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March 15, 2016
Issue No. 491

BTA member dealers receive 2-for-1 registration. Register today!

The 2016 BTA National Conference will feature:
• Two panel discussions focused on looking to the future of the industry & moving beyond hardware.
• Eight additional educational sessions presented by industry experts.
• Time to network with peers & 40-plus exhibiting sponsors.
• A tour of the National World War I Museum and Memorial & a buffet dinner on the premises.
• Free entrance to BTA's 90th anniversary event, BTA at 90: A Celebration.

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Epson Document Scanners Give You Freedom of Choice

Epson document scanners bring an entirely new level of efficiency to your business. Compatible with more than 70 software packages (compatibility varies by model), they offer simple setup, easy networking and built-in cloud integration to get you up and running fast. Models featuring scan speeds up to 65 pages per minute boost office productivity. And with a variety of models to choose from — including portable, workgroup and departmental solutions — there's an Epson document scanner for your business needs. Learn more about how Epson document scanners simplify document management and increase efficiency. See the entire portfolio.

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March 24 BTA Webinar to Focus on Managed IT Strategy
The 99th webinar in BTA's Building My Business Webinar Series is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, March 24.

Eakes Office Solutions Acquires Top Office Products
BTA member Eakes Office Solutions has announced its acquisition of Top Office Products (TOP) of McCook, Nebraska.

SYNNEX Announces 2016 Secret Sauce Road Show Series
SYNNEX Corp. has announced the schedule for its sixth-annual Secret Sauce Road Show series.

Epson & Impression Solutions Form Partnership
Epson America Inc. and Impression Solutions Inc. (ISI) have announced that both companies are working together to make Epson's WorkForce Pro Replacement Ink Pack Printers available to more than 1,000 dealers.

Sharp Launches Pro Series Monochrome Document System
Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) has announced that the newest additions to the Pro Series lineup, the MX-M1055 and MX-M1205 Monochrome Document Systems, are now shipping.

Toshiba Introduces the e-STUDIO2803AM
Toshiba America Business Solutions has introduced the latest addition to its MFP product line, the e-STUDIO2803AM.

Canon Expands imagePROGRAF PRO Series With Four New Models
Canon U.S.A. Inc. has announced the expansion of the imagePROGRAF PRO Series with four large-format inkjet printers.

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Building My Business Webinar: "Your Managed IT Services Strategy: Optimizing the Business Through Organic Growth or Acquisition"
In a recent BTA survey, the strategy of building a managed IT business was the number-one objective for dealers. Many have already entered this lucrative growth market and others are making plans to be successful in it. Many dealers are making the decision to grow internally versus acquiring a managed services provider (MSP). This webinar, led by Mitch Morgan of Growth Achievement Partners (GAP) and Mike Dudek of Zygoquest Group, will assist in making that decision, as well as provide an update to the GAP/Continuum Business Model for Managed Services to guide your success whichever path you choose. This will be the first release of the updated model. For more information or to register online, click here.
2016 BTA National Conference - Hosted by BTA Mid-America - Kansas City, Missouri
It is the office technology dealer's "must-attend" event this year — the 2016 BTA National Conference, set for June 8-10 in Kansas City, Missouri, home of the Business Technology Association since 1985. The 2016 BTA National Conference is specifically designed for the independent dealer, with a carefully crafted educational lineup and exhibiting sponsors. Plus, there will be outstanding networking opportunities, including an evening at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Register for the National Conference and receive admittance to BTA at 90: A Celebration, a very special event taking place Friday evening, June 10, at Kansas City Union Station. Join us in BTA's hometown to learn from industry leaders, see the latest vendors, network with your fellow dealers and celebrate BTA's 90th anniversary in grand style. You will leave Kansas City informed, invigorated and inspired! BTA member dealers receive 2-for-1 registration and free entrance to BTA at 90: A Celebration. For more information or to register online, click here.
10BTA at 90: A Celebration - Kansas City, Missouri
BTA will celebrate its 90th anniversary from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 10 as part of the 2016 BTA National Conference. BTA at 90: A Celebration will take place at the historic Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. The event will provide a memorable opportunity to celebrate the association's many years of dealers helping dealers.The evening will include: 2016 BTA Channel's Choice and 2016 BTA Channel Champion awards; BTA Hall of Fame inductions; a cocktail reception, dinner and after-dinner drinks; and entertainment by Mark Russell, Gregory Hyde and the Kansas City Lights Jazz Trio. Join BTA and your fellow dealers in June for this very special event! For more information or to register online, click here.
11FIX: Cost Management for Service 2.0 - Kansas City, Missouri
Successful BTA dealers use their service departments to maintain profit margins as new equipment sales margins decline. FIX, BTA's popular service workshop, teaches you how to compute the cost of your service labor hour (service burden rate) and improve your overall service department profitability. Workshop instructors Ronelle Ingram and Rock Janecek will cover first-call completion and proven management and customer service programs to improve morale within your service department. Those struggling with MPS and IT issues can learn new management skills to help transition their staffs to the realities of solution-based servicing. This is a highly interactive, energetic classroom experience. Come prepared to learn in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Workshop attendees receive free registration to the 2016 BTA National Conference and BTA at 90: A Celebration. For more information or to register online, click here.
22ProFinance 2.0 - Bloomington, Minnesota
Over the last 14 years, the principles of ProFinance have dramatically improved the performance of hundreds of dealerships. Now, with color, connectivity, software, managed print services (MPS) and managed network services (MNS), the business has changed — and ProFinance has changed with it. Taught by John Hey and Todd Johnson of Strategic Business Associates, ProFinance 2.0 incorporates these changes into the industry model, including benchmarks for MPS. With more than 30 key benchmarks, this management tool will help you and your team achieve double-digit operating income. For more information or to register online, click here.

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Jennie Fisher of GreatAmerica Financial Services congratulates BTA on 90 years.

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The March issue of Office Technology, the monthly magazine of the Business Technology Association, is now posted on the BTA website. You will need your username and password to access the online magazine.

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