The recent consolidation of the Association of Marketing Service Providers (AMSP), the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), and the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP) created a number of new educational and networking opportunities for small business owners in the graphic communications industry.
Beginning this spring, for example, in addition to the quarterly NAQP News newsletter, NAQP members will receive the newly launched Bottom Line magazine, a monthly publication bringing together insights of printing, mailing, fulfillment, and marketing services experts from all three components of the new association, as well as front line, experience-based articles from members in these industry disciplines.
In addition, owners and managers of small printing companies can now network not only with their counterparts operating larger printing operations, but also those with long experience in mailing and fulfillment, offering them a wealth of information on helping their customers mail in the most cost-effective ways and deal with Postal Service regulations. The association’s Connect community (http://connect.napl.org/home) offers a wide-ranging forum for real-time discussions on industry management topics and access to a wealth of new resources.
Safety, Legal Assistance
The new association also provides quick and small printing companies with new money-saving opportunities through an expanded Member Advantage Discount Program. Among the new discounts now available are environmental, safety, and legal services from two highly respected companies: Compliance Management International (CMI) and the Jackson Lewis law firm.
Members dealing with environmental, safety, risk, and related concerns can now call CMI (800-701-9369) and ask about specific issues at no charge. If there is a need to contract with CMI for additional help, AMSP/NAPL/NAQP members receive a 10 percent discount on the firm’s services.
CMI (www.complianceplace.com) is a professional management firm that provides ‘hands-on solutions’ to Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S), as well as Department of Transportation and related risk management issues. It has a diversified staff of certified safety professionals, certified industrial hygienists, professional engineers and fleet safety specialists. CMI offers services in a broad spectrum of areas, including:
- Environmental Services, Safety Services (OSHA Compliance), Industrial Hygiene Services, including air and water quality compliance, hazardous material inventory, waste minimization assessments and reporting, and remediation services.
- Industrial Hygiene Services, including indoor air quality investigations, job hazard assessment programs and training, noise exposure monitoring and hearing conservation programs, asbestos/lead hazardous material surveys, and Material Safety Data Sheet review and authoring.
- Risk & Loss Control Services, including federal and state contingency planning, facility response plans, risk management and plan services, and emergency planning.
- Department of Transportation Services, including defensive driving training, driver qualification file development and auditing, and drug and alcohol awareness training for drivers.
- Training Services, including environmental, transportation, safety, and loss prevention, and emergency management training.
Members concerned with employee, including employment and labor law, may contact the Jackson Lewis (www.jacksonlewis.com) for a free 30-minute consultation (without additional research). If added research is required, members receive a 10% discount off its established rates.
Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis is dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law. With 770 attorneys practicing in 55 locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Jackson Lewis is included in the AmLaw 100 and Global 100 rankings of law firms. U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” named Jackson Lewis the 2014 Law Firm of the Year in the Litigation-Labor and Employment category.
The firm’s wide range of specialized areas of practice provides the resources to address every aspect of the employer/employee relationship. Among its practice areas are general employment litigation, affirmative action compliance, employee benefits, background checks, disability and health management, diversity counseling, drug testing and substance abuse management, reductions in force, privacy and data security, non-competes, and protection against unfair competition.
The association’s member discount program continues to grow and provide additional business services at substantial discounts. Coming soon: A new discount program offering that will save members 20% on a wide variety of on-site training materials! Check the full program listing and find the latest additions at http://ilnk.me/15fd1 or contact Dean D’Ambrosi at (201) 523-6314 or email@example.com for more information.
Earlier this year, the association announced the expansion of its My Mail Connection online industry directory, which gives buyers a free, one-stop resource for finding print, mailing, and marketing services providers from around the country and offers service providers an affordable way to find customers when they are ready to buy.
“Customers don’t have to spend hours on an Internet search, going from website to website to find a printer, mailer, and/or marketing service provider?in fact, they don’t even have to scan a list of service providers,” says John Foley, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of interlinkONE, which developed the service for AMSP in 2013.
“With My Mail Connection they simply enter the criteria for their project and the site searches its database to find providers who best suit the project’s needs,” he said. “They may even enter their location and further refine the search to the top five providers in their area.”
For more information on the directory, visit www.mymailconnection.com or contact Michelle Raymond at (703) 836-9200, Ext. 211, or firstname.lastname@example.org.