SPPA eNews
Sep. 19, 2014

Etsy bans sale of items bearing Redskins name and logo
TODAY
Those planning on getting a Washington Redskins peasant dress or decorative wreath for that special football fan in their lives this fall will not be able to find it on Etsy. The site that sells handmade and vintage items announced that it will no longer sell items featuring the Redskins logo or name on them. That means the red-and-yellow tutu in team colors is acceptable, but the Redskins bling cap with the team logo on it is now a no-no.More

5 things small businesses need to know this fall
The Associated Press via ABC News
What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months.More

Garment industry says 200 plants shut since Bangladesh disaster
Yahoo! News
More than 200 garment factories have shut down in Bangladesh since the country's worst industrial disaster prompted a massive clean-up of the world's second-largest textile sector, an industry group said. The closures have cost tens of thousands of jobs and led to a fall in exports, raising worries about the $24.5 billion industry — the key economic mainstay for the impoverished nation of 155 million people.More

Urban Outfitters offends on purpose...and the strategy is actually working, say experts
Philadelphia Business Journal
Urban Outfitters came under fire after releasing — and quickly apologizing for — a "blood-stained" Kent State sweatshirt, an obvious nod to the 1970 shootings at the university that left four dead, nine injured and a nation reeling. Another day another controversy for Philadelphia retailer, which seems to be releasing controversial products on purpose to spark public outcry and gain traction on social media outlets.More

Small businesses spend more on social media than any other media
Advertising Age
Social has become the top media platform for small and medium businesses when it comes to usage and spending, according to a new report from research firm BIA/Kelsey. The report found that 74.5 percent of small and medium businesses — defined as those with fewer than 100 employees — now use social media to advertise or promote their businesses. This is up from 71.7 percent last year.More

FedEx joins UPS preparing for holiday e-commerce surge
Bloomberg
Tens of thousands more workers will don UPS brown and FedEx purple this holiday season, a measure of precaution ahead of an anticipated jump in year-end e-commerce growth. This year UPS is hiring as many as 95,000 seasonal workers and FedEx Corp. is taking on at least 50,000 more to ensure people get their iPhones and foot massagers on time even as consumers tempt fate by waiting later and later to buy online.More

The key to creative insight can be simpler than you think
Fast Company Design
Sometimes a creative breakthrough comes when we're not doing anything creative at all. Maybe we're taking a walk, or standing in the shower, or awakening from a nap. The mathematician Henri Poincaré may be king of what we commonly call the "aha moment." You don't have to understand his sudden insights into non-Euclidian geometry to appreciate his belief that the best way to overcome a creative obstacle is to take a break from it.More

Winning on the Web
Go Print and Promo
A strong website can do so much for your business. It can draw in new prospects, strengthen relationships with current clients, even act as a venue for your buyers to purchase your products directly. But for all that to happen, you have to build it well. Looking to get started? Here are nine ways you can improve your website and make it into the lean, mean, selling machine it needs to be in 2014.More

Etsy bans sale of items bearing Redskins name and logo
TODAY
Those planning on getting a Washington Redskins peasant dress or decorative wreath for that special football fan in their lives this fall will not be able to find it on Etsy. The site that sells handmade and vintage items announced that it will no longer sell items featuring the Redskins logo or name on them. More

Showdown Displays named one of the fastest growing private companies in America for the seventh time
Showdown Displays
Showdown Displays, a domestic manufacturer and supplier of portable trade show displays, signage and event marketing products, was recognized as one of this year’s fastest growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine.More

Up to 190 years in prison for counterfeit sports jerseys
Philadelphia
The United States Attorney in Philadelphia recently filed an indictment charging a father and his son with illegally importing counterfeit sports jerseys from China and selling them in the United States. More