December 2013

A Year In Review: The Top News Stories Of 2013

A lot happened in the promotional products industry in 2013. PPB’s editors have compiled a list of the top news stories from PPB and PPB Newslink that trace most significant accomplishments, news and events in 2013. Read More »

Sales of Small Businesses To Expected To Climb In 2014

The time may be ripe for buying and selling small businesses in 2014. In a nationwide survey of business brokers conducted by, an online marketplace for buying or selling small businesses, 68 percent of respondents reported an increase in the number of transactions in 2013, and 83 percent felt that there will be even more sales of small businesses in 2014. Read More »

Corporate Imaging Concepts Secures Funding From Midwest Private Equity Firms

Corporate Imaging Concepts, LLC (UPIC: CORP8803), a Northbrook, Illinois-based distributor, has partnered with two of the Midwest’s leading private equity firms—Cardinal Equity Partners in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Aldine Capital Partners in Chicago—to help further company growth. Read More »

Premier Promotional Group Adds Four Supplier Members

The Premier Promotional Group, an alliance of promotional products suppliers and distributors in the U.S. and Canada, has announced the addition of four new supplier members—SanMar, Cutter & Buck, Norwood & BIC Graphic and World Wide Lines. Read More »

OraLine’s Promotional Products Division Now Called Branded Brushes

Supplier OraLine, Inc. (UPIC: Oraline) has rebranded its promotional products division under a new identity, Branded Brushes. This is part of a larger initiative at the company in which each division has been given a unique logo and name. Read More »

The Partnering Group Welcomes New Distributor Partner

The Partnering Group, LLC, has announced the addition of a new distributor partner to the group, Public Identity, Inc. Read More »

PPAI And PSI Establish 2014 Trade-Show Partner Agreement

PPAI and the Germany-based Promotional Product Service Institute (PSI), have entered into a 2014 partner association agreement providing each association’s membership open access to trade shows, resources and networking opportunities. Read More »

Celebrate The Industry’s Best At The Chairman’s Leadership Dinner

Each year, PPAI honors a group of individuals for their hard work and dedication to this industry. The 2014 PPAI Hall of Fame inductee, the Distinguished Service Award and the H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award recipients will be recognized at the Chairman’s Leadership Dinner during The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas. Read More »

PPAI Expo Awards Celebrate Creativity And Excellence

Business, technology and creativity are becoming more entwined as each day passes. Professionals in the industry are expressing their creative abilities, their tech-savvy know-how and their branding expertise in any form they can. This is what makes the PPAI Awards so exciting. It’s an opportunity to pay tribute to those who are shaking things up. Read More »

Proforma Staff Collects Money, Gifts For Adopt-A-Family Program

Proforma (UPIC: PROFORMA) support center staff raised more than $2,000 in cash and gifts for the Adopt-A-Family program, which provides presents to local underprivileged children. This year, Proforma was able to bring holiday cheer to 15 Cleveland-area children in need. Read More »

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