Monthly Archives: October 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief: Let Us Help

 

 

Friends,

PPAI and the Promotional Products Disaster Relief Foundation (PPDRF) Business Recovery Fund are here to do all we can for promotional products industry members and non-members who are adversely affected by natural disaster.

The BRF is here to serve all those directly affected by Hurricane Sandy by helping to replace lost equipment and supplies—computers, cell phones, office supplies, promotional products catalogs and samples, and by helping to provide a work area or give other assistance as needed to get a business back up and running as soon as possible.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, we encourage you to contact us at BRF@ppai.org or 888-I-AM-PPAI (426-7724) for assistance with specific needs to re-start a business, or to report a business outage.

Your generous contributions have helped make the Business Recovery Fund available to assist our fellow promotional products associates in their time of need. At this time, we ask for your continued support by making a donation to the Business Recovery Fund online.

Thank you for your help and for sharing this information with those who need it most. Additional information is included in the alert below.

We are so grateful to you for supporting our efforts.

Sincerely,

 

Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI President & CEO

 

 

Jeff Thomas, MAS, PPDRF Business Recovery Fund Chair

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MEDIA ALERT

PPAI And PPDRF Business Recovery Fund Stands Ready To Help Promotional Products COMPANIES AFFECTED By Hurricane Sandy

Industry Members Adversely Affected By Hurricane Sandy Encouraged To Contact BRF For Assistance And To Post Business Outage Notices

IRVING, Texas (Oct. 28, 2012) – Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; www.ppai.org), the world’s largest and oldest international not-for-profit promotional products association in conjunction with the Regional Association Council (RAC), is offering disaster relief to assist promotional products industry members and non-members seriously affected by Hurricane Sandy in the form of the Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation Business Recovery Fund.

PPAI urges affected industry members to contact PPAI at BRF@ppai.org or 888-I-AM-PPAI (426-7724) for assistance with specific needs to re-start their business, to update their contact information, with questions or to report a business outage. The Business Recovery Fund has information and resources on its website about how to prepare for a disaster.

“Hurricane Sandy could affect the promotional products industry all along the East Coast, and PPAI and the PPDRF Business Recovery Fund are prepared to help,” said Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI president and CEO. “I encourage the industry to reach out and help with recovery efforts to get our fellow promotional products industry members back up and running.”

HOW TO HELP

  • CONTACT affected members. Identify specific needs. Report business outages to the PPAI disaster recovery hotline at BRF@ppai.org or 972-258-3063.  Outage notices will be posted to PPAI sites upon receipt.
  • DONATE to the Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Business Recovery Fund: Financial contributions can be made online or directed to the Promotional Products Business Recovery Fund, care of PPAI RAC, 3125 Skyway Circle North, Irving, Texas 75038. This fund is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions will be tax deductible. Donations help enable the PPDRF Business Recovery Fund to prepare for and provide assistance to the promotional products industry in response to disasters.
  • SEND donation proposals for goods, materials and services essential to operating and managing a distributor sales office or supplier manufacturing facility to BRF@ppai.org.

“This year, the ‘15 for the Fund’ campaign has generated much needed funds and awareness for the Business Recovery Fund, and we are grateful for the support from the promotional products community,” said Jeff Thomas, MAS, Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation Business Recovery Fund chair. “But when disaster strikes, it is even more critical that the industry continue to answer the call and make donations to help those devastated by unexpected natural disasters like hurricane Sandy begin the recovery process.”

The Business Recovery Fund has been set up to help promotional products industry members and non-members get back to business in the wake of a natural disaster. The fund can help replace lost equipment and supplies—computers, cell phones, office supplies, promotional products catalogs and samples, provide a work area, or give other assistance as needed to get a business up and running as soon as possible.

About Regional Association Council
Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation – Business Recovery Fund

The Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation (PPDRF) Business Recovery Fund, managed by the Regional Association Council, and, first used in 2005, helps those industry members devastated by natural disaster.  The purpose of the Business Recovery Fund is to help members and nonmembers get back to business in the wake of a natural disaster.  The fund can help replace lost equipment and supplies—computers, cell phones, office supplies, promotional products catalogs and samples—provide a work area, or give other assistance as needed to get a business back up and running as soon as possible. For more information visit the PPDRF BRF website.

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Under The Big Top!

Irvin Feld built an iconic entertainment enterprise in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus by elevating the consumer’s experience and putting a big show under one tent. And so, too, has PPAI.

In a few short months, The PPAI Expo will bring together – under one roof – nearly 1,400 suppliers presenting hundreds of thousands of products, and tens of thousands of industry professionals.  These energized and motivated industry professionals will take part in face-to-face networking, awards and recognition, more than one hundred hours of professional development and so much more—all in nearly a million square feet of exhibition space at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The PPAI Expo, January 14-18, 2013,  really has it all under one big top. If you haven’t registered for The PPAI Expo yet, here’s the link.

Speaking of tops, I am pleased to announce The PPAI Expo has once again been ranked in the Top 50 U.S. tradeshows by Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100. I hope you have a chance to read about your industry tradeshow’s latest achievement.

As always, I thank you for your support of PPAI and hope you’ll let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you grow your business.

See you at The PPAI Expo 2013!

