(Pictured: Joe Marin, VP of education and training, PIA and moderator of webinar series)

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association announces a new webinar series designed to address critical issues facing the printing industry today, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The free “COVID-19: Ask the Experts” webinar series, powered by PRINTING United, is offered semimonthly and feature key updates on a variety of topics to help businesses overcome operational challenges.

“Right now, we have an obligation to come together and do whatever it takes to help one another during this unexpected interruption in normal, day-to-day business,” says James Martin, executive VP, SGIA. “Uniting the industry means we come together during the good, the bad, and every time in between. Collaboration doesn’t stop when times get tough; it means we work to support one another more than ever, and this series, and these resources we’re building, serve to do just that.”

Joe Marin, VP of education and training, PIA, will moderate the series and future “COVID-19: Ask the Experts” webinars will be presented by leading thought contributors to the COVID-19 Resource Channel, recently launched by SGIA in collaboration with NAPCO Media, PIA and PIA affiliates to help serve the industry during this unprecedented time.

• May 11, 2 PM ET: Presented by Andy Paparozzi, chief economist, SGIA
• May 29, 2 PM ET: Special PSP Feature Webinar
• June 8, 2 PM ET: Presented by Adriane Harrison, VP of Human Relations, PIA
• June 22, 2 PM ET: Presented by Marci Kinter, VP of Government Affairs, SGIA; and Gary Jones, Director of Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, SGIA

Lisbeth Lyons, VP of government and external affairs, PIA, kicked off the series on April 27, presenting “Government Response Updates.” In the 60-minute webinar were the latest updates on COVID response, actions and plans from Congress and the White House that specifically affect printing industry businesses. Attendees gained insight on the latest Paycheck Protection Program updates for small and mid-sized business relief, implications of tax and labor policy changes, what the “Phase 4” stimulus might look like, how is USPS is faring and what relief might it get, and when and how the U.S. economy will reopen and employers’ roles.

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association is the premier printing and graphic arts trade organization that provides members with cutting edge resources, tools and education to promote growth and convergence into new market segments. SGIA members have unparalleled access to current industry information, trends and events including, but not limited to, PRINTING United in Atlanta on October 21 – 23, 2020. For more info, visit SGIA.org.

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