October 2019- Triangle Area

Community Partnerships Grow Awareness and Provide Education

Local residents recently attended the Apex Chamber of Commerce Candidate’s Forum, held on Oct 8th in Apex NC to learn more the individuals running for office. As part of the plan of work by the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee, the forum provided residents and businesses in the area an opportunity to learn about the vision of each candidate, their reasons for running for office and how their voice might address needs in Apex. Promotional Partners was a co-sponsor of this event because the its important to educate the public about the voices that would like to plunge into the issues that most concern residents and businesses in the area.

Watch the forum in 2 parts here- Part 1 and Part 2

HopeLine, is an organization committed to saving lives, connecting community resources and providing a caring, confidential listener to individuals in crisis. Started in August 1970, HopeLine is a free helpline offering a non-judgmental listener who can be a conduit to resources, offer in intervention, support, understanding and referrals to individuals in crisis; helping to prevent suicide.  

On October 26, 2019 the second annual Gala will be held to raise money for this organization. Promotional Partners will be one of the many sponsors helping this organization increase thier assistance in the community. Owner, Olivia Scott learned about this organization in 2017 and was touched by their work. As someone that lost a loved one to suicide she knows how important it can be to have resources and someone that understands how to assist.  Purchase tickets here.


September 24, 2019 Apex

Promotional Partners Grows Team

Since 2007, Promotional Partners has been a strategic and trusted partner for brands. Adhering to our core values of being a collaborative, creative and certified partner our team is assembled with talented members focused on providing our clients. Our team works in tandem to provide our clients marketing strategies and access to the tools they find necessary for decision making that will ensure maximum brand success. Our newest member of the team is Arien Harris, who earned her undergraduate BS in Business Administration & Marketing as well as her MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University, brings her passion for graphics, communication and marketing to our team as a Graphics & Order Processing Assistant.












September 2019- Apex

Promotional Partners Investments in Local Community


As a business that that is engaged in community projects, Promotional Partners can often be found at the heart of local events. The month of September has been a busy month of sponsorships within the company. On September 10th the promotional showroom space was the backdrop for local business leaders to gather and network for the monthly Apex Chamber of Commerce AM Networking event. Promotional Partners, a Peak Performer with the chamber of commerce, announced a promotional contest during the networking event. The contest focuses on impact, reaction, engagement and results in consumer markets using tangible marketing campaigns. Clients sharing #OYES19 with images from thier successful campaigns will be entered to win the grand prize of $500.00 of branded merchandise during our exclusive client showcase event on the 9th.

On September 14th the Apex Cougar Club held Patron Night during half time of the Friday football game. Promotional Partners was recognized as a 2019 Pride Level Sponsor. The sounds of various local bands and promotional maracas filled the air Saturday September 14th  when music lovers from around the regioned gathered for the  2019 Apex Music Festival hosted by the Town of Apex. Promotional Partners was a silver level sponsor of this music event. The festival was initially set up by the downtown business association, the ADBA, in 2011 when owner Olivia Scott was the President of the downtown association.

For the 3rd year, Promotional Partners has supported local law enforcement efforts to raise money and awareness for The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics with the Apex Police Department. The  Apex Police Department’s Day Behind – Handle Bars!  is a 100 mile ride from Apex to Saxaphaw General Store and back; plus the bonus of a raffle, DJ and lunch to follow the ride. Riders will receive a commemorative towel. Interested in riding? There is still time to sign up to ride; click here.



August 20, 2019

Cary- Prestonwood Country Club



According to Forbes, 4 out 10 businesses in the USA are now Woman-Owned, increasing 3,000 precent since 1972. Promotional Partners has been an award winning local, HUB Status company for over a decade with majority owner, Olivia Scott at the helm. On August 20, Olivia spoke to over 50 women at the Apex Chamber of Commerce Women's Networking Luncheon about crafting a successful brand. Using relatable stories from jumping off the high dive platform to shoe selection, she outlined critical strategies for positioning a brand for maximum growth. Scott's career started in 1987, as an art teacher for Wake County Public Schools, later establishing a mural painting company in 1994 that painted for businesses, municpalities and homeowners in the area for 15 years. The current chapter in her brand story transitioned her into a business owner, with her husband, in 2007. Creativity and community involvement have always been part of her personal brand. As part of increasing her brand expertise, Scott chose a path that included education and certification, inititally becoming a Certified Advertising Specialist in 2012.

The timing of the chamber lunch was a perfect spotlight to women in leadership. Every year on September 22, business women are celebrated in the United States. What exactly is American Business Women’s Day? It is a day set aside to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of U.S. women in the workforce. This all began when three women from Kansas City came together at a coffee shop on September 22, 1949 to form the American Business Women’s Association.




July 2019

Apex and Cary NC


Promotional Partners Local Investments For July

Since starting the business in 2007, our owners Keith and Olivia Scott have invested in community programs. Both owners are committed to helping organizations that lift our communities. During the month of July Promotional Partners gave back to several local organizations through sponsorship of their programming. Oxford Hunt Swim Team has been partnering with us for their annual swim team needs for items such as tee shirts, polos, banners and bags since 2012. In 2017 the team started off setting operational costs with sponsorship and Promotional Partners jumped in as a sponsor.


In 2018, the Apex Cougar Club became another community partnership for Promotional Partners. Last year was the company's first year sponosoring the club, this year Promotional Partners' investment is at the Pride Level for 2019. Sponsors help offset operational costs for the booster club. Because both of our owner’s sons were involved in sports leagues and school teams during their youth; owners saw firsthand the value add these programs bring to the development our youth.



July 1- 2019

Promotional Partners has been a HUB Status Business since 2007. 
Here is a press release from the State of North Carolina.
Raleigh, NC-

July 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the North Carolina Department of Administration’s (NC DOA) Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses’ (HUB) Statewide Uniform Certification (SWUC) program and kicks off a celebration of several key milestones for minority- and women-owned businesses within North Carolina state government.


HUB launched the certification program on July 1, 2009 to streamline the certification process, reduce the redundancy in certifying minority- and women-owned businesses and create a centralized HUB and minority/women business database. Many of these efficiency gains benefit residents of North Carolina and public entities alike – resulting in more than 4,000 HUB-certified businesses.

“The Governor’s Cabinet is proud to boast that on construction projects 23 percent utilization rate of minority- and women-owned businesses resulting in $1.7M higher spend than previous year—much of which represent rural communities across our state and generate thousands of jobs and contribute billions in sales each year to our state’s economy,” said NC Department of Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders. “Streamlining processes that support the development of diverse business relationships with local, state and municipal government ensures that we have the best and brightest talent tackling our state’s biggest challenges.”


Certification as a HUB supplier provides greater exposure for business opportunities in state procurement and contracting. HUB firms are listed in the SWUC Search for Vendors which is widely used by state agencies, universities, community colleges, local schools, local governments and institutions and the public to locate historically underutilized businesses for goods, services and construction.


Originally established 1999, HUB was formed under Governor James B. Hunt Jr.’s Executive Order No. 150, issued to encourage and promote opportunities for all suppliers and contractors who participate in state government procurement and construction processes, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, or disability. Governor Roy Cooper later signed Executive Order No. 25 which established the Advisory Council on Historically Underutilized Businesses and further directs state government to implement good faith efforts toward purchasing at least 10 percent of products and services from HUB suppliers and to obtain at least a 10 percent HUB participation in the total value of construction.


The order also identified the need for a comprehensive disparity study to determine any gaps between the availability of firms in a market area and the utilization of those firms, as current goals were set based on an earlier study more than a decade old.


“The new study findings will equip state leaders with better data to help us modernize the way North Carolina conducts business,” said HUB Director Tammie Hall. “Understanding contracting patterns and gaps within the state procurement process helps us establish a roadmap for increased awareness and education about opportunities available to underutilized businesses in communities across the state. We’ll also continue evaluating ways to simplify processes for certification and identifying opportunities conducive for small businesses which are truly the engines driving our communities in North Carolina.”


The study includes a review of North Carolina’s 10 cabinet agencies, 9 Council of State agencies, 9 support agencies (or 28 state agencies), its 17 state-funded universities, and more than 50 community colleges, and will cover Construction, Professional Services and Goods and Services.

Key HUB Program Highlights:

  • 10th Anniversary of HUB Statewide Uniform Certification program;
  • Implementation of Statewide Unified Certification Reciprocity Program in partnership with NC Department of Transportation (DOT) that provides another free and easy avenue for certification and contract opportunities;
  • Addition of more than 1,000 new, HUB-certified businesses since 2017;
  • Launch of first comprehensive, statewide disparity study in decades to better understand potential gaps in market availability and state government use; and
  • During 2017-18, HUB focused on increased community partnerships, certifications in rural counties and awareness and training workshops, contributing to the highest amount of spending with HUB-certified vendors in the last 10 years.

Please visit the HUB website for more information about HUB and the HUB Statewide Uniform Certification program.


About HUB:­

Housed within the North Carolina Department of Administration, the Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) serves to promote the economic opportunities for historically underutilized businesses in State Government contracting and procurement that will foster their growth and profitability. HUB was established on April 20, 1999 through the signing of Executive Order 150.


About NC DOA:

Established in 1957, the North Carolina Department of Administration acts as the business manager for North Carolina state government. Under the leadership of Secretary Machelle Sanders since appointed by Governor Roy Cooper in 2017, the department oversees Government Operations and advocacy programs. The department's advocacy programs provide advocacy, assistance and services to diverse segments of the state's population that have been traditionally underserved.






June 2019- Apex

The Town of Apex is known to residents by it's trademarked phrase, The Peak of Good Living. Since trademarking the name, residents and businesses who love the peak have been looking for licensed gear to show their hometown pride. Fans of the peak need look no further than The Halle Cultural Arts Center to 'get their peak on". Promotional Partners was delighted to be the partner selected to develop the logos and provide the go to gear for the roll out of this popular hometown pride intitative. Graphic and Client Services Manager Miranda Schulstad was the designer for the 2 logos used on all of the peak gear. The Halle location has these exclusive town items ready for consumers to purchase!



June 2019 – Apex

In support of the mission, vision, programming and work of the Apex Chamber of Commerce for the business community, Promotional Partners has been a bronze level Peak Performer since 2018.  Each year the chamber hosts the members for a taste of Apex’s best restaurants and beverage companies under the BIG TENT for Savor Apex. The event draws hundreds of chamber members, coming together to network and catch up on relationships built via the chamber, much like an ole fashioned church picnic. Members enjoy food, music, drinks, prizes and fun at the event. Promotional Partners was a silver level sponsor for this year’s event.

May 2019- Apex

Promotional Partners celebrates 12 years in business with an Open House for current clients. Since 2007 the company as evolved from a home-based business operated by a husband-wife team to a thriving brand management agency with 4 internal staff members. Some benchmark dates include:

2008- Hosting their first intern, from Apex High School’s award winning, Academy of Information Technology and Green Hope High School. Promotional Partners has host 18 high school interns over the years since starting their intern program in 2008. Additionally, students seeking workplace experience from Wake Tech and UNCW have been part of the summer student program.

2009- The business moved from their home to historic downtown Apex, starting in 1 office space  and expanding to office and showroom spaces at the East Chatham Street location, where the business stayed until moving into their current location at 219 North Salem Street, Suite 200 in the Salem Street Promenade in May 2018.

Since 2007 the company has maintained HUB Status, historically underutilized businesses, with the State of North Carolina. Many corporations, municipalities, government agencies and school districts seek partnerships that maintain HUB Status. Women Owned Business is on the rise in NC and Nationally and majority owner, Olivia Scott is always happy to press a few boundaries that need to be pushed.

In 2012, owner Olivia Scott initially earned her CAS, Certified Advertising Specialist designation. Every three years she must renew her designation with earned credits for continuing education within her industry on topics such as: marketing, social media, public relations, sales, product safety, human resources, employee management, supply chain, finance, design and other relevant business topics.

Since starting the company Promotional Partners has been dedicated to serving and investing in the community that supports their business by serving on countless boards, leadership positions, civic organizations and giving back thousands of dollars in the community, in 2018 over 10K.

Promotional Partners has been awarded local business awards from the Town of Apex, as 2016 Top Thinker and the Apex Chamber of Commerce in 2016 as the Small Business of the Year.



May 13, 2019- Apex


Connects With The Community To Celebrate Promotional Products Work!™ Week
Promotional Partners Inc, an award-winning marketing and advertising agency, joins thousands of promotional products businesses around the country hosting special events, partnering with local businesses and volunteering and donating to neighborhood nonprofits to celebrate Promotional Products Work! Week.
Monday May 13 kicks off with an Open House and apparel special in the showroom location; also marking 1 year in the company's new location at 219 North Salem Street Suite 200, Apex NC 27502. Owner's Olivia and Keith Scott enjoy engaging with the community as a host, donor and volunteer in the community. Owner, Olivia Scott said, "For small business owners and non profits, dollars add up quickly, Day 1 of our celebration offers apparel deals for those on a tight budget! We've cleaned the showroom to add new merchandis. Visitors on Monday will score some deals before items are donated to local charities. Each day during the week our blog and social media will feature consumer information related to the WHY behind the power of touch offered by promotional branding. Our company's 12 year anniversary is also this week! We've planned an exclusive client event for Thursday May 22nd at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex. Seven of our top suppliers will be on hand for this event, providing education and industry insights to help our clients stay top of mind with their markets."

