UMAPP is a 501(c)(6) trade association for companies in the promotional products industry. Each company membership includes all staff (independent contractors and employees), so everyone can enjoy all of the benefits of belonging to a professional association. From networking events, trade shows, professional development seminars, factory tours, and a dedicated team of volunteers who advocate in Washington, D.C. for the good of our industry, UMAPP is always working for its members.
Our memberships are company based, and are set on the calendar year from January 1 - December 31.
MEMBERSHIP HAS PRIVILEGES!
UMAPP hosts several social events which provide opportunities to meet with industry colleagues. These events are hosted by UMAPP's CONNECTS committee and include brewery stops, outings at the St. Paul Saints Baseball Games, wineries, Top Golf, cideries and more. Have a suggestion about a potential networking event? Email the office.
Professional Development Seminars
UMAPP hosts multiple professional development opportunities throughout the year. We bring in industry and outside speakers to discuss relevant topics to help promotional professionals build their businesses, along with several Lunch 'N Learns in the Twin Cities Metro. All of our professional development events provide CAS/MAS continuing education units. CEUs are submitted to PPAI for processing for all UMAPP members in attendance.
UMAPP hosts local factory tours of supplier members that is free to any staff of a UMAPP member company. These tours often include breakfast and lunch, along with valuable information about our member companies and the factory processes. CEUs are awarded here, too!
Wild Wednesday Webinars
UMAPP offers FREE webinars with industry-related topics every month for our members. CEUs are provided.
Discounts on events
Reduced rates or special options for all of UMAPP's events. Plus, FREE admission into the PPAI Expo in January in Las Vegas. UMAPP Members receive a FREE subscription to PPB, the official magazine publication of PPAI.
ZOOMcatalog Coupon Book
Access to hundreds (or thousands of dollars) in savings from exclusive supplier discounts in the UMAPP Supplier Digital Coupon Book. Just accessing this book once or twice during the year could easily pay for the full year's dues.
"I joined UMAPP and received a (digital) coupon book that I gave to the people who issue the PO's in our company. Within a week, they informed me we used a coupon that gave us $800 off a single order. Definitely worth the investment and through UMAPP, I have made many friends in the industry." H.A. Gross, Plaza Printers, Urbandale, Iowa.
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Scholarships - Collegiate
UMAPP has partnered with PPEF (Promotional Products Education Foundation) through PPAI to offer a $1,000 collegiate scholarship per year to one of our members or their children. PPEF is an educational, charitable, nonprofit organization that awards college scholarships to students who have a parent working in the promotional products industry or who are working for a company in the industry.
Scholarships - CAS/MAS Certification
UMAPP offers three $500 scholarships a year to members who are interested in pursuing their industry certification of a CAS or MAS. For more information on this industry certification program, view PPAI's webpage.
UMAPP hosts the popular Room Show and the newer addition to our line up is an updated, larger, and newly branded distributor and client show. Held at the Inwood Oaks Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, the new distributor and client expo will feature up to 116 tables of exhibitors, buffet lunch, keynote speaker and more. Plus, a summer golf outing held the day before the BCE for our supplier members, plus distributors and their clients.
Both the Room Show and our "Brand Connection Expo" are very different events from each other, and offer a variety of benefits and opportunities to members to increase their businesses, make new contacts, and provide ideas to start a conversation with customers. No need for expensive travel out of state to other shows as UMAPP has the local and national supplier network exhibiting at our events.
In 2021, UMAPP hosted its first virtual booth show called "Up Close and Virtual." Perhaps this will be an annual event?
Brew & Views Mini Trade Shows
A new addition to UMAPP, these Brew & View mini shows are held in outlying areas of our membership and include a networking event.
Special Member Discounts
UMAPP partners with PPAI to offer additional free resources and services to our members. We also partner with SAGE, ZoomCatalog, FedEx, PromoHunt, and Constant Contact to offer our members valuable discounts for their businesses. Log into your website account to access these programs.
Gain personal and professional growth by volunteering for a UMAPP committee or running for the Board of Directors. Being part of the Association as a volunteer is rewarding, develops leadership and business skills, expands knowledge of association management and generates new friends and contacts.
Since every member company must meet certain industry qualifications, it shows professional credibility when belonging to a regional association.
My Apologies To The Lady In The Second Seat" - a different answer to the question . . .
"What can a regional association do for me?"