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March 16, 2016
Dear Member, here is your weekly e-flash!

CHECK OUT THESE FACTS…

33% - Only 33% of the fibers used to make paper comes from virgin trees; 33% comes from wood chips and scrap from sawmills, and 33% comes from recycled paper.1

Strong wood markets, including the demand created by print, provide an incentive for private foresters to hold their land rather than sell it for other use.2

750 million - There are more than 750 million acres of U.S. forestland (that’s one-third of the U.S.). Of this, 56% is privately owned.3

105 million - Up to 105 million acres of private U.S. forests are likely to be sold or transferred in the near future.4 With no financial incentive to grow trees, these forests may be permanently converted to other uses.

By now, you received the second of six self-mailers. The others you'll receive over the next two months. Each self-mailer addresses negative comments that potential clients may make about the environmental credentials and marketing effectiveness of ink on paper. The self-mailer, which is also available at 17x22” for download and printing here, provides you with factual responses to such comments.

This is just the beginning. There are many resources available on the ChoosePrint.org website—for example,

1 Print Promotes Trees (postcard from Downloads page)
2 The Environmental Impact of Print: Myths vs. Reality (article from Downloads page)
3 Go Paper Grow Trees (website from Helpful Resources column of “Print Promotes Forests” page)
4 Ibid












 
BEWARE! WHEN IN DOUBT CALL PIASC

A PIASC member called the association recently regarding a call they received from a credit card processing company, requesting their statement from their current provider so that they could offer them a more competitive rate. Moreover, they insisted that the company the member was currently using was not very good and very expensive. Staff asked the member not to send any information to the company until we researched it. We did, and this is what we found out: There are a few dozen negative reviews of Main Street Processing, many of which refer to the company as a scam. By far the most common complaints are related to the company’s telemarketing tactics, as merchants describe aggressive, unwanted sales calls that occasionally involve misrepresentation of the caller’s identity and pricing. Other, less common complaints include undisclosed fees and inadequate agent training and compensation. The Main Street Processing website lists a phone number for live support and provides an email contact form for merchants. It is unclear whether the listed phone number goes to Main Street Processing, Datalink Bankcard, or First Data. >>READ MORE

When in doubt, call PIASC! Your call will not only save you a headache but will alert other members.

 

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! MAKE RESERVATIONS NOW FOR THE SOCIAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

Join us at the Social Event of the Year and bring your key employees, clients, and family to this fabulous evening on Friday, April 8, 2016, at the beautiful Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills.

Festivities begin at 5:30 pm with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception and the exhibit of the Print Excellence winning entries, while enjoying soft jazz music and networking with industry peers and friends. Then at 7:00 pm, guests will be invited to enter the Majestic Ballroom for a fabulous dinner, followed by the presentation of awards. But that’s not all! Dance the night away with Beverly Hills DJ until midnight... relax, enjoy, and celebrate!

Tickets to members are only $100 ($200 value) thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Make your reservations now by clicking here or contacting Maribel Campos at 323.728.9500, ext. 210. Click here for more information.

We still have sponsorship opportunities for this event. Click here to find out more or contact Ara Izquierdo at 323.728.9500, ext. 216.

 

EMPLOYERS MUST COMPLY WITH SEVERAL NEW REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2016

Come April 1, 2016, California employers must comply with several new regulations in the workplace. Employers will need to be pro-active and work quickly to ensure that their current policies have been updated to reflect those changes. 

Some of the requirements to note:

  • Besides distributing the DFEH 185 brochure to all employees, regardless of company size, employers with 5 or more employees must have in place, in writing, a policy against harassment, discrimination and retaliation. >>READ MORE
  • Written policies must clearly state that unpaid interns, contractors and volunteers are covered under this redefined policy.
  • Ensure that proper complaint and investigation procedures are in place.
  • Translations must be provided for every language that is spoken when the workforce in any location which contains 10% or more persons who speak a language other than English.
  • Employers should distribute these new policies as amendments to their handbook policies and get acknowledgements as proof of distribution. This can be done electronically, via e-mail, company intranet, during new hire onboarding processes or meetings.
  • The new amendments have not addressed penalties for failure to maintain a compliant policy. However, employers need to be put on notice that if an employee brings forth a complaint, the failure to being compliant may be added on for further damages. 

For more information on this or for language updating your handbook, please contact Cheryl Chong at 323.728.9500 x 218.

