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Idealliance is a global industry association representing the visual communications industry, comprised of content and media creators, and their print and digital service providers, material suppliers and technology partners. Serving thousands of member companies employing hundreds of thousands of professionals, Idealliance provides an open and cross-industry platform for motivated professionals to create a more sustaining, competitive, and compelling graphic and visual communications industry. The association capitalizes on its integrated capabilities to advance proven technical and management best practices, deliver best-in-class research, education and certification, and lead a connected community toward innovation and inspiration.


Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice  of over 10.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries; and with chapters across the country. With far-reaching clout and impact, NAWBO is a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) is an organization whose mission is to advance knowledge and education in the field of graphic communications by supporting programs that prepare the workforce of the future. GAERF was founded in 1983 by Idealliance (formerly Epicomm), NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, and the Printing Industries of America.

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Together, Printing Industries of America and its local affiliates offer members the products and services that enhance their growth, efficiency, and profitability. We are the largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with approximately one million employees and serving the interests of thousands of member companies through advocacy, education, research, technical information, and cost-saving resources.

Born out of the consolidation of PIA and GATF, Printing Industries of America has a long and impressive history. We are dedicated to the advancement of the graphic communications industry worldwide. Printing Industries proudly hosts two specialty Centers of Excellence–the Center for Technology & Research (formerly GATF) and the Center for Digital Printing Excellence. Both serve our members and the industry with in-depth, quality research, reports, products, services, and more.

A Job Board for Premedia, Digital Print & Traditional Print Professionals. An exclusive printing job board for and by Printers. As the media landscape has evolved, we have expanded to become the largest industry-specific job board matching leading companies with the best skilled Print, Pre-Media, Marketing and Digital talent.

Debra Thompson is a regular contributor to Printing News. She features updated information on HR issues pertaining to all small businesses and organizations.

January 2018 article: Human Resources – Housekeeping for the New Year

Each day brings new complaints of harassment of bullying in the workplace. This should be an awakening for all business owners and managers to start the new year making sure that your organization emphasizes that harassment of any kind is not permitted and that you’re prepared to handle a complaint, if one were to be filed. I cannot stress enough the importance of having a Sexual Harassment Policy and a General Anti-Harassment Policy (or Workplace Bullying Policy) instituted, along with the Complaint/Investigation Procedures accessible to all staff members for their knowledge. It’s also good practice to send out a reminder of the policies to all staff and conduct training on the policies.  Click here to read more…..

To read previous articles written by Debra on current HR topics, click here.