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April 15, 2014
Issue No. 396




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For more information on BTA Hotline sponsorship, contact Brent Hoskins at brent@bta.org or visit the advertising link on the BTA website. (Note: Sponsors are not endorsed by BTA and members should thoroughly investigate claims and offers made by them prior to purchase.)

Autotask Survey Reveals Increased Security Biggest Concern for Companies Moving to the Cloud
IT companies say tighter security tops the list of their clients' concerns, rating even more important than mobile device management, support for the cloud and data management, according to a new Autotask survey of IT companies.

Konica Minolta Acquires AMS Imaging
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. (Konica Minolta) has announced it has acquired AMS Imaging to support and further expand the company's enterprise content management (ECM) business practice growth strategy.

OKI Data Americas Launches Two New POS Printers
OKI Data Americas has introduced the PT340/PT341 Series desktop point-of-sale (POS) thermal receipt printers.

Xerox Accelerates Channel Partner Revenue Growth with New Offerings
Channel partners now have new ways to drive revenue and strengthen client relationships with Xerox's Personalized Application Builder and enhanced Global Partner Program.

PrintFleet Named a Top 10 Enterprise Print Management Solution
PrintFleet Inc. has announced that it has been named one of the "Top 10 Most Promising Enterprise Print Management Solution Providers" in CIOReview magazine.

Marlin Announces My Marlin Account Management System
Marlin Business Services Corp. (Marlin) has launched My Marlin, a new account management portal for its business customers.

EverBank Expands Office Products Finance Team
EverBank Commercial Finance Inc. has announced the expansion of its office product platform with the addition of two veteran financial specialists.

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April
24
Building My Business Webinar: "How to Sell 'Beyond the Box'"
Like sugar, wheat or pork bellies, to customers, technology is often considered a commodity. In today's competitive market, how can you make sure you rise above the shrinking margins and price wars of selling a commodity? Not by using the same sales tools and techniques you have used in the past. In this webinar, Julie Hansen, founder of Performance Sales and Training, will reveal the innovative skills you need to sell "beyond the box" and create those critical points of differentiation in the eyes of your customers that will lead you away from selling high-risk commodities and into selling preferred solutions. Attendees will learn how to: stand out from the competition; deliver a compelling message; structure a demonstration for success; use stories to gain emotional buy-in; and make a message "sticky." For more information or to register online, click here.
May
14
BTA Managed Services Workshop - Chicago, Ill.
The Managed Services Business Model taught in this workshop is the first of its kind, specifically for BTA dealers, and has been developed by workshop instructors Mitch Morgan and Chris Ryne of Growth Achievement Partners (GAP), and Continuum Managed Services LLC. 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 important strategic area. Attendees to this workshop receive free registration to Cruise to Success. For more information or to register online, click here.
14-15Select Dealer Group Meeting - San Antonio, Texas
15-16Cruise to Success - A district event hosted by BTA Mid-America - Chicago, Ill.
2014's Cruise to Success, open to BTA member and non-member dealers from across the country, is all about providing dealers the framework to change — to transform — their dealerships in order to reap the rewards of today's opportunities. The event will feature a keynote presentation by Michael George, CEO of Continuum Managed Services LLC, a dealer panel focused on driving your dealership's transformation and five additional educational sessions that collectively provide "The Five Critical Steps to Transformation." In addition, there will be time to visit with 39 exhibiting sponsors, many of which will hold drawings for great prizes during the event. Dealer attendees can also enter on-site for a chance to win one of five $100 American Express gift cards and be entered into the BTA District Event Sweepstakes. To wrap up the event, attendees will enjoy dinner and a scenic cruise aboard the Spirit of Chicago. Join us May 15-16 at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago to learn how to get to where you need to be. You won't regret it. Neither will your bottom line. For more information or to register online, click here.
June
11-12
ProFinance 2.0 - Dallas, Texas
Over the last 10 years, the principles of ProFinance have dramatically improved the performance of hundreds of dealerships. But with the introduction of color, connectivity, software and managed print services (MPS), 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 new 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.
17-18BTA Field Service Foundations Workshop - Irvine, Calif.
The BTA Field Service Foundations Workshop, led by John Hamilton of Service Strategies Corp., is designed for service professionals looking to improve their industry-related management skills. The course provides a solid foundation of skills needed to successfully manage a field service operation and includes two full days of university-level instruction. Field service managers must have a high quotient of skills and insights into the specific demands of their customers, team members and the service business environment. The course includes topics covering leadership, coaching and facilitating the activities of a field service team toward the accomplishment of the evolving technical services mission. 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.

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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BTA Scholarship Foundation

Scholarships for use at colleges or accredited vocational trade schools are available to the sons and daughters of full-time employees of BTA member dealerships. Scholarship recipients are chosen by an impartial and independent evaluator. Completed applications must be received at BTA by May 1, 2014. To obtain a scholarship application form, contact Mary Hopkins at mary@bta.org or (816) 941-3100 or write to: BTA Scholarship Foundation, 12411 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145.

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