President's Column

Monsoon Season in Minnesota!

It seems we were waiting for summer and now it punched us in the face with humidity and more rain than I think I can ever remember before. Tis’ the season for summer vacations and family gatherings and I hope this finds you in the mix of both of those!

We have a lot coming up on the calendar for the back half of the year, so let’s get everyone in sync with what’s coming up!

President Chris Thies
Upcoming Events
Wild Wednesday Webinar | July 31 | 11:30 am 

“SUMMER SALES BOOST: 10 Steps to Skyrocket Your Sales”
Rosalie Marcus, The Promo Biz Coach,

Discover proven and easy to implement sales strategies you can immediately use to make the rest of the year the best of the year.

Free and only for UMAPP members

New Name!
 (Formerly the Holiday Showcase)
The Idea Showcase & Client Expo + Seminar
August 15, 2019

Exhibit Hours: 10am - 2pm
FREE Seminar starts at 9am

Jimmy's Conference Center
Vadnais Heights, MN

The show for distributors, where customers are invited, too! 

Registration for distributors and/or clients is open through August 9

Show sold out for exhibit space! 

"Learn & Sample"
Professional Development Seminar and Networking Event 

Tuesday, September 10
No. 12 Cidery
614 N. 5th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

Our story began decades ago with two young boys spending summer afternoons stealing apples from their neighbors’ trees. What started as a common rebellious bond turned into a lifelong friendship and shared passion for our cider makers and founders, Steve Hance and Colin Post.

Come Learn & Sample at the No. 12 Cidery.

4pm - 5pm | "How to Video :  Effective Content Marketing for Businesses Big and Small", by Jeremiah Schmid 

Learn how to create videos to market your business and integrate with social media

$25 | UMAPP members and friends/family
$35 | Nonmembers and friends/family
*each paid seminar attendee receives 2 free drink tickets

5pm - 7 pm | Sample ciders and visit with industry professionals. Use your drink tickets or purchase on your own.

6:40pm | Twin's Game vs. Nationals. Just 1-1/2 blocks away, anyone interested can walk over to the Twins Game! General admission tickets can be purchased. All costs on your own.

New Event! Brew & View Mini Show 
October 1

Come for the show . . . stay for a beer!  
Madhouse Brewing Company
Des Moines, Iowa 

Engaging Employees Across All Generations
Reprinted with permission from Promotional Consultant Today.

Chances are, your organization employs people from multiple generations. With all the various generations coming together, there are bound to be some generational stereotypes coming into play.

Have you heard about PromoHunt?
Enhancing your savings experience
You've heard about the digital coupon book we offer staff of all our member companies, and the hundreds (thousands?) of dollars a distributor can save a year, but did you know that UMAPP has partnered with PromoHunt to make it easier to access those coupons?

How it works

As staff of a UMAPP member company, you would sign up for a free account with PromoHunt, download a Chrome or Firefox extension, and once you access a supplier's website that has a coupon in our digital book, you'll get a popup reminder on the screen with the discount code.

It makes utilizing these coupons just that much easier, and . . . wow! The savings that are possible!
Collegiate Scholarship Recipient
2019-2020 Academic Year
For the 2019-2020 academic year, UMAPP partnered with PPEF (Promotional Products Education Foundation) to award one student a $1,000 scholarship for the upcoming academic year.  

This new partnership saves UMAPP the stout administrative fee it was paying to another company, and the process is much the same with an impartial group of people from PPEF who thoroughly review each and every application, and then determine the scholarship recipient.  

We are proud to announce the winner of the UMAPP Collegiate Scholarship for the academic year 2019-2020:  
Alexandra Balfour 
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Daughter of UMAPP member Vilia Bloom of Bloom Enterprises
Attending University of St. Thomas
Pursuing a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available on UMAPP's website around mid January 2020 (due to PPEF in March). 
Did You Know?
. . . that even heavy coffee drinking is good for health?   People who drank one to eight cups of coffee a day --or even more -- were less likely to die from any cause over a 10-year period than people who did not drink coffee. The protective effect applied to ground and instant coffee, caffeinated or decaffeinated.   Study of nearly 400,000 UK coffee drinkers by researchers at National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, published in  JAMA Internal Medicine .  

. . . Monday morning is the best time to fuel your car in most of the US .  Friday usually is the worst day. Gas prices tend to be stable at the start of the week and rise toward week's end. But some prices start to rise Monday afternoon, so a morning fill-up on the way to work usually is best. Filling up at the least expensive time of the week may produce savings of $20 to $30 a year.   Study by fuel-savings app  GasBuddy , reported in  USA Today .  

 . . . Americans have been setting off fireworks on the 4th of July for more than 240 years?  Since the first Independence Day celebration on July 4, 1777, in Philadelphia, America has used fireworks to mark the occasion.   Smithsonian Magazine.

. . . the richest zip code in the US is 33109?   It is Fisher Island, a small island three miles off the shore of South Florida, near Miami Beach. The average annual income on Fisher Island is $2.2 million. The 216-acre island is reachable only by yacht or private ferry.

"I spend a lot of time thinking of the Hereafter -- each time I enter a room, I wonder what I'm here after."    Tim Conway, Comedian, 1933-2019

Three Ways Experienced Sales Reps Typically Fail
Reprinted with permission from PC Consultant Today

Whether you've worked in sales for decades or you are brand
new to the role, you're bound to make mistakes on the job. It just comes with the territory. While you might think rookie sales reps are more prone to errors, experienced sales professionals also slip up.

Jeff Hoffman, a sales executive and entrepreneur, often sees seasoned reps make some big errors. In this issue of Promotional Consultant Today, we explore these errors and the steps to avoid them.
Welcome New Members
Fossa Apparel, Inc. (Supplier) 
Michelle Chen 
47280 Kato Road 
Milpitas, CA 94538
Opportunity Partners (Business Services)
Katie Hoffman 
5500 Opportunity Court 
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Superior Promotional Bags (Supplier)
Miriam Vorhand 
1876 Lakewood Road, Unit 6
Toms River, NJ 08755
NuVik, Inc. d/b/a PostNet (Distributor)
Jennifer Wilson
603 Woodbine Drive
Papillion, NE 68046
Industry News
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UMAPP's Website Sponsor for July and August
Did you know about the SAGE discount - and others - for UMAPP members?
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. .
UMAPP members also receive a discount on Constant Contact through our partnership. Go to, sign into the member area, and access the "discounts" link for more information. It's worth it!
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 | |