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  • March 08, 2021 3:30 PM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

    The PromoKitchen board established this fund to honor our friend and founding PromoKitchen chef, Tee Hamilton, who lost her battle with cancer in December 2020.

    Tee was a tireless advocate for the creative professional in the promotional products industry, and we are intent on continuing her crusade in this area.

    The Tee Hamilton Creative Scholarship was created to support promotional product industry professionals in their pursuit of creative or business education by paying up to 80% towards courses and conferences.

    We want to reduce the financial barriers associated with participating in continuing education.

    Why does this matter? Because Tee believed that industry professionals who bettered themselves through education could create a strong and lasting legacy for themselves and the industry. 

    Here’s how it works:

    Applications will be accepted between February 22 and March 26, 2021.

    Applicants who are chosen will have up to 80% of the cost of the course or conference paid for.

    The course or conference must be completed or attended before February 2022.

    The recipient of the scholarship will be required to follow up with PromoKitchen after the course is completed or conference is attended, by sharing your experience with the community and how this was able to benefit you in your promotional products career. This could take the form of a podcast or written interview, video, blog, etc

    The winner will be announced at our virtual Spring Fling Mixer on April 8, 2021.

    To apply, head over to https://www.promokitchen.org/donate

    For questions or more information, please email scholarship@promokitchen.org or nhoffman@geiger.com

  • March 03, 2021 7:58 AM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

    The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) officially announced their 2021 recipients of their CAE designations.  Rachel Levin, CAS, SAAGNY President noted, “We are so proud to announce that our very own, brilliant, Executive Director, Donna-Jean Plante, CAE, is one of only 189 nationwide to have recently earned this prestigious designation by passing the December 2020 exam. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.”  

    To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics.  To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management.  More than 4,700 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential.  

    The full press release from the American Society of Association Executives can be viewed by clicking here.

    Ms. Levin further remarked, “Please join us in celebrating DJ and all of her great accomplishments.”

  • February 24, 2021 12:09 PM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

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  • February 09, 2021 2:41 PM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

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  • February 09, 2021 11:17 AM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

    Make sure you are processing any CARES act payments that you may be entitled to.  The PPP loans are applied for at your bank and the ERC is applied for thorough current or amended 941X’s.

    The upcoming deadlines are:

    1)Payroll Protection Program – round 2 (PPP2)- application due by 3/31/2021 or when monies run out

    2)Payroll Protection Program – round 1 (PPP1)- if not file already due by 3/31/2021 or when monies run out

    3)Employer retention credits- now available for wages paid in 2020 not covered by PPP1 or 2 loans.  – 941X forms will need to be filed, filing the sooner the better

    4)PPP1 forgiveness applications are due 10 months after the end of the covered period.  (April-June 2021)

    The new PPP2 fund rules are:


    • <300 employees (hospitality exception)
    • Have used (or will use) the full amount of PPP1 on eligible expenses
    • In operations 2/15/2020
    • Revenue deduction of 25% in any quarter 2020 compared to same quarter 2019 (or annual 2020 to 2019)


    • Payroll costs are computed using either 2019 or 2020 wages, whichever is higher
    • Use monthly average payroll costs (gross wages +retirement + health costs)/12 months x 2.5 (3.5 for hospitality)
    • Self-employed sole practitioner, 2% shareholder/partner/owner is based on 2019 or 2020 net income
    • Exclude excess payroll over $100K

    Employer Retention Credit rules are:

    Eligibility for 2020 wages:

    • Fully or partially suspended or reduced business hours due to government order.  Or that quarters gross receipts 50% below same quarter in 2019(not including PPP)


    • 50% of wages up to $10,000 ($5,000 credit), per employee annually
    • Wages after March 13 not covered by PPP loans are eligible

    Eligibility for 2021 wages:

    • Fully or partially suspended or reduced business hours due to government order.  Or that quarters gross receipts 20% below same quarter in 2019 (not including PPP)


    • 70% of wages up to $10,000 ($7000 credit) quarterly
    • Wages between Jan1 -June 30, 2021 not covered by PPP loans are eligible

  • January 25, 2021 11:26 AM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

    The SAAGNY Foundation College Scholarship is available now.  Click here for the application and requirements.

  • January 20, 2021 1:53 PM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

    Just login at www.saagny.org and head over to members only section and click on SAAGNY Coupon Program.

  • January 13, 2021 11:06 AM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

    Let's work together to help raise funds for The SAAGNY Foundation. The SAAGNY Foundation provides educational scholarships, general assistance, and a means for the promotional products industry to engage the community through charitable endeavors and activities. 

    Mark your calendar, and invite a friend or two! You’ll see wonderful products, learn new recipes and gain tips to help get delicious meals quickly on your table. Pampered Chef will donate a portion of all party sales to this great cause.

    Orders Can Be Placed Between Now and Sunday, January 31

    Click here to start shopping.

