., June 18 — Knoxville (in conjunction with mixer)
The locations for each training session will be announced soon. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-465-8109.
Mixers scheduled for Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga
PPAMS is traveling across Tennessee in the coming months with mixers scheduled in four. Our mixers are a chance for suppliers and distributors to meet face to face and establish local connections. Our monthly mixers are open to anyone – members and nonmembers – and are free to attend.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming mixers:
5-7 p.m., May 14 — Memphis (location TBA)
5-7 p.m., June 18 — Knoxville (location TBA)
5-7 p.m., July 16 — Nashville (location TBA)
5-7 p.m., Sept. 17 — Chattanooga (location TBA)
If you would like to be a supplier host or help plan a mixer in your area, please contact Courtney Cunningham at email@example.com.
New monthly webinars to begin in May
In an effort to help our members increase their industry knowledge and earn professional certification, PPAMS will be hosting monthly webinars beginning in May. No matter where you are in our region you can log into the webinar from your office, watch it, learn from it, and then answer a five-question survey to earn your CEU points. All webinars will be submitted to ASI and PPAI for CEU approval.
In May, you can log in and listen to David Blaise explain "The 5 Biggest Threats Facing Promotional Products Distributors (and What to Do About Them!)." Be watching your inbox, Facebook and PPAMS website for dates, times and registration instructions.
Shifting retail landscape tilts support for online sales tax
The U.S. Senate may vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would allow states to collect sales tax from more online retailers. And as the political and retail landscape has shifted from the last time around, the Senate is expected to approve the measure.
ZOOMcatalog receives patent for system, method to research documents in online libraries
ZOOMcatalog, an aggregated Internet based portal for digital catalogs in the promotional products industry, has received United States Patent 8,407,197 B2 for a system and method to research documents in online libraries. The process was completed nearly three years after application for the patent was submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2010.
Bic posts sales and profit decline in Q1
French group Bic posted falling first-quarter sales and operating profit due to slowing demand for pens and ongoing issues in its promotional products unit. First-quarter sales fell 3.7 percent to $556.99 million.
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