November/December 2020
President's Column
Kent Dunham, Showdown Displays
At the beginning of this year, had I thought about writing this final column of the year, I would have envisioned noting all the wonderful things we did as an organization and pointing out all the highlights for the year. 

Unfortunately, there is not much in that regard. We did, however, get the Room Show in just before the lockdowns started which was a great event. We also created ‘Facebook Live Fridays’ which featured a new Supplier presentation every week. These became so popular, we continued these through December 18 and will relaunch them again in January. Special thanks go to Sabrina Franz, our Social Media Chair, who created this forum and has served as the host and moderator.

We are beginning to see small in-person events pop up across the country, run by other regionals and the like, but we are still a way off from seeing them on a regular basis. We at UMAPP have been very cautious about moving forward with these types of events but are hopeful that we will be able to hold all our events in 2021. 
A note from your Executive Director: A grateful thanks to President Kent Dunham for his strong leadership during these unusual months in 2020. His business expertise, insight, wisdom, and intuition have been of invaluable assistance as our Association learned how to acclimate to new technology, ideas, and standard procedures. I feel I can speak for our board and membership when I say a heartfelt "thank you" for your volunteerism and leadership for the Association.
Upcoming Events to Begin Starting Anew

Friday Facebook Live!
10:30 am every Friday (except November 27) through December 18 and then will re-start in January 2021. We feature a different supplier every week. Catch up on past presentations or see who's coming up at UMAPP.org. Click the Facebook mug on the home page
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February 17, 2021 | New Event!
"Up Close and Virtual" online booth show
Deliberately scheduled for mid-February so you can catch up on what you've missed during the busy early part of the year. More information and registration coming soon!
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April 15, 2021 | UMAPP Room Show
New venue!
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth, Minnesota
A beautiful facility with indoor exposed brick, fabulous food, and all Room Show meeting rooms with plenty of elbow room and together on one level. Plenty of free parking and each meeting room has windows! Suppliers: there's still time to apply to exhibit at this show. Deadline is December 1. CLICK HERE.
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August 18, 2021 | Summer Golf Outing
Postponed from August 2020
StoneRidge Golf Course, St. Paul, Minnesota (between Woodbury and Hudson, WI)
11:30 am | Lunch   | 1:00 pm | Shotgun start
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August 19, 2021 | Brand Connection Expo | End Buyer Event
Postponed from August 2020
Connecting your clients with new ideas
New venue! Inwood Oaks Event Center, corner of Highway 94 and Radio Drive (Woodbury/Oakdale)

Watch for more information to be arriving in the next few months about sponsorships, hole in one contest, and registration for the end buyer show.


UMAPP's CAS/MAS Scholarship
What is this, you say? UMAPP believes strongly in the power of higher education, so the Association offers THREE scholarships ($500 each) for our members to pursue industry education towards their TAS, CAS, MAS, or MAS+ designations. Visit our website here to apply for a 2021 scholarship. Deadline to submit an application is December 1, 2020. 
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Four Bad Habits To Break When You Work Remotely 
Reprinted with permission from Promotional Consultant Today. 
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Top-Shelf Tip No. 142:
“Good things happen when you set your priorities straight.”
Scott Caan
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Remote work is having a moment—and may continue to grow as the pandemic rages on. According to Gallup, nearly seven in 10 employees work remotely all or part of the time. Only one in four remote workers want to work in the office.
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Did you know?
. . . delivery drivers may be tasting your food? Almost 30% admit that they sample the food they are delivering before they drop it off. Survey of approximately 500 food-delivery drivers and 1,500 customers by food distributor US Foods.

. . . airless tires are being tested? Tires developed by GM and Michelin use flexible rubber composites and fiberglass resin to support a vehicle. They will be tested on Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles in Michigan. If the test is successful, airless tires could be available by 2024. Automotive News.

. . .the majority of young adults now live with their parents? About 52% of Americans ages 18 to 29 are living with at least one parent - the previous record was 48% set in 1940, during the Great Depression. Pew Research Center analysis of Current Population Survey data. PewResearch.org.

. . . birds sing in the morning to warm up their voices? Researchers report that our feathered friends don't really start "nailing" their songs until later in the day. A dawn spent ironing out their warbles and trills helps them woo mates and warn off competitors once the sun is high. Study by researchers at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, published in Animal Behaviour.

"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you."
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice, 1933-2020
Seven Tips To Enhance Every Client Interaction
Reprinted with permission from Promotional Consultant Today. 
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Top-Shelf Tip No. 213:
“One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention.” Jim Rohn
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Your clients probably demand a lot from you and your sales team. If you can’t meet their requests, they may consider parting ways to work with a competitor. While you are expected to deliver the products and services your clients need, you should also be looking for ways to improve the customer experience.
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Industry News
Read all the latest industry news, including UMAPP's own Scott Mueller of Indoff being a Pyramid Award Finalist for 2021.
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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 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 (Plaza Printers) saved $800 on ONE order using this book. Sign into your UMAPP website account to access. Another book for 2021 is in the works!

Pro Tip: Save the link to your desktop for easy access.

Still need convincing? See the video below.


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.

CLICK HERE to get started.

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.
What is UMAPP?
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