Kim's Ed Trust Update!

PPI is actively engaged in high school career fairs this spring. In the last six weeks, our team has participated in three fairs, which have provided visual communications career information to over 7300 students.
The most recent fair, the 2017 Greater Auburn Area Career Conference, held yesterday at Emerald Downs in Auburn, WA,
included two volunteer PPI members. Randy Coplen, a retired print company owner and local Vizcomm advocate, along with Dave Weber, Highline College's Print Shop Manager, assisted us at our display booth for the day. The student interest was tremendous, both in learning about careers in visual communications, and in further discussion about possible industry internships and school-to-career day event opportunities.
Kevin Bacon thinks its hard to connect with Millennials, but we're here to bridge the gap and build a workforce for the future. We need your help to encourage students to pursue careers in print! To continue our outreach, we need more member volunteers in career fairs, business tours and internships. Would you like to get involved?
Let's Do It!

Upcoming Events

Portland Bowling is 1 Month Away!!

Come out, network & raise funds for the Pacific Printing Industry's Educational Trust! We are working hard to re-engage high school & community colleges to bring print-related visual communication programs BACK into the mix as well as engage young people about the industry & power of print.

SPACE IS LIMITED - Register Here Before April 1st for the Early Bird Special! Fun & games happening for the non-bowlers as well as a charity fundraising raffle... Cheerleaders,   Register Here. Join us! More about Sponsorship opportunities Here.

Seattle 9th Annual Art with Heart Bowling Fundraiser

Time to raise more money than ever before to support our local Art with Heart, celebrating 20 years of helping children overcome trauma through creative expression. ALL ARE WELCOME! Lanes are limited but there are plenty of opportunities for fun & games for non-bowlers as well!

Please join us! Network & support this local, worthy organization! Sponsorship and donations are welcome for the lanes, fundraising raffle, and 50/50 drawing!

Bowling Teams Register Here! Cheerleaders Register   Here!
Learn about Sponsorship Opportunities   Here!

Its Time to Spring into PrintROCKS!

The first signs of spring are here and you know what that means... PrintROCKS! submissions will be open soon! Mark your calendar for submissions opening on May 1st and don't forget to save your best print.

Five Ways to Boost Your Google Search Ranking

As we begin this new year, 2017, it's a good time to start thinking about marketing techniques for the new year, what has worked so far since last year, and what we can improve on going forward this year. So, let's start by taking a look at how we can improve search engine optimization moving forward. With the Internet being such a prominent part of your company's marketing efforts, having strong SEO is crucial to marketing and developing new business. Below are five tips that will help boost your business's SEO and improve your search ranking on Google. Continue reading Here.
In accordance with a White House executive action call to strengthen our patent system and foster innovation, the USPTO is expanding its   Patent Examiner Technical Training Program (PETTP). The USPTO is requesting voluntary assistance from technologists, scientists, engineers, and other experts from industry and academia to participate as guest lecturers and provide technical training and expertise to patent examiners regarding the state of the art.

On May 31st, USPTO is hosting a technology fair in the areas of semiconductors/memories, optics, circuits, and printing/measuring/testing. USPTO is requesting voluntary assistance from technologists, scientists, engineers, and other experts from industry and academia to participate in-person at our Alexandria, VA, headquarters or virtually as guest lecturers to provide technical training and expertise.

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PIA Applauds Passage of the Postal Service Reform Act

Printing Industries of America (PIA) and its member companies today applaud the passage of H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act, by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The legislation, which would bring desperately needed financial modernization to the United States Postal Service (USPS) was sponsored by Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and was reported favorably out of committee by a bipartisan voice vote.

"PIA now looks to the full U.S. House of Representatives to urgently pass this much needed postal reform and modernization legislation."

Read More Here.

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