The $23.3 billion promotional products industry with its more than 40,500 businesses—96 percent of which are small businesses, many woman owned like ours—and more than 500,000 professionals will work to create awareness for the value of connecting expertise with consumers, employees and clients with promotional products; as well as the positive impact promotional products businesses have on the U.S. economy, job creation and community enrichment.
Consumers love promotional products! PPAI research clearly demonstrates the power of the advertising medium as the most cost-effective way to reach a targeted audience in a tangible, long-lasting and memorable manner. In fact, 88 percent of people can recall the company and brand on their promotional product and 50 percent have a favorable impression of the advertiser, while 83 percent of people like promotional products and 47 percent keep them for more than a year.

* Source: Promotional Products Association International: Promotional Products—Awareness & Usage Study, Sales Volume Study; Why End-Buyers Choose Promotional Products & Other Media; Effectiveness Of Promotional Products As An Advertising Medium; The Key Ingredient to Integrated Marketing




April- May 2019 Apex

Investing In Community Programs


During the months of April and May, Promotional Partners invested in several local organizations. On Friday night May 3rd, the Western Wake Women's Club will be hosting a charity fundraiser and silent auction to benefit Abby's Army. The Western Wake Woman’s Club is an organization dedicated to bettering the local community and enhancing the lives of its members through leadership and volunteer service opportunities. Promotional Partners first learned of Abby's Army from its founders back in 2016; this non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting children and families affected by and fighting pediatric cancer. Promotional Partners supported the silent auction efforts of this fundraising event.

The 39th annual Apex PeakFest is almost here and our owner, Olivia Scott donated booth space and marketing materials to the Apex Public School Foundation for this year's festival. Scott, a former teacher, believes this foundation has great potential to benefit the schools in our area. The Apex Public School Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, volunteer organization whose mission is to create and maintain a fund for the benefit of all students enrolled in WCPSS schools located in Apex. As a former educator and PTA leader, Olivia understands the importance of funding our schools; stating "our schools are educating our future workforce, it's critical we invest in the students that will seek jobs in our area." The Apex Public School Foundation enhances learning opportunities in our schools by funding programs not included in the district budget. The Foundation provides funds beyond what is available through local, state and federal appropriations or the PTA/PTSA activities.


Established in 2014, The Apex Farmer's Market was created a non-profit, committed to the health, wellness and longevity of the local community. The organization provides outreach through education regrading food production and accessibility. The group supports sustainable living practices and good nutrition. The market creates a space for local farmers and business to sell goods and services to the local community. A new initiative of the market for 2019 is to encourage sustainable efforts with re use of a cotton market tote; these totes will be utilitarian and promote value impressions in the community when patrons of the market carry the bags in the community. Promotional Partners owner Olivia Scott says they contributed to the purchase of these totes "because supporting local businesses is a win-win for everyone and low cost, high impression bags are a brand builder in sharing the market's message with the community."




Community Impact totaling $2.76M

Raleigh NC 2019

Joining the business community in 2007, Promotional Partners found WakeMed constantly moving the needle to create programs and opportunities to provide quality healthcare to our local communities. Innovative programs such as Our Health Lives Here “allows WakeMed to address health disparities and barriers to care, while promoting early detection and prevention and saving lives”, according to Linda Barrett, Director of WakeMed Corporate & Community Health. WakeMed’s mobile truck was on hand at a recent Apex Chamber business after hours to showcase how easily this truck can offer corporate wellness, on-site clinic services, healthcare screenings and education outreach programming to our community.


Other programs at glance:

Enhanced Behavioral Care

  • Continued expansion of psychologist in emergency department to provide timely care
  • 26% decrease in involuntary commitments
  • 44% decrease in length of stay for behavioral health patients
  • 71.4% decrease in State Mental Hospital referrals
  • $6.3 million in hospital costs avoided

Chasing Zero

  • Establishing dedicated infectious disease Pharmacy resident
  • Daily Interdisciplinary rounding program helps reduce minimize risk of infection

Child & Infant Protection Seat Installation

  • Nationally accredited training program for 28 WakeMed Staff
  • Helps ensure safety of nearly 8,000 babies born annually at WakeMed
  • Community car seat clinics to enhance safety throughout Wake County

Parent Liaison Program for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

  • New role supports families with critically-ill newborns, helping them navigate the hospital and access support services.
  • Facilities enhanced patient and family experience, allows for prompt, effective intervention  

EksoGT for Rehabilitation

  • Funded robotic eksoskeleton technology, which offers specialized therapy for spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke patients.

OMRON Home Blood Pressure Monitors

  • Acquiring 60 home monitors that allow the Stroke Team to support patients after discharge to prevent recurrent stroke.

Growing Skilled Caregivers

  • 138 WakeMed staff received support for higher education, clinical training and medical certifications.
  • Customized simulation training programs for NICU staff.
  • Ongoing training for (5) child life specialists to attend specialized conferences and training to better serve Children’s Hospital patients and families.
  • Certification for (12) Brain Injury Specialists to enhance clinical skills and patient outcomes.

Promotional Partners is part of the community of support for WakeMed Foundation for the second year in row. The foundation shared this video summary at the 2018 gala, sharing the positive message of how valued donations were applied to uplift our communities.

The total funds raised for 2018? $2.76 M!!!

Promotional Partners was thrilled to be part of the positive momentum created by WakeMed’s dynamic staff; helping the foundation in 2018 with their annual employee campaign.




March 20, 2019- Apex

A New Twist On The 39th Annual Peakfest

For 39 years Apex has been rolling out the welcome mat, offering attendees 8 hours of family fun. A dedicated group of nine community members, comprised of both town employees and community volunteers plan throughout the year to set the stage for a day of family fun in the heart of historic downtown Apex. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy your Saturday on May 4th, without a huge dent in your wallet then PeakFest should be on your calendar.

What’s the cost of admission? A smile; the pure joy of the unexpected- tickling all the senses of sight, taste, sound, smell and touch.

The event has something for everyone; featuring street performances, artist demonstrations, dancers, community sponsors, local mascots, kids’ zone with games and amusements, artisan booths, food trucks, 3 stages of free entertainment including the popular headliner The Embers featuring Craig Woodard.

Our annual sponsor, the Town of Apex plans to roll out trademarked Peak of Good Living gear for the public to purchase. In addition to the town’s investment in this event, this year’s title sponsor is local dental practice Better Dental.

Better Dental had this to say about their involvement, “Besides our expert care, which ranges from basic cleanings to dental implants, Better Dental offers a welcoming environment, with unique amenities to families in our community. PeakFest is a celebration of the community we love and offers us an opportunity to support the community that we have been serving since 2014. We look forward to connecting with residents during PeakFest to showcase what makes us a Better Dental choice for families.”

Besides the fun of the event, the impact goes well beyond the day. Annually the festival commission gives back to the community by awarding grants to 17 local groups last year and putting over $300,000 into the local community over the past 11 years. Giving back to the community is one of the many reasons board member, Olivia Scott -Promotional Partners, has been drawn to serving on this committee for 8 years. Scott says, "It's hard to look away from how you can help such a positive event. Peakfest is truly a day to remember, that also happens to be in the front door of our business! Attendees enjoy the day, businesses support the community with grant money and the artisan's and performers make the day an unexpected gift for everyone."



March 14-2019

Woman-Owned Business Finds A Successful Formula As Rule Breaker

Speaking on the topic of being a "Career Rule Breaker", Olivia Scott, President of woman-owned Promotional Partners discussed how breaking norms and defining your own path can contribute to success. As part of the Fuquay-Varina Chamber Young Professionals Professional Development series, Scott shared how encouraging independence, reducing bureaucracy, increasing transparency and breaking the rules within your team helps generate an entrepreneurial mindset. 


Scott Named Chair Elect- January 2019 - Fuquay-Varina

Olivia Scott, CAS- owner of Promotional Partners Inc, has been named the Chair Elect to the Board of Director’s Chair of the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce for 2019. Along with the 15 member board, her efforts along with current 2019 Board of Director’s Chair, Brandon Conover, PhD, owner of Practical Scientific Solutions, Inc  is to support the business community. Fuquay-Varina is one the fastest-growing communities in North Carolina and the Chamber of Commerce reflects the vibrancy of the surrounding community. For over 70 years, the Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of innovative ideas, connecting community stakeholders, developing relationships, supporting economic development and sponsoring community events to promote local business. Additionally, the Chamber is a trusted resource to visitors and to both businesses and residents relocating to the area.  

Fuquay-Varina is home to a variety of businesses, from large manufacturing, highly technical, global brands, hand-crafted businesses that are locally owned and operated.  The goal of the board and chamber staff is to help each business by providing awareness and resources to help them succeed.  In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Fuquay-Varina Chamber for 2018, Scott has served on 3 other non-profit boards in the Southwest Wake community since starting her business in 2007. Those boards include the Apex Chamber Board of Directors, Apex Rotary Club and Apex High School Academy of Information Technology. While on these boards Scott was an active board member, committee member – engaged in the work of the work plan of each and committed to providing membership value.

For the past year, Scott has been the chair of the Fuquay-Varina Government Relations Committee. The mission of this committee is to help assure a quality economic and business environment through government interaction. The group’s goals include keeping members informed on proposed legislation or actions that may have an economic impact (mainly at the local and county levels) and to present policies and agendas to these governmental units.

When Scott was asked about highlights from the 2018 committee year, she replied that "the committee created a 2018 Voter Guide to share with the members prior to Election Day and recommended a resolution to the board, which was unanimously passed, in support of accelerating the FRX Bus Stop (Go Transit) at the Wake Tech Campus off US 401." Additionally, Scott led the committee towards efforts to seek out partnerships with the government relations committees from the Apex Chamber and the Holly Springs Chambers to form a coalition of like-minded business professionals. The purpose was to encourage dialogue between chamber members around shared local issues that impact the business community. As a result of 2018 meetings, there will be a joint CAMPO meeting on January 28th 2019, at 12 Oaks to learn more about Campo and the Southwest Area Study.


Annual Sponsorships Continue – January Investments

January 2019-

During the year, our company will highlight our community sponsorships and engagement. Organizations Promotional Partners committed funding this month include the following.

Since 2014 Promotional Partners has been supporting the Apex Fire Department and the efforts of the National Fire Safety Council by contributing to purchase of educational coloring books for local schools to provide valuable fire safety education to students.

The Apex Public School Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, volunteer organization whose mission is to create and maintain a fund for the benefit of all students enrolled in WCPSS schools located in Apex. Promotional Partners is excited to see this new foundation sow the seeds necessary to provide valuable funding to support our local public schools in the Apex area. As a former teacher in WCPSS, Olivia Scott is committed to education for our youth and tools for our teachers to create success in the classroom.

Starting in 2018, Promotional Partners has been supporting the efforts and programming of the Apex Chamber of Commerce via their Peak Performer program, at Bronze Level. Peak Performers are chamber members who receive additional exposure by supporting chamber initiatives through sponsorship contributions.

Founded in 1958, the Chamber has an engaged board of directors, motivated volunteers and a dedicated professional staff poised to implement progressive programs that aid in the profitability of its members, build a better economic community, develop future leaders and enhance small business development and growth.



Scott Earns 3rd Re-Certification 8 Years

November 2018– Apex NC

Owner Olivia Scott completes her re-certification requirements to remain a Certified Advertising Specialist, CAS active till 2021. Being a PPAI designee places you in an elite group of industry professionals, less than 3% of our industries professionals earn this certification. Earning a CAS demonstrates commitment to the promotional products industry, an investment of time and a pursuit of professional excellence.  

PPAI Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) candidates have been certified by PPAI since 1961 in all 50 states and in over 15 countries around the world. PPAI Professional Development Certifications are the most visible and respected in the industry.  Truly the “mark of a professional,” earning and maintaining these designations signifies an individual has reached and continues to meet a higher standard of professionalism, knowledge and experience within the industry.

CAS certification requires recertification every three years in order to remain valid. Our owner, Olivia Scott- CAS, initially earned her CAS in 2012. Her on-going commitment to our industry and professional development reflects a desire to stay current on industry trends and best practices in order to maintain the highest value and quality to our partner relationships.


