Small Business Outlook
Improves The Small Business Economic
Trends Report, released this
week by the National Federation
Business (NFIB), reveals that plans
for small-business job creation,
inventory investment and capital
spending rose in May and that the
Optimism Index climbed to 100.8,
reversing a five-month decline. Along
with solid earnings reports, there’s
a favorable balance for profits between
higher labor compensation and higher
average selling prices, something
not seen since the mid-1980s. Small-business
owners planning hiring increases
rose to a net 15% percent and 12%
had used temps, down from 17% a few
months ago - a result of stronger
net percent of those reporting higher
sales volumes rose four points to
and 27% noted higher sales, up
two points from
April. In a further sign of small-business
strength, a third of owners have
plans to make capital expenditures
in the next three to six months. “I
really believe this is the start
of a turnaround,” says Sharon
Biernat, president of Promotional Strategy Partners (asi/301182). “I
know I’m optimistic, and a lot of my peers have said that as well. The
future is bright for promotional products and promotional products distributors”
GIR Graphics & Innovative Resources
(asi/199912) co-owner Allan
Funch died last week of injuries
from a fall while preparing his store
front with wife and partner, JoAnne.
He was 55. Mr. Funch was born in
Copenhagen, Denmark, and immigrated
to Canada with his family before
moving to California. He served on
the boards of the Moreno Valley Historical
Society and Moreno Valley's Promise
and was a volunteer with the Riverside
County Republican Party. The For
You Network has established
a family fund at Union Bank in Moreno
Valley. Contact Lydia Mendoza at
(951) 653-3915 for more information
about making a donation.
In The News
New Products International Inc.
(asi/73780) has signed licensing
deals for its Motion Promotion
portfolios with Prime Resources
Corp. (asi/79530) and Millenium
Leather LLC (asi/71235). Prime
is granted exclusive rights to
produce/market vinyl portfolios
beginning in 2006, Millenium to
produce/market leather portfolios.
The Raleigh-Durham, NC, internet
news magazine, dBusinessNews.com,
mentioned Brand Fuel (asi/145025)
for receiving a Spirit Award
for Best Distributor Website.
The article quoted co-founders
Danny Rosin and Robert Fiveash,
as well as mentioned Counselor and ASI
Show Las Vegas.
Charney, CEO of American Apparel
(asi/35297) was recently
interviewed on PSFK.com, a trend
spotting site. He discussed his
target audience (young urban
dwellers) and the idea that we
are all part of an emerging international
Inc.’s (asi/129990) Promopeddler.com division was
named eighth among the 100 fastest-growing
privately held companies by the
Portland (OR) Business
Showdown Displays (asi/87188)
received the Buyer’s Choice
Award at the 2005 Exhibitor Show
for its ShowCase tabletop display.
As a distributor, you’d
be hard-pressed to find something
that you can create completely
for a client, generate positive
PR, and make some profit on as
well. A couple years ago, women
in England posed tastefully nude
for a custom calendar which was
sold to raise funds for leukemia
research. The calendar was a success.
Several variations, male and female,
occurred on this side of the pond,
ands were also successes. The
La Crosse (WI) Tribune reports that
70 women have posed for the 2006
Women of Purpose calendar, which
will be sold to raise money for
terminal-illness research. Again.
It would be awfully hard for a
corporate sponsor (read: pays production
costs) of such a calendar to generate
any negative reaction.
Correction In the "Product Picks" section
of June's Counselor, the red fabric briefcase
shown on page 29 is from National Premium/Apollo/AMC
(asi/73392). You can reach this company
at (800) 982-2146; firstname.lastname@example.org.
We regret any inconvenience or confusion
this may have caused.
On The Move
The Incentive Federation has named Karen Renk chairman. She’s
also director of the Incentive Marketing Association.
Imperial Marketing Inc. (asi/230430)
has hired LaChaun Stevenson to its product
Ennis Inc. (asi/52493) notes that CFO
Harve Cathey plans to retire over the
next several months.
VF Imagewear (asi/93150) has named Stephen
Cochran president of its Image Apparel
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