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  • March 18, 2021 1:46 PM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

    SAAGNY is opening up the design of its new Promotions East logo to the community with the winner receiving a $250 gift card and free overnight stay at Promotions East 2022!

    The logo should represent Promotions East and reflect the characteristics that are unique to SAAGNY and the show.

    SAAGNY Mission: Advocating for the business development of the promotional products industry through events, networking, and education.

    Promotions East: The largest regional trade show in the Northeast being held in Atlantic City in 2022.

    • All new! Redesigned, reimagined, refreshed, and revised for YOU - the Promotional Products Professional.
    • Networking with promotional product professionals just like YOU.
    • Education that will benefit YOU and YOUR company.
    • Build relationships that will help YOU grow YOUR business.

    Contest Rules:

    • The SAAGNY Board will filter submissions to the top selections then the SAAGNY membership will vote for the final design!
    • Logo should be submitted in scalable vector format for high-resolution applications and JPG or PNG format for lower-resolution applications. Digital formats only will be accepted.
    • Logo should allow for use in both color and grayscale applications.
    • All rights to the selected logo will be retained by the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York.
    • Logo will be featured on our website and social media platforms.
    • Entrants represent and warrant that their submission(s) is/are their original work, has not been copied from others, and does not violate the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.
    • By submitting an entry to the contest, the participant acknowledges that the logo will become property of the SAAGNY.
    • No limit to number of entries per participant.
    • The old logo can be seen by clicking here.
    • E-mail your logo design as a JPEG file to info@saagny.org. Include your full name, telephone number, address, and e-mail address.
    • All designs must be submitted by April 19
  • March 09, 2021 10:36 AM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

    Attention all Distributors, Suppliers, and Multi-Line representatives -  if you employ independent contractors or operate your business as an independent contractor, this bill has the potential of having serious implications to you and your business.   Please read below and contact your legislators NOW.  Please consider making multiple phone calls and emails so the legislators understand the effects of this bill.

    New legislation has been proposed in Congress that would effectively ban independent contractor classifications under federal labor law. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 842, amends the National Labor Relations Act to establish a new definition of employees which expressly eliminates independent contractors in the U.S. The new legislation makes a broad presumption that all workers in the U.S. are employees unless each element of a newly established “ABC” test can be demonstrated. PPAI is opposed to the PRO Act because, if signed into law, it would significantly change how thousands of promotional products companies interact with each other, and it will eliminate jobs in our industry.
     
    Specifically, the PRO Act would eliminate independent contractor agreements, enforce government control over private employment contracts and significantly broaden risk exposure to joint employer liability.

    The legislation also sets new criteria for determining occupational status as an independent contractor instead of an employee. The proposed new criteria entail a three-pronged test for which each of the requirements must be proven if an independent contractor wants to retain his or her status under federal labor law.

    The House is expected to consider H.R. 842 during the week of March 8, with a possible vote happening by the end of the week.

    Please click here to email and call members of Congress to educate them about why independent contractors in the promotional products industry do not want to be forced to reclassify as employees.

     


  • 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:

    Eligibility:

    • <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)

    Computation

    • 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)

    Computation

    • 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)

    COMPUTATION

    • 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.


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