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Summer in the City #hot
Summer in the City #hot
It's the August stretch where business starts to get HOT while the weather does as well. Remember as you stand in front of the office air conditioner or take a break at your fave vacation spot we're here to make SURE your business, sales & operations stay HOT! 

SO MUCH below to keep your business in da COOL ... grab an ice water & read it. SALES managers, reps old & new will appreciate our events in Seattle / Portland next week. Inexpensive, short investment of time will add SIZZLE to your SALES w/Leslie Groene leading the summer sales revival session. 

Ready to Jet Set in the InkJet world? Join the InkJet Summit ONLINE at the comfort of your DESK with an iced beverage & rotating fan! NEXT week - 2 half days of experts presenting interactive sessions to help drive your future decision making and demystify the whole InkJet conversation. ONLY $99! DIVE IN!

WAGE & BENEFITS are real people... so are hiring needs. Don't SWEAT IT! We have a survey report distributed FREE to participants who submit confidential information. Links for online or analog participation below. Deadline looming...

Our NEW & IMPROVED PPI Job Bank is online -- FREE to members to list jobs, review resumes. All supported by the PPI Social Media machine. Let us help connect you as we develop a new workforce within our region!

Finally, our PrintROCKS competition is complete - thanks to our "runway ready" judges!

On the first day of Autumn (9/22) we will celebrate all things PRINT. This includes honoring this year's  Hickey Pickers ( still time to nominate), presenting our Educator of the Year Award, viewing all the entries and voting for our People's Choice Award. All this while enjoying friends old and new and helping us raise funds to support the PPI Educational Trust activities in the region. 

Always willing to hang around YOUR water filter... look forward to chatting with you soon!
Have a most a-blazing day !! 



8/2: Quarterly HR Webinar
(let us know if you missed & want to review the recording!)

8/8: Wage and Benefit Survey Ends

8/8: Sales in the Summer: Seminar for Success - Seattle, WA

8/9: Sales in the Summer: Seminar for Success - Portland, OR

8/9 - 8/10: InkJet Ready! Live Online Conference 9am - 3pm PT
Demystify Inkjet solutions for your business - only $99 members! 

8/15: Color Standards: Now and Then - Webinar hosted by X-Rite-Pantone
Did you MISS last week's The Criticality of Using Physical and Digital Color Standards??? CLICK HERE to view the recorded presentation! 

8/23: Winning Sales Strategies for Web-to-Print-Webinar 
In partnership with the PPI Digital Technology Council
(Click HERE to review our last DTC webinar "Hot Market Opportunities andCool Substrates" )

9/10-9/14: Print '17 Trade Show-Chicago, IL

9/22: PrintROCKS! Party at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA

Hiring New Reps? New to Print Sales? 
Seasoned PrintPro Looking for sunny motivation?? 

Freshen up Your Sales Skills and Register for our 

9:00am - 10:30am - Hiring, On-Boarding and Managing Sales People 
(for owners, sales managers, HR professionals)
11:00am - 12:30pm - Mastering the Consultative Sale 
(owners, sales managers, sales representatives, customer service reps)

Summer Selling Success  Tips from Leslie Groene
"Google" a Customer/Prospect:
Looking for a reason to contact a customer or a prospect? Search their name on Google to see if there are any listings for them. You'll be astonished at what you can find concerning your customers/prospects or others with their same name. 
Regardless of the outcome, the search should give you some interesting antidotes you can use on the next contact. When that contact is made, the customer/prospect will be amazed you took the time to do the search, and if you do find something in reference to them, you'll have the perfect subject to talk about.  
PrintROCKS! Judging is complete
And Now...It's Showtime!

Invitations will be in the mail soon for this year's Print  Party!

The 2017 PrintROCKS! Party will be 9/22 in Tacoma, Washington back at the glamorous Hotel Murano - - conveniently located for a perfect weekend getaway in the heart of Tacoma attractions. Hickey Pickers, Awards, Educational Trust Fun-draising... and more! Come out to celebrate all things PRINT. 

Rooms are limited!! Special room rate ($159/night) valid through August 31st

A HUGE Thank you to all our sponsors so far!!! 

Wage and Benefit Survey Extended 8/8
There's still plenty of time to submit your 2017 survey information and RECEIVE A FREE REPORT. Online entry was a challenge for some and we apologize for the technical difficulties beyond our control. HOWEVER it seems to be working now!

If you experience any trouble logging into your online survey email Hannah.
OR You can access a physical copy of the survey to complete here & email over!

Thank you for your participation & patience. 
Safety_ Know it_Live it 
Things Are Heating Up: 
Time to Review the Production Area Dress Code? 

The EHS department at PIA has posters that demonstrate the appropriate dress for production staff and are quite helpful. The posters are here and here
 and are free for members.  Keep in mind that gender doesn't play a part in dress code - this division on the posters was a convenience.  Anyone with long hair should follow the long hair rules.  Same with loose clothing, shoes, etc.

Click Here to access a recording of the recent Personal and Protective Equipment webinar. It covers OSHA standards that exist to protect employees from exposure to potential hazards.  

A Guide to Understanding Color

How important is color to your business, or more specifically, how important is accurate color? When products reach the shelf, do they attract attention? Do they inspire confidence? Do they ensure immediate brand recognition?

Continue Reading Here 

Learn More at our upcoming webinar, Color Standards: Now and Next, on August 15. Hosted by X-Rite and PPI.

PIA Unveils State Print Profile Resources

Printing Industries of America (PIA) has unveiled the State Print Profiles. These targeted economic summaries present in-depth statistics and trends for all 50 states and Washington D.C. in order to provide members with the information necessary to evaluate their regional markets.

PIA's staff Economist Tai McNaughton directed the creation of this year's state profiles. "The State Print Profiles provide printers and suppliers with a valuable snapshot of their marketplace and competitive position," said McNaughton.

PPI is HONORED to acknowledge our 2017 Platinum Sponsors 
See all of our trusted PPI Partners who are ready to save you time and money at >> Benefits & Buying Power

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