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August 2016 AzPPA E-Newsletter
2016 Expo Update
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New Member Benefit
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2016 Expo Update - It's Almost Here!  
August 30th is the date for this year's Expo - 
Attendee registration is now open!
Join AzPPA on August 30th for another great Expo. The AzPPA Expo is Arizona's largest promotional products trade show. We are featuring nearly 90 exhibitors from Supplier companies throughout the United States. If you are a Promotional Product Distributor in Arizona, you won't want to miss this show! We're back at the beautiful Arizona Grand Resort this year. Click here to register for all of the day's activities.

Take advantage of this year's new valet parking and shuttle service
the morning of the Expo.  That should make life so much easier!

- At breakfast beginning at 8:00 am we'll celebrate AzPPA's Leadership Through the Years and recognize a number of our regional past presidents. 
- Paul Bellantone, President and CEO of PPAI, will hold a town hall meeting on the State of the Industry. 
- We're offering multiple workshops throughout the day.  (Click here to see the details.) 
- And your end users are invited to attend a welcome reception and visit the last hour and half of the show for a small fee when accompanied by you. You can purchase tickets for them at the Registration Desk between 7:30 - 3:00 pm ONLY the day of the Expo.  Check out the complete schedule of events here.  

The Arizona Grand Resort & Spa has extended our special room rate of $99/night!  Make your reservations NO LATER THAN Thursday, Aug. 12th to take advantage of this great rate. Click here and book as many nights as you would like from 8/25 through 9/2/16.

Exhibitors - we still have a few booths available.  If you would like to reserve a booth, or just get more information, click here.
Recent Events  
2016 Bowling Party

Did you get a chance to attend the annual bowling party in July?  It was a really fun evening, and many of the attendees got into the Pirate spirit. Thanks so much to Donna Day from McCreary's, Jeri Schott from Spartan, and Nancy Gosewisch from Browse25 for all their efforts to make this evening a success, as well as all of our amazing sponsors!

Click here to see some of the photos from this enjoyable evening.
 Don't miss our Fall events!  

Thursday, September 22, 2016
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch & Learn 
with Dale Denham, MAS+
at Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix/Tempe
1780 W. Ranch Road, Tempe, AZ 85283
(note the NEW location!)

Light lunch provided*
Dale will present on two important topics:
Improving Your Outlook:
Work today involves a tremendous amount of e-mail and, unfortunately, an enormous amount of time is wasted.  Get up to speed on the most powerful features of Outlook.  In this fast-paced session, Dale reveals several excellent time management techniques as well as vital features of Microsoft Outlook.
Maximizing LinkedIn to Engage Clients:  
LinkedIn is THE business to business "social network" and continues to grow. As it grows, the expectations of LinkedIn are changing. Join us to learn how you can maximize the value and power of LinkedIn for your business including a few power tips.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Oktoberfest / Halloween Party
at Culinary Dropout at The Yard, 
5632 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014
We will have fun and delicious appetizers, a drink ticket, corn hole, ping pong, some Halloween games and perhaps a costume contest!  Come dressed in your favorite (family-friendly) costume!
Registration and information coming soon!
NEW Member Benefit with Constant Contact  
We've partnered with Constant Contact - 
Have you signed up yet?

The AzPPA Board is always looking for ways to increase your member benefits. And now we're debuting another new benefit. Even if you're already using Constant Contact for your email marketing, you
will be able to benefit from AzPPA's partnership.

Industry News  
Redefining The Industry | #GetInTouch - Industry Branding Campaign

PPAI will officially launch the industry branding initiative, the #GetInTouch campaign, September 26 in conjunction with the 2016 Advertising Week in New York.
The #GetInTouch campaign (formerly referred to as the Industry Branding Initiative) was originally introduced to the PPAI membership by PPAI Chair of the Board Tom Goos, MAS, and me at the 2016 PPAI Expo. It is a five-year, multimillion-dollar industry-wide initiative targeting advertising buyers. It is designed to increase awareness and improve and enhance the overall perception of the promotional products industry and communicate the benefits of working with promotional consultants. The overall goal of the campaign is to direct a larger share of advertising dollars to the promotional products industry.
Read more

Source: Connections Blog - July 12, 2016  Written by: Paul Bellantone
  Membership Tips  
I Would Never Join A Regional Association!
Did my headline get your attention? I lied. 
I get a ton of questions from distributors and suppliers about the value of joining a regional trade association. So many inquires, I decided to produce a webinar devoted strictly to Regional Association Involvement, named "The Value of Regional Associations" and why everyone should consider joining.

To set the record straight, I am a BIG believer in regional associations. I belong to the Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) and some years back, served as its education chair for five years, I had an amazing time and the reviews that came in after the webinar were outstanding. It was strange to find out that while many people knew that regional associations existed, few knew the profound benefits it could have for them professionally. 
Source: Cliff's Notes Blog, PromoCorner/Identity Marketing, July 22   Written by: Cliff Quicksell
Be the Change That You Want to See ... in Your Association!  
Nominations for 2017 Board Members Will be Opening in September

Your Association Needs You! We want to draw on your special insights and skills. We want your great ideas for new and fun events, and the benefits you'd like to bring to help us support our members throughout the Arizona region. Whether you live
and work in the Phoenix area, Tucson, northern Arizona, or anywhere in the state, we would love to have you as part of this amazing team of leaders.  

And if you just don't feel you can commit to being a Board member for two years, we also need volunteers to help with one event or several. Help us coordinate a social event or something more educational.  You choose where, when, and how you can help the most.

The Association only exists because of you, our members.  Be part of helping us grow and thrive in the coming year.

Contact us today to learn more about being part of the team.
Supplier Speed Dating Returns with all New Suppliers
Thursday, November 9 - Save the Date!