Paul

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The PPAI Expo Ranked As 47th Largest Show

In 2012 Trade Show Executive Gold 100

Promotional Products Association International announced The PPAI Expo, North America’s largest international promotional products tradeshow, ranks 47th on the 2012 Trade Show Executive magazine’s list of the Gold 100.  The rankings, published in the October special issue of TSE, are based on a three-part, same-show comparison including show size, growth and attendance as well as innovation, social media practices, green initiatives, global participation and economic impact.The PPAI Expo has been ranked in the Top 50 of the Gold 100 since the ranker’s inception in 2007.

“Comprehensive market access and the highest quality tradeshow experience are vitally important to the mission and values of PPAI as an international trade association, and they are essential to the success of our industry in delivering proven promotional products marketing and communications strategies to buyers around the world,” said Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI president and CEO.

North America’s largest international promotional products tradeshow at a million-plus square feet, The PPAI Expo was held January 10-14, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The PPAI Expo brought 11,718 distributors under one roof for the five-day event and featured more than 1,447 exhibiting companies occupying 330,600 net square feet of exhibit space at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. With a total of more than 20,315 participants the overall non-gaming economic impact of The PPAI Expo 2011 was estimated at more than $19 million by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

“We are very proud of our long-standing commitment to producing a Top 50 tradeshow. It is very gratifying for The PPAI Expo to be recognized by Trade Show Executive magazine as a 2012 Gold 100 tradeshow,” said Darel Cook, PPAI director of expositions. “I believe the size of The PPAI Expo is a direct outcome of our focus on producing the most valuable tradeshow for our members and industry. Being ranked the best tradeshow in the promotional products industry, year after year, has been and will always be our primary motivator. That’s what makes us most proud.”

The shows held in 2011 that make up the fifth annual Trade Show Executive Gold 100 tallied a total of 42,458,142 net square feet (nsf), a increase from the 2010 events, which topped 39,192,000 nsf.

“The 100 tradeshows that make up the ‘Gold 100 Class of 2012’ made notable gains in exhibit space, exhibitors and attendees over the previous year, and outperformed TSE’s Composite Index of Trade Shows as well,” said Darlene Gudea, president of Trade Show Executive Media Group.

For more information about The PPAI Expo 2013 to be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, January 14-18, 2013, visit www.expo.ppai.org.

Introducing PPAI’s Small Business Solutions Webinar Series

If you’re a regular reader of this blog or attended a regional Town Hall over the past year, you’ve seen the numbers: 96% of industry distributors report under $2.5 million in annual sales and 84% report sales under $250K. Let there be no doubt… we are an industry of small businesses.

Over the course of my travels to regional Town Halls and meetings with member across the country, it has become clear that much of our membership is in need of education and tools focused on managing and growing small businesses.

While our relationship with SAGE continues to put powerful technology and business tools in the hands of every PPAI member, I want to be sure you are aware of our latest addition to the PPAI Small Business Toolkit – The PPAI Small Business Solutions Webinar Series.

The attached NEWS RELEASE outlines the program and benefits and this month’s offerings are EMBEDDED HERE. Of course, we will continue to offer these types of small-business focused programs in live settings at regional associations, The PPAI Expo, Expo East and the SAGE show.

As the news release states, the Small Business Solutions Webinar Series is in response to what we’ve heard from our members at town halls across the country. In our conversations with small-business owners in this industry, we’ve learned a lot about their unique challenges and the hurdles they’ve overcome. We developed this series to provide them useful tools tailored specifically to their needs.

Running October through December 2012, more than 15 live webinars will explore topics ranging from benefits and human resources to sales strategies and business networking. Participants are encouraged to customize the learning experience by choosing to attend one or all of the sessions. All sessions are complimentary to PPAI members, and non-members are welcome to join for a nominal fee of $20.00 per session.

The Small Business Solutions Webinar Series is PPAI at its best. Moving forward to address the viability of our members and the industry.

This Small Business Solutions Webinar Series – along with Promotional Products Work! Week – is a direct outcome from our aggressive outreach and conversations with members. I personally thank PPAI Chairman Steven Meyer, MAS for his support and dedication to this important process.

Finally, I hope that you will let me know if you have any suggestions for webinar topics or new products and services to address the needs of our small business members.

Have a terrific week.

PPAI Quarterly Sales Barometer. We Need Your Help!

It’s hard to believe that the third quarter of 2012 has come and gone.

As I travel around the country to attend regional association Town Halls, my goal is to provide important research and benchmarking tool for suppliers and distributors to evaluate and hopefully grow their businesses.  Town Hall attendees have told me the information is relevant and useful and that is why I am writing today…

You may recently have noticed a survey in your inbox.  PPAI has sent you a Quarterly Sales Barometer survey in order to determine an accurate market snapshot of overall industry performance.   The one-page survey takes only a few minutes to complete.   Participation is critical in order to make this a successful and effective tool in measuring quarterly performance.  PPAI will analyze this information and publish our findings in a future edition of PPB Newslink.  Complete your survey by October 18, 2012 and be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a free Kindle Fire!

The survey can be accessed by visiting:

Distributor:
http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/U2PEX6A7KPQY

Supplier:
http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22GRTLTSWP7

Thank you in advance for your participation with this important industry benchmarking tool and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming industry event.