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President's Column
Fall Trade Show Season and Back to School
Does anyone know where summer went? We are back in full swing with schools starting back up this month and Fall trade shows filling the calendars. All I can say is structure and planning is a good thing and something I definitely could use some more of!

We wrapped up our Idea Showcase & Client Expo last month at Jimmy’s Conference Center, where we had a full sellout of supplier booths and over 190 attendees for the event making it a success yet again for you, our membership! 
President Chris Thies
Upcoming Events

Topic and date coming soon! Check for updates.
Free and only for UMAPP members


Suppliers must apply to exhibit at this show.  


Board of Director's Election

October 1 | Des Moines, Iowa 

Come for the show . . . stay for a beer!  No RSVP required. For promotional products distributors only (no customers). Just bring a business card!

Application deadline is November 29.

Use this scholarship to advance your continuing education credits for an industry designation. Up to three, $500 scholarships, will be awarded. 

Five Ways To Clear Mental Clutter

Reprinted with permission from Promotional Consultant Today

Do you ever struggle to differentiate between your work life and home life? Maybe you find yourself thinking about work when you're at home and vice versa. Making a distinction helps maintain flow and a healthy mind, yet it's sometimes difficult to separate the two. When this happens, you'll often find yourself with a cluttered mind
Did You Know?
. . . to be wealthy in the US requires $2.27 million?  That is the average based on what 1,000 adults said when they were surveyed as to what their net worth would have to be for them to consider themselves wealthy.   Charles Schwab's 2019 Modern Wealth Survey.

. . . some schools have dress codes for parents?  Dress codes are intended to show students, by example, what is and is not appropriate for pickup and drop off. A few school districts have implemented parental dress codes banning pajamas, nightgowns, sagging pants, and torn jeans.   Houston Chronicle
. . . more than half of Americans report being stressed out?  About 55% of US adults polled said that they had experienced a lot of stress during the prior day, compared with a worldwide average of 35%. That puts the US at the same stress level as Greece, which had been the most stressed nation studied since 2012. " Gallup 2019 Global Emotions Report,"" a poll of more than 150,000 adults in more than 140 countries, reported in  The New York Times

. . . food doesn't taste as good if we eat it while standing, we hear from Dipayan Biswas, PhD?  Recent finding: The physical strain of standing reduces the body's sensory sensitivity, making tasty foods seem less flavorful. On the other hand, standing helps people better tolerate unpleasant tastes, such as medicine.  Dieters - take note:  The study also found that eating on your feet led to less consumption, which might mean weight reduction.   Dipayan (Dip) Biswas, PhD, is a professor of business and marketing at University of South Florida, Tampa, and leader of a study published in  Journal of Consumer Research. .  

 "At some point in life, the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough."   Toni Morrison, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning American writer (1931-2019).  

UMAPP's Website Has a New Look! has been redesigned and upgraded to a new, more efficient, platform.

You will find upcoming events noted right on the home page, as well as all the member links on the left side. Take a look!

Learn To Avoid Burnout And Enjoy Time Off

Reprinted with permission from Promotional Consultant Today

If you find it hard to step away from work, you're not alone. For many professionals and business owners, the work never stops. While you might think buckling down and working to get ahead is good for business, it can also lead to burnout. When you're burned out, you can't deliver 100 percent. You might see yourself making mistakes or working slower than usual. Beyond work, burnout can impact your overall health. You might lose sight of good habits such as eating right, exercising and getting enough rest.
Welcome New Members
HanesBrands, Inc. - Supplier
Kelly O'Brien, MAS 
1000 E. Hanes Mill Road 
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Portwest - Supplier
Scott Schoening
6801 W. 175th Street
Farmington, MN 55024
Industry News
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What is UMAPP?
UMAPP is a professional trade association for companies in the promotional products industry. 

Membership is by company, but all staff are included under the umbrella of the one company membership. 

UMAPP covers the states of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Western Wisconsin.
For more information, contact the UMAPP office at:
Sue Selseth, Executive Director | UMAPP | 651-734-9767 | 651-734-9110 | |