 

TURN YOUR QUESTIONS AROUND

Sometimes when you’re trying to solve a marketing problem, how you ask the question itself can limit your answers. For example, if you’re asking “what is the sum of 6 + 6?” there’s only one answer – which may or may not be the one you need. But if you change the question to “what two numbers can be added together to equal 12?” the possibilities expand.

 

WHO ARE GRAPHIC DESIGNERS, ANYWAY?

Three designers set out to survey their industry—and ended up creating a beautiful book that reveals some truths about graphic design.

Authorship in the design world is murky territory, especially when it comes to graphic design. “The designers who work their black magic on the global economy are also largely unknown to us,” writes sociologist Nikandre Kopcke in the introduction to Graphic Designers Surveyed, a new book from U.K. studio publishing house GraphicDesign& that seeks to quantify an industry that’s difficult to define. “They are also largely unknown to themselves.” >>READ MORE

Source: Fast Co. Design website

 

FUNDAMENTALS OF COLOR TECHNOLOGY SERIES FOR PRINTERS

The PIASC Label & Packaging group invites all members to participate in this 3-part series consisting of 2 webinars and a hands-on workshop. 

PIASC and Techkon are the organizers and sponsors of this free program, which will be taught by Bruce Leigh Myers, Assistant Professor at RIT. Bruce has a Ph.D. in graphic communications and brings 25 years of industry experience. 

For more information download the flyer here. To make reservations, contact Rose Dorado at 323.728.9500, ext. 231.

 

CALCULATION OF TIME WORKED ON GRAVEYARD SHIFTS DURING TIME CHANGE PERIODS (DAYLIGHT SAVING)

Daylight saving time will occur on 3/13/16 and will end on 11/6/16. For most employees, it’s a loss of 1 hour in the spring, or gain of 1 hour in the fall. 

What is the impact on employers? Most states participate in daylight-savings time, which happens twice a year, falling always on Sunday and the reliable tip for “Spring Forward, lose an hour on the overnight shift” or “Fall Back, add an hour to the overnight shift” is often helpful.  >>READ MORE

 

PREPARING FOR SPRING? NOW'S THE PERFECT TIME TO ALSO PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS CREDIT REPORT

Staying on top of your small-business credit is the first step in maintaining a good score.

Your business credit report paints a picture of your small business for the world to see. Outdated or incorrect information can give the wrong impression about your business, resulting in unfavorable decisions that can negatively impact your bottom line.

Business credit reports, like personal credit reports, need to be reviewed regularly for accuracy, especially for growing small businesses that evolve with time. Finding and correcting outdated information may increase your business credit score. But before you can start cleaning up your report, you need to find out what's in it.

No matter what the season, it is essential that growing small businesses (like yours) check their business credit reports frequently for changes.

Act now and sign up to monitor your report with Business Credit AdvantageSM. Be the first to know when changes occur, and get unlimited access to your report all year long.

Already a subscriber? Sign-in to review your business credit report today.

 

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All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.
~Michael John Bobak

 

 

 

BUYING POWER OF THE MONTH

 

 

EDUCATIONAL AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Breakfast with Bob
YOUR DIGITAL FUTURE

March 22nd | 7:30am
Mimi's Café, 10909 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga 91730

March 23rd | 7:30am
Green Street Restaurant, 146 Shoppers Lane, Pasadena 91101

March 24th | 7:30am
Brent's Deli, 19565 Parthenia Street, Northridge 91324

March 29th | 7:30am
Mimi's Cafe, 17231 E. 17th St., Tustin 92780

March 30th | 7:30am
Lenny's Deli (formerly Junior's), 2379 Westwood Blvd. (at Pico), Los Angeles NOTE: New Location

March 31st | 7:30am
The Breakfast Club of Long Beach, 3900 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach


2016 Graphics Night
Sponsorship Available!
April 8th
Pacific Palms Resort, Industry Hills


Preventing Workplace Violence Training
April 15th
PIASC Conference Center

 

WEBINARS

Top Ten Cal/OSHA Citations and How to Avoid Them
Thursday, March 31st | 11:00 AM- FREE!

Fundamentals of Color Part 1: Densitometry
Thurssday, April 7th | 11:00 AM | FREE!

Tips & Tricks for Microsoft Excel 2016 (Intermediate)
Wednesday, April 13th | 10:00 AM | FREE!

Creating Complex Documents with Microsoft Word 2016
Wednesday, April 27th | 10:00 AM | FREE!

Conflict Recognition and Resolution
Tuesday, June 7th | 8:00 AM | FREE!

Get Noticed, Get Promoted and Build your Professional Brand
Tuesday, December 13th | 8:00 AM | FREE!

 

Contact

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