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April 12, 2016
Issue No. 495


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

The 2016 BTA National Conference will feature:
• A keynote address by former Navy SEAL officer Leif Babin
• 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 & 50 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

For more information, click here.





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Complete Your 2016 BTA Channel's Choice Ballot Today
Each year, the Business Technology Association (BTA) provides a comprehensive look at the performance of office technology hardware manufacturers, remanufactured cartridge suppliers and third-party leasing companies based on the balloting of independent dealers.

April 27 BTA Webinar to Focus on Website Optimization
The 100th webinar in BTA's Building My Business Webinar Series is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 27.

Compass Announces Annual Executing Sales Strategies Event
Compass Sales Solutions will host its annual Executing Sales Strategies event Aug. 3-4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

CIT Appoints Thomasian Western Region Sales Manager for Office Imaging Dealer Channel
CIT Equipment Finance has appointed Tom Thomasian as office imaging sales manager for the West region.

SYNNEX Wins Red Hat North America Partner Award
SYNNEX Corp. has announced that it has been named Commercial Distributor of the Year by Red Hat.

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April
27
Building My Business Webinar: "Optimize Your Website for Maximum Lead Generation"
During this webinar, Jeanne Hopkins of Continuum Managed Services will provide real-time feedback on audience-submitted websites. The webinar will apply her more than 20 years of experience on how website visitors make choices in terms of selecting companies with which to do business. Hopkins will provide attendees the insight and guidance they need to help win the trust of customers and improve improve their digital marketing results. For more information or to register online, click here.
May
10-11
Select Dealer Group (SDG) Meeting - Chicago, Illinois
June
8-10
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; a cocktail reception, dinner and after-dinner drinks; and entertainment by political satirist Mark Russell, guitarist 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.
28-29BTA Managed Services Workshop - Fort Worth, Texas
Have you invested in the managed IT services market but are yet to see the results you were told you would see? Are you looking for answers on how to execute instead of just hearing about what you should do? The BTA Managed Services Workshop has been expanded to one-and-a-half days and now includes the data within the Managed Services Business Model v4.0. This model — the first of its kind — has been developed by workshop instructors Mitch Morgan and Chris Ryne of Growth Achievement Partners (GAP) and Continuum. The companies' combined knowledge in the managed services space will allow dealers to walk away with a "time-tested" business model and key metrics to guide success in this strategic growth area. For more information or to register online, click here.

For details on these events and to stay abreast of industry events, visit the
BTA Industry Calendar.



Click here to learn more about BTA's 90th anniversary celebration.



Michael George of Continuum congratulates BTA on 90 years.

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The April 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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Industry Analysts Inc.
Industry Analysts Inc. offers BTA members a 10-percent discount on subscriptions to its DataMaster Online (DMO) competitive sales tool, which provides product specifications, pros and cons, photos, videos and side-by-side comparisons of products and solutions. In addition, Industry Analysts offers BTA members a 10-percent discount on its MFP Reliability Widget, which allows dealers and sales reps to compare the reliability of thousands of color and monochrome MFPs.

Visit www.bta.org/IndustryAnalysts for more information.

For more information on other BTA member benefits, visit www.bta.org/MemberBenefits.



2016 BTA Channel's Choice Ballot
Each year, the Business Technology Association provides a comprehensive look at the performance of office technology hardware vendors/manufacturers based on the balloting of independent dealers. As an independent dealer, please rate your vendors' performance in the areas listed in this online survey. The results will determine the winners of the association's 2016 Channel's Choice Awards. Click here to submit your 2016 BTA Channel's Choice ballot.

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