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January Vital Updates

Intermats & Olympic Take First Place

Congratulations to winners of our Logo Mats and Mountville promotions. Olympic Dust Control of Toronto, Ontario took full advantage of Mountville’s October promotional discount and landed in 1st place. Beside discount pricing from Mountville, they received an Apple iPad Mini and $300 from Universal Unilink.

Intermats (Interpro, LLC), an award winning internet-based company based in Florida, took top prizes in the 4th quarter Logo Mats contest. In addition to an extra 5% discount from Logo Mats, Intermats was awarded an Apple iPad Mini and $300 from Universal Unilink.


After seeing alphabroder at the Conference, Jill and Bret Bergland, of Apparel Expressions, switched business to the line. Caleb Smith, Sales Manager, reported that both they and their customers are pleased with the products, service and pricing. “Universal’s dedicated Inside Sales Rep, Jesse Conlan, was a tremendous help in making the transition easy” states Caleb.

See alphabroder’s latest styles and new collections, including Ash City, for 2015 in a brief video in the Members Only section at (select “alphabroder”). In addition to new collections including the team-concept brand Team 365 and North End’s Excursion, you’ll see applications to help your sales team build business.

The 2015 catalog, reflecting the “new” alphabroder with the complete assortment of Ash City brands included, is available. Members can still get the catalog customized for your company at no charge. The next print date is fast approaching so contact Jesse Conlan today at 800-523-4585, X7621 or

Business Builders

Also available at is a 20 page guide from Show Down Displays outlining the huge opportunity in banners and displays. The guide also describes marketing tools such as market specific brochures and kits available to help you target this growing category. Share this information in sales meetings to encourage your Team to ask for this business.

Check out the Universal Unilink website frequently for the very latest information and tools from Preferred Suppliers. You’ll find new suppliers, closeouts, pricing changes and other vital updates to help you build business and control costs.

Need help sourcing that hard to find item? Call Joe Stewart at 888 830-7872 for assistance. Our Members report that sourcing help is a tremendous benefit of membership.

Preferred Suppliers Receive Counselor Choice Award

Congratulations to Universal Unilink Preferred Suppliers who won 2015 Counselor Choice Awards. Towel Specialties won the Towel & Robe Category for the 9th time and Leed’s took four categories. The list included Leed’s (Tech Accessories/ Office,/Luggage/ Electronics), Bag Makers (Shopping Bags), BIC GRAPHICS (Markers/Highliters), Vantage (Decorated Apparel), Norwood (Calendars), Showdown Displays (Banners/Flags), Cap America (Caps), Logo Mats (Mats).

Support Wounded Warriors with BIC

BIC Graphic announces a partnership with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) guaranteeing a minimum donation of $100,000 in support of their mission, to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, in 2015.

BIC Graphic will make a donation of $50,000 to WWP in January. In addition, the Company will donate $2.00 for each order of select BIC Graphic products. Over 200 items across nearly all product categories are eligible for the contribution that will result in additional funds raised for WWP, with an additional minimum $50,000 over the course of the year.

Find eligible products in the BIC Graphic catalogs by looking for the WWP logo by each item. Or by going to; scroll to Promotions on the left and select WWP

WWP has a vision of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of injured service members in our nation’s history. The Jacksonville, FL-based organization is working toward that vision by providing 20 programs and services structured to engage warriors, nurture their minds and bodies, and encourage their economic empowerment. All programs are free of charge for warriors and their families.

“Wounded Warrior Project is an admirable organization supporting our injured US service members and their families. BIC Graphic is the unique position of bringing awareness of this cause to the entire promotional products industry,” said Emmanuel Bruno, Vice President BIC Graphic North America. “We feel it is our duty to assist both active military and veterans and hope the industry will support us in this effort.”