PPA Affiliate Tips & Clips October 2013

October 2013

Be More Inspired

The Bull Shark, The Giraffe, The Thief and The Pink Pony
Guest blogger, Mariah Ashley, and her business partner, Trish Gilmore, come up with a brilliant business idea… only to have it copied by one of their competitors. What happens next?

PPA Benefits

The Government Shutdown and You
Maria Matthews drops in from PPA's Copyright & Government Affairs Department to fill you in and the Government Shutdown as it applies to professional photographers. As a photographer and small business owner here's what the shutdown means to you.

Be More… Protected: Copyright
Since we had copyright on our minds, we figured it was the perfect time to remind you of your PPA member copyright benefits. Remember, just because the copyright office is currently closed, that doesn't mean you can't still send in copyright registrations or that your copyrights are no longer valid!

Be More… Educated: PPAedu
We told you we'd consistently add more content to PPAedu, and we weren't kidding. Check out these latest offerings from Richard Sturdevant, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., Eddie Tapp, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., API, Julia Kelleher, M.Photog.Cr., CPP and more.

Faces of PPA

Be More... Visible
The Faces of PPA campaign is our way of saying thanks to you for being PPA members and showing you off to everyone! If you want to participate, submissions are always open to this ongoing campaign. No deadlines whatsoever! We want you all to get involved, have fun and show us who you are in your own creative way. In the meantime, have a look at the recent Faces of PPA.

PPA Charities

Be More… Altruistic: Sign Up For Family Portrait Month!
Want to participate in a campaign that will boost your business image and benefit some children in need along the way? It's not too late! Take part in family portrait month and BE MORE CHARITABLE!

Imaging USA 2014

Be More… Lucky: PPA Kickstart Scholarship for Imaging USA
Start Imaging USA off with a bang (for your buck!) with the 2014 PPA Kickstart Scholarship. For the first time ever, PPAedu is sponsoring four scholarships for Imaging USA pre-convention classes, just because we want your Imaging USA experience to be more! You'll get that extra education boost you need, completely on us! Check out the rules and submission criteria to see if you qualify!

Be More… Excited: 5 Stages of Preparing for Imaging USA
Danielle Brooks is gearing up for her first Imaging USA in Phoenix. In this guest blog, she shares her thoughts and emotions leading up to the convention. How can she get over her nerves to get the most out of the experience?

Upcoming Workshops

Be More… Confident: Live Business Workshops

Business Basics Workshop
November 2-3 / Atlanta, GA
Register by September 18 and save $50!
In this workshop at PPA Headquarters, industry business expert Ann Monteith, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI,API,A-ASP, will help you assess the competitive landscape and acquire those necessary, but often avoided, business skills. You'll learn the financial, tax and legal requirements of running your business, so that you are confident and legally compliant.

Business Breakthroughs Workshop
November 4-6 / Atlanta, GA
Register by September 18 and save $50!
Join SMS mentor Mary Fisk-Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API, for three days of immersive instruction designed to help you increase your sales, keep more money and take back your life. This class will feature a lecture portion, a phone session with a PPA accountant and an hour-long private consultation with an SMS mentor and accountant to scope your business and marketing strategy. It's your chance to address your most pressing issues and areas of concern, get questions answered, develop priorities and identify actions to launch your business to the next level.


We've got a couple ways for you to engage your members in theLoop, PPA's exclusive online community. Want a place to chat with other Affiliate Leaders? theLoop has a group for that! Check out the Affiliate Leaders group. Or why not become active and promote your affiliate in your State community.

Be More… Connected: theLoop Mobile App
Take your professional photographer's network with you! You can now download theLoop's mobile app for smartphones to browse, post and connect with 26,000+ PPA members while waiting for a client, on the road, or anywhere! No more need to be attached to your desktop or laptop.

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