  • January 05, 2021 7:37 AM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

    As you all know I am second generation in the Promotional Products world, and having lost my father 2 ½ years ago, I never imagined how I would continue in this business.   Somehow you do, and it’s through the support of many friends and colleagues that you do.  This past February, my mother took ill and at the time we didn’t know it, but she was battling COVID-19, which left her in Kidney failure.   It turns out that she was lucky to have gotten COVID-19, prior to us knowing what it was because she was treated with heavy medicines and heavy doses of Oxygen.  Linda goes to Dialysis every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 5 PM, and since March I have been able to take her and pick up from every session. 

    We have had numerous doctor appointments, and every time she gets good news about how she is doing.  They are all so encouraging, that the Doctors believe that one day she will be able to give up dialysis, but only if she is to be a recipient of a new Kidney. 

    We have been introduced to Renewal, a non-profit organization that assists with matching prospective donors with people on the Kidney Registry List, which Linda is now on.

    On Wednesday January 6th, at 7:30PM (est.) my family and Renewal will be hosting a zoom call which is informational about how we can all help out with awareness and knowledge to assist no only my mother, but others who may be in a similar situation. 

    I am attaching invite file with the information about the zoom call along with the link below for the meeting.  

    Please click on the link and join the webinar this Wednesday night.


    We are all great at marketing as that is what we do every day with our clients, and so I’m asking for assisting in marketing the Donor awareness program to all your family, friends, and co-workers in the hope that we can accomplish our goal not only for Linda, but for any other person battling in a similar situation. 

    If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Eric J. Black, MAS


  • January 04, 2021 1:26 PM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

    Hi, SAAGNY Members,

    Happy New Year!  I am honored to be serving as your 2021 SAAGNY President.

    In 2018 during our annual SAAGNY Board retreat, the Board developed a strategic plan where, a commitment to membership was made to lead forward, continue to grow and practice our mission statement - SAAGNY creates an environment that advances business development of the promotional product industry through dissemination of product information, networking, and knowledge exchange.”  We committed to move ahead with a strong vision and heart. The SAAGNY Board of Directors continued to establish tradeshows unparallel to many regionals, enhanced our value proposition for our members, and stayed focused at the job at a hand.  

    And then… 2020 happened. What we thought were our problems were sidelined by a need to simply change the air we breathe. COVID-19 has caused SAAGNY (as many others) to quickly change course, reevaluate our priorities, and turn to our members to help them emerge through a time of the unknown. Led by previous SAAGNY President Paul Sprunk and the talent from our Executive committee, to our Board of Directors, our Volunteer Committees, our Task Force, and of course our incredible Executive Director, I can confidently say, we did it!  I am proud of all of those involved in challenging our ambitions and coming through to the other side, slightly unscathed.

    SAAGNY Delivered Value to Its Members in 2020:

    • Webinars – 100+
    • 15 Virtual Tradeshows known as some of the most successful virtual shows in 2020
    • SAAGNY website – news, information, events for YOU and YOUR business
    • SAAGNY Member Directory
    • SAAGNY Member App
    • SAAGNY Coupon Book – new for 2021
    • SAAGNY Life Newsletter
    • Virtual Networking Opportunities
    • And watch for exciting announcements for our 2021 offerings

    However, as you know we cannot stop here. 2021 will continue to be a “challenging” year but we all know through challenges come remarkable opportunities. It is my goal to seize those opportunities and make sure SAAGNY continues its legacy of the greatest regional trade association in our industry. SAAGNY was founded in 1955, and through the years had incredible past presidents and members, who have forged a path that has led me here and the role of President, one that I do not take lightly and one that I will not disappoint.

    Becoming President through a pandemic, taking back Promotions East, and truly entering a world of evolution that many of us have not experienced is the greatest challenge and I am prepared, excited, and more motivated then ever!

    This is OUR time to evolve as an industry, as a regional, and will do so through the solid support of the current Board of Directors: Michael Reisbaum, Vice President, Christian Brandt, Secretary/Treasurer, Paul Sprunk, Immediate Past President, Sean Kurtzman, Natasha Jinks, and our newly appointed, talented Eric Levin, Joe Favre, and Jeff Jacobs.

    I want to personally wish John Cudahy the very best as he exits as Past President. John has truly been an unbelievable asset to this organization. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to Paul Sprunk, our current Past President, as he led us through a period that no one could have foreseen and did so with grace, patience, and leadership. I am grateful to have you still by my side.

    I cannot end this note without acknowledging our right hand (and sometimes left), Donna-Jean Plante, the Executive Director of SAAGNY, who has been a sounding board, a voice of reason, our calendar, and the backbone of the organization.

    2021 has come along so quickly and we have already started making plans. I will be sure to keep you apprised with all pertinent information, all the while staying committed and focused to the job at hand - leading SAAGNY through an evolution!

    Thank you for putting your trust in me!


    Rachel Levin
    SAAGNY President

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