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Road Show breaks records
PPAMS
This week’s PPAMS Road Show attracted a combined total of 868 attendees to Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga. The show set four new Road Show records for tables sold in Memphis (100) and Nashville (123), distributor attendance in Nashville (199) and overall attendance in Nashville (645).

All three shows featured more suppliers than last year and the attendees were delighted. “The vendors were really so informative and after 28 years of selling promotional products, we still learn something new every time we visit the PPAMS Shows,” said MaryAnn Groves who made the trip from Knoxville to attend the show in Chattanooga.

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IMPORTANT PPAMS DATES
Date Event Location
Oct. 7, 2014 Lunch N' Learn Chattanooga, Tenn.
Oct. 8, 2014 Lunch N' Learn Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct. 27, 2014 Lunch N' Learn Jacksonville, Tenn.
Oct. 28, 2014 Lunch N' Learn Memphis, Tenn.
Feb. 11-12, 2015 PPAMS MidSouth Promo Show Music City Center: Nashville, Tenn.



Lunch-N-Learn coming in October
PPAMS
PPAMS is pleased to announce four Lunch-N-Learn programs coming to Chattanooga, Knoxville, Jackson and Memphis in October. Each luncheon will feature up to five supplier presentations with selling tips, new products, and case studies on their best selling items. The luncheons are free for distributors to attend and supplier spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information and to sign up for the shows, visit www.ppams.com and click on the Events Calendar.
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MidSouth PromoShow dates announced for 2015
PPAMS
Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the PPAMS MidSouth PromoShow, which has grown to be the largest promotional products show in the region. The show will return to the Music City Center in downtown Nashville on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11-12, 2015. Professional development seminars and the Best of PPAMS Awards will be on the 11th and the show on the 12th. Over 120 exhibitors and 500 product lines are expected for the show. Exhibitor contract will be available next week and distributor registration will open in October. For more information, contact the PPAMS office at 615-465-8109 or mark@ppams.com.
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Bulova presents watches to Road Show attendees
PPAMS

Laura Lee Pullara and Terry Quaranta with Bulova show off two of the
watches that were given away to Road Show attendees.
Bulova donated six watches as door prizes for this week’s Road Show. Two winners were selected in each city and the watches will be mailed to them.

Congratulations to: Patty Altenbernt (UPC/Unique Product Concepts), Danny Webb (IBP/Innovative Business Products), Lisa Williamson (Think Threads LLC), Hank McDowell (McDowell Marketing), Dan Gibb (Captains Enterprises), and Shand Morton (Reese Enterprises).
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7 secrets of happy small business owners
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Visuals and visual design in content marketing
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How to use Pinterest to create traffic to your website
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Infographic: 5 best practices for B2B mobile commerce
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Is a crowdfunding business loan right for you?
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