I plead guilty to enjoying a cold beer or two, and I’ve watched with amazement as the decade-long bull market in the craft beer industry shows no signs of abating.
Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) will host the 2009 PPAI Suppliers' Forum on May 19 at the St. Paul RiverCenter in St. Paul, Minnesota, conveniently preceding the Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals' (UMAPP) regional tradeshow. <br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> Open to PPAI-member supplier companies, the PPAI Suppliers Forum brings together top executives to explore and discuss important issues and challenges facing the promotional products industry today. Themed "Thriving vs. Surviving: Secrets from the Best Minds in the Industry," this year's forum will focus on the economy and various challenges and opportunities companies are facing. <br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> Attendees will also have an opportunity to discuss: <br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> • Techniques for more efficient, cost-effective catalog production and delivery <br clear="none" /> • Tradeshow strategies, planning and expenses and maximizing return on investment <br clear="none" /> • Opportunities using different types of supplier representatives <br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> To view the schedule and to register for this event, visit <a href="http://www.ppai.org" target="_blank">www.ppai.org</a>. Early-bird registration through May 1 2009 is $99 (only $79 for second and subsequent registrant from the same company); regular registration is $149 after this date.