Giving Back 10K to Local Community

November- 2018 Apex

Promotional Partners is dedicated to community involvement and in 2018 gave back $9, 428 into the local community; almost a 250% increase from prior years.  About 95% of their yearly 2018 donations impacted the communities in Southwest Wake County.  As local business owners, Olivia & Keith believe it is important to be engaged and give back to the communities that support them. In addition to sponsorships and donations, Olivia is both an active volunteer and business leader in the community. Since 2007, she's volunteered around 15 -20 hours a month serving on numerous boards and committees, as well as being a member of various local organizations. Asked about her community involvement, Olivia states, “Being part of a community means you are a care taker, invested and responsible for helping to improve the community. Our company contributes where and when we can to organizations that develop our youth and improve the quality of life for local residents. The community's support for our business allows us to give back."


Promotional Partners Moves Business



After being located 9 years in historic downtown Apex, Promotional Partners Inc relocates to 219 North Salem Street Suite 200 in the Salem Street Promenade; also located in historic downtown Apex. Promotional Partners, established in 2007 was bursting at the seams in their old location at 101 East Chatham Street, so the new location provided an opportunity to increase the 1,200 square feet showroom and office as well as increase the team at Promotional Partners.

When asked about the move, owners Keith and Olivia Scott replied, “that being engaged in the local community since 2007, we would not consider moving without a grand re-opening with our local chambers of commerce, showcasing our internship program a commitment to Apex High’s AOIT Academy and our fantastic industry partners who provide us on-going client education.”

On hand for the celebration in late June were clients, community partners, dignitaries including Mayor Lance Olive & Mrs. Apex International, board members and staff from the Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce and industry partners from Suntex Industries and Prime Line.

As part of the ribbon cutting and day’s events, attendees were provided a mini, in house show featuring Prime Line and Suntex products. A hallmark of Promotional Partners has been to provide client education. Students from Apex High School’s Academy of Information Technology programs created a video to highlight the day’s events.




Promotional Partners Inc. Celebrates Industry Awareness Event With A POP!

May 2018- Apex

Promotional Products Work! Week Promotional Partners Inc. Hosts Community Events May 14-18

Apex, NC, May 14, 2018—Promotional Partners Inc. www.promotionalpartnersinc.com, is an advertising specialty company, known as a place where ideas get results. We are a collaborative, creative, and certified. With the help of the Promotional Partners team, you can increase your brand awareness, grow a loyal customer base, and create a happy customer. Promotional Partners joins thousands of promotional products businesses around the country hosting special events, partnering with local businesses, and volunteering at and donating to neighborhood nonprofits and schools to celebrate Promotional Products Work! Week, sponsored by Promotional Products Association International. 

Our week of PPW! Week activities was delayed due to our moving of locations, so we will be involved in some fun activities at our open house, June 27th, from 10-1. Stop by for a fun time!

"Promotional Partners is part of an exciting industry that impacts our clients bottom line, and provides products that get results!" —Olivia Scott, Owner

The $22 billion promotional products industry with its more than 40,500 businesses—96 percent of which are small businesses—and more than 500,000 professionals will work to create awareness for the value promotional products deliver to advertisers and marketers; as well as the positive impact promotional products businesses have on the U.S. economy, job creation and community enrichment. Consumers love promotional products! PPAI research clearly demonstrates the power of the advertising medium as the most cost-effective way to reach a targeted audience in a tangible, long-lasting and memorable manner. In fact, 88 percent of people can recall the company and brand on their promotional product and 50 percent have a favorable impression of the advertiser, while 83 percent of people like promotional products and 47 percent keep them for more than a year.

Additional information, including information about local events, can be found at www.promotionalpartnersinc.com.

March 2018—Apex

Designed with industry elite in mind, Promo Marketing Power meetings are an invitation only event for the top 20% of distributor in the advertising speciality industry. The conference format of Fort Lauderdale's March 19-22 event is designed to be an exclusive opportunity for award winning suppliers to build relationships with " A list" distributors.  Suppliers & distributors sat down for an intensive schedule of private meetings to build new partnerships and expand strategic long term relationships with powerful industry leaders. Promotional Partners is excited about this opportunity. Owner Olivia Scott will be representing the company at the meetings; delving deeper into what 40 industry suppliers have to offer her client base. Scott says, " Our clients rely on us for fresh approaches to their brand story. Aligning ourselves with partners that share our vision for innovation, our desire excellence and our marketing expertise is always a step we take for our clients. I look forward to sharing what I've learned with our team as well as our clients upon my return."

September 2017—Apex NC

Career Advancement Within Promotional Partners

Promotional Partners, an award-winning ad specialty marketing company, has promoted Miranda Schulstad to the position of Graphic and Client Services Manager. Exceeding industry averages, Promotional Partners continues surpass industry growth expectations with double digit increases each year since establishing in 2007. In Miranda new role, she brings 9 years of industry knowledge, graphic prowess and client relationship expertise to the leadership team at Promotional Partners. In a fast paced 20.8-billion-dollar industry, growing on average at 4 percent per year, creating engagement at 89%, with a recall of 90% among consumers her ability to skillfully adapt to diverse needs within the workplace make Miranda an asset to the management and leadership team; contributing significantly to the overall success of the company.


August 2017—Holly Springs

Scott Takes Additional Leadership Role in Southwest Wake County

As advocate & leader in Southwest Wake community, owner of Promotional Partners, Olivia Scott, CAS, has agreed to be the vice-chair of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee. Olivia serves on the governmental affairs committee for the Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs Chambers of Commerce, taking an active role as a voice for the issues and positions related to business development in the Southwest Wake region. Scott believes, " the rapid growth in the Southwest Wake area of Wake County provides immense opportunities for the business community to develop partnerships and relationships that will benefit local business and residents in our communities. Our local chambers of commerce represent the heartbeat of business partnership, the core of innovation and collectively drive discussions that create vibrant communities. It's an exciting time to be part of local chambers" . Scott looks forward to serving in this role for the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce.



April 24 2017- Apex, NC – Halle Cultural Arts Center

Unveiling the 10 Year Celebration Logo!


Promotional Products Work! Week - 10 Year Celebration- Community Event April 24, 2017

An Award winning company and 10-year veteran of advertising specialty industry, Promotional Partners to host an upcoming event for current clients and extending an invitation to the local business community. Their company joins thousands of promotional products businesses around the country hosting special events, partnering with local businesses, and volunteering at and donating to neighborhood nonprofits and schools to celebrate Promotional Products Work! Week, sponsored by Promotional Products Association International.

The focus of the week is to put a spotlight on the effectiveness of the advertising specialty industry and its place voice in small business. Internationally, the promotional products industry is a $21 billion with its more than 33,600 businesses—96 percent of which are small businesses— and more than 500,000 professionals will work to create awareness for the value promotional products deliver to advertisers and marketers; as well as the positive impact, promotional products businesses have on the U.S. economy, job creation and community enrichment.

In North Carolina, Promotional Products Industry State Statistics, Distributor-resellers sales revenue represents $ 282.1 million while supplier-manufactures sales revenue: $ 147.7 million. There is a total of 922 promotional companies creating 6,142 industry jobs and 97% of these businesses are considered a small business.

Locally, Promotional Partners is an awarding winning woman owned, brand-advertising company located in historic downtown Apex, led by as certified advertising specialist Olivia Scott.  

Scott, owner of Promotional Partners, has focused on the growth and health of her community in addition to growing her own company. She has been an active mentor and leader in the community, lending her voice, time and resources to numerous organizations over the past 10 years. When asked why she chose to serve, Scott states, “service is part of our brand. Understanding how the business community fits into the fabric of what’s important to us as residents of the triangle makes us a more effective resource for our clients. Branding is about storytelling and to tell a story one must connect to their audience. Understanding what is valued in the community is an important part of branding one’s company.”

Showcasing an industry that is shaping consumer behavior by offering tangible interaction to brands is what Promotional Partners Greatest Hits showcase is Promotional Partners is celebrating during their 10-year anniversary event. A result of collaboration Promotional Partners is an informed and engaged partner! Promotional Partners is engaged in the community and invested in our client’s success; so besides celebrating business they will be highlighting partners! For every attendee at the event, they will be donating $1.00 to Wake County Safe Kids! Simply attending helps an organization that is dedicated to saving life! Additionally, students from Apex High School’s award winning Academy of Information Technology program; AOIT will build up soft skills and networking for job shadowing and internship opportunities. For more information about this event and the effectiveness of promotional branding visit Promotional Partners blog.


Promotional Partners Part of Innovative New Apex Program

Apex, NC- Feburary 2017

As an innovative business, Promotional Partners seeks to stay involved with new initiatives to promote and develop a thriving business community. The Certified Apex Small Enterprise (CASE) program connects consumers to resources. This town of Apex program was started to encourage the growth and development of small businesses in Apex. The program uses a professional designation to collectively market certified small business that provide goods and/or services in the town of Apex. CASE dovetails on the efforts of Think Apex, started by Mayor Pro-Tem Nicole Dozier in 2015 and championed by the Apex town Council, to recognize the wealth of choice for local residents and businesses for their goods and services in the town of Apex.

Businesses qualify for the CASE program by meeting the following criteria:

  • Maintain its principle place of business within the town limits of Apex or within the town ETJ.
  • Be in compliance with all applicable licensing and/or registration requirements.
  • Be operational for profit.
  • Have 25 or less employees (full and/or part time).
  • Be independently owned and operated. (A franchise may qualify if the franchise is operating as an independent entrepreneur utilizing a franchise name only.)

Promotional Partners immediately wanted to be part of this new initiative to support and shed a spotlight on the talent and choice available in the Apex community.

Locate our company and other businesses with this map 

Growth Local Apex Woman Owned Company

Apex NC- January 2017

Product education and interaction has been an integral part of Promotional Partners 10-year success. In a digital world where images and stories are shared instantly with electronic communication, woman owned Promotional Partners finds their niche by providing the opportunity for their clients to “plug into” the power of face to face dialogue among an ocean of product samples.

Owner, Olivia Scott states, “As soon as a new client walks into our showrooms, they say, “Wow, it’s like a candy store” all those things I see on line I now can actually touch and compare here in your office suites”. “After the meeting, that say, even better that while we were looking at products your team was showing me the differences, listening to our branding needs and suggested targeted marketing strategies for how to implement promotional products for results.I came to see promotional products and left with marketing strategies; a partner to our business. “

Pursuit of industry certification, CAS is just one of the many reasons Promotional Partners has become a trusted brand partner. Ongoing collaboration with clients and the creativity our team brings to our clients are among the top differentiators that make Promotional Partners a trust as a partner to start ups, education, nonprofits and global brands. Our creativity, innovation and vision for product message & application allow our clients brand story to take center stage.

As part of their fresh approach Promotional Partners will host an open house in their showrooms, located in Historic Downtown Apex on February 10th..   Clients learn how to apply new products and trends to their marketing challenges during this exclusive partners event.


"Shop the Springs" - taps marketing assistance from Promotional Partners

Holly Springs 2016

In support of abundant business options for consumers in Holly Springs and associated with the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, the chamber of commerce team focuses efforts with businesses to shine a spotlight on consumer choice. Utilizing input from several "town hall" type sessions with chamber members, the chamber of commerce staff developed in partnership with local businesses, media outlets and certified advertising specialist Olivia Scott, a merchandise bag to kick off their "Shop the Springs" campaign at the town's annual HollyFest.

Scott provided input on the type of bag and imprint that would meet their marketing budget and goals, as well as providing strategic input to the overall marketing and distribution of this campaign to citizens of Holly Springs. The campaign was designed to gather develop awareness among local residents for places to purchase goods or receive services in the local area. The campaign ran from HollyFest in October till early December.




Marketing Twist For 2017 Peakfest

Apex- October 2016

Apex Festival Commission, and winnner of 2016 non-profit Top Thinker Award, puts new twist on 37th annual festival increasing the footprint of the festival to extend to Hunter Street and adding sponsorship pavilions.

Business sponsors will still be woven into the festival layout among the arts and craft merchants, but more strategically grouped around entertainment hubs designated by 4 pavilion headings.

Festival Commission Chair, Jeff Hastings of Burkes Brothers Hardware states, “while we are the original and oldest running festival, with so many other festivals in the downtown it’s important that we continue to look for ways to improve on the festival for attendees, artisans and business sponsors. A hidden gem missed by many attendees of this annual event is the back story to community grants. In June 2016, the Apex Festival Commission was honored to be the recipient of a Top Thinker Award; presented by the Town of Apex in its inaugural year”.

Hastings went on to say, “In planning for this year, Olivia Scott of Promotional Partners, our marketing chair, suggested that we group our top sponsors and non-profits around 4 key areas: Health Services, Safety, Family Services and Home & Family Services.

In addition to grouping pavilion champions and patrons, these key benefactors will be highlighted in our attendee map; which features the times for scheduled for all the free activities during the festival. The goal in grouping our sponsors is to connect for attendees the story that business supports the community and the community supports business, we all thrive together! Look for the THINK APEX booth to add some fun to your day! Scott said, “our business sponsors demonstrate a commitment to core values of family and community; seeking to provide goods and services that help the triangle a wonderful place to raise a family.  It’s exciting to partner with our sponsors to showcase our brand message of a fun, friendly, family festival. On May 6th, the artists, sponsors, attendees and commission will come together to celebrate a fabulous day of entertainment and interaction. That partnership will provide a lasting signature on the community throughout the year via the grants; which is pretty special.

