2020 June/July e-Newsletter
President's Message
Hi AzPPA Members!
On behalf of the AzPPA Board of Directors, we hope you are all staying healthy and your businesses remain busy in these trying times. I am happy to say that I did finally get a haircut last week and it felt amazing.

Your Board continues to work hard to meet our mission of delivering value through member engagement, educational development, events and collaboration. I'm very proud of the work
our Executive Director and Events/Professional Development committee have done to try to provide online content, webinars, and supplier presentations to help our members remain informed and in touch. Please continue to watch our calendar for new events and be sure to sign up!

In case you missed it, we have just kicked off our annual donation drive. Maggie’s Place provides houses of hospitality and ongoing support to help pregnant and parenting women in need reach their goals, and welcomes them into a community filled with love and dignity. They are in particular need of laundry detergent and full-size personal care items, but so many other things can help! Be sure to check the links below for more information and drop-off locations. (Big ups to Anna Weise, our philanthropy volunteers,
sponsors, and donation location providers for putting this together in this time of need for many!)

Many of you have been asking me what’s going on with AzPPA Expo 2020. Just like you, we have been monitoring the health situation closely. We want to put on the best trade show experience we can offer, but our exhibitor and attendee safety is of the utmost importance to us. We have carefully examined the operational logistics of putting on a show at this time, and after many discussions with members, your Board has decided to postpone the August trade show. Thanks to a very flexible venue provider (shout
out to Warehouse 215), we are still hopeful to be able to put on an event for you later this year, depending on how situations continue to pan out. Otherwise, expect our trade show to be at Warehouse 215 in 2021!

AzPPA remains committed to our members. Please don't hesitate to reach out to either Betsy or myself with any ideas, questions, comments, or concerns. (Complaints can be directed to jim@...........)

Stay safe friends!
Damon Subasa, MAS - 2020 AzPPA President (pictured with his lovely fiancee, Charity!)

AzPPA Members Only Group:

New Members Since
April 2020:

J&L Printing and Promotional Products

Embroidery Unlimited

Business Services:
Promo Corner

Members - Remember to log in to our website and you can access contact information in the Directory !

If you're running late, RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP today so you can take advantage of all the benefits of membership for 2020! Log in at www.azppa.net !

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Our Tune in Tuesday Series Continues through July 14th!

In an effort to keep our Supplier and Distributor members in touch during this time, we have introduced AzPPA-hosted Tune in Tuesday video product presentations!

AzPPA regional distributors in AZ and UT can register soon for these 30-minute presentations:

Tuesday, June 9th at 11:00 am - Jordan Green and Brenda Pflumm with Gill Studios

Tuesday, June 16th at 11:00 am - Kale Wallner and Devin Martin with Crystal-D

Tuesday, June 23rd at 11:00 am - Anna Wiese with Imagen Brands

Tuesday, June 30th at 11:00 am - Heather Bryan with Jupiter Engraving

Tuesday, July 14th at 11:00 am - Michael Del Bucchia with Terry Town

The presentations will be recorded and shared with the registered attendees.

Stay in Touch!
Be Prepared When Business is Flourishing Again!
Wild Wednesday Webinar -
Every Wednesday in June!
9:30 - 10:30 am AZ time

June 3 - Ben Haynes - "Stay in Front of Customers while Social Distancing" -
Recording HERE

June 10 - Christopher Duffy "Get Noticed with a Powerful LinkedIn Profile & Resume" -
Register HERE

June 17 - Joel Schaffer "The Day After Tomorrow" - Register HERE

June 24 - Gloria Lafont "Marketing Your Promo Business in the New Landscape" -
Register HERE

Upcoming presenters include:

July 29th – Kirby Hasseman (Hasseman Marketing)

August 26th – Bill Petrie (Promo Corner), “The 25 Month Decade: Overcoming Adversity to Maximize Growth"

September 30th – Bruce Bolger (Enterprise Engagement Alliance)

October 28th - Brett Garan (Edwards Garment)

November 18th - Bobby Lehew (commonsku)

Tour Explosion Sportswear

AzPPA MEMBER DISTRIBUTORS - If you're feeling ready to venture out for a very limited in-person event, join us on Thursday 6/25! We're offering 3 tours of no more than 10 people each at 9, 10, and 11 am that day. Click HERE to register!

The folks at Explosion Sportswear are anxious to share with us their decorating capabilities, and to help you meet the needs of your clients!

Out of respect for your fellow attendees, please wear a face covering and respect the 6' physical distancing requirement.
Our first charitable event of the year !

Now more than ever the women and children in shelter at Maggie's Place facilities need your support. They are especially in need of laundry detergent. Click the logo above for their full wish list .

