UMAPP March News 2021
Thank you for your support of our regional association during the unusual events of 2020 and 2021. You are receiving this news update because you are a member of UMAPP, have attended one of our events, or subscribed to receive information as a nonmember. To contact UMAPP, please send a message to: info@umapp.org.
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Upcoming Events
Facebook Live Presentations
Every Friday at 10:30 am through June, we feature a different supplier. Go to: Facebook.com/UMAPP or view the list and past presentations at UMAPP.org.

Next up for Friday, March 26, Apogee Commemoratives @ 10:30 am - go to Facebook.com/UMAPP
Wild Wednesday Webinar
March 31, 2021
11:30 am Central

For UMAPP Members and Free of Charge
“Embrace the Winds of Change”
Adjust Your Sails
Presented by Johnny Campbell, The Transition Man” Founder, Rise-Up and Win International
Summer Golf Outing
August 18, 2021
StoneRidge Golf Course
Located just miles from the BCE Show between Woodbury and Hudson, WI

Registration opening soon!
Brand Connection Expo End Buyer Event
August 19, 2021
Inwood Oaks Event Center
The distributor show where customers are invited, too!

Keynote speaker, Dan Nevins, of the Wounded Warrior Project will tell an inspiring and motivational story.

Registration opening soon!
Industry Scholarship Available

Deadline is March 26
The Tee Hamilton Creative Scholarship was created to support promotional product industry professionals in their pursuit of creative or business education by paying up to 80% towards courses and conferences. We want to reduce the financial barriers associated with participating in continuing education.
Why does this matter? Because Tee believed that industry professionals who bettered themselves through education could create a strong and lasting legacy for themselves and the industry. 

Click the button to read how it works.
Sure Ways To Spot A Tire Kicker From A Mile Away
Reprinted with permission from Promotional Consultant Today. 


Top-Shelf Tip No. 59:
“The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.”
Stephen R. Covey


An old car dealership term, a “tire kicker” refers to someone who spends a lot of time asking questions, or “kicking the tires,” but never ends up buying. They may keep coming back to you to try to get a lower price or better terms. Or, they may flip flop, never able to make up their mind about what they want or need. 

You don’t have to work in car sales to know that tire kickers can be a real drain on your energy. When you spend time with people who aren’t truly a good fit for your product or service, you miss out on pursuing high-quality, revenue-generating leads.
Welcome New Members!
Gabriel Town Marketing & Supplier
Nancy Hunter
2934 E Garvey Avenue S
Suite 103
West Covina, CA 91791

Burnside Sierra Pacific Apparel
Paul Kory
1403 Gillingham Lane
Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Did you know?
. . . feeling "starved" for human company may be no exaggeration. Social isolation activates the same midbrain regions as food deprivation. Researchers required 40 participants to fast for 10 hours and then to experience 10 hours of total social isolation, each time observing brain activity via MRI. At the end of each deprivation period, participants were subjected to images of food or social interaction. Unsurprisingly, when participants had gone without food for 10 hours, they said that the food cues promoted food cravings, and when they had gone without human company, they report that the social cues prompted social cravings. On the MRI, both types of desire lit up the same parts of the brain, suggesting that "craving" is a psychological process that covers both food and social contact. Study by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, published in Nature Neuroscience.

. . . there's an easy way top revitalize old cookware? If you have a stock pot or saucepan that's seen better days, especially if it has burnt-on residue, try this trick before tossing it. Put some water into the pot along with a dishwasher tablet, bring it to a boil. Let it boil for 10 minutes, as the tablet releases its full concentration on the surface of the pot. If the pot isn't completely clean in 10 minutes, boil longer. Scrub lightly if needed. RD.com

. . .there is new hope for glaucoma victims. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. In a study of mice, researchers were able to reprogram aged eye cells in the retina and restore their biological functions. The scientists placed three youth-restoring genes in mice retinas, promoting nerve regeneration and reversing age-related vision loss. Further studies in other animals are planned before the approach can be tried in humans. Study by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, published in Nature.

"Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I am going to learn, I must do it by listening. Larry King 1933-2021
How To Boost Your Charisma In An Online World
Reprinted with permission from Promotional Consultant Today. 

Top-Shelf Tip No. 4:

“Charisma is a sparkle in people that money can’t buy. It’s an invisible energy with visible effects.”
Marianne Williamson

Top performers in sales are often some of the most charismatic professionals. They have a magnetic personality that makes them charming and appealing to others. Like with many personality traits, charisma comes naturally to some while others must work at it. 

When many sales meetings take place over Zoom calls and virtual meetings, it takes some creativity to let your charisma shine. Ramon Ray, a speaker, best-selling author and producer, says it is worth the effort since charm and charisma can help you overcome the cold and impersonal lens of a video camera. 

Industry News
Read all the latest industry news, including one of UMAPP's newest board members, Ellie Bathe of Logojojo Custom Label Craft Coffee, just earned her CAS industry designation! Congratulations on the great news, Ellie!
UMAPP Benefits for Members
There are countless reasons to belong to your regional promotional professionals association, some of which include the intangible benefits such as relationships, business knowledge shared, belonging to a community of like-minded professionals, but there are some TANGIBLE benefits, too. These keep money in your pocket.

As we get closer to the deadline for dues renewal, keep in mind some of these tangible benefits that will be a noticeable savings for your company.

Never miss a good deal here. Nearly 200 pages of supplier coupons, discounts, and more. This valuable book saves distributors hundreds . . . thousands . . . of dollars a year. One UMAPP distributor (H.A. Gross of Plaza Printers in Iowa) saved $800 on ONE order using this book. Sign into your UMAPP website account to access.

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For current UMAPP members only! Just one of the benefits of companies joining UMAPP is the discount that SAGE offers. Click the graphic to go to their home page, and let them know you're a UMAPP member.

Through our partnership with Constant Contact, UMAPP members can save 20%-25% on a subscription.

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UMAPP's distributor members receive 25% off ZOOMcatalog membership. Distributor membership includes access to all the ZOOMcatalog tools including the ability to personalize supplier catalogs, build custom catalog search engines with all or select supplier catalogs, use the ZOOMcatalog supplier directory, use the ZOOMcatalog online coded calculator, and access to downloadable supplier catalog PDFs. Membership also includes access to the membership section of the ZOOMcatalog Mobile app. Distributor premium membership is available for $20/month, however it will be available to association members for only $15 per month.
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