About Us

Vision Statement

The Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP) continually works to achieve the highest standards of professionalism and foster opportunity for growth in the promotional products industry. It offers a growing range of educational and business resources to help members prosper and establish leadership positions in today's competitive business environment.

UMAPP is a non-profit trade association whose members are companies in the promotional products industry. Staff of member companies are entitled to all of the benefits of membership.

 

Why JOIN UMAPP?


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THREE major trade shows per year

Our  Fire & Ice Show is held in May at Canterbury's Expo Center in Shakopee, Minnesota, and is the largest trade show of its kind in the Upper Midwest. Our Room Show is held in Bloomington in February and features up to 11 specifically-invited exhibitors that provide a full day of in-depth product information during 25-minute seminars. Our Idea Showcase & Client Expo is an important way to kick off the 4th quarter, and clients are welcome, too!

Collegiate Scholarships

One scholarship each year for $1,500 is awarded to staff of a UMAPP member company or their child per year.  This program is in partnership with PPEF (Promotional Products Education Foundation) administered through PPAI.  Applications are available online with instructions for academic period and deadlines.  

Professional Development Seminars

UMAPP strives to provide educational content that is valuable to individuals in the promotional products industry.  Topics vary, but watch for seminars held in conjunction with the Fire & Ice Show and the Idea Showcase, plus an annual local factory tour and an additional seminar during the year.  

Newsletter

The Navigator newsletter is published online six times per year, packed with industry information, press releases, pictures from UMAPP events, the President's column, and more. This newsletter offers reminders on upcoming events and registration deadlines.  It is available from the home page, or to receive the newsletter via e-blast, along with other important reminders, sign up at the bottom of the home page to receive our messages.  

Scholarships for CAS, MAS and MAS+ Designations

Check the link from the home page for more information on this scholarship.  

CONNECTs events

UMAPP organizes and hosts up to 4 events during the year in a casual setting.  Past events have included brewery stops, St. Paul Saints game, and Feed My Starving Children.  This is a great opportunity to bring family or friends and enjoy conversation and networking with others in this industry.  Sign up for our eblasts from the home page to get reminders about these events.  

Brew & View Shows 

New in 2019, UMAPP is reaching out to the member companies in outlying areas of our territory by hosting a Brew & View show at a local brewery. Exhibitors are by invitation.  No registration required for distributors to attend.  The only requirement is attendees must be professional distributors in this industry and have a business card.   View our "events" tab from the home page for more information.  

 

Did we forget to mention one of the most valuable member benefits, which is the distinction of qualifying for and belonging to a promotional products professional association. New Ideas, New Contacts, New Business.