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  • May 01, 2020 8:48 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    SAAGNY recently came across small business grant information and wanted to share these opportunities with our members and partners in case your companies might meet the eligibility requirements and are able apply. These are small business grants provided by different sources to assist small businesses that have been negatively impacted by Covid-19.

    Please review the information to see if your business meets the eligibility and other requirements before you apply. SAAGNY will continue to research grants, loans and share pertinent information to help support our members and the industry in these unprecedented times.

    Salesforce Small Business Grants (East)

    *The application portal is open from now until May 4th 11:59p PST.

    Salesforce will be offering Salesforce Care Small Business Grants of $10,000 to provide capital to help keep businesses afloat. These grants will support small businesses as they work to replenish materials, pay salaries, or adapt their business model to overcome these challenging times.

    To be eligible to apply, businesses must:

    – Be a for-profit business
    – Have between 2 to 50 employees
    – Have been in business for 2 years as of March 2020
    – Have an annual revenue between $250k to $2M
    – Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
    – Meet all other eligibility requirements as stated in the Grant Program Terms

    Click here for additional information.

    Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

    *Applications for round 2 are now closed. The next round will open on May 14th. Grants will be made in the amounts of $5,000, $7,500, and $10,000.

    LISC supports small businesses and enterprises affected the Covid-19 across the country, especially those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital.

    Applications will be reviewed based on criteria designed to prioritize particularly challenged businesses, and the final grantees will be randomly selected from the top scoring applicants.

    Sign up to stay updated about LISC’s Small Business Grant Program.

    Global Giving (Red Backpack Fund)

    *The portal will open for applications again on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3.

    The Red Backpack Fund is an initiative started by The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation. The foundation donated $5 million to GlobalGiving who will be making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by Covid-19.

    The first round of applications were open from April 6 at 12pm ET through April 12 at 11:59pm ET. Final grant recipients will be notified by the week of May 11. Each month, we will accept additional applications.

    Sign up to get an email notification when the application re-opens.

  • April 24, 2020 2:33 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    PPAI is hosting a webinar on April 28 - The Need to Know Info on Personal Protective Equipment.  Click here for more information.

  • April 22, 2020 8:20 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The Senate passed legislation this afternoon providing additional funding for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program, established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief And Economic Security (CARES) Act last month, provides forgivable loans of up to $10 million to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic to help them meet payroll and day-to-day operating expenses. The program ran through its initial $349 billion last week.

    The $484 billion legislation, the result of several days of negotiation between Senate Republicans and Democrats, and the White House, provides an additional $320 billion for the PPP—with $60 billion earmarked for smaller lenders—as well as $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program—which provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to the pandemic—$25 billion for testing, $75 billion for hospitals and $11 billion for state programs.

    The Senate passed the legislation following a unanimous consent vote. It now goes to the House of Representatives. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer sent out a schedule update this week that suggests the House could vote on the bill as early as tomorrow.

    Find more reports on the industry’s COVID-19 response, provisions of the CARES Act, links to related webinars and further information on PPAI’s coronavirus information page here.  

  • April 20, 2020 9:48 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    When looking back on the most influential individuals in one’s career, many think of a specific mentor or coach or buddy, that they have turned to in varying times to discuss such information as job-related skills; development, personal and professional advancement or operationally necessary information.  Associations are created to join industry members of all ages in these common goals, to help enrich individual organizations and each other.

    SAAGNY has developed that opportunity - partnering likeminded individuals who can only make the members more qualified leaders in the respective association, in business and in life.  If you need/want to chat with a like-minded professional to discuss industry, professional, or career SAAGNY can match you with another SAAGNY member.    Please email for more information on SAAGNY Partnering.

  • April 19, 2020 10:29 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Please click here for the application for the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program.

    Please click here for an information sheet.

    The SBA has issued some details and sample applications for the Paycheck protection program.

    Business applications are suppose to be available Friday April 3. 

    You will need to certify that your business has been impacted by the virus.

    Loan amounts are 2 months of last years payroll plus 25%

    Forgiveness will be for payroll and some overhead expenses paid 8 weeks after the loan is provided.