You can drop off donations at the following locations:
Brown & Bigelow - 7250 N. 16th St., Ste. 105, Phoenix AZ 85020 (Contact vicki@brownandbigelow.com or lucinda@brownandbigelow.com for availability)
HP2 Products & Promos - 2880 E. Northern, Phoenix AZ 85028
Sunstate Embroidery - 5869 S. Kyrene Rd., Ste. 9, Tempe AZ 85283
McCreary's Tees - 4121 E. Raymond St., Phoenix AZ 85040

Or email our Philanthropy Chair, Anna Wiese ( awiese@imagenbrands.com ) for pick up during the week of July 3 - 7.
And NOW you can subscribe to our AzPPA Events Calendar for automatic updates when new events are posted! Click on this Calendar LINK to sign up TODAY!

Did you attend our webinar on the various government-supported relief programs for small businesses in May?
Click here for a link to the recording of the 5/7 webinar.

Do you need more information on how to apply for loan forgiveness through the Small Business Administration?
Click here to be linked to a follow up webinar presented by Seth Fink from the Phocus Financial Group from May 20th.

AND the U.S. House and Senate just passed a new bill giving small businesses more options for using PPP funds. Read more here ...
Workplace Safety Checklist Offers Guidance On Re-Opening Facilities

PPAI’s affinity partner, Affinity HR Group, has produced a checklist for companies preparing for their employees to re-enter the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. The checklist guides businesses through a fresh look at their physical workspace, their workplace practices and their communication and training of employees to prohibit the spread of the coronavirus and keep employees and customers safe.

Click HERE to read the full article.
Helpful Links from Two of Our Affinity Partners!
Creative Ways to Use Social Media to Market Your Business

Click HERE for the Sage Blog!
Zoom Catalog Introduces the Zoom Academy!

Click HERE for the Zoom Academy
The 2020 Coupon Book is Here - Save $$ Today!

Use just 2 to 3 coupons from this great savings resource, and you will have more than paid for your company's membership in AzPPA for 2020!

Just renew or join today and log in to the www.AzPPA.net website with your email and password. When you're logged in, you'll see the Members tab at the far right side of the menu bar.
Follow the drop-down menu to the 2020 Coupon Book for ACTIVE 2020 Members ONLY!
Calling All Decorators!
Screen Printers - Embroiderers - Engravers - Digital Printers - Pad Printers - Transfers - ANY TYPE OF DECORATING!

If your business specializes in decorating ANY blank product - apparel or hard goods - we have a membership category just for you!

We understand that your business is different from a traditional Distributor or a traditional Supplier. Benefits of membership in the ALL NEW Decorator Category include:
* Flat rate membership fee
* Exhibit at our supplier shows and events
* Annual access to the AzPPA Distributor membership list
* Attend supplier events even if you are not exhibiting
* Access to the Members-Only Coupon Book for great savings!

Join today ! Change your current membership category. Share with your friends from the Decorator community!
A Message from Anne Stone Regarding PPAI's Certification Programs

As Paul Bellantone recently announced, we’ve made a number of staffing changes here at PPAI and I am now overseeing professional development for PPAI. But don’t worry, I’m still here for you with any product responsibility or government relations issues.
I am excited to take on this new responsibility and as my first order of business I want to share with you the latest information regarding PPAI’s educational opportunities. 

Click HERE to read the complete letter from Anne.

For more information on the CAS, MAS, MAS+ Certifications, please visit  www.ppai.org/members/certification  or e-mail  Certification@ppai.org .

Our own Jim Gordon, MAS serves on the PPAI Certification Committee. To speak with him directly, contact jim@northstaridentity.com .

Are you Taking Advantage of Your SAGE Discount as an AzPPA Member?

AzPPA Distributor members get a great discount on SAGE services, just because of your AzPPA Membership!

If your 2020 membership is already active, go to www.trySAGE.com to learn about your benefits.

And don't forget about your other great benefits from:
McCreary's Tees
Zoom Catalog
Constant Contact
Merchant Processing Services

Visit our website to learn more .
What's In It For YOU as an AzPPA Member?
#10: Advocacy for your Industry in Washington
#9: MEMBERS ONLY - Network with exhibitors at events throughout the year.
#8: Twelve+ Great Wild Wednesday Webinars monthly throughout the year.
#7: 10% Discount on SAGE Products
#6: Up to 25% Discount on Constant Contact
#5: Up to 23% Discount on Federal Express Shipping
#4: Thousands of Dollars in Extra Savings with Our Member-Exclusive Coupon Book
#3: FREE admission to tours of local Supplier Factories - FOR MEMBERS ONLY!
#2: FREE admission for distributor MEMBERS to AzPPA Exhibitor Shows
#1: Relationships that Help You as a Person and Grow Your Business
Other Important Links!

* FYI - Most PPAI Webinars are available to you even if you're not a PPAI member, as long as you belong to AzPPA! Contact membership@ppai.org and ask to become an Associate Member based on your membership in AzPPA!
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Affiliations and Benefits
Marc Hawkins and Peter Grossgold, 2020 Communications Co-Chairs
Betsy Andrade, Executive Director