PPAI and the promotional products industry will travel to Washington, D.C., May 25-26 for PPAI’s seventh annual Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) to deliver the industry’s message to representatives and senators on Capitol Hill. The Association strives to promote and protect the interests of the promotional products industry and small businesses through these visits in D.C., and its 2016 legislative agenda focuses on ensuring lawmakers understand the value, benefits and employment opportunities the industry offers.

PPAI’s efforts have focused on core issues related to independent contractors, tax reform and small business, as well as the industry-critical issues that emerge. The Association also works to increase understanding and acknowledgement of promotional products as key branding tools that help advance brands, and position promotional consultants as strategic partners and advisors.

For 2016, PPAI’s synchronized efforts in Washington, D.C. and statehouses around the country will concentrate on four key issues:

  • Ensuring the promotional products industry remains vibrant and dynamic.
  • Protecting and preserving the interests of small businesses and encouraging policies that drive innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Creating a tax climate that rewards small businesses.
  • Adapting the global supply chain to ensure ease of international operations.

“The promotional products industry represents tens of thousands of companies, hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars,” says PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE. “PPAI and its members urge Congress to learn more about the effectiveness and utility of promotional products for the public and private sectors.”

Click here to learn more about the industry and small-business critical issues PPAI will focus on during L.E.A.D. in May, and during PPAI’s L.E.A.D. Local and recess visits throughout the year.