    Unforgiven amounts are due within 2 years, however no payments are due for the first 6 months.

    Be in contact with your bank on how to apply with them.

    You can prepare by looking at the sample application and fact sheet.  SBA link is below

  • April 14, 2020 2:13 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    PPB Magazine announced its  Best Multi-Line Rep. Those selected were nominated by suppliers and distributors across the industry based on level of service, product knowledge, responsiveness, creativity, communications skills and follow up, among other factors.

    SAAGNY congratulates all the multi-line reps selected for this year’s honor, in particular SAAGNY members -  Ken Cecco, Kenneth Cecco & Associates and Vincent Deissroth, APPI.

    Please click here for the full article in PPB magazine.

  • April 10, 2020 11:39 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    On March 29th, Sidney Siegel one of the true pioneers of our industry and founder of Industrial Contacts, passed away from complications due to Covid-19.   With little money or experience, he started Industrial Contacts, one of the first Promotional Products companies in New York City, over 60 years ago.  It didn’t take too long before Sid Siegel had a reputation as being one of the most creative minds our industry has ever seen.  

    Sid’s early days started with his background in emblematic jewelry which he soon segued  into a larger scope of promotional products and custom manufacturing, due to the high demand of his growing clientele.  Industrial Contacts was one of the first companies to work with Japan, before China became a player, where he produced custom shaped radios such as football helmets for the NFL, top shelf  liquor bottles, Brut  cologne and Pepsi vending machines.   The liquor industry soon became his niche.  Some of his most prominent work included ceramic figurines, metal signs,  and lucite bottle embedment.

    Sid created and produced the Clio Award, still used  today to honor the best television commercials.  He was one of the first to start the company store catalog  (of course in print before later technology developments) which he established for brands like Pepsi and Met Life.  His creativity along with his out of the box thinking earned him the cover story of Counselor Magazine in 1974.

    His ingenious and clever thinking was one of the reasons for his great success, but it was his charismatic personality combined with his sense of humor that truly made a lasting impression.  

    Today, Industrial Contacts is led by his son Steve and his grandson Daniel.  Sid’s daughter Mindy is also involved in the company and plays an important role on the sales team.  The company continues to follow in his footsteps with a strong focus on the beverage industry.  Sid continued to have daily conversations with Steve and Daniel about the happenings of the business and was never one to shy away from offering his advice. 

    Although business was his “baby” that he always cherished , nothing took precedence over his family.  He was married to his late wife Joyce for 65, years who played an integral role in the success of Industrial Contacts.  Nothing brought Sid more joy than spending time with family, and watching the successes and achievements of his kids and four grandchildren.  His leisure time was usually spent playing golf or on the tennis  court.

    Sid will be missed not only by his family and friends but anyone who had the pleasure to meet him.

  • April 03, 2020 1:51 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    In the March issue of Promo Marketing - SAAGNY and the other regional associations were featured in the cover story, Map Quest - How the Industry's Regional Associations are helping promo professionals grow business, make connections and build community - one member at a time.

    Click here for the article.

  • April 01, 2020 2:07 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    A Message from PPAI President & CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE

    As I've stated in previous emails, as recently as yesterday, we here at PPAI are making some tough decisions based on the continuing challenges facing us during these unprecedented times. These decisions are not unlike the ones you are likely making regarding your businesses.

    Based on the current COVID-19 situation, the importance of your health and safety and the practicality of holding a show in a building that is currently being considered as a backup medical facility, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Expo East, effective immediately. We feel this is a sensitive and responsible action considering the shelter-in-place restrictions in many areas across the United States and the recent announcement deeming the Atlantic City Convention Center a temporary field hospital to accommodate expanded capacity.

    The cancellation includes all education sessions on Wednesday, June 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City as well as the trade show exhibits on Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

    Exhibitors and attendees already signed up for Expo East will receive additional updates regarding the next steps. We are hopeful this crisis will be resolved soon, and we can then work together toward the recovery and rebuilding of our industry and our daily lives.

    Everyone's health and safety are our utmost concern. If you have any questions, we will do our best to answer them quickly. We appreciate your support and understanding.       

    With sincere thanks,




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