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December 14, 2016
Dear Member, here is your weekly e-flash!



KEEP YOUR BUSINESS PROSPERING WITH INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC TOOLS AND RESOURCES FROM PIASC

PIASC’s sole purpose is to help members in every possible way. And, as a member, you have complete access to the Graphic Arts Industry Resource Center, an extensive website maintained by Printing Industries of California (PIC), the government affairs office of PIASC.

The Graphic Arts Industry Resource Center offers resources in the following areas:

  • Business/Technical – Publications covering everything from pricing strategies and hourly costs to legal issues, capital budgeting and much more.
     
  • Environmental – Assistance with environmental compliance issues, including a fill-in Hazardous Communication Program, videos about VOC recordkeeping, a disaster recovery workbook and information about the new Safety Data Sheet.
     
  • Human Resources– Articles, forms, policies and procedures, a modifiable employee handbook, downloadable versions of legally required brochures and postings, and much more.
     
  • Sales Tax– Information about how California's sales and use tax laws apply to various sectors of the graphic arts industry.
     
  • Safety– Written Hazardous Communication, Illness Injury Prevention and Workplace Security programs, all available as PDF fill-in forms, plus other supplemental health and safety programs.

Access these tools now:

Please note that some of the materials at this site are for members only. PIASC members who have trouble logging in should contact Jairo Cuellar at 323.728.9500, ext. 202 or Maribel Campos at 323.728.9500, ext. 210 to activate your email address in our system. Thank you!

 












 
BEWARE OF DOMAIN NAME SCAMS

PIASC members are urged to beware of domain name scams. A scammer may send you an invoice to renew your current domain name (ex: phonyinvoices.com) or you may be asked to register a domain that appears to be yours, but is slightly different (ex: phonyinvoices.com.us). Scammers capitalize on people’s inattention to detail and inexperience. If you end up paying to “renew” a domain name that is slightly different than your existing domain, you unwittingly registered for a new domain altogether. One question you need to consider is: “Is this renewal invoice from the same company I used to register my domain originally?” Sometimes scammers send you an invoice to renew your existing domain when you did not use their services for registration originally. Before you submit any paperwork or payment:

  • Read the fine print to identify if the invoice is a solicitation
  • Review your files and determine if you have had any preexisting business relationship with the invoicing company
  • Determine when it is time to renew your domain because you may be asked to renew prematurely

If you discover that you’ve done business with a scammer or a new domain name registration provider, cancelling the payment with your payment authority will usually stop the transaction. You should also report any domain name scams to PIASC to warn other organizations of the fraudulent business practice.

 

GREAT THINGS HAPPEN OVER A CUP OF COFFEE

Great things also happen over Breakfast with Bob so plan to attend one or more of the BWB scheduled meetings in January.

Our special guest is Leslie Groene who will share steps you can take to secure more sales in 2017. Leslie is the President of Groene Consulting and one of the coaching superstars in the world of corporate sales as well as a business and motivational speaker. In person, she is dynamic and engaging. Her sales seminars are continually sold out and have produced impressive results in a variety of corporate settings. Leslie’s roots are in the printing industry in Southern California. She helps her clients focus on revenue generation and profit growth.

As a PIASC member, you can spend over an hour with Leslie, have a nutritious breakfast, and walk away with tips to sell more in 2017 by simply attending Breakfast with Bob for a token cost of only $5.00.

Make 2017 a growing year for your company! Click here for dates and locations and to make your reservations or contact Emily Holguin at 323.728.9500, ext. 262.

 

ON JANUARY FIRST CALIFORNIA'S MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES TO $10.50

The proposed FLSA overtime rule may have come to a halt, however, in California there is one change that is sure to take effect. On January 1, California’s minimum wage increases to $10.50 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. Businesses with 25 or less employees will remain at $10 till January 1, 2018. Eventually, all businesses will work towards the $15 hourly rate. Employers should be mindful of the differences in their minimum wage requirement as some localities have their own rate which is different from the state rate. Contact Cheryl Chong for any questions related to HR at 323.728.9500, ext. 218.

