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Non-Profit Association Helps Photographers Win Big - PPA Today

Non-Profit Association Helps Photographers Win Big

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Even with times the way they are, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and its Studio Management Services (SMS) department found a way to help photographers get needed education for better business success and survival. Last month, they awarded two grand prizes for participants in their latest Financial Benchmark Survey: all-inclusive trips for two to Imaging USA, including $1,000 in spending money.

The two sets of lucky photographers--Stephen and Lisa Green of Stephen Green Photography in Oak Park, Ill., and Tori and Jeff Mathias of Studio Mathias in Syracuse, Kan.--were drawn on December 17, 2008, by the SMS staff and Carol Andrews, a PPA Board of Directors member. Previously, these photographers were not able to attend PPA's international educational convention and tradeshow, Imaging USA. Thanks to the all-inclusive prizes, though, these photographers now have easy access to this invaluable event, the world leader in photographic business education.


SMS, a department developed by PPA to help photographers with business and financial issues, knows the importance of such education. In addition to business education and consultations, SMS uses professional photographers' financial data in a national Financial Benchmark Survey. The only survey and resulting analysis of its kind, the Financial Benchmark Survey helps photographers better understand what it takes to achieve financial success in the industry.

"Bottom line, studios that manage their business based on the guidelines set forth in the Financial Benchmark Survey notice a significant increase in owners' compensation and net profits," notes Bridget Jackson, SMS Manager.

The grand prize winners will have the chance to learn this survey's importance firsthand, as Ann Monteith, a noted industry business consultant, will release the latest results at Imaging USA on January 12, 2009.

PPA is committed to helping photographers win big all the time--not only with prizes, but also with the education and information that can noticeably increase their business success.



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