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  • Are Your Images Protected?

    Maria Matthews , Copyright & Government Affairs Manager, PPA
    Webinar: Join us to learn more about protecting and enforcing your photographic copyrights. Copyright specialist Maria Matthews will share information on the basic facets of the law, quick tips on maximizing your copyright ownership and how PPA can help you address an infringement.
  • Best Practices: Complying with Employment Law

    Andria Ryan
    Webinar: With almost everything in life, there is fine print—and that fine print can bite you before you know it! Employment law is no different. Being the boss is not just fun and games, after all; there are laws you need to know and understand so that your business runs smoothly and stays compliant.
  • Business Insurance: Are You Protected?

    Kristen Hartman , Member Value & Experience Director, PPA
    Video: Property & Casualty, Bailment Coverage, Worker’s Comp, General Liability, blah, blah, blah. However boring it may be, insurance is an important part of any business – even for an artist like yourself. If you’re not properly covered, everything you’ve worked for could be gone in a legal instant!
  • Challenges of the Home Studio

    Bridget Jackson , CPA, Manager, PPA Business Consultant
    Video: So you’ve got the home studio. You’re working in your PJs, watching TV during office hours, and can knock off any time you want, right? Wrong! As instructor Bridget Jackson will teach you, your home business is still just that: a business. So tune in to this quick class for 10 things that home studio owners need to remember.
  • Contract Essentials: Cover Your Bases

    Maria Matthews , Copyright & Government Affairs Manager, PPA
    Video: Long gone are the days when you did business with a nod and a firm handshake – in today’s environment, if it’s not in the contract, it doesn’t exist. So before you snap that first photo, you want signed paperwork in hand. But you’re an artist, not a lawyer! Never fear -- after this “Contract Essentials” class, you’ll know the ins and outs of creating and executing an effective contract so you can focus on what you do best.
  • Creating a Project Plan

    Carrie Wildes , CPP
    Video: During this round-table educational class, you’ll learn how to take what you want to do to improve and grow your business and put it into a plan that will do exactly that. Step by step, Carrie will walk you through such a plan, how to complete a cost/benefit analysis, measure your success and more.
  • Creating a Successful Company Culture

    David Trust , Chief Executive Officer, PPA
    Video: Have you ever worked for a company you hated? Or a company you loved? Do you remember why? In this class, instructor David Trust (PPA’s very own CEO) teaches you how to create your own company culture so that your employees love to work for YOU!
  • Designing the Perfect Home Studio

    Carrie Wildes , CPP
    Video: Making a home studio doesn’t just involve slapping paint on the walls, setting up a desk, a computer and a power strip. It takes vision, planning and a little bit of capital. In this class, Instructor Carrie Wildes gives you the information and direction you need so you can create the perfect home studio . . . the first time.
  • Designing the Perfect Retail Studio

    Allison Rodgers , Cr.Photog., CPP
    Video: Learn, first-hand, how the design of a retail studio can enhance – or impede – your business! PPA Instructor Allison Rodgers walks you through her space, explaining step-by-step how and why each areas works the way it does.
  • Health Insurance Reform: Before and After Implementation

    Ross Pallay
    Webinar: In the first in a three-part series on Health Insurance Reform, we’ll discuss the health insurance market before and after the implementation of Health Care Reform and how it will affect PPA members and their families.
  • Health Insurance Reform: Important Deadlines

    Ross Pallay
    Webinar: The last in a 3-part series, this webinar will recap the health insurance reform changes and remind members of deadlines to obtain health insurance to avoid tax penalties.
  • Health Insurance Reform: Plan Designs & Premium Subsidies

    Ross Pallay
    Webinar: In the second in a three-part series on Health Insurance Reform with Ross Pallay, executive vice president at Pallay Insurance Agency, we will discuss the insurance plan designs that will be available.
  • Ins & Outs of Copyright Law

    Maria Matthews , Copyright & Government Affairs Manager, PPA
    Video: When you first learned photography, you probably didn’t talk much about copyrights or any other legal mumbo-jumbo. But you’re a professional now, and copyrights are an important aspect of your business! So if you’re not a lawyer and you don’t even play one on TV, what exactly do you need to know? Copyright specialist Maria Matthews walks you through copyrights and what they mean to you.
  • Know the Difference: Contractors vs. Employees

    Andria Ryan
    Webinar: Contractors vs Employees – did you know that up to 15% of employees are misclassified? If you think it’s as simple as a paragraph in a job description, you could run into unpleasant words like “liability” and “unpaid taxes!” In this webinar, Andria Ryan tells you what you need to know so that you understand the classifications and various degrees of financial and behavioral control. Most importantly, this webinar enables you to make the right decisions for your studio.
  • Managing Employees to Maximize Success

    David Trust , Chief Executive Officer, PPA
    Video: You’ve got your own business; you’re the boss. Now what? Well, a good company has a good boss with loyal employees who love their jobs. So…how do you make sure all that happens? In this video class, PPA’s CEO David Trust teaches you how to manage employees so that everyone feels like part of a winning team and a successful business.
  • Managing a Team

    Carrie Wildes , CPP
    Video: Managing people can feel a lot like herding cats—everyone doing their own thing, no one working as a team, and no one listening to YOU, the owner! In this class, PPA instructor Carrie Wildes shares how to grow your photography team in a way that makes sense for you and your business.
  • Retail Studios: Do You Lease or Buy?

    Bridget Jackson , CPA, Manager, PPA Business Consultant
    Video: In real estate, they say the most important thing is location, location, location. That may be true, but if you’re looking at getting a retail location for your studio, you also have to wrestle with the dilemma of “Lease or Buy.” What’s a photographer to do? Instructor Bridget Jackson explains how to do your research and what you need to consider to make the right decision for YOU.
  • Steps to Starting a Business

    Bridget Jackson , CPA, Manager, PPA Business Consultant
    Video: So you want to own a studio? Then look no further: This class is for you! Instructor Bridget Jackson walks you through everything you need to know in a thorough, informative session. Who better to learn from than the manager of PPA’s Studio Management Services who has helped hundreds of photographers like you?
  • Studio Organization: Creating a Professional, Inviting Environment for Home and Retail Studios

    Carrie Wildes , CPP
    Webinar: You own a photography business. But does your studio have the professional atmosphere you need—whether it’s a room in your home or a separate retail space? The environment you create for your business plays quite a large role in both how customers perceive it and how you can successfully manage it. So, come learn how to create the perfect, professional atmosphere for you!
  • Studio Policies: Avoid Problems Before They Happen

    Julia Kelleher , M.Photog.Cr., CPP
    Video: Everyone’s been the victim of a customer service nightmare, a situation where the client experience was anything but satisfying. In this class, PPA Instructor Julia Kelleher teaches how to avoid these issues before they even happen. People don’t get ticked-off about the expected; it’s the surprises that throw them off. For that reason, Julia walks you through the studio policies you should have and how prior knowledge and explanation of these will prevent 99% of client situations from escalating.
  • To Partner or Not to Partner

    Jen Hillenga , M.Photog.Cr.
    Video: In work, as in life, some things you do on your own; others, you do with a partner. Running a successful photography business is no different. If you stay in this industry long enough, sooner or later, you’ll reach the decision point: to partner or not to partner. In this course, PPA Instructor Jen Hillenga walks you through the why’s and how’s of handling this decision.
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