Sponsorship and Volunteer Chair Nancy Haywood with Moore Agency Team of Allstate confirms with this format, "Sales for patron and champion level are selling quickly so business sponsors are encouraged to get their application in at their preferred sponsor level"

The festival commission has other surprises for attendees. Long after the streets are clean, many attendees recall the fun of the day but do not realize that sponsorship in the festival allows the commission to give back by awarding grant money. Over the past 12 years, the Apex Festival Commission has awarded more than $300,000 to community organizations through its grant program. This past year the commission awarded 11 organizations $1,000 to pursue their mission. Follow those grant stories on our Facebook page.

This year, 2107 we are shaking up the grants process awarding grants at the festival.

The Apex Festival Commission is pleased to announce that this year Peak Fest Community Grants will be presented during Peak Fest on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Grants Chair, Sharon Galluzzo Home Video Studio states, “The grant presentations will be made from one of the main stages during the festival. Adding this exciting component to the actual day of the event highlights the fantastic work that is being done by community organizations and proves that Apex Peak Fest isn’t just a good time, it’s doing good as well. “

Local nonprofit and civic groups are encouraged to apply for grants during the open application period ending March 31, 2017. Specifics on grant requirement and other information can be found at ApexPeakfest.com in the Community Grants section of the website. 





Promotional Partners Expands Team

Apex- September 2016

"Consistent double digit growth for our company over the past nine years created a need for more internal support to our operations to keep our systems and practices for client communication at the level of excellence we committed to provided. Our clients share with us routinely that our quick, detailed communication throughout the research and development of their marketing campaign, as well as the order processing and delivery is one of the many reasons we are a trusted partner they can recommend." states, owner Olivia Scott. Sara Adam joins the team, bringing 6 years of experience in customer service and retail support. Her management skills will assist the team in the fast pace of the ad specialty environment as administrative support.



Apex – June 2016

Promotional Partners Expertise and Engagement In Spotlight

The Town of Apex honored nominees and recipients June 7, 2016 at the inaugural Think Apex Awards Top Thinkers in the categories of individual, non profit and business were nominated. The concept for Think Apex was inspired by Councilwoman Nicole Dozier and supported by the entire council. Residents and businesses are encouraged to Think Apex first for goods and services, thereby generating revenue and relationships in the town of Apex.

For this inaugural event, there were over 60 submissions across the three categories; non profit, individual and business. Promotional Partners was honored to be among the nominees in the business category and receive an award in that category as the 2nd Top Thinker. Owner, Olivia Scott said “To be among the inaugural nominees and then selected as a Top Thinker is special. This program highlighted individuals, non profits and businesses that focus their collective efforts to make Apex a great place to live, work and play. For our company to be named the recipient of the 2nd Top Thinker Award is an honor." At the presentation Dozier had this to say about why Promotional Partners was nominated and selected, "Promotional Partners provides excellent service that reaches far past any client’s expectations. Often providing free marketing consulting, Promotional Partners strives to give its customers the best experience each time they call or stop by. However, they also does so much more. Promotional Partners is a pillar of the community because of their involvement in mentoring our youth, along with their enthusiasm to serve on many boards and committees in many organizations. Promotional Partners takes its mission to provide excellent service to a new level while always offering their time and resources to local high schools and civic organizations."

Councilwoman Dozier presented with awards along with the mayor and other council members at the Tuesday June 7th town council meeting. She commended nominees throughout the presentation for thier efforts, conveying a sense of pride from the entire council to each of these local partners. These Top Thinkers in the community do work that lifts up the town and making an impact that leaves the town stronger due to their contributions.



Celebrating, Hosting and Promoting Industry Awareness- Marking 9 Years of Service

May 2016 Promotional Partners marks their 9th year of service as an award winning partner to their local, national and international client base. As part their company’s anniversary events, Promotional Partners joins thousands of Ad Specialty partners to focus discussion on how and why promotional branding gets results by hosting an event for clients and chamber members from the Apex, Cary, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina Chamber's of Commerce.  

Promotional Products Work! Week is sponsored by Promotional Products Association International, (PPAI) and encompasses the $20 billion promotional products industry. This industry is comprised of more than 33,700 businesses—96 percent of which are small businesses—and almost 500,000 professionals. This focus of the week is to create awareness for the value promotional products deliver to advertisers and marketers; as well as the positive impact promotional products businesses have on the U.S. economy, job creation and community enrichment.

PPAI research clearly demonstrates the power of the advertising medium as the most cost effective way to reach a targeted audience in a tangible, long-lasting and memorable manner. In fact, 88 percent of people can recall the company and brand on their promotional product and 50 percent have a favorable impression of the advertiser, while 83 percent of people like promotional products and 47 percent keep them for more than a year. Consumers also LOVE to receive promotional products!

Promotional Partners offers brand education and engagement throughout the month- see how you can stay connected:

  • Our facebook page and blog during the month of May will feature promotional trends and data related to consumer behavior and featured client success stories.
  • Take part in our client contest- see your May newsletter for details or contact Olivia.scott@promotionalpartnersinc.com for details.
  • Attend this month’s Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce Am Networking on May 3, at Bass Lake Ale House where we will be the sponsoring business.
  • Join us for our ribbon cutting with the Fuquay- Varina Chamber of Commerce on Monday May 23 at 9:00
  • On the 23rd, stay for our Client Open House from 9 am-10:30 am featuring spring and summer apparel from Cutter Buck- Clique
  • Learn more about these events on our facebook page,


Promotional Partners to Serve on Advisory Board

Apex- April 2016

Promotional Partners will be one of the founding Business Alliance board members for Apex Friendship High School. The advisory board is comprised of local business leaders to assist with providing mentoring, resources and expertise to local students at this high school. What is the CTE program?

Today's economy demands a better educated workforce more than ever before.  Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an elective program and an integral part of Apex Friendship High School.  CTE provides students with the academic rigor, technical knowledge, employability skills, and real-world experiences needed to pursue postsecondary training and higher education for high-skill, high-demand, and highly successful careers.

CTE brings education and business together so that students gain real world understanding of their skills and are equipped for career success. Nearly all CTE educators report working with business and industry leaders in their programs in a range of capacities, from advisory panels to classroom visits to offering internships and job shadowing opportunities to students. The business community helps validate the CTE curriculum and donates supplies and equipment. This relationship helps educators ground their curriculums in the real needs of real businesses, leading students to obtain skills that will be highly valuable in the job market.

Promotional Partners will be a assisting this initiative at the high school for 2016-2017 school year.


Promotional Partners Joins Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce


Fuquay-Varina, March 2016


Promotional Partners is part now part of the fast-growing Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce. Advertising consulting company Promotional Partners supports the chamber’s mission to provide leadership, promote quality economic growth and to serve the community in an effort to nurture the prosperity of existing business; which enhances the quality of life in Southwest Wake County. Joining the chamber, Promotional Partners becomes part of the growing membership over 475 members contributing to a vibrant business community in our area of the county.




Local Business Leaders Networking With Local Teens

Apex- Feburary 2016

In the spirit of learning by example, local business leaders gathered at Apex High School to network with juniors seeking internships in local businesses. Initially teens were nervous about what to say to the adults visiting, till business professionals started describing how they initially looked for jobs, or challenges they personally face in how to introduce themselves to another new face in the business community. It's inspiring and mentoring youth that keeps Promotional Partners serving on the board of the nationally recognized and award winning AOIT, Academy of Information Technology, at Apex High School.

Promotional Partners owner Olivia Scott said of the event, "The AOIT breakfast with the Apex Chamber of Commerce was such a great blend of community business stakeholders. Business professionals were able to share goals for workplace needs directly with students seeking internships; allowing one-on-one networking to cultivate a match. In addition to the business community, we had leaders from the town council, economic development and police departments allowing students to see how the town and business work in tandem to achieve professional goals."

The students learned a great deal from the experience and posted about those experiences sharing a video on the blog on their website. Promotional Partners will be hosting two interns from this program for the spring and summer 2016, adding to the list of over 16 interns hosted by this company since starting an internship program in 2008. High School interns learn what it's like to be in a fast paced real world work environment and seasoned business owners get some fresh ideas and new perspectives from students just starting in business.

Promotional Partners Named Small Business of Year

Cary - Apex NC- October 10, 2015

The Apex Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet at the Macgregor Downs Country Club on Thursday October 8th. Local businesses and individuals were honored for their contribution to the business community in Apex. Among the recipients was woman owned business Promotional Partners, located in historic downtown Apex. .Since their incorporation in May 2007, the company has been immersed in the local community. They support the business community with collateral referrals, by mentoring local student interns via their intern program and by serving providing a their leadership as a voice on numerous non profit committees boards.

While the business is woman owned, there is a partnership of a husband and wife team at the helm. Co- owner Keith Scott says of his wife Olivia, “She is everywhere building relationships and offering to assist in the community as a volunteer. It seems like daily someone calls or stops by wanting to know, “who do you suggest I call for XYZ”- and she always seems to know the answer”. Promotional Partners is committed to investing in the commmunity. This summer Promotional Partners hosted their 15th high school intern since 2008. Olivia currently serves on the Apex Rotary board, the Apex Festival Commission and the Apex High School Academy of Information Technology board as well as being an active member of the Cary and Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Olivia said about this award. “Keith and I are honored to be recognized as the Small Business of the Year for the Apex Chamber. This community has embraced our company; mentored and supported our business which contributes to our grow. We’ve learned from other businesses the importance of building a vibrant business community. The more we know about our local partners in business the better source of information we can be in implementing marketing strategies and suggesting campaigns with promotional products that yield results. “

Promotional Partners had a desire from “day one” to be more than a place for the transaction of goods.  Internally the team selected the core words of creativity, certification and collaboration because acquiring mastery is not only about longevity and experience, and it’s about maintaining on-going education. Creativity comes from the collaboration that occurs when there is an open exchange of ideas and willingness to learn. Olivia said, “In the daily world of imprinting products, the goal is to make sure product selection is on point to message and the imprint of the logo is true to brand standards. However, building a brand for your company is about working long term to create an emotional response to the name. We enjoy being on a journey that partners with our neighbors and colleagues to create a strong local business community.




Life Experience Golf Tournament


Cary- September 2015

As part of Promotional Partners on going commitment to community engagement, their company assisted with the 27th annual Life Experiences Golf Tournament providing auction items. Life Experiences hosts a golf tournament each year, to raise operational funds for their organization. Life Experiences provides jobs for adults with disabilities, operating 5 different businesses. Promotional Partners has been sponsoring this organization since 2009. To learn more about this organization visit http://lifeexperiences.org/


Promotional Partners Joins Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce

Holly Springs, July 2015

Promotional Partners is actively engaged in the local business community.  In July of 2015, Promotional Partners joined the Holly Spring's leading business membership organization, the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce to meet other businesses in the area committed to success.  This chamber is made up of over 300 area business owners and managers, offering members networking and marketing opportunities and economic and educational programs. Promotional Partners upholds the mission of the chamber, which is to support and represent member business and sponsor activities which promote prosperity for the business community of Holly Springs and maintains is part of the governmental affairs committee.



Apex Chamber of Commerce Book Bag Bonanza


Apex - June 2015

Promotional Partners has been involved in supporting the annual Apex Chamber of Commerce Book Bag Bonanza since joining the chamber in late 2008.  Our company owner has chaired the committee twice and served as part of that fundraising committee eight years. This program to helps bridge the gap between students starting school with necessary supplies and those that start needing the basics supplies to succeed. Learn more about how to assist in the coming year with the link  http://business.apexchamber.com/events/details/book-bag-bonanza-1023



Local Business Celebrates with Fashion Show 

May- Apex NC- Halle Cultural Arts Center

Promotional Partners celebrates 8 years in business the week of May 18-22nd.

Starting the business in May of 2007, owners Keith and Olivia Scott have seen many changes over the past 8 years.  Moving the business to historic downtown Apex in Dec of 2008, the business has grown in its current location many times currently occupying office suites for the sales and operations team as well as two showrooms for client meetings. They’ve added employees and brand consultants, earned certifications and received awards. Most important to the owners, they’ve developed relationships! Owner Olivia Scott says it’s “so rewarding when a client refers us and then that referral let’s us know it’s because of the trust and knowledge that has been earned in working their referral partners brand.”

Imprinting products in the advertising specialty industry is about making sure product selection is on point to message and the imprint of the logo is true to brand standards; however, building a brand for your company is about creating an emotional response to the name. Starting a business with a desire to be recognized for more than a place for the transaction of goods, but rather a place where the ideas, collaboration and engagement build a strong business community- pretty lofty goals. Promotional Partners is committed to relationships, sharing resources and referrals with their business connections. 

