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 Booth Show, held in March at the RiverCentre, is the largest trade show of its kind in the Upper Midwest. Our Room Show is held in May at the Embassy Suites Bloomington and features up to 14 exhibitors that provide a full day of in-depth product information during 25-minute seminars. Our Holiday Showcase & End Buyer Expo is an important way to kick off the 4th quarter, and clients are welcome, too!

Collegiate Scholarships

Two or four scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each for undergraduate students or high school seniors. Staff of UMAPP member companies and their children are eligible to apply. The program is administered through Scholarship America. Applications are always on-line by January 15, and must be postmarked by April 1.

Professional Development Seminars

Topics in the past: include ways to increase sales, personality traits, panel discussions from million dollar producers, more panel discussions on subjects between suppliers and distributors, artwork 101, intermediate artwork, generational marketing, and more. UMAPP also includes a free factory bus tour to local supplier factories each spring for its distributor members.

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. The on-line E-News is emailed monthly and is a supplement to the Navigator newsletter, and is complete with reminders about upcoming events, links to register, and more.

Scholarships for CAS, MAS and MAS+ Designations

What is a CAS or MAS, you ask? These are special designations assigned by PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) to set individuals apart from their competition. Less than 4% of industry professionals take the time to earn their CAS or MAS designation. The CAS comes first (Certified Advertising Specialist), and once achieved through a combination of CEUs and sitting for an exam, then the MAS (Master Advertising Specialist) can be achieved by accumulating additional points and sitting for a second exam.

Gathering the amount of CEUs necessary can take years, so UMAPP offers two $1,500 scholarships to individuals who are working toward achieving their CAS or MAS designation. These funds from the scholarship are designed to be used an any of PPAI's professional development seminars held across the country (excluding the Expo). Applications are always on-line by September 15, and due back by the end of November. Winners are announced in December for the following year.

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.