Kyle A. Richardson is the editorial director of Promo Marketing. He joined the company in 2006 brings more than a decade of publishing, marketing and media experience to the magazine. If you see him, buy him a drink.

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the promotional product industry's not-for-profit association, reported that its fourth annual Legislation Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) in Washington was a success.

Top-50 industry supplier Jetline, based in Gaffney, S.C., announced the appointment of industry veteran Paige Millard to the position of sales representative for the West Coast territory, which includes California, Arizona, Washington, Nevada and Oregon.

It seems like Washington can't agree on anything these days, except maybe one thing: Small business. Everyone in Washington loves small business, or pretends they do. If you watch the news or listen to the ads, you'll hear candidates on both sides of the aisle vow to help small businesses grow and create jobs.

Politicians love small business because small business matters. It's important, it's trusted, and it's going to make a big difference in this year's elections. It isn't stretching things to say that small business is the engine that drives our economy.

It is an old adage in Washington that it is hard to take two steps forward without also taking one step back.

The 15 May entry into force of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) provides the U.S. apparel industry with a front row seat on this particular Washington two-step.

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