Management

5 Steps to Improve Your Google Ranking
September 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm

Step 1 Recognize that if it were easy, everyone would do it. And if everyone did it, still only 10 results will show on the search result page. In other words, Step 1 is recognizing the reality of the challenge so you can focus on what you really want to accomplish. Step 2 Decide on…

Persistence, Patience and Pasta
September 18, 2017 at 11:03 am

Early on in building my distributorship to $20 million (I sold that business in the early '90s to focus on our franchise model), I realized there were only four activities that would make me wealthy. Today at Proforma we call these the 4 Pillars of Success. Earn new customers. Sell more to current customers. Hire…

BIC Graphic Appoints Emmanuel Bruno as President
September 15, 2017 at 11:23 am

BIC Graphic, Clearwater, Fla., announced the appointment of Emmanuel Bruno as president, following the company's sale to H.I.G. Capital earlier this year. Bruno previously served as vice president and general manager of BIC Graphic North America, and has been with the company for eight years before that, holding multiple executive roles within the company. "On…

Handstands Adds New Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
September 14, 2017 at 1:49 pm

HandStands, Draper, Utah, has hired Charley Johnson as its new senior vice president of sales and marketing. Johnson brings more than a decade of promotional products industry experience to the HandStands team, having previously acted as part-owner and executive vice president for SnugZ USA, Jordan, Utah, for 15 years. In between his employment with SnugZ…

Bangladesh Poised to Overtake China As Top Apparel Supplier to EU
September 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm

The face of global apparel manufacturing is changing. As countries like China become more expensive for manufacturing, companies are taking their business elsewhere. Some are finding ways to create products in the U.S. through new automation technology, and others are moving to places like Ethiopia. The biggest shift, however, has been to Southeast Asia. And…

In Memoriam: Phil Carollo, President of Lion Circle
September 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Phil Carollo, President of Lion Circle, Chicago, died Sept. 8, 2017. Carollo, who was born in Chicago and served in the U.S. Army, entered the promo products industry in 1963 with Lion Match Corporation of America. He worked his way up through a variety of jobs—shipping clerk, salesman, sales manager, chief operating officer and vice…

How Can I Upgrade?
September 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Question: How do I upgrade from QuickBooks Pro to Premier? Answer: QuickBooks makes it easy to upgrade from Pro to Premier. First, download Premier; then back up your QuickBooks company file. Print out your balance sheet and income statement on the accrual basis. When you are ready to upgrade, go to "File," "Open" or "Restore…

Promo Industry Braces for Potential Hurricane Irma Landfall
September 7, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Hurricane Irma has reached Puerto Rico and other Caribbean island countries, and is on track to make landfall in Florida on Sunday as a Category 4 storm, Reuters reported. So far, the storm has killed 10 and caused significant damage in Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands. In the following 48 hours after…

GCPPA Appoints Gloria Lafont to Board of Directors
September 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm

The Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA), West Palm Beach, Fla., announced the appointment of Gloria Lafont to its board of directors. Lafont has taken the place of Chelsea Heller of Windbrella, who resigned her position due to time and travel constraints.…

Back It Up: The 3-2-1 Data Backup Strategy
September 6, 2017 at 11:25 am

As families begin to grasp the devastation to their homes and losses from Hurricane Harvey, one more loss is likely to be felt: Important files and photos are lost forever for many people. Backing up files is critical for home and business purposes, but is often overlooked. Backing up files used to be difficult but…