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 Welcome to our news and events page. Upcoming Trade Shows and Events listed below:

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  PPAI EXPO JANUARY 11-15, 2015
Who Can Attend?
The PPAI Expo is open to exhibiting and member suppliers and qualified industry distributors with a valid UPIC or PPAI number.

Nonmember, non-exhibiting suppliers and users of promotional products are not permitted to attend The PPAI Expo.

Distributor Qualification
Your company can automatically qualify (upon verification) for a UPIC if you are a PPAI member, Regional Association member, Adventures in Advertising Franchisee, Proforma Franchisee, Press-A-Print Operator, Distributor member of DistributorCentral, or a SAGE subscriber. You may also qualify if you are an ASI subscriber, but you must provide documentation.  If you do not meet any of the above qualifying criteria, depending on your company category, you can qualify by providing the following:
Either provide three invoices from three different promotional product suppliers for at least $100 each (not for samples) dated within the last six months, or be sponsored by at least five members of PPAI. sponsorships must be in writing.
Be in the promotional products industry for at least three months.
Have a promotional products annual sales volume of at least $15,000.
Qualifying materials should be faxed to our membership department at 972-258-3007 attn:  UPIC. Once our membership department has verified your qualifying materials meet the above mentioned criteria, you will receive an email letting you know your UPIC is now activated.

Supplier Qualification
Suppliers must be exhibiting at The PPAI Expo or be members of PPAI in order to gain access to the show floor.  Nonmember, non-exhibiting suppliers are not permitted to attend The PPAI Expo.

Multi-line Reps
Multi-line Reps must be members of PPAI in order to register with their company name.  Nonmember Multi-line Rep’s must register under one or all of the companies they will be representing at The PPAI Expo.

Need more information?
For questions regarding PPAI membership, please contact our membership department at 888-426-7724 (I-AM-PPAI).

For questions regarding UPIC Qualifications and activation, please contact our member care department at 888-426-7724 (I-AM-PPAI).

For questions regarding registration for The PPAI Expo 2015, please contact our registration department at 888-426-7724 (I-AM-PPAI) or DianeS@ppai.org.

For questions regarding exhibiting at The PPAI Expo 2015, please contact your appropriate expo sales representative.

Age requirement?
No one under the age of 16, is allowed access to the show floor, education seminars or events of The PPAI Expo, Expo East or other PPAI Events during installation/move-in, show days and dismantle/move-out periods.  Evidence of age must be presented upon request.  Violators of this policy will be asked to leave the event or applicable area.
Promotional Products Show 2015 Thursday, August 13th (Distributors and Clients)
  Promotional Products Show 2015 Thursday, August 13th (Distributors and Clients)
The premier event for the promotional product industry. During this two day event, explore new trends, connect with industry leaders and learn valuable tips to grow your business.
Reasons to bring your clients to the show

Those of us who are in the promotional products industry of course know the major benefits and impact promotional products can have on a company's marketing and advertising efforts. However in most cases, everyone else (including your clients) may not be aware of the real value that promotional products can bring to their business.

By inviting your clients to the SAGE Show, you are not only helping to educate them on the benefits of promotional products, you are also opening their minds to thousands of ideas and products! Walking with your clients on the show floor is such a great opportunity to really create a true one-on-one relationship and an enhanced sales experience.

The tradeshow serves as an idea generator for your clients and ultimately help to increase your sales. Your client may start walking the show floor looking for new pen options, but after a while increase their marketing strategy to include bags, shirts and calendars.

Inviting your clients to attend the SAGE Show is beneficial to both you and your client! Don't miss out on a chance to increase your sales and build a great relationship with your client.
Wednesday, August 12th (Distributors Only)

Join us for a full day event devoted to networking, business development and education. Meet with top industry suppliers one-on-one, attend PPAI professional education sessions or join a conference created specifically for SAGE users.

Thursday, August 13th (Distributors and Clients)
Magic Apparel Show In Las Vegas Aug
19 - 21 August 2013
Magic Trade Show
Organized by
Magic International Inc.
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Las Vegas, United States Of America

Magic delivers the best and impressive range of apparel, fashion accessories, clothing lines and footwear. This is an absolute designer show where the attending professionals will be availed with the designer and reasonable fashion line that come from the experts who have years of experience in this area. The exhibition is the best way to promote the respective collection and observe the feedback of the purchasers coming from different parts of the world. The arrival of the show has changed the entire look of the fashion industry and also gave a new dressing sense to the fashionistas. New designers get a platform to showcase their talent and also come across the leaders and learn new techniques and methods which they can implement in their business. Several entertaining programs are the key highlights of this huge fashion exhibition.
Magic will involve the participation of more than 5000 companies who will be exhibiting the respective collection. The exhibited products range comprise of:

1. Trendy and stylish dress materials for men.
2. Women and kids.
3. Casual apparel.
4. Leather garments.
5. Fur garments.
6. Down wear items.
7. Knitted products.
Magic Apparel Show In Las Vegas Aug

PPA Chicago produces one of the largest promotional products end-user tradeshows in the country, the New Product Ideas Show, held March 21, 2013 at the Arlington Park Racetrack in Arlington Heights, IL. This show offers the unique advantage of permitting member distributors to invite their clients, giving them a first-hand glimpse of the promotional products industry at its best. With over 300 product lines exhibited and approximately 1700 total attendees, this is THE most important event of the year in the Chicago area.

What is PPAChicago?