The company stays connected to the community serving on boards, taking on leadership roles, raising funds for charities, chairing committees, mentoring local HS students (15 as of summer 2015) and creating unique educational events for their client base. On May 22, Promotional Partners will bring together their clients and the business community for a fun, educational and interactive “fashion show” held during the 4th annual Promotional Products Work Week- promoted by PPAI, Promotional Products International Association.

The purpose of the show is to:

Create a client appreciation event

Network with business partners

Provided educational information- apparel grows business

Students from Apex High School’s AOIT program will help to facilitate the event along with the Promotional Partners Staff. Attendees will receive consumer behavior tips, insights into the 2015 spring/summer apparel trends; learn how to apply decoration for maximum use and brand exposure as well as strategic tips for how to implement apparel into their marketing plan.




Apex Council Member Partners Locally to Promote New Business Initiative

May, 2015- Apex NC-

 The Apex Town Council supports Apex business and its surrounding business partners. Council Woman Nicole Doizer led an initiative to connect residents and businesses to one another for services. Her initiative was inspired by a desire to promote the best of “The Peak of Good Living” by highlighting the many ways local residents can eat, celebrate, volunteer, play and shop locally.

“Think Apex” was created as a campaign to promote how all the parts of the Apex community come together to create a stronger more vibrant community.

What does Apex mean to you?

Dozier spent the day at the 35th annual Peakfest, May 2, 2105, to personally ask residents and business owners to respond to that question. The feedback was tremendous as well as positive from individuals who stopped to respond to the query. A Peakfest Dozier wore tee shirts, an handed out magnets and decals for store windows and vehicles to create a call to action for residents and businesses to connect with their local resources first; Think Apex! The promotional materials direct visitors of the initiative to a new website, www.thinkapex.biz , which provides a place for residents and business owners to continue the dialogue ….What does Apex mean to you?  

Dozier has been working with professionals within the Apex Chamber and the Town of Apex to make her vision a reality. The support of Town of Apex’s Communications Manager Stacie B. Galloway, Chairman of the Apex Chamber Paul Levering, Apex Downtown Business Association President JC Knowles, and Promotional Partners Inc, owner Olivia Scott, whose company provided marketing and ad specialty expertise to the development of the “Think Apex” initiative.   

Dozier said about Think Apex, “Apex has been a great place to live for quite some time. As the town has grown, Apex has proven to be a great place to attend school, own a business, learn a new skill, work, seek medical care, to enjoy recreation and events like Peakfest. Think APEX means all of these things and more to me.  I'm eager to hear what the town means to you as we roll out this campaign. Shout out to Apex based Promotional Partners, Apex Chamber and Downtown Business Association and Town staff and Apex HS AOIT intern, for working closely with me to transform my think Apex bubble concept into an exciting Think APEX campaign which allowed me to connect with so many Apexers today." - Nicole Dozier

Keep the dialogue going by sharing your thoughts at www.thinkapex.biz. Interested in how this campaign developed?

Interested in how this campaign developed? Go to our blog to learn more




Local Business Helps Fundraise for Wake County Habitat for Humanity

Apex April 2015

Local Council Woman Denise Wilkie teams up with President and Owner of Promotional Partners Inc Olivia Scott to assist Wake County Habitat for Humanity as Co Chairs for the annual Passport Event coordinating fundraising efforts for Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to many long time sponsors for the local Passport events, many new first time donors from the Apex Chamber of Commerce became donors much as LG Jordan Oil, Yadkin Bank and numerous members of the Apex Rotary Club.

Not familiar with Habitat? Habitat Wake is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical housing ministry

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County builds safe, affordable houses for qualified homebuyers regardless of race, religion or background. Each Habitat home is built in partnership with homeowner families, sponsors, and volunteers. Houses are safe, decent, affordable homes which are sold for no profit to the partner family who repays an affordable mortgage over 20 years. Homeowners attend a series of workshops on financial literacy and home maintenance so they are well prepared to be homeowners.

Changing a plot of dirt into a house is dramatic, but the real change is what happens when a family transitions out of poverty housing. At Habitat for Humanity, their vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Affordable homeownership makes new opportunities available to these families and their children, including savings, a sense of security, space to grow and good neighbors.

Changes became tangible to Passport event attendees, when they toured and homes of two local families. Melanie Rankin, Director of Development for Habitat shared on her tour that the town of Apex had been very supportive to their efforts, bringing Habitat homes back to the community for the first time in fifteen years. .

Wilkie and Scott teamed up to co chair the annual Passport fundraiser, held for its first time in Apex at the Apex ReStore April 23rd. The event brought together businesses and individuals in the community seeking to change lives with their charitable donations to Habitat. As co chairs, Scott and Wilkie pulled together dedicated committee- JoAnna Helms- Apex Economic Development Director, Executive Director Sandy Gegax and Marketing Director Judy Cairns of Spring Arbor, Shirelle LaTortue of Whitehall Branding and community volunteers Linda Calhoun, Kelli Coley, Rhonda Riley and the outstanding team from Habitat!

Nancy Bromhal- Director, Annual Fund and Communications, praised the chairs Scott and Wilkie saying, “Thank you a millions times over for leading an incredible Passport to Habitat fundraiser in Apex. You were phenomenal at recruiting a fantastic committee, selling sponsorships and tickets, seeking food donations, securing additional volunteer support (and donating great branded aprons from Promotional Partners for them to wear!) and most of all showing a great commitment to Habitat Wake. Thank you, thank you! The event exceeded goal - raising more than $26,000 to support affordable housing in Wake County. “






Raleigh NC- Mentoring Future Business Leaders

February 3, 2015

The News and Observer Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked local business owners to weigh in on their favorite annual networking event. Promotional Partners has been supporting local interns since 2008, hosting many from Apex High’s award winning Academy of Information Technology (AOIT), program.

Promotional Partners owner, Owner Olivia Scott, has been serving on the board of directors for AOIT since 2012. When asked about what she enjoys about the program she sites “a bridge between the business world and academics. Business professionals come together to mentor students, provide relevant feedback to teachers, creating a “living” application of what’s being taught in the classroom.” To read the entire response, visit: this News and Observer post



Business Leaders Support Apex High Academy

March 10, 2015- Apex NC

Promotional Partners shares their resource of time and expertise, by serving on the board for Apex High School’s award winning NAF program, Information Technology of Information, better known locally as AOIT. Scott, a former board member of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and long time education committee chair, has been serving on the AOIT board since 2012.

Academy director John Evans says, Olivia and Promotional Partners have been a tremendous resource to Wake County public schools and Apex high school. Olivia is a consummate professional who never says no to a school that needs her help or expertise”. Promotional Partners has a passion for education, evident in our vibrant internship program started in late 2008. We’ve hosted 16 interns, from both Apex High School and Green Hope High School providing mentoring experiences totaling over 2800 hours.

Our owner Olivia along with employee Miranda Schulstad and former intern Devin Dale comment on how this program in this WCPSS video has benefited each of them differently

On March 10, 2015, the AOIT board hosted a joint networking with the Apex Chamber of Commerce, board members such as Scott helped facilitate conversation between local business owners considering internships and long time internship providers to gain awareness for the program and increase the base of participating businesses. The academy size growing yearly, this year 88 juniors will be seeking internships. To learn more about the program visit



35 Year Festival Taps Local Marketing Expertise

November 2014- Apex NC

As the past thirty four years the historic downtown Apex will burst with activity on the first Saturday in May with the hosting of the 35th annual Peakfest festival. This event is organized by a non profit commission of dedicated volunteers. Each year the event brings over 25,000 attendees from families all over the triangle together for a day of fun, food and entertainment. The festival’s title sponsors are the Town of Apex and Wake Med, the even will host headlining band The Fantastic Shakers on the CW22 stage, as well as professional travel shows, mascots, regional artesian, business sponsors and of course great food.

However most attendees do not realize that the true jewel to this festival is the impact it provides after the streets are cleaned. Since starting the grants process over ten years ago, this organization  has given back over $300,000 back into the local communities creating an impact that last long after the day’s event. Promotional Partners owner, Olivia Scott was asked to come back to the festival commission this year, after a 2 year gap, to provide marketing and advertising assistance for this year’s festival. Festival commission president Jeff Hastings ask Scott to return after having served in the past because the commission wanted to highlight their grants process for more business sponsorship during the festival, which generates grant money and more public awareness about the process.   



Investing In Local Community

December 2104- Apex NC

Over the past year, Promotional Partners has sponsored and donated to a variety of local programs in the area. The focus of our charitable contributions center around youth programs or education related topics. Our community believes that it’s the responsibility of business to support the local programs that better the quality of life in their community. Owner Olivia Scott, stated, “Without the support and continued relationships of our clients, this is no Promotional Partners! We gladly support our local community as they have supported us.” Each year our company gives back to these local community programs, in 2014 our charitable donations topped $3,800.00. For a complete list of our donation history



Connecting With Millennial Consumers

Raleigh, NC- October 28, 2014

Promotional Partners Inc, a local advertising specialty company in Apex NC addresses how their company is adapting their business model and communication style to attract millennial consumers in The News and Observer's Shop Talk series. As a panelist, owner Olivia Scott contributes "Because our business relies on interaction and collaboration with individuals from every generation, we have not modified our operations to tailor just to a millennial niche. However, building relationships of trust and value for all of our clients requires we maintain on going education. In response to data about millennial behavior, we formatted our website for use with moblie devices." To access the entire article:

Promotional Partners maintains social media presence on facebook, linkedin as well as blog on the website. Additionally, the company is committed to the Promotional Product International Association Code of Conduct. The code is provided for suppliers and distributors such as Promotional Partners a way to maintain ethical and repsonsible conduct for our consumer expectations. As a result we have adopted standards for the safety, quality and integrity of our products and processes. Participating businesses are committed to respecting the rights of individuals and protecting the environment.


Promotional Partners Change Web Address

APEX NC, August 2014 - Promotional Partners of Cary officially changes their domain to Promotional Partners Inc,  as well as changing leadership team contacts to:

Olivia Scott- Owner, President and Brand Consultant Team Leader- Olivia.Scott@promotionalpartnersinc.com

Keith Scott- VP of Operations, Finance and Safety Compliance- Keith.Scott@promotionalpartnersinc.com

Miranda Schulstad- Order Processing Coordinator and Graphic Design- Miranda.Schulstad@promotionalpartnersinc.com

Owner Olivia Scott, says that these changes will allow clients locally, regionally and nationally to find them easier by removing the “of Cary” from their domain name. The Promotional Partners Inc name is more reflective of the broad scope of the company’s resources, their national client base and the diverse benefits they offer to their client base. Changing the contact addresses for the core team will allow better communication with their client base and addresses that mirror their company brand.

Promotional Partners would like to acknowledge the assistance of Technology Changes implemented by the expert team at Down Level Seven -

“The team at Down Level Seven listened to our pain points, and then developed strategies to correct our issues. Their expertise and training made the experience quick, simple, painless and for a “non IT person like me” changes were easy to understand. “– Olivia Scott, owner of Promotional Partners Inc

Web content advice and social media strategies provided by former N&O writer, Aliana Ramos.

“The ability to communicate our company’s distinguishers to clients in a concise contemporary format, partnered with training and turn key strategies for our social media presence by Aliana were valuable tools in our brand message”. – Olivia Scott, owner of Promotional Partner, Inc

“Updating the website content was a tedious task, however well prepared Apex HS Academy of Information Technology Intern-Katie Beekman was able to make the additions and edits to our site, allowing our company to focus on our clients without missing a beat during the work week. Additionally Katie added areas such as the photo gallery, which tapped into her own talents and interests”- Olivia Scott, Promotional Partners Inc.



Promoting Collaboration Between Competitors Strengthens Industry

APEX NC, August 2014 - Advertising Specialty international publication, Counselor Magazine- “the voice of the industry” provides ASI- Advertising Specialty International members with valuable knowledge related to promotional trends, global research and brand strategies. In the August issue of Counselor the focus of the publication is on benchmarks within the industry. Specifically address the state of the industry in 2014 on topics such as understanding consumer concerns, adapting to changes in technology and exploring markets for growth.

As a CAS, certified advertising specialists, owner of Promotional Partners, Inc Olivia Scott frequently provides her voice and insights for other distributors as a contributor to her industry. When asked why she shares her “secrets” with other distributors she responds, “I am not sharing secrets with my competitors that will harm my business; I am helping to build a strong thriving ad specialty industry. The more we help each other with similar challenges the better service we will provide all consumers of promotional products.”

In the August edition Scott was asked about the healthcare market, who she partners with and why? Scott’s company focuses on private practices -orthodontists, dentists, pediatricians, periodontists, ophthalmologists and other specialist because decisions are usually made in house and overseen by the doctor. She explains, “being able to add value beyond the purchase of a promotional piece in regards to art development, intensive product knowledge and safety, providing showrooms for product interaction and the ability to creativity to implement employee, client and referral programs is a key benefit to our healthcare partners.”




