APRIL 2020
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April 15

April 16
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April 21
CPPA is here to help you Connect, Collaborate, Learn, and Grow!

Suppliers ~ Have you thought ab out presenting a CPPA webinar?

Distributor members want to learn about new innovative processes, tech options, how to sell your products, target audiences, case studies, and ways to improve their business and yours!

Stay connected with Distributors Without Leaving Home!  Reach Out to CPPA today to schedule a webinar!
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Did You Know that PPAI Online Education offers live webinars throughtout the year?


CPPA Member Update
Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, CPPA has created a temporary page on our website to help educate & update our community. This is a public forum for our local promotional products community (both CPPA members & non-members alike) to post about their company's current operational status as well as obtain  up-to-date information. This page contains links with  a wealth of information about the virus and how it is affecting our industry.
John Bennis (1948-2020)
CPPA is saddened 
to share  the news 
of the passing 
of  John Bennis

Our industry has lost an icon,someone who has mentored hundreds of people - distributors, suppliers and other multi line reps.  He was loved by so many in our industry.  It is a void that cannot be filled.  

Predeceased by his beloved son Max, he is survived by his beloved wife Gina and daughter Dana.  He will be cremated and put to eternal rest along with Max.  Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
ASB Packs 575 Meals for Children in Need During COVID Pandemic   
GLENWOOD, MN  - American Solutions for Business  recently packed meals for local children through the United Way's Backpack attack program. 

A team of about 15 home office employees (including Founder, CEO, Larry Zavadil) took turns coming into the office over the course of a week to pack 575 meals. Typically, this program provides meals over the weekend for children, who would otherwise not have food to eat. Now during the pandemic, there is a much greater need due to temporary closures of businesses, unemployment and struggles for parents to make ends meet. 

"I'm proud that despite everything going on, we can still contribute to making our community a better place," shared Larry Zavadil. "It was empowering to participate and give back with the team I miss seeing every day." 

With students learning from home, the bags will be delivered via the school buses to the children to ensure they're getting proper nutrition. The bags packed this last week will help provide meals to these students for the remainder of the school season.

"Many families have been faced with changes to their employment and income and this program can provide supplemental food for children over the weekend to allow families to continue to ensure that basic needs are met and stretch their dollars and maintain their financial stability," said Jen Jabas, Executive Director of the United Way Douglas & Pope Counties. "We're grateful for the team at American Solutions for Business for coming together in times of need to support our community through the Backpack Attack program." 

"It's wonderful to see the number of volunteers interested in helping such a wonderful cause!" said Katie Hallstrom, Director of Human Resources at ASB. "Throughout the packing event, we helped to ensure the safety of our employees with everything set up with appropriate distances between food stations to practice social distancing. We only had 3-4 employees pack at any one time and ensured continuous hand washing and use of hand sanitizers. We're glad we could make an impact while also keeping our team safe!" 
CPPA Virtual Happy Hour

It was great seeing everyone at last week's CPPA Virtual Happy Hour!  It was wonderful to connect and support each other and all who attended loved it! 

Watch your email for the next virtual happy hour time/date!
Ironmark Delivers Meals To Medical 
Teams  and Frontline Heroes   
ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, MN  - Ironmark announced a joint program with Ledo Pizza to provide meals to medical and first responder facilities. The program, "Pizzas for the Frontline," will enable nominations of healthcare teams to receive meals during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ironmark is donating $10,000 to the "Pizzas for the Frontline" program, which kicked off yesterday with a 300-pizza delivery to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD. Alongside Ledo Pizza, Advanced Radiology is a client of Ironmark and will also be a lead sponsor of the program.

Jeff Ostenso, CEO of Ironmark, said, "We jumped at the opportunity to partner with two clients to give back to frontline health care workers and keep them refueled as they work grueling hours and long shifts due to the spread of coronavirus."        Read More Here

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Industry News
PPB Rising Stars
Deadline: 4/23/20

PPB Now Taking Nominations For Its 2020 Rising Stars

Nominations are now open for PPB's annual Rising Stars recognition program. Even in these uncertain times, up-and-coming young leaders are continuing to make their mark on their companies and communities. Let the magazine know about those exceptional young leaders who are stepping up to help light the way for the future of our industry. Nominees selected for this year's honor will be profiled in an upcoming issue of PPB magazine. Click here to provide specific details and examples about your nominee to help the judges evaluate true star quality. All nominees must work for a PPAI member company. Previous honorees are not eligible.  The deadline for nominations is 4/23/20.

Industry Town Hall
Presented by PPAI and ASI
In case you missed this month's Industry Town Hall with Paul Bellantone, PPAI and Tim Andrews, ASI, you can listen to a recording of the webinar here

This podcast addresses what each organization is doing now to assist members, the $2 trillion stimulus package, advice on what small businesses can do now to survive and even thrive, and outline action plans and forecasts for the coming months.
Focus on what's needed today, rather than obsessing over what you can't predict tomorrow.
One of the first lessons from the coronavirus, even at this early stage of the pandemic, is that you can never plan for everything.

The follow-up lesson, however, should give us all some hope. We can at least be more resilient when major, unexpected disruptions occur, as they inevitably will.

I'm seeing this first-hand. I was once the chief design officer for IBM Watson, and am now working in the property management sector. As public officials have issued shelter-in-place orders, the situation has upped the pressure on landlords and depressed traffic in commercial sites, which has led us to think hard about how to be more resilient.

Our conclusion is that we should stop wasting time planning ahead.  Instead, we've adopted a "now, next, later" framework for decision making during crises. Today, despite the pandemic, we're efficiently making progress in matters where we have control, and we're gaining precious time to gird for changes that may or might not happen in the near future.         Read More
Free Ways To Expand Your Sales Knowledge
Online Courses
Courses To Help You Sell During Unusual Times  

How do you sell right now? During this time, more than ever, Paul Petrone, head of academic and government marketing at LinkedIn Learning, says it's critical to understand the needs of your customers and prospects. It's about asking thoughtful questions and actively listening, so you deeply understand their pain points and needs-which have likely changed.
Petrone says it's also an opportunity to go deeper with existing customers and multi-thread throughout the organization to gain a more comprehensive view. The more helpful you can be here, the stronger and more meaningful those relationships will become. Explore these courses to learn how to empathize with your buyers and then co-create value with them. 
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