So, what is Trade Printing? Who are Trade Printers, and why should you care?
Let's take a look:
A trade printer provides wholesale printing to print resellers who sell to the ultimate client. A trade printer does not have contact with the reseller's clients without the reseller's permission. A trade printer will sell printing at wholesale prices, allowing the reseller to mark up printing prices to market comparable retail rates. The reseller's margin may vary depending upon local market prices and the services they are providing their client. Some print resellers may simply be placing orders and having them shipped to their clients while others may be designing the piece, getting print bids, attending press runs, and delivering the final product to the customer.
Trade printers are used by graphic designers, ad and marketing agencies, print brokers and anyone else who resells printing to their customers. Some commercial printers even use trade printers if they lack a specific printing capability such as foil stamping, spiral binding or large format printing.
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The Government of Canada has launched a Black Entrepreneurship Program to address systemic barriers in the business world.
The programme is backed by an investment of up to CA$350.8m over four years, bringing together the government, black-led business organisations and financial institutions.
As part of this, the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund will provide loans up to $250,000 to black business owners and entrepreneurs across the country, including co-operatives.
The loan fund is a $291.3m investment, comprising around $33.3m from the federal government, $130m from BDC, and $128m joint from the Royal Bank of Canada, BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank, CIBC, the National Bank of Canada, TD Bank, Vancity Credit Union and Alterna Savings.
Another pilot microloan programme will provide microloans between $10,000 and $25,000 for Black entrepreneurs and business owners in British Columbia and Ontario. The plot is delivered by the Federation of African Canadian Economics (FACE) in partnership with credit unions Vancity and Alterna Savings. The initiative aims to tackle a critical gap in the marketplace for black businesses that need smaller financial support to start up and grow. Other financial institutions are encouraged to join the pilot as partners.
To be eligible, businesses must be majority owned by a black Canadian and may include start-ups and existing for-profit small businesses in Canada, including sole proprietorships, social enterprises, partnerships or co-operatives. They must also have a business number, a business plan, and financial statements or projects for start-ups.
Mary Ng, minister of small business, export promotion and international trade, said: “The opening of the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund is a historic achievement to support black business owners and entrepreneurs so they can start up, scale up and grow across Canada and around the world. As a critical piece of Canada’s first-ever Black Entrepreneurship Program, the loan fund helps reduce barriers black business owners and entrepreneurs face in accessing financing. Our government is proud to work with FACE and other black community leaders to continue to address systemic racism against black Canadians.”
Christine Bergeron, president and CEO at the Vancity credit union said: “Serving Canadians as a financial institution is a privilege, and one that entails a great deal of social responsibility. Entrepreneurship can offer great mobility and prosperity, but systemic inequality has meant that this opportunity is not equally available to all Canadians.
“This programme is an important step in addressing systemic racism faced by black business owners and entrepreneurs, and Vancity is proud to work with FACE and looks forward to supporting black entrepreneurs with much-needed microloans.”
Robert Paterson, president and CEO, Alterna Savings, said: “Alterna Savings is proud to partner on the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund, and we are committed to joining with our peers to change the experience for the black community when it comes to accessing capital and building a business. At Alterna, we have a deep understanding of community loan funds through our 20 years leading our Community Microfinance Program, and credit unions have a long history in Canada of supporting underserved entrepreneurs, helping them become economically and socially empowered.”
Tiffany Callender, CEO of FACE, added: “It is an important day for Canadian entrepreneurs of African descent. Starting today, thanks to support from the government of Canada and different financial institutions, the true value of black entrepreneurship is finally being recognised. We are optimistic about the future of our entrepreneurs, and we are eager to accompany them as they achieve their business goals. This is a historic opportunity to become a sustainable part of the Canadian economic fabric, and we know that Black entrepreneurs are up to the task.”
What Are Banners?
Feather Flag Banner, Retractable Banner, and Fabric Banner
Banners are one of the world’s most long-standing and versatile signage solutions. With banners you get the high visibility of large structural signage at a much lower price point. Because banners are fabric or vinyl based, they pack down for easy storage and transportation when needed. There are many applications for banners to be used both indoors and outdoors. Banners come in many forms and sizes, from the highly popular vinyl banners to banner flags and banner stands.
Outdoor banners include vinyl banners, mesh banners, pole banners, break-away banners and fence banners, as well as all of our flag banners. All banners can be used indoors, but the most common banners used indoors include fabric banners, vinyl banners, retractable banners, step & repeat banners , X banners and table top retractable banners.
Common Uses: Banners are versatile signs that can be used indoors and outdoors depending on the type and conditions in which the banner will be used. Banners are most frequently hung from buildings/structures, strung up between posts or attached to fences. Banners are mainly used by businesses and organizations large and small to promote sales, announce events and hire new talent. They also work great as branding and logo signage. Banners are also good for personal use for private events such as birthday parties or welcome home events for military personnel.
Installation: Banners are simple to display and do not require professional installation. Vinyl, fabric, and mesh banners all include grommets at no extra charge, which makes hanging or mounting them much more simple. In many cases, all it takes to set up your banner is a rope or bungee cord and somewhere to hang it. For banner stands or flag banners, there is some assembly required for the pole system to support the banner, but the setup takes less than 5 minutes and is easy to do.
Care: Proper care for your banners will keep them looking clean and new for a long time. Banners are durable and are built to last for years when cared for correctly. In most cases a simple spot cleaning with a non-abrasive cloth and water will restore your banner. For fabric banners and banner flags, you may machine wash the banners as needed, but do not machine dry or iron the banners. Refer to each product page listed above for further details about how to care for specific banner products.