American Printer Weekly Article Offers Reader

Comments on Industry Trade Associations

"Readers Weigh in on Associations: NPOA Wins Fans," notes a recent article published by The New American Printer Weekly. According to the magazine, Sid Chadwick’s recent reflections on industry associations and their executives prompted some positive reader comments, especially regarding NPOA.

"Dustin Andrews of Four State Printing tells us he is a big fan of National Print Owners Association. 'NPOA offer the PrintOwnersList, which is currently for free, as it was before they bought it. That is a HUGE resource and well of knowledge. I would highly recommend joining. At the same time I would like all of the trade organizations to go to a monthly payment plan and basically give membership on a 30-day subscription. It would make it much easier for the wee-little guys like myself (single-person shop) to join and pick up some extra know how and feel like they don't only gun for the multi-million dollar shops.

"Simplifed Spreadsheet Eases Upgrade Decisions - Craig Dellinger of New Haven Print collaborated with the NPOA staff on a free spreadsheet to analyze their copier/printer upgrade costs and benefits. You don’t have to be an NPOA member to download it, it is free for all. More information here.

"Lisa Bickford of Highlight Printing also put in a good word for NPOA. “As we are only member of one industry group (NPOA), I cannot give feedback on the rest. NPOA seems to give a really good value for the dollar and I get a lot of info that I need about running a business in the printing industry,” says Lisa. She adds: “Also, our local PIA group - PIM (Printing Industry Midwest), seems to be an active group with lots of helpful resources, just have never pulled the trigger and joined. Looking forward to others' comments.”

"What's on Your Mind? - We Say: Thanks for your comments, Dustin and Lisa! You can read a summary of NPOA’s 2013 conference here. In 2014, NPOA had a great panel discussion featuring some retired printers." You can read our write up here.