November 6, 2019
Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Ventura & Clark Counties
Friday, May 1, 2020

Sponsorship's Now Available
Celebrating the 2020 Executive of the Year and the Print Excellence Award Winners.

Over the past few years participation has grown significantly both by award entries and gala attendees while sponsorship opportunities have remained very obtainable.

With over 350 attendees, this is a very worth while event that supports printing and graphic arts. Consider a 2020 sponsorship.

Friday, May 1, 2020
The Disneyland Hotel
1150 West Magic Way
Anaheim, CA 92802. 
For more information contact Kristy Villanueva or Maribel Campos
3 Things That Will Boost Your Team's Communication
Most full-time workers spend about 40 hours each week on the job, accounting for roughly 35 percent of their waking moments. That’s a huge emotional, physical and mental commitment. Accordingly, greater numbers of employees are seeking jobs at places where they can feel at home and forge real relationships. As a leader, you should keep this at the forefront of your mind.
Why? Last fall, Gallup reported that just  34 percent of U.S. workers  were engaged. While that figure is one of the highest reported engagement levels in Gallup’s history of tracking this metric, it’s not exactly a whopping percentage of the workforce - - especially when you consider how employee engagement impacts your bottom line.

In a study of almost  1.9 million employees , Gallup researchers found that engaged employees outperformed their unengaged counterparts in key performance areas such as customer ratings, productivity and profitability. In fact, according to the firm's State of the American Workplace Report, disengaged employees could be costing the U.S. between  $483 billion and $605 billion  in lost productivity every year.

Source: Tiffany Delmore,
Annual Toy Drive & Ride Participants!
If your company is looking to give back, think of the children of City of Hope. The following companies and their employees are making a difference!
Group Ride
Saturday, December 7, 2019
You can also join the GROUP RIDE: All Bikes are welcome! Saturday, December 7, 2019 is the Toy Distribution at City of Hope in Duarte, CA.

Starting Point:  GPA Surfacing Change, 16001 Arthur St, Cerritos, CA 90703

Check-in begins:  8:00am

Ride to City of Hope:  9:15am (Kick Stands Up)

Destination & Distribution of Gifts:  City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Rd, Duarte, CA 91010
Distribute Toys at 10:00am
Behavioral scientists have determined that the attention span of the average consumer is eight seconds. I put that in perspective this way: The attention span of a goldfish is nine seconds. The attention span of a horse is seven seconds. So we humans are somewhere between a fish and a horse. So, what does this mean for packaging today?

It means that brands have less time and more competition for our attention than ever before. Packaging has the power to engage consumers, launch brands, drive brand revenue and create memorable brand moments. I'd even go so far as to say that brands don’t exist without effective packaging or consumer engagement.

Source: Vicky S trull, SGIA,
LinkedIn Engagement Continues to Rise, as Per Microsoft's Latest Performance Report

If you haven't been paying attention to LinkedIn, it may be worth more of your focus in 2020. The platform has been working to increase user engagement through various means, including improving its feed algorithm to give more user updates a greater of a share of overall attention, and showcasing  more engaging, relevant news stories from the day, via its expanding team of 65 journalists who work to maximize user activity.

Get Profit Ready!
Virtual Conference Event
 December 9-12, 2019
What's in store for print markets in 2020? What separates the most profitable companies from all of the others? What major business changes do you have planned over the next few years? Assess your company's competitive position and develop your strategic plans for 2020 and beyond with Profit Ready!

Profit Ready! is designed to give your company a clear path to profitability by providing the most accurate, complete and current industry data. Join Printing Industries of America's economists as they uncover the economic challenges, changes and trends impacting the industry. Get Profit Ready! today!

You Will Learn...

  • What the overall macroeconomic environment and printing industry landscape will look like in 2020

  • Specific characteristics that separate industry profit leaders from profit challengers

  • The four management techniques that can boost your organization's financial performance

  • How to benchmark your company against industry leaders for business health, operational performance and profitability
San Fernando Valley print company has office space available at below market value for 3-4 people - desks included. Perfect for small team. Conference table, window, Kitchenette. All utilities paid for. 

Call Mike at 818-335-1930  
EST. 1954 Gardena. CA Owner retiring, Gross 45k/year, rice 32K, Fully
Equipped w/inventory, Accounts, Low Rent 1000 Sq. Ft. Shop
Call 310-327-3813 or 657-258-0247
2020 Continuous Improvement Conference 
Striving for Peak Performance
The Continuous Improvement Conference is the only annual event focused on helping printing and converting companies and other custom manufacturers achieve operational excellence by using the concepts of Lean thinking and other management and quality systems. Year after year attendees directly link reduced costs, lowered waste, and increased profit margins to ideas gained from conference presentations and networking. The conference is presented by Printing Industries of America (PIA) and Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA).

Whether you’re starting a structured improvement program, or are looking for ways to sustain and improve your existing efforts, the conference has content specifically designed for your knowledge level.

The conference is organized around subject areas:

  • Leadership and Culture
  • Process and Tools—Advanced
  • Process and Tools—Fundamental
  • Developing People
Steadfast in your commitment to operational excellence? Then come and find out what that concept truly means and why people keep coming back and are willing to recommend this conference to a colleague (100% in 2019). The content is full of practical ideas—many delivered by fellow printers—to rid your company of inefficiencies and boost customer satisfaction.

How will you benefit?
Upcoming Webinars
DATE: November 14, 2019
TIME: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

Millennials and Generation Z are the largest generations in the workforce. While they bring valuable skills, insights, and ambition to the workforce, they are often a source of tension among experienced leaders and managers. Ryan shares relevant data and innovative insights to better understand what drives the performance of the emerging generations. This program provides tactical strategies to dramatically improve the managing, recruiting, retention, and engagement of your next generation workforce.

Members: $55
Non-Members: $95
DATE: November 19, 2019
TIME: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Sales growth is tedious and slow. The selling cycle in graphic arts is typically 3-6 months, so the work you do this fall won’t result in sales success until the winter of 2020 is over.
That being the case, it is important to concentrate sales efforts on repeatable applications, thus shortening the time between, “Hi, my name is…” and “Thank you for the order!” Focusing on a particular vertical market (banks, hospitals, hospitals, etc.) by becoming a subject matter expert requires knowing more than their print needs.
Sales people must delve into their business needs and come up with print solutions, thus avoiding the price objection entirely. This presentation covers eight of the top verticals and is a must for sales people and selling owners looking for significant sales growth.
DATE: December 3, 2019
TIME: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Hourly Cost Rates are a critical element of estimating and understanding production costs, yet many companies don’t apply much rigor in the calculation and update of rates. In this session, we’ll look at this topic in detail and talk about best practices in the identification of cost and the allocation of indirect costs.
What's the real color of a tennis ball? Science has the answer.
How does color become iconic? A quick look at the tennis ball - once white, sometimes black, now that in-your-face optic yellow - tells us how. Today, we are serving up science and following through with some history to highlight the evolution of color.

Quote of the Week
"It's not about getting it first, it's about getting it right."