Added Resources To Local Apex School


Apex- August 2014

Mistakes happen and it’s what you do with mistakes that can become a positive. Occasionally there are printing errors in our industry that occur, leaving a product that looks perfect; except it’s not what you ordered. Promotional Partners knowing the challenges of some students to be able to purchase spirit wear items donated over $1,000 of products to the school’s PTA to allow kids that might not have the opportunity to wear their cougar pride enjoy some fun apparel. This is the first time Scott has assisted Apex Elementary, for several years Promotional Partners has provided prizes for students to earn from programs at the school.



Global Event in Heart of Historic Downtown Apex

APEX NC, April 2014Promotional Partners, Inc. a certified HUB status ad specialty company owned by certified advertising specialist, Olivia Scott, CAS, joins
thousands of promotional products businesses around the country hosting special events, partnering with local businesses, and volunteering at and donating to neighborhood nonprofits and schools to celebrate Promotional Products Work! Week, sponsored by Promotional Products Association International, PPAI.

Promotional Partners, Inc- incorporated May 2007; NC HUB Status since Dec 2007; mentoring interns since Sept 2008.

PPW! Week activities for Promotional Partners will include weekly specials on our face book account for Terrific Tuesdays. Educational data regarding consumer behavior and product decoration on our blog on Thoughtful Thursdays and on the 18th and 25th we will celebrate loyalty with Fantastic Fridays- drop into our showroom for a visit; select a free promotional piece to enjoy.

The $18.5 billion promotional products industry with its more than 33,741 businesses—97 percent of which are small businesses—and 498,853 professionals will work to create awareness for the value promotional products deliver to advertisers and marketers; as well as the positive impact promotional products businesses have on the U.S. economy, job creation and community enrichment.

“Our company is please to be among the top 5% of our industry for certification.  Being a HUB status provider for our corporate and government partners demonstrates an understanding of their core values, earning my certification within my industry demonstrates our commitment to excellence to our client base”, says Promotional Partners, Inc owner Olivia Scott, CAS.

Consumers love promotional products! PPAI research clearly demonstrates the power of the advertising medium as the most cost-effective way to reach a targeted audience in a tangible, long-lasting and memorable manner. In fact, 88 percent of people can recall the company and brand on their promotional product and 50 percent have a favorable impression of the advertiser, while 83 percent of people like promotional products and 47 percent keep them for more than a year. Additional information – via our education tab, blog and Facebook page.Follow Olivia on LinkedIn



Sharing Secrets to Keeping Top Clients

Raleigh NC, March 2014 - Promotional Partners- an ad specialty business located in historic downtown Apex participates in popular series with readers of the regional paper- The News and Observer on the topic of client retention. What is Shop Talk? Shop Talk is a small business resource center, with news that affects ones bottom line, with practical advice and inspiring stories. The blog is maintained by the reporters and editors of the N&O business staff. Each Tuesday relevant topics to the local business community are discussed by experts- the business owners!

Ever heard folks say- work on the top 20% of your client base? Retention and growth among your top clients is a smart investment of your time rather than constantly prospecting for new relationships. What does it take to build strong relationships? Owner of Promotional Partners, Olivia Scott recently addressed the topic of client retention with Virginia Bridges of the News and Observer's on going business series- Shop Talk.

Ask the experts: Keep top clients by treating them well - By Virginia Bridges
Raleigh 2014 News and Observer- Shop Talk

Being able to identify and market to target customers are often key ingredients to a small business’ formula for success and survival. However, retaining top clients is also an important part of the process. Those top clients often respect your time, value your ideas and are less likely to reduce services or products to a commodity transaction, said Olivia Scott, owner and president of Promotional Partners, an advertising company in Apex that focuses on brand strategies.

“They are working with you, so they’re going to grow as a result of your relationship,” Scott said.  Here are some strategies from Scott to engage and keep top customers:

•  Never stop learning. Take webinars, go to industry shows, read industry publications and earn certifications.
“The more you know, the better resource you will be for others,” Scott said.
•  Make connections and use those contacts to help your clients.
Connections with quality providers of services that are complementary or related to a client’s industry could result in helpful referrals or sources that they can turn to for help or advice.
• Sharing white papers and articles relevant to a client’s business shows that you care enough to help them.
• Invite top clients to be guests at business or education functions, or ask them to be a speaker at those events.
• Offer top customers additional services or discounts beyond the normal scope of business. The added perks can help create a strong, long-term partnership.
• Value your clients’ time by being prepared for meetings and staying on point. Pay attention to their body language and who is doing the talking during these meetings.
• Provide simple gifts that show you know their interests.

Offer something inexpensive such as a cup of their favorite coffee or a homemade dessert. Scott said she recently sent a fire hat and badge to a client who said they were busy putting out fires. “She loved it,” Scott said.



Sharing Expertise- The Benefits of Networking

Raleigh NC, February 2014The News and Observer is communicating with the business community, asking what questions are on the minds of business owners. The feature explores topics such as healthcare, insurance, balancing work with family and financing. These topics explore what’s on the minds of our local entrepreneurs by addressing questions and seeking answers to common business owner concerns.

The Feb 11, 2014 feature asks owners to share their thoughts related to the benefits of networking. One of the business owners highlighted was Olivia Scott of Promotional Partners“ Networking events provide me an opportunity to expand my connections, contribute expertise and resources to conversation, “ said Olivia Scott, owner and president of Promotional Partners, an ad specialty company in Apex that focuses on brand strategies. “By re-connecting or generating new contacts, I become a stronger resource of relevant information within our business community as well as being able to identify new leads for prospective clients.” To read the entire article or follow the News and Observer Shop Talk blog



Supporting Local Apex Police Programs

December 2013- Apex

Apex Police Christmas with a Cop is a unique and fun way for local law enforcement to build positive relationships in the community the serve. The Apex Police host Christmas with a Cop to help children in the community and ensure they have a holiday that is memorable each year, but it also demonstrates the care of the community that lead any officers into service. Promotional Partners donated items that could be used to assist with family gifts. To learn more about how you can get involved with this organization



Mentoring - Adding Value for Wake County High School Students

Raleigh NC, November 2013 -

Promotional Partners owner, Olivia Scott takes part as panelist with Wake County Public School System, who sponsored Networking 101; part of Career Development program for WCPSS. Over 400 area high school students took part in a November session of Great Xplorations to learn about networking from area professionals.

The panelist addressed the purpose of networking, the benefits of networking, how you use networking in your work, importance of a "power greeting" or "elevator speech", how you follow up professionally after a networking session and the benefits of social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Using their expertise to guide discussion in small groups, the panelist along with over 100 area professionals provided their time to model and shape discussion regarding networking in small 3 minutes speed networking groups composed of 3 area students with the adult mentor.

Students were able to see networking in action from the professionals that assisted, hear from the panel and engage in speed networking scenarios lead by business leaders. Panelist included Allison Wrenn, Cary Chamber of Commerce, Thomas M Colclough director of Raleigh EEOC, Kristy Daughtry for NC DOA and Olivia Scott, Promotional Partners. Promotional Partners Owner, Olivia Scott is part of growing trend of women in business offering expertise by serving in leadership capacities see Promotional Partners media tab to read more about their community engagement.




Supporting Local Apex HS DECA Fundraiser



Apex NC 2013

As part of Promotional Partners ongoing commitment to community engagement their company was a donor for the Pretty in Pink DECA fundraiser.  DECA hosts a fundraiser for the Pretty in Pink Foundation to ensure that quality, life-saving medical treatment is available to breast cancer patients residing in North Carolina each year Promotional Partners has been donating to this organization since 2013.  To learn more about how you can get involved with this organization please visit.


Impact of Ad Specilaity Items: Changing Consumer Behavior

TREVOSE, PA - September 18, 2013 - The Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) today released groundbreaking global research proving promotional products deliver commanding advertiser recall among an average of 82% of recipients in every international city surveyed.

Promotional products remain a high-impact, cost-effective ad medium allowing even small companies to achieve as high an ROI as major corporations, according to ASI’s latest study. The comprehensive cost analysis provides buyers and sellers of logoed pens, caps, T-shirts and other branded items with powerful data to convince clients world-wide that ad specialties can increase sales and brand exposure.

Study results show promo products are consistently popular and persistent, with most people owning about 10 items they generally keep for six months, a far longer time period than any other form of advertising.

According to the study, about a half a penny, promo products have a lower cost per impression (CPI) in the U.S. than ads for prime-time TV, national magazines and newspapers, and a similar CPI to spot radio and Internet advertising, the ASI study finds.

Everyone in our industry can be proud of providing low-cost advertising that actually makes consumers feel good about advertisers,” The real beauty is that local businesses and big brands alike can easily spread the word about a company, club or non-profit through useful items people will show off again and again at home, work or out on the town. As ASI’s study shows, that’s the proven power of promotional products.” said Tim Andrews President and CEO of ASI (Advertising Specialty International)

Highlights of the 2013 global study include useful statistics:

• Products and Income: Consumers in Sydney, Rome and Canada all own more caps than those in the U.S., with those earning $100,000 most likely to wear branded headwear.
• Cost Per Impression: Logoed bags used to tote things like groceries tie with writing instruments as having the lowest CPI of any promo item in the U.S.
• Ethnicity: 52% of Latino consumers own a logoed T-shirt, the most of any racial demographic.
• Age: Younger consumers (and Australians) are more likely to have branded desk accessories.
• Advertiser Recall: 95% of those owning logoed outerwear like fleeces can recall the advertiser’s name.
• Location: Of all of the metro areas surveyed, Phoenix residents boast the most logoed drinkware.
• Party Politics: Democrats report owning more drinkware than members of other political parties.
• Trends: 27% of Parisians own promotional USB drives vs. 11% of U.S. consumers.

Over a two-year period, researchers surveyed 7,145 consumers, in person and online, in 21 different metro areas in eight countries, from Los Angeles and Philadelphia to Paris, Montreal and Sydney, Australia, where ASI partnered with Pantheon Systems. In Berlin and Düsseldorf, ASI partnered with PSI, a member with Sourcing City of PromoAlliance, an international coalition that identifies best practices and market development benefiting the U.S., U.K. and European markets. The study’s demographics for U.S. consumers cover ethnicity, gender, age, income and political affiliation, since knowing the likely recipient of products is paramount for an advertiser.

ASI’s research studies are the most influential in the industry’s history, continuously cited throughout the B-to-B industry and across the advertising and marketing spectrum.

**About ASI
The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) is the largest media, marketing and education organization serving the promotional products industry, with a network of over 25,000 distributors and suppliers throughout North America.
Contact Promotional Partners for a complete summary of the survey and compelling facts for your next promotion. This posting was written and shared from ASI’s press releases.

7,000 consumers in 21 cities across North America, Europe and Australia polled; Latest ASI study finds commanding advertiser recall among 82% of surveyed recipients



Economic Development Creates Dynamic Community

Apex NC, August 2013 -  Economic development is necessary for a vibrant and growing business community. Traditional champions of business development are our local chambers of commerce,  the heart of the business community, promoting best practices as well as "member to member" relationships to grow local business. Promotional Partners has been a member of the Apex Chamber of Commerce since 2008 and recently joined the Cary Chamber of Commerce in June 2013. In recent years there has been a push for supporting local business, as statistical studies demonstrate that small businesses are highly engaged in the fabric of their community.
Promotional Partners is active within their community supporting education, civic and community projects designed to increase the quality of life or in pursuit of life long learning. Owner Olivia Scott was interviewed recently by the town of Apex regarding the special connection of Apex businesses to the community. Panelist including Scott were prompted with the questions, "What makes the business climate in historic downtown Apex part of the secret that recently ranked Apex ninth in Money Magazine’s ranking of best places to live in the nation." 

In this link, Scott states that she found “ the unique blend of restaurants, retail and service businesses” a huge draw to why downtown Apex was their first choice for a business location as a local business owner she wanted to be “part of something unique” that reflected the “social conscious” of triangle families to seek out local businesses relationships for their goods and services.



Adopting PPAI Code of Conduct - Ethical Business Practices

Apex NC, June 2013- Promotional Partners joins the growing list of industry suppliers and distributors committed to high standards for our industry, adopting this code in June 2013. According to PPAI, Promotional Products Association International, the Code of Conduct was adopted as “a tangible presentation of what you are doing to meet the expectations of the end buyer for product safety, social and environmental assurances. It is a statement of principles. It is what a supplier would hand to a distributor and what a distributor would hand to an end buyer when an end buyer expresses those expectations.” 

