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Starline Inc. Celebrates Top Representatives of 2015
December 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Last week, the team from  Grand Island, New York-based Starline Inc. came together for its annual sales meeting, where it previewed its collection of 2016 products and honored its top sales representatives. Jim Bull, Starline Inc.'s vice president of sales, presented two awards of distinction and outstanding achievement to his U.S. sales team. He presented the…

Taylor Swift is Trying to Trademark Her Birth Year
December 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Taylor Swift's birthday is approaching, and this year she wants something more than well-wishes from her gigantic stable of famous friends. According to The Washington Post, swift is looking to trademark her birth year, 1989, which doubles as the title of her last album. The blog Tantalizing Trademarks posted…

American Solutions for Business Acquires Optimum Companies
December 11, 2015 at 7:42 pm

American Solutions for Business (ASB), Glennwood, Minn., has announced the acquisition of Optimum Companies, Columbus, Ohio. This agreement is part of an expansion initiative that continues to extend ASB’s national footprint. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Optimum Companies has operated distribution centers in Columbus, Ohio; Orlando, Florida; Houston; and Denver, delivering printed products…

Collecting Sales Tax on Additional Charges
December 11, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Question: How can I find out if I have to collect sales taxes on additional charges, such as screen charges and freight? Answer: Contact your CPA or the department of revenue for your state, because sales tax varies by state—and sometimes by county. It is most likely that these extra charges are subject to sales…

Last Chance to Vote! PM Video Battle: Webb Company Versus Rosalie Marcus
December 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Promo Marketing's Video Battle pits two industry videos against each other for the chance at the ultimate bragging right: Being declared our readership's absolute favorite. (Next up: It feels like spring outside! We're fine with winter taking it's time getting to the East Coast.) Last week, Webb Company emerged victorious again, and will now face off…

AAkron Line Launches New GiveBack Philanthropy Program
December 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

AAkron Line, Akron, N.Y., recently partnered with the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR), a nonprofit that collects corporate goods and redistributes them to schools, churches and charities, to launch its GiveBack one-for-one program. Every time a customer orders a product from the GiveBack collection, AAkron will donate a similar product to…

River's End Trading Earns SGIA Golden Image Awards
December 11, 2015 at 3:09 pm

The 2015 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) recognized River’s End Trading, Madison, Wis., in the association's Golden Image Competition at the 2015 SGIA Expo in Atlanta. River's End Trading earned two gold awards, one for “Hipster Man,” entered…

2015 Was the Year that Athleisure Won
December 11, 2015 at 2:45 pm

For years, I was resistant to wearing workout clothes outside the gym. I wore leggings and a ratty concert T-shirt to exercise, and saved my money for things like vintage dresses, expensive shoes and pants with actual waistbands. But in 2015, athleisure—also known as the wearing of pseudo-athletic gear for everyday life—became impossible to avoid.

Retailers Pay Penalties for Labeling Rayon Textiles as Bamboo
December 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed court orders barring four national retailers— Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond, and J.C. Penney—from mislabeling and advertising rayon textiles as "made of bamboo," and required the companies to pay civil penalties totaling $1.3 million. According to a press release from the FTC, Bed Bath & Beyond will pay…

Concubines, Coffee and Change
December 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm

"Sixty queens there may be, and eighty concubines, and virgins beyond number; but my dove, my perfect one, is unique..." (Song of Solomon 6:8-9). This Old Testament verse, interestingly written by one of my very distant relatives (Solomon), beautifully makes a point that modern day language can’t quite convey. Every business must have a unique…