 

PARTICIPATE IN A SURVEY ABOUT THE TYPES OF GRADUATES YOU WANT TO HIRE

Printing Industries of New England (PINE) has been working with Central Connecticut State University’s graphic communications and technology program for a number of years. Recently, they distributed a survey to the New England community to get input on the types of graduates they wanted in their companies. They also asked what types of curriculum and programs would provide the most qualified candidates to the industry.

Unfortunately, they did not receive many responses, so Printing Industries of New England is reaching out to PIASC members for help. The results of the survey would not only benefit CCSU but also all colleges teaching graphic communication; therefore, we kindly ask for your help and support by completing the survey, which only takes about 20 minutes20 minutes that seem a good investment for input into our workforce development. The results will be shared with everyone as well. To take the survey, click here. We are hopeful we can create enough interest to make these survey results more significant. The survey closes on the 23rd of December. Thanks much. We appreciate the help.

 

SAVE BIG ON 2017 PRESIDENT'S CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Now that 2016 is almost behind us, it’s time to start planning for some of the biggest industry events of 2017, including the Printing Industries of America President’s Conference!

The theme of the 2017 President’s Conference is 20/20, as in clear vision, finding focus, and clarity in planning for a profitable future. There, business leaders will gain insight and inspiration from powerful case studies and in-depth experiences from leadership experts and industry peers at the top of their game.

If you register by January 15th, you qualify for big discounts!

  • $100 early-bird discount
  • $200 discount on additional attendees from the same company

For instance, if you decide to bring along your CFO and your Human Resources manager, you’ll save $600 off the regular registration price. So register today at www.presidentsconference.com!

Call Socorro Garcia at 323.728.9500, ext. 229, and obtain additional discounts just for being a PIASC member.

 

DO YOU KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS?

1. Is print sustainable?
2. Does print lead to fewer trees?
3. Do the majority of printed products end up in landfills?
4. Is e-communication more environmentally friendly than print?
5. Is direct mail effective?
6. Why do businesses still send out printed catalogs?
7. Do consumers find print ads credible?
8. Are print ads effective?
9. Which do people prefer to read? Print or Digital communications?

To check your answers click here. And while you are there, check out all the resources you have access to at chooseprint.org.

If you have any questions about the Choose Print campaign, contact Ara Izquierdo at 323.728.9500, ext. 216.

 

e-Quote

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
~Bill Gates

 

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

e-Flash will be taking it's traditional year-end hiatus will return on January 4th.

 

MEMBER DISCOUNT OF THE MONTH

 

PRINTING INDUSTRIES CREDIT UNION

 

EDUCATIONAL AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Breakfast With Bob and Leslie too!

January 10th | 7:30am
Mimi's Café, 10909 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga 91730

January 11th | 7:30am
Green Street Restaurant, 146 Shoppers Lane, Pasadena 91101

January 12th | 7:30am
Brent's Deli, 19565 Parthenia Street, Northridge 91324

January 17th | 7:30am
Mimi's Cafe, 17231 E. 17th St., Tustin 92780

January 18th | 7:30am
Norm's, 11001 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064

January 19th | 7:30am
West Bistro, 3900 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

Flexible Packaging for Narrow Web
January 25th | 8:00am PST | FREE to members (non-members $25)
Fullerton College, 321 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832

2017 Graphics Night
Sponsorship Opportunities
April 7th | 5:30pm-midnight PST
Pacific Palms Resort, Industry Hills

 

WEBINARS

Getting Started with Microsoft Excel 2016 (Beginners)
Friday, January 13th | 9:00 AM PST | FREE!

Raising Money for Your Business
Tuesday, January 17th | 11:00 AM PST | FREE!

The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change
Tuesday, January 18th | 9:00 AM PST | FREE!

2017 Labor Law Update Webinar
January 26th | 10:30am | FREE to members

 

Contact

Ara Izquierdo
5800 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 728-9500