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January 4, 2017
Dear Member, here is your weekly e-flash!



CALL FOR ENTRIES: REAP THE REWARDS OF WINNING A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

If you want to gain recognition for the fabulous work you produce, all you have to do is to enter your best work in the 13th Annual Print Excellence Awards Competition. You will gain the benefits of one of the most powerful promotional tools your business can have to show off your capabilities; the creativity and efficiency of your employees; and a testimony that could secure new clients. Winning a Best of Category, People’s Choice, Best of Division, Award of Excellence or Certificate of Merit, confirms that quality, efficiency, and high standards are your company’s goals. Participating is easy! Simply click here for step by step instructions.

Following is what some previous participants had to say about their experience:

"We've entered several items and two of them actually placed which is very exciting for us and even more exciting for our clients. We've been very successful with the product on their end and having an award just brings it all back home. I'm going to be very happy to go back to the team and say 'We did it'!"

– Ken Collins, Adcraft Products, Inc.

"Our team won People's Choice tonight and they worked really hard on it so they're going to be pretty excited that everyone here voted on it and that all the printers liked it. So that's pretty special to have. And we feel pretty privileged to get that award tonight."


– Jim Joyce, Dual Graphics

Please contact Kristy Villanueva at 323.728.9500, ext. 215, if you have any questions or, visit the Print Excellence website for additional information and to download the entry form.

Sponsorships are still available. If you would like to become a sponsor of this prestigious event, click here. The Print Excellence Awards will be presented at the annual Graphics Night on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills. For reservations, contact Maribel Campos at 323.728.9500, ext. 210.

 















 
KEEP AMBITIOUS WORKERS ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Ambitious, competitive employees are usually an asset to any organization, but smart managers stay alert to the problems their aggressive personalities can cause.

Here’s how to keep them reined in:

  • Respond calmly to overreactions. For highly competitive employees, even routine discussions or arguments with co-workers can end in blow-ups. These folks may overreact to criticism and go for the throat in any confrontation. Don’t respond with anger or shouting in return. Instead, say something like, “These are important issues that you’re right to take seriously, but let’s focus on the facts.
     
  • Counter power plays. Ambitious employees often try to take over discussions or projects in progress. If an employee tries to usurp someone else’s authority, don’t hesitate to step in: “Mary, let John handle the discussion of the budget, because he drafted it.” Be just as alert to attempts to poach your territory.
     
  • Coach them. Without personal skills, the ambitious person is spinning their wheels. Offer coaching to give that ambition a good foundation.

Source: The Manager’s Intelligence Report

 

KEEP ON TOP OF 2017 CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAWS AFFECTING YOUR BUSINESS

Participating in this informative webinar will definitely be time well invested. The 90-minute webinar, scheduled for January 26, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., will highlight how recent California regulatory changes may affect your workplace.

What you'll learn:

  • New statutes applicable to employers for 2017
  • New case law on harassment and discrimination
  • New case law regarding employee leaves of absence
  • Best practices in preventing litigation

Take advantage of this free webinar and learn practical ways to comply with the increasing complexity of the new laws. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have on these and other hot button issues.

About the Webinar Leader:

Kristine Kwong is a partner of Musick, Peeler & Garrett, LLC in their Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment counseling, litigation, transactions, executive compensation and executive mobility matters.

THIS WEBINAR IS FREE TO MEMBERS AS A BENEFIT OF MEMBERSHIP and  $99 for non-members

 

POST OSHA FORM 300A BY FEBRUARY 1ST

OSHA requires that employers post, from February 1st to April 30th, a summary of the job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year. Employers are only required to post the Summary (OSHA Form 300A), not the OSHA 300 Log. And those employers with 10 or fewer employees are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements.

The summary must list the total numbers of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2016 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form. Employment information about annual average number of employees and total hours worked during the calendar year is also required.

Companies with no recordable injuries or illnesses in 2016 must post the form with zeros on the total line. All establishment summaries must be certified by a company executive.

The form should be displayed in a common area wherever notices to employees are usually posted. A copy of the summary must be made available to employees who move between work sites, such as construction workers, and employees who do not report to any one location on a regular basis.

You can download the forms here.

If you have any questions, please contact Gerry Bonetto at 323.728.9500, ext. 248.

 

DOES YOUR WEBSITE HAVE A GALLERY PAGE?

Margie Dana, in a recent article, shared discovering that often times the most interesting page in commercial printers’ websites is their page of Sample Products or “Gallery.”

Margie shares why

  • If the site copy elsewhere doesn’t make it clear to visitors what you’re really good at, and what types of printing you do, the Gallery Page can tell the story better than any words. And much faster.
     
  • This happens frequently. I land on a site and can’t tell what the company’s sweet spot is. Then I move to the Gallery page and think, Oh……NOW I get what they’re about.
     
  • I like seeing a variety of products on this page, plus a short description of each image (Chalkboard Printing, Floor Graphics, Posters, Catalogs, Variable Data, etc.). It gives me a good sense of the breadth of your offerings.

Based on the "Gallery" page, I might decide if you’re a good fit for my business or not.

My hunch is that corporate and agency print customers (including marketers and purchasing pros) will do the same thing – zip on over to your product sample page and decide on the spot if a printer’s a good fit.

So when words fail you, good images won’t.

Source: Margie’s Print Tips

 

IRS MILEAGE RATES FOR 2017

The IRS mileage rates for 2017 for the use of a car, van, panel van, and pickup truck are as follows:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016;
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016;
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. 

The IRS mileage rates for 2017 apply to miles driven starting January 1, 2017. 

According to the Official IRS notice for 2017 mileage rates, the business mileage rate decreased half a cent per mile and the medical and moving expense rates each dropped 2 cents per mile from 2016. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

 

TIME FOR A CHANGE?

A new year is upon us again. Here are a few resolutions you might consider for 2017:

  • Set aside at least 15 minutes of quality time for yourself every day.
  • Exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes at a time.
  • Learn from your prior stressful experiences and improve your stress-beating skills.
  • Establish a personal journal to record positive events, quotes, and experiences.
  • Take time to listen to good music.
  • Read a good book, every month if possible.
  • Laugh more, and try to see the funny side of life.
  • Find a realistic balance between work and pleasure.
  • Celebrate every day. 

Have a Happy and Prosperous 2017!

 

e-Quote

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
—Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

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

Postal Bootcamp
January 24th & 25th | 8:00am & 1:00pm PST | $99 (non-members $199)
Southwest Offset Printing, 13505 South Saint Andrews Place, Gardena, CA 90246
(parking located at end of street)

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

Cocktails and Conversations
February 9th | 5:30pm
Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 2390 E. Orangewood Ave., #100, Anaheim, CA 92806

February 16th | 5:30pm
Pour Haus Wine Bar, 1820 Industrial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Lunch with Leslie
February 15th | 11:30am PST | $35/members lunch included
Coaching Center of Orange County, 1231 E. Dyer Road, Suite 215, Santa Ana, CA  92705

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2017 Print Excellence Deadline
February 17th | 4:00pm PST
PIASC Offices, 5800 S. Eastern Ave #400, Los Angeles, CA

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!

Getting Started with Microsoft Word 2016
Tuesday, January 18th | 10:00 AM PST | FREE!

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

Tips & Tricks for Microsoft Outlook 2016
February 8th | 10:00am PST | FREE

Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (Beginner)
February 22nd | 10:00am PST | FREE

 

Contact

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(323) 728-9500