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Green America Recognizes Three Apparel Companies

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‘People & Planet Award’ grants $5000 to environmentally conscious businesses.

Green America, a national organization promoting a socially and environmentally conscious economy, has honored three apparel businesses with the People & Planet Award. Themis and Thread, Fed by Threads, and Fair Indigo each received $5000 after being selected during a month-long online voting period.

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Midi Print, DuraPlaq Nab SGIA Golden Image Best of Show Awards

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Plus, many more winners honored at 2016 expo.

SGIA revealed its 2016 Golden Image Competition winners at their 2016 tradeshow last week in Las Vegas. Awarded to “only the best in the industry,” says Johnny Shell in a release, the contest was open to specialty imagers across a number of categories.

Notable winners include:

• People’s Choice and Best of Show: Digital: “Ship to Shore – David Mayhew) by DuraPlaq;

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What Is Influencer Marketing?

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Cultivating the right relationships can help you grow in exponential ways.

As a shop owner focusing on perfecting your craft and growing your business, you don’t necessarily have the time to devote to marketing. You know it needs to be done, but where do you start? Everyone talks about search engine optimization, social media marketing, pay per click, directory listings, and more. Are these the right tools for your business, or are there other ways to move the needle and grow your sales?

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Peter Walsh Joins M&R

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Assumes role as VP of sales.

M&R has appointed Peter Walsh to the position of VP of sales. Walsh joins M&R with a resume including management roles in technical service, sales, marketing, and more at TAS Screen-Printing Machines and at Nazdar Company.

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The Fourth Disruption: Why Venture Capitalists Are Eyeing Garment Decoration

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Digital disruption isn’t new to our industry, but the most recent wave, characterized by highly funded e-commerce companies building new channels of distribution for decorated apparel, may have the most far-reaching implications.

Some people look at the internet-based businesses that are gaining momentum in custom apparel and think that digital disruption has finally reached our industry. Not me: I’m used to being disrupted. This is my fourth rodeo. It started before many who are reading this were even born. When I got into the graphics industry in the 1970s, it was a highly evolved craft with specialists at many different levels. In many cities, there was a formal apprenticeship model and techs worked their way up to the journeyman level of proficiency.

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SGIA, Mutoh Announce ‘Operation Sublimation’ Workshop

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Education for wide-format printers, October 18-20.

SGIA and Mutoh are offering “Operation Sublimation” on October 18-20 at Mutoh’s learning facility in Phoenix. The class is designed for wide-format printers who are struggling with dye-sublimation color control, looking to master RIP calibration techniques, or hoping to gain wisdom about dye-sublimation materials, inks, and processes that could raise profitability.

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Screen Printing Seeks Assistant Editor

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Cincinnati-based publication expands editorial team.

Job Description
Big Picture
and Screen Printing magazines, two national business-to-business publications headquartered in Cincinnati (Blue Ash), are seeking a full-time assistant editor.

Responsibilities will include a mix of the following tasks: proofing, fact checking, posting editorial content to our website and social media sites, indexing, writing, and other organizational and administrative tasks as assigned. Some travel to industry tradeshows and related events is also possible.

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Print Craft: Fine Artist Integrates Print into Ethereal Work

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Print is just one component of the intrigue that is James Weingrod’s portfolio.

Artist James Weingrod has been awed by the idea of the universe ever since his insomniac childhood. His father, who loved space, would read him science books when he couldn’t sleep, but the puzzle of an infinite outer space bred more intrigue than it did rest. His curiosity stuck with him as he went off to Brown University, then Hunter College, and grew into an artist; he’d be the first to tell you his work is more filled with questions than it is answers.

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Shop Talk: Screen Printers Defy the Odds

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The numbers are in, and the verdict is: 'We're kicking ass.'

I’m the last person who should be trying to extrapolate meaning from statistics. Half the time, I don’t believe people could be as stupid as the polling shows; the other 60 percent of the time, I get fixated on the numbers and how things just don’t seem to add up.

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From the Editor: Where Are the Tchotchkes?

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This election season is shaping up a little differently than we're accustomed to.

It occurred to me as I drove to work this morning, about 90 days out from the US presidential election, that I didn’t see a single yard sign or bumper sticker for either of the candidates. This was puzzling since I live in Ohio, a battleground state where hucksters pursue our votes with a fervor that goes several stages beyond stalking. (Around here, if you don’t like the pitch that one political telemarketer gives you while you’re trying to enjoy a Sunday dinner with your family, wait 15 minutes for the next to call.)

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