The code itself reads:
Our Company believes we must not only meet the expectations of our customers and consumers, we must exceed those expectations. To that end, we have adopted standards for the safety, quality and integrity of our products and processes and we are committed to respecting the rights of individuals and protecting the environment. We are dedicated to complying with all applicable laws and to conduct business in an ethical and responsible manner.
Product Safety
We will comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding safety of products we sell. We will meet applicable recognized voluntary industry standards for our products and processes.
No Abuse Of Labor
We will not use any form of forced labor, including indentured, prison, bonded or slave labor. We will not use physical or verbal harassment or abuse to discipline employees.
No Child Labor
We will not use child labor. We will comply with all minimum age provisions of applicable laws and regulations.
Freedom Of Association
We respect the rights of employees to associate or organize without fear of reprisal or interference. If employees are represented by an organization recognized under law, we respect the right to bargain collectively.
No Discrimination
We will not discriminate in hiring and employment practices on the basis of age, nationality, race, religion, social status, ethnic origin, gender or disability.
Hours And Wages
We will comply with all applicable wage, work hours, hiring, benefits, and overtime laws and regulations.
In the absence of law in a particular location relating to product safety, labor, employment, environment or working conditions, the spirit and intent of these policies shall be met.
Workplace Conditions
We will provide a safe, healthy and secure workplace. We will abide by all applicable laws and regulations for safety and health. Proper sanitation, lighting, ventilation and fire safety protection will be provided.
We abide by all applicable environmental laws and regulations. We will manage our environmental footprint to minimize the adverse impact on the environment. We will manage our energy, water and waste systems for maximum efficiency and minimal adverse impact on the environment.
Subcontractors And Sources
We require all businesses that support our business as subcontractors, manufacturers or sources of goods to comply with all of the same policies stated in our Commitment to Ethical and Responsible Conduct Policy. All subcontractors and suppliers are required to comply with all applicable and national laws.

We expect those businesses to develop and implement internal business procedures to ensure compliance with our policy.



Industry Leader- Building A Powerful Brand Identity

Apex NC, June 2013 - Promotional Partners, Inc owner Olivia Scott CAS-certified advertising specialist, was interviewed recently by staff writer, Jennifer Vishnevsky BSAI writer for international trade publication Advantage Magazine an ASI- Advertising Specialty Institute publication. Vishnevsky’s article titled “Create A Powerful Brand Identity” features 4 distributors who provide their own insights and expertise for building strong brand identity.  Citing strong recognition of major brands icons such as Coca- Cola and Face book Vishnevsky probes for answers with her industry experts to the question of how to achieve a “powerhouse” brand. She probes distributors for their knowledge of brand development and promotional advertising to address the growth and awareness of a companies’ brand. The feedback from her panel of experts underscores the value of the brand relationship between the promotional providers, aka the distributor, to their client base to create successful marketing campaigns.

Scott speaks to the crafting of their 2012 re-branding efforts for Promotional Partners, Inc. as an indicator for how to overcome common challenges in selecting new logo designs. After completing year 5 of business it was time to provide a brand makeover for their own company. Scott shared strategies for how they developed a logo design adaptable to any product or campaign by capitalizing on their knowledge of imprinting while working with the constraints of a long company name. Besides changing their logo to a more contemporary design that offered flexibility, Promotional Partners launched their new website during the same period. By using a unique promotional direct mail package as an introduction to their new brand identity they were able to provide their own client base with a personal case study for brand introduction.

Brand education is a key distinguisher for Scott’s company. Through collaboration with clients, Scott conveys that properly applied, promotional products amplify one’s message. “It really helps when they (client) understand that their can be a reason and a purpose behind the products selected”. Scott also addresses the importance of developing new brand guides with the designer and a promotional consultant working as a team commenting that the promotional consultant is aware of brand imprint challenges that often a graphic designer can not foresee; presenting challenges for the clients in the future when they are ready to order products with their new branding”. She also encourages her own clients that are re-branding to consider the impact of their internal brand image; Scott notes “walking into a business that is rich with brand images on the walls, floors, conference room, employee apparel and personal desk spaces creates a solid reflection of that company to the visitor reinforcing their brand awareness.  So often I walk into a new business relationship and find that I could be sitting in any business office space because facility and employee branding has taken a back seat.” 


Increasing Reach - Marketing Without Breaking the Bank

Cary- May 2013 -Promotional Partners President Olivia Scott, a board member with the Apex Chamber of Commerce was interviewed by staff writer Aliana Ramos for the Southwest Wake News in response to the May Apex Chamber Expo. When asked to respond to how companies are using branding more effectively in our current economic climate, Scott responds “What I’ve noticed is that my clients are starting to get creative,” she said. “Instead of having a separate budget for employee recognition and another for company branding, they are mixing it up (allowing their traditional marketing budgets to also incorporate employee recognition).” Companies used to buy awards to recognize good employees, she said. Now some of them are coming to Scott to buy duffel bags, hats, shirts and other items that feature their company logo as a way to say “thank you” to employees (while providing brand identity in the work week and their leisure time).” 

Peter Kylne, a Raleigh SCORE counselor with over 20 years of business management experience was quoted in the June 4 News  & Observer article “A Vendor Can Sink You Or Save You”  as saying, “Obviously pricing is important, but then you have got issues of delivery and availability if products, quality of product”. When asked to respond to Kylne's statement, Scott replied “Our industry promotes a rich environment of product education and trust in the purchase of safety compliant products for a distributor’s clients everyday. Distributors are able to access stock prior to orders, confirm shipping costs and delivery options prior to ordering as well as working out critical imprinting issues before receiving the printed pieces for distribution: achieving a place such as Promotional Partners, where were ideas get results”.



Thriving Internship Program

Apex NC, July 2013 - Since 2008 Promotional Partners has maintained a thriving intern program for local students. To date the company has had 13 interns working to complete a course of work associated with school such as Green Hope High School for academic credit or seeking out an hourly based intern program to fulfill a hand’s on learning objective.  Students at Apex High School apply to participate in a four year academy based on technology.

Owner of Promotional Partners, Olivia Scott has served Apex High School's Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) board since 2011. AOIT is affiliated with the National Academy Foundation (NAF). While the NAF Academy model inspires students and teachers to greater success, the Academies are bridges between corporate America and local communities. The NAF model works by bringing business people into the public schools and introducing youth to the world of business. Through the Academies, educators and business people are partners for investing in and developing America's youth.



Contributing Partner to Award Winning Apex High Program

Apex NC, July 2013 - In July Apex High School AOIT, Academy of Information Technology, program named best in Nation. http://lnkd.in/nickwi
As part of the intern program at Promotional Partners, students have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, marketing and sales while building on soft skills necessary for communication within the office environment and with the clientele of the business. Interns find that they are also cultivating the confidence needed to become a contributing voice in the professional world, while still have the luxury of exploring how their talents might best be applied to their work situation. In July the Wake County Public School system capture the journey of this program, its impact on the students and the relationship of the businesses that participate in this informational video:


In the video, board member Olivia Scott is quoted as saying: “while strategically utilizing interns for assistance with daily operation is one of the biggest benefits to participation for a business”, she also notes that “each intern brings a different perspective and talents” in addition to ability to apply “tech in a way we were never taught” when she was in school. Interns often come away with a better understanding of how the skills they have been taught can apply in real world situations. Additionally they are acquiring a better understanding for how seemly small tasks often shape larger issues the company seeks to solve or develop when positioning their company’s benefits or services.


 Experts Advice- Industry Leader Investing in a Showroom

Apex NC, May 2013 - In the May 2013 publication of PPAI’s PPB magazine, freelance writer Nathanael Green interviewed 7 distributors around the nation for feedback on the benefits of a showroom location for their clients. Promotional Partners was part of this panel of experts selected for the final article. Promotional Partners located in the heart of the downtown Apex historic district, their company offers accessibility and creativity for their showroom spaces. Packing a powerful punch at about 600 sq feet of showroom space, owner Olivia Scott stated that one of the most beneficial aspects for clients was brainstorming. “In an industry so often correlated with creativity and finding solutions to a customer’s marketing challenges, having your own room of products can help inspire you to pitch new ideas for your client’s programs.

Always eager to include student interns in the fabric of their business, Promotional Partners sought out Jake Pedersen, student at Apex High School, recently for their photos for the publication. Jake’s use of a fish eye lens provided a unique way to capture the entire wall within one of the showroom spaces. The article addresses for other distributors within the advertising specialty industry the advantages and challenges of maintaining a showroom space. If organizing thousands of products, updating them frequently, rotating stock of discontinued items and keeping the showroom clean seem like a lot of work, consider the gains. Olivia Scott, owner of Cary, North Carolina-based distributor Promotional Partners, keeps her showroom tidy for easy and quick access to items she needs at a moment's notice. Additionally, rather than spending the time to gather items for a trek to a customer, she saves time by not leaving her office. "I encourage meetings with brand-new clients here. Not only does it free up time in the day, but it starts the conversation about the different possibilities and reinforces the variety of products."

Green Reports that Promotional Partners' showroom isn't just useful to Scott's clients- she uses it to brainstorm. In an industry so often correlated with creativity and finding solutions to a customer's marketing challenges, having your own room of products can help inspire you to pitch new ideas for your customers' programs.

Green further inquired how to set up the floor plan. Promotional Partners, housed in an old hotel, likes to take advantage of the design of the building with an eclectic blend of unique decorations and displays the Scott often finds at estate and yard sales.

 Scott contributes to industry discussions because she believes part of being a member of an association means actively participating - helping to grow and sustain her industry.



Building Brands with Education Opportunities Directed To The Consumer

Apex NC, April 2013 - In the April 2013 international trade publication for PPB, Promotional Products Business, Promotional Partners owner Olivia Scott provided a valuable perspective as part of the panel selected to address the benefits of an end user show for clients. PPB staff sought input from industry professionals, such as Scott, that have successfully hosted and incorporated annual shows into their business model. Scott believes that growth in a competitive industry relies on her company's ability to demonstrate expertise to their client base. Partnering with experienced supplier representatives such as Karin Otterstrom of KO Marketing for tips on how to generate strategic solutions and advertising results for their clients transform her company into a trusted source for valuable education related to promotional advertising.

The panel was asked by PPB editors to respond to the question:  “We receive a lot of offers to participate in end-user shows. Since these are often expensive investments, what do other suppliers do to maximize their investment, and what do distributors do to take advantage of the opportunity?” Scott replied;   “We have been hosting an end-user show for the past four years with the same reps, more or less. We create marketing education and interacted with our clients. Our multi-line reps have been very accommodating to assist us in building our relationships with clients by supporting an end-user show with us. We want to make sure clients purchase from the suppliers that are represented at the show, so we offer incentives toward those suppliers for a fixed time after the show. We also try not to have too many duplicate lines—it gets folks confused. It takes a lot of work to get more than just the sightseers at the show. We appreciate the continuing to support our growing distributorship from our supplier representatives.”



Finding the Best Partners for Success

Apex NC, April 2013 - In the fast paced highly competitive market of advertising specialty companies seeking to perform ahead of the curve rather than adapting to change subscribe to industry publications such as PPB (Promotional Products Business), the flagship award winning publication of PPAI, generates relevant news on every topic necessary to educate the promotional products industry. Dedication to being a great resource to its members, PPAI searches for topics that will strengthen the way distributors and suppliers approach business. In the promotional world, relationships are the key differentiators that ultimately define and create an environment of success for a client.

In the April 2013 publication, PPB shares tips from indispensable industry guides, the multi-line representatives selected for 5 national regions representing 30,000 distributors. Each multi-line representative helps to promote various supplier lines to local distributors. As a result of being a consistent part of the distributor’s hectic schedule, these individuals are talking with distributor’s daily gaining valuable insight regarding daily challenges within the market.  Savvy suppliers are able to leverage this feedback to become more equipped to provide products, strategies, programs and tools that will benefit their distributors; impacting sales. The better the supplier and distributor relationship the better resources, knowledge and products for clients.

Promotional Partners promotes brand education to its clients via newsletters, case studies blogs and topic related flyers; however, the most hands on and fun application is when they provide client interaction opportunities with key suppliers. "Building relationships with key suppliers helps our clients be aware of trends, quality, safety, and other 'hit' buttons for product selection," says Promotional Partners owner, Olivia Scott.

One key relationship for Promotional Partners is with Karin Otterstrom of KO Marketing. Karin represents a number of lines in a sprawling territory that spans eight states and one U.S. territory, Karin Otterstrom embodies the adage, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.”  Sixty-hour work weeks are the norm for Otterstrom, who travels some 40,000 miles a year and spends more days on the road than at home.

Nominator Olivia Scott, CAS, president/owner of Cary, North Carolina-based distributor firm Promotional Partners, is grateful to Otterstrom for her help when she first entered the industry. “Karin took time to get to know our company,” Scott says. “She was interested, engaged and invested in our progress. She has become a trusted source for information not only about her lines but other lines, too, and the industry as a whole. Karin is knowledgeable and accessible, and she goes to bat for us every time we need her help.”

Rewarding Relationships
Otterstrom says the best part about being a multi-line rep is the opportunity to build meaningful relationships in the industry. “People in this business are wonderful,” she says. “My customers and my suppliers are just great to work with. They have become more family and friends rather than strictly business. I think that’s a great way to work.”
Whether she’s working with a supplier to showcase a line or helping a distributor client with a presentation, Otterstrom knows the secret to success in this industry is truly caring about people.
“Suppliers want to see that I’m totally invested in helping them grow their business,” she says. “And distributors want to know that I’m a friend, that they can trust me and that I’m going to do whatever I say I’m going to do. My word is my bond. That’s important in this business.”