The Promotional Products Association of Chicago, Inc. is a trade association comprised of distributors and suppliers of promotional products.

Founded in 1957 to serve the needs of local promotional products companies, PPAChicago has grown to represent nearly 500 companies. Further, the Association has grown in strength and stature, gaining recognition as an institution promoting a positive image for those involved in the industry. The purpose of the Association is to promote the general welfare among Distributor and Supplier members, and to provide a trade show, educational opportunities, organized social events and other lawful trade association activities as determined by the Board of Directors.

The Association fosters social relationships among Distributors and Suppliers in the Chicago area and elsewhere. Members attest to the benefits derived from personal contacts within the industry. PPAChicago strives to promote and better the future of its members and the promotional products industry in general.
AzPPA Expo August 29th 2013 Arizona! Join us at the Phoenix Convention Center
  AzPPA Expo August 29th 2013 Arizona! Join us at the Phoenix Convention Center
The AzPPA Expo is the ONLY regional industry tradeshow in Arizona! Join us at the Phoenix Convention Center for a day filled with relationship building and sales! You will interact with over 150 suppliers and multiline representatives in just one day. Get your fall sales off to a great start with this quality regional show. Best of all, it is free to attend for all promotional products distributors and their salespeople.
How to Promote Your Business - Free Tips From WikiHow
  How to Promote Your Business - Free Tips From WikiHow
Business promotion is an integral part of any business's success, as it is through promotion that a business expands its customer/client base and opens new windows of opportunity. There are many ways to promote a business, and each varies in regards to time, labor and costs. Many business plans use a combination of methods, based on individual needs and circumstances. Here are suggestions for how to promote your business.

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Create a brand image, or logo. Widespread brand recognition is your goal, as it will give your business credibility and inspire others to spread the word about your business. Grow your brand by placing your logo in your business stationary, business cards, email signatures, brochures, signs, website and merchandising materials.

Network. Meeting professionals from other, related businesses is an effective form of business promotion, as it provides you with opportunities to learn about your competitors, ask for referrals, form mutually beneficial partnerships in complementary industries and spread awareness about your business throughout a group of like-minded people. Network with other professionals in the following ways:

Attend networking group meetings. You can find networking groups and clubs on the Internet, in newspapers and in trade publications.

Introduce yourself to people at the meetings. Explain what it is your business does, what you offer that makes you stand out from your competition and what you are looking for in business relationships.

Ask relevant questions during group discussions. In addition to promoting your business, you can learn a lot at networking meetings. Additionally, asking open-ended questions encourages others to participate in the conversation, and sets you up for more introductions.

Hand out your business cards. Set up private meetings with those who express an interest in getting to know more about your business.

Advertise. Consider these methods for advertising your business:

Signs. You may opt for storefront signs, billboards, marquee boards or street-side yard signs.

Print. Place print ads in magazines, newspapers, coupon books, trade journals and industry magazines. Choose print mediums that are suited to your business. For example, if you run a technology parts recycling warehouse, then you may consider placing ads in computer classifieds and technology magazines.

Commercials. Television and radio commercials are effective ways to promote your business to a broad audience, but they are relatively costly forms of advertising.

Advertisements. You may opt to pass out promotional materials at trade shows, at store fronts, in parking lots or in any other highly-populated areas. Some businesses, like nightclubs and entertainment venues, hire street crews to hand out advertisements and attract new customers.

Direct mail. You may purchase mailing lists targeted to your segment of the consumer market, then mail out letters, brochures, catalogs or postcards. This method is effective when you want to provide potential customers with paper coupons, vouchers, business cards or promotional merchandising.

Public relations (PR) firms. You may hire a PR firm to create publicity for you in the form of news write-ups and press releases.

Internet. Promoting a business online involves setting up a business website, participating in industry/trade forum discussions, running a blog , setting up accounts on social networking sites, using pay-per-click and banner ads, listing your business information in business directories and employing search engine optimization (SEO) techniques. Every business, regardless of its size or scope, could benefit from Internet marketing, and many Internet marketing mediums are free to use.

Build business partnerships with other organizations. In effect, piggyback off the success of another business. Taco Bell has recently unveiled the Doritos Locos Taco, which is a branding coup for both Taco Bell and Doritos. Whenever you think of one brand, the other brand comes to mind, and vice-versa. Business partnerships can be very effective advertising tools.

Note: it's tough to build a business partnership with an established company when your company isn't yet established. Businesses understand the value (or lack of value) you're giving them, and may want something in return or simple avoid business with you in the first place.

Rely on the power of social networks. Social networks have become the new darling of advertising because much of the legwork is being done by dedicated fans, for free. You could pay someone to advertise for you, or you could establish a social community of fans who advertise by word of mouth, at little or no cost. What's it going to be?

Try harnessing the power of viral media campaigns. Dollar Shave Club did very good business for itself simply by making a (funny, exciting, relatable) music video. It took off on social networks and now has over a million combined subscribers and followers on Facebook and Google+.

Offer freebies. Pass out merchandise with your company's name and/or logo on it to everyone you meet at networking events, trade shows, client meetings and even personal social gatherings. Things like pens, magnets and calendars are good merchandising ideas, as these tend to stay in use, and within view, for extensive periods of time.

Develop relationships with your customers. Customers are people — not numbers — and it is important that you put consideration and effort into building personal relationships with them. For example, when you send out Christmas cards each year, you not only gain customer loyalty but you also inspire customers to promote your business to the people they know.

How to Promote Your Business - Free Tips From Wiki