JUNE 2019 
Upcoming Events
June 18
CPPA Nosh & Knowledge
Sponsored  by A.T. Cross
Brix Sports Bar & Grill
8675 Pulaski Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21237

June 27
Webinar At Your Desk

12:30 PM
The Public Relations Clinic

June 28
CPPA Cares Summer Camp Donation Drive
Donations accepted until 6/28/19 to benefit Sarah's House Summer Youth Program
July 17
CPPA Night at the Ballpark

7:05 PM
Orioles vs Nationals
Oriole Park at Camden Yards

August 22
Webinar At Your Desk
12:30  PM
How To Streamline Your Orders; Writing A Purchase Order Once!

Sept 5
Fall Promo Expo

10 AM - 2 PM
The Hotel at the Univ of MD
7777 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740
Thank you to everyone that stopped by the CPPA Social/Networking Event last month during L.E.A.D.

What a great turnout and such a nice evening of networking among industry peers. CPPA was honored to welcome those that were participating in LEAD and  meeting with elected officials to advocate on behalf of our industry and the power of promotional products.

Congratulations 2019 Rising Star Award Winners!

Congratulations to CPPA members Brian Deissroth, Tosha Everhart and Sam Reed on being named as 2019 PPB Rising Stars!

Each year, PPB recognizes the industry's up-and coming leaders that demonstrate commitment to excellence on and off the job. The candidates are nominated by their colleagues and peers based on demonstrated leadership potential through involvement in the industry and in their communities.                    Read More
American Solutions for Business Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity
Glenwood, MA  A team of American Solutions for Business employees dedicated a full day building for Habitat for Humanity in Alexandria, MN.
"This was such an awesome opportunity for everyone involved," explained Justin Zavadil, ASB President. "Not only did we help move a family one step closer to home ownership, but our team got to work together toward something good for the community. That's what we're all about."  
ASB recently introduced Volunteer Time Off to all employees in the home office as a value add to employees and the community. This decision allows American Solutions for Business team members to make a greater impact on the area they live and work. 

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Calling all Suppliers and MLR's - Would you like to host a Nosh & Knowledge Event in 2019?

In an effort to bring more programs to the entire CPPA territory, we have developed lunch and learn opportunities called "Nosh & Knowledge". These luncheons allow our distributor members (and non-members) to enjoy a hosted lunch while getting industry education. Additionally it is an opportunity for our supplier sponsors to reach a larger group of people at one time maximizing their time and money.
Industry News
PPB Best Bosses

Is Your Boss The Greatest?

We're searching for the promotional products industry's best bosses. (Yes, they do exist.) While it may be easy to remember the not-so-great bosses we've come across in our careers, the good bosses are typically taken for granted and deserve recognition.
PPB wants to hear about the impact your boss has had on building your workplace's culture and the lessons they've shared with you while helping you develop as a leader in your own right.
Individuals selected will be featured in the October PPB magazine. All nominees must be affiliated with a PPAI member company and may not be a previous honoree. Deadline for nominations is July 9, 2019.

Effective Networking Requires Mastering These 5 Skills
John Biotnott  * VIP Contributor  Entrepreneur
Good networking is a learned skill, and all entrepreneurs have made mistakes with their networking at some point.
If you struggle with approaching other business professionals and finding the right things to say, it may be because you don't yet know how to  network Effective networking  requires particular skills, and most people aren't born knowing the best ways to build meaningful connections with other entrepreneurs. If you master these skills, you'll be able to leverage networking for what it is - a powerful tool that can open up future opportunities and help to build your business.
Networking isn't intuitive. After all, how many times have you received blanket LinkedIn connection requests with generic messages or no messages at all? Or maybe you've been approached by people at events who pitched their services right away? Networking done poorly is ineffective and off-putting, and you've probably encountered many people who don't know how to do it right.                              Read More

Get your free copy of the latest Market Outlook Report  
Text "MOR" to 444999
PPAI provides a variety of research to its members and the Market Outlook Report (MOR) is one of the most popular and helpful. ITR Economics has been producing this quarterly report since 2014 with its insightful look at broad economic forecasts and trending, plus leading indicators for the promotional products industry reaching down to the supplier and distributor level. The report is written in plain language with actionable insights for PPAI supplier and distributor members of all sizes. ITR has a 99% accuracy rate with its forecasts!
An important part of the MOR is a summary of member survey information. To make this part of the report as valuable as it can be we need more survey participants...especially suppliers...and here are some reasons why it makes sense for you to participate:
  • It's a short (14 questions) survey.
  • Your information is kept in strict confidence by ITR. It is not shared with the association nor any other business or non-profit agency. It is used only in a consolidated manner in this summary report.
  • The complete MOR, with survey information, is available only to those members who participate in the survey.
  • You can participate by requesting the current report using the following text messaging. A copy of the Q1 2019 report will be sent to you, plus an invite to participate in the survey. *Text "MOR" to 444999*
New this year is a "Dashboard" tool produced by ITR and PPAI to help all members see how they stack up against their peer group and total industry members. Here is a link to the dashboard for you to test drive: https://itrondemand.com/ppai-dashboard   (The data you enter is not retained)
Take advantage of this membership benefit and order your FREE copy of the Market Outlook Report today. Text "MOR" to 444999. For more information contact ppai@Itreconomics.com