Scott appreciates Otterstrom’s dedication to her firm’s success. “Karin has gone on sales calls to top clients for an in-house mini-show, and she has helped us grow our end-user show,” Scott says. “Clients always say that she has good applications and case histories relevant to their industry. They say, ‘That rep really knows her stuff.’” Promotional Partners is dedicated to forging relationships that help their clients grow their business. 



International Celebration - HIstoric Downtown Apex, NC

Apex NC, February 2013 - Promotional Partners is participating an international week of celebration to promote the effectiveness of promotional products as an advertising medium. Promotional Products WORK Week is lead by PPAI, Promotional Products Association International, who is the world’s largest and oldest international not-for-profit promotional products association. PPAI has a 109-year history of serving a membership that has grown to more than 10,600 corporate members; and advocating for the $17.7 billion promotional products industry with its more than 31,000 businesses and 432,000 professionals. More than 97 percent of the businesses in the promotional products industry are considered to be small businesses. In North Carolina there are 745 promotional products companies creating 5,598 industry jobs

As part of the week of celebration, Promotional Partners, Inc will be hosting an open house on Tuesday February 26th 2013 from 8:30-9:30 in Promotional Partners showroom suites.

During the open house attendees will receive their power pack which includes a summary of an extensive global study related to the effective use of promotional products in advertising, a press kit about the company, list of key promotional dates, useful brand information and of course some promotional products! How are promotional products effecting change? They are imprinted items that educate, recruit, highlight safety awareness, support worthy causes, and encourage healthy living and lifestyle choices. Promotional products recognize and reward employee achievements and inspire action. Promotional products are used to celebrate milestones, sign legislation and reinforce critical messages. Statistical data shows year after year that promotional products have a longer branding life, higher ROI and lower CPI that any of other form of advertising. Check out this link to learn more about the perception of consumers:



Rising Above Challenges With Strong Partnerships

Apex NC, February 2013 - Promotional Partners owner, Olivia Scott, was recently featured in an international publication Advantages Magazine. In the March publication editor Kathy Huston interviewed owner Olivia Scott for strategies other industry distributors would find beneficial for addressing sales challenges. Advantages is a trade publication for the ad specialty industry via ASI, Advertising Specialty Institute, dedicated to providing relevant education to ASI members that will grow their company. ASI is a membership organization with an over 50 year history of providing research, publications, marketing tools and connecting suppliers and distributors in the ad specialty industry. As part of a monthly feature Advantages seeks out stories for how the distributor relationship are helping clients solve problems with strong relationships. Promotional Partners story underscores the importance of strong supplier-distributor relationships to solve challenges; in this case challenges created from simple human error. Distributors within the ad specialty industry are challenged by internet sales, yet those transactions do not have the connection and accountability developed in business relationships, as Editor Kathy seeks to provide strategies to the membership to help grow their business.



Independent Business Voice Shines

Apex- Feburary 2013- Local Independent business are adapting to the marketplace, sharing space with larger “big box” choices. In the case of ad specialty advertising, Promotional Partners, Inc. offers benefits and services that are not associated with internet sales providers. In seeking to capture the pulse of the local business community the Apex Chamber of Commerce generates an annual member directory to connect local business with the host of resources offered by Apex Chamber members. The 2013 publication focuses on how local independent businesses are driving the economy in their own niche. Promotional Partners, an ad specialty business located in historic downtown Apex was featured in the publication. The dedication to community and the commitment to excellence in their industry have contributed to their growth. Owner Olivia Scott is Apex’s only certified advertising specialist (CAS) and when asked about her company she replied
“Our knowledgeable and experienced marketing team helps focus client objectives on strategic product selections that showcase their message effectively, which leverages their brand to a specific target audience”. 

Apex is the third largest municipality in the triangle. A vibrant business community is essential to a strong economy. When asked about the importance of relationships and the role of small business in Apex, Immediate Past President of the Apex Chamber Jeff Hastings had these remarks,

“In a small town like Apex, small businesses are at the heart of the community. Through involvement with the Chamber and other organizations, Hastings Farm Supply has been able to spread the word throughout the community about our business. We appreciate companies like Promotional Partners that help in our efforts to assist local companies and non-profits alike. One such non-profit relies on Hastings Farm Supply to supply shirts for a fundraiser. Without the support of Olivia and Promotional Partners, we would be unable to guarantee an on time delivery of a much needed product. We are also able to offer farm and pet supplies with the value added service of knowledge and experience. This helps keep our dollars local while offering a pleasant local shopping experience. “

Scott Appointed to Apex Chamber of Commerce Board

November 2012

The Board of Directors of the Apex Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer body elected by the membership. Each Director serves a 3-year term, with five new Directors elected each year on a rotational basis. The Board of Directors helps to establish Chamber policies, transact Chamber business, represent the Apex Chamber at town and civic functions, work on standing committees, and promote the economic development and well-being of the Apex community. Olivia Scott, owner of Promotional Partners has been an active member of the Apex Chamber of Commerce since 2008, previously serving as an ambassador to the chamber from 2009-2012 and receiving the award for Ambassador of the Year at the 2012 awards banquet.



Local Woman Owned Business Achieves Premier Industry Certification

Apex NC, October 1, 2012Olivia Scott, of Promotional Partners, Apex NC, earned the certification of Certified Advertising Specialist administered by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), not-for-profit association for more than 10,000 members of the $16.5 billion promotional products industry.
Only 5% of promotional consultants hold this certification.

The Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) is one of 3 premier certifications offered within the promotional products industry's professional designations. Individuals with a PPAI certification are seen as industry leaders—those who have attained a higher standard of professional competence, knowledge and experience. PPAI industry certification is acquired through a combination of: required certification classes, demonstrated years of employment in the industry, education, industry contributions and a successful demonstration of expertise. Certification is maintained through continuing education to ensure current knowledge and leading-edge professional skills.

The Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) certification requires 75 hours from a structured industry approved curriculum, three years of experience in the promotional products industry and a passing score on the CAS certification exam. The rigorous curriculum required includes an overview of the promotional products industry, promotional programs, best practices/supplier-distributor relations, advertising and marketing overview, product safety basics and business ethics. Upon completion of the core curriculum, individuals then have the opportunity to structure their own course schedules to deliver the greatest relevance and value for their careers.

The promotional products medium is an essential element in the marketing communications mix. A “branded” tangible product turns an ordinary message into a marketing experience an audience can see, touch, hear, smell and even taste. Promotional products are one of the most efficient and effective media buys with the advertising industry.
About PPAI Since 1903, Promotional Products Association International, a not-for-profit, has been the standard setting international trade association for the promotional products industry. PPAI offers education, tradeshows, business products and services, mentoring, technology and legislative support to its members. Today, PPAI serves more than 10,000 global member companies who lead the $16.5 billion dollar industry.


Refreshing Branding - 5 Year Benchmark 

Apex NC, May 2012 - as part of a month long celebration of achieving the end of our 5th year in business, Promotional Partners updated their company logo and tagline to reflect a more contemporary image. Incorporating the fun mascot “Speedy”, an animated paintbrush in motion, brought to launching the creativity our company offered as a new distributor in the marketplace, company stakeholders decided it was time for “Speedy to grow up”.

VP of Operations, Keith Scott said, “Our new logo is a visual that has a modern twist on the versatility and inspiration held in a paint palette. Our tagline speaks to the collaboration and trust our clients develop with our staff.” Speedy fan’s will appreciate that while our logo has adapted, Speedy will remain part of fun side of promotions in various marketing campaigns that require some personality. 

The new tagline, “A place where ideas get results” reflects the collaborative marketing partnership found at this company. Initially beginning as an ad specialty provider in 2007, Promotional Partners quickly emerged in their industry as company able to infuse marketing strategies into the knowledge and resources necessary to create effective promotional campaigns for their diverse client base; which includes over 26 industries including start up business as well as fortune 500 companies.



Milestone - Local Apex Woman Owned Company

Apex NC, May 2012Promotional Partners, Inc. an ad specialty branding company known as a local source for creativity, knowledge and expertise in their industry celebrates a benchmark date of completing its fifth year in business in May. This rapidly growing company was first incorporated in May of 2007. Known for brand education, Promotional Partners has eleven unique services designed to assist clients in growing revenues and provides certifications and memberships that keep clients compliant and successful in their marketplace.

Promotional Partners is a member two distinguished international ad specialty groups PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) and ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute). Locally their company is an active member of their local business community, serving on numerous non-profit boards, participating in charity sponsorships and supporting local youth as a mentor with their intern program which started in September 2008.



Annual Apex Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament- Apex NC

Apex Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament derives business comminatory and necessary fundraising efforts for business education events from their annual tournament. Proceeds from the event have also benefited location chamber members such as the Kraft YMCA in 2012.  Promotional Partners donated to this event in 2010, 2011 and 2012.




Giving Back to Teen Trio with Tremendous Goals

Peak City Gala of Hope –Apex NC- Jimmy V Foundation Fundraiser- 2012

As a part of Promotional Partners ongoing commitment to community engagement, their company was a sponsor for Apex High School DECA project, Peak City Gala of Hope providing a keep sake item for guests to save from the event.  The Peak City Gala of Hope was developed by three local teens at Apex High School in response to a club project and their personal connection to cancer. These amazing teens raised money for the Jimmy V Foundation, over 30K, with an inspiring story of commitment and determination. Featured here in Cary Magazine 




Order Processing Coordinator Named Promotional Partners

Apex NC, January 2012

Promotional Partners, Inc. announces the promotion of Miranda Kahlhoefer internally to Order Processing Coordinator. Miranda has been with Promotional Partners since 2008, initially providing customer service and internal support services to the organization. Since 2008 her role has grown to include order management and processing as well as art development for our clients.  VP of Operations, Keith Scott, states, “Miranda is a tremendous asset to Promotional Partners and we are thrilled to have her on our Promotional Partners team.”


Triangle Flight of Honor Sponsorship and Awareness

2010-2011- Honoring World War II Veterans

Promotional Partners is honored to be able to assist with the Triangle Flight of Honor – Honoring World War II Veterans donating back profits from products to commemorate veteran visits to the memorial.  Caps, lapel pins and tee shirts were used to identify the veterans and their guardian on each trip and 100% of funds raised or donated helped to keep veterans in our area attending. This organization hosts Honoring World War II Veterans to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices each year by flying the veterans to DC to view memorials that most of them have never seen.  Promotional Partners has been donated to this organization in both 2010 and 2011.  To learn more please visit.


Scott Becomes Ambassador- Apex Chamber

September 2009

Olivia Scott, owner of Promotional Partners Inc has been named an ambassador with the Apex Chamber of Commerce, agreeing to serve on the education committee as part her engagment and serving in the capacity till 2012. Ambassadors are chamber members who represent their business while acting as a liaison between the Chamber and its members.  Ambassadors actively encourage membership participation at Chamber events, foster member commitment, increase the membership base by contacting new businesses, and represent the Chamber at functions such as grand-openings and ribbon-cuttings. This volunteer group brings energy and enthusiasm to all Chamber events.


Apex Promotional Partners Expands Sales Team

May 2009- Apex NC - Royal Soward, R&S Marketing joined the Promotional Partners team in May of 2009, bringing over twenty years of sales and marketing experience to the team. Royal’s longevity in agriculture, oil, contracting and other industries have provided him a broad spectrum of experience to round out the Promotional Partners team. 


Local Woman Owned Company Achieves HUB status

Cary, NC, December 2007 -  Promotional Partners, a local ad specialty company receives HUB status, via North Carolina’s Historically Underutilized Business Program. To be considered for certification a company must fit criteria of fifty-one percent of the business is owned by, and the day-to-day management and daily business operations are controlled by, one of the following:
•    Black, Hispanic, Asian-American, American Indian, Female or a Socially and Economically Disadvantaged person, or
•    Disabled-Owned or a Disabled Business Enterprise.

The HUB office was established to:
•    Increase the amount of goods and services acquired by state agencies from businesses owned and controlled by HUB firms;
•    Work towards eliminating barriers that reduce the participation of HUB firms in the marketplace, and in state government procurement and contracting;
•    Encourage purchasing officers and capital project coordinators within the state agencies, departments, universities and community colleges to identify and utilize

HUB vendors, contractors and service providers:
•    Educate HUB firms on “How To Do Business” with the State of North Carolina;
•    Provide resources for HUB firms.
•    Sponsor seminars and conduct training workshops that assist HUB vendors become an active participant in state contracting opportunities.

Direct benefits of this certification for clients of Promotional Partners include being approved on e-procurement as HUB Status Company, offering corporations and government agencies seeking core goals for partnering with HUB status companies a local source.