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BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Group Discount Suite
Discounts on Xerox, Marathon Solutions Credit Card Processing, Apple, Adobe, 123RF Stock Photography, PaperSpecs, UPS, FedEx, and more.

Cash Management Suite
VMA Cash Management Solutions is designed to help you minimize bad debt write-offs. We help you avoid bad credit risks, on the front end. And we help you collect from delinquent accounts on the back end. Our exclusive Slow Pay program collects delinquent account information anonymously reported by other members and reports it back in our monthly VMA Sheet report. 

Financial Management Suite
Complimentary access to SlowPay bad-debt warning system
Discounts on Experian Credit Reports and AGA Collection Services
Complimentary advice from our on-staff Sales Strategist, Business and Financial Consultant
Member-only access to our Best Business Practices Library
Promote My Company Suite
A complimentary listing and logo ad in the VisualMedia Guide and VMAccess.org.
Two complimentary entries in the Showcase Awards Competition
Discounted ad rates in Storyboard magazine
Complimentary exposure in Storyboard Lookbook online resource guide
Discounted exhibitor rates at our VisualMedia Show
Human Resources Suite
Complimentary advice from our on-staff Human Resources Consultant
Member-only access to our Find-an-Employee program
Agency staffing services for temp, short-term, seasonal, and direct-to-hire with Semper Staffing
Discounts on Payroll with Accuchex and Pension Solutions
Complimentary HR Poster and Wage Survey results
Complimentary access to our Human Resources Library

   

EDUCATION
Save 15% on VMA Education
Enjoy reduced rates on all VMA Education including webinars, seminars, hands-on-workshops, custom training, and certification on subjects including Adobe software titles, office, programming, web design, graphic design, project and production management, marketing, social media, prepress, print production, estimating, color controls, sales, and more. We offer hands-on classes in three locations: San Francisco, Sacramento, and Santa Clara, and custom training at your offices. Adobe courses are taught by Adobe Certified Experts.

VMA Webinars & eClasses 
Member-pricing for VMA Webinars & eClasses. Over 30 webinars on numerous topics are offered every quarter.

VMA Hands-on Workshops  
Over 200 half-day, one-day and five-day workshops are included every quarter. Subject areas include Design, Programming, Office and Web and are held in three locations: San Francisco, Sacramento, and Santa Clara.

Custom Training  
Custom training for companies on-location or online

Scholarships
Scholarships are available to provide funding for qualified community-college and four-year graphic arts programs.

     

NETWORKING & EVENTS
Free VMA Networking Events
Your membership pays for your admission to VMA Social Networking Events which include Meet Up, Java & Jabber, Lunch & Learn, and Constructive Cocktails. Meet your peers and learn from mini-presentations in Bay Area and Sacramento region at fun locations with complimentary food and drink. Cost is usually $25-$55 for non-members.

Reduced Rate for VMA Events
Enjoy reduced rate for other VMA Events which include Dinner Meetings, Sales Club, VMA Social Events (Crab Feed, Golf Tournament, Baseball Game and Tailgate at AT&T, Bowling Tournament, and more creative events coming soon). Save 20% at the Visual Media Conference or enjoy free attendance to the show floor and evening celebration, Showcase of Print/Design Excellence, and more.

Special Discounts for Partner Events
VMA members may receive extended discounts for partner and affiliated conferences and events.
Discount to Attend the VisualMedia Show 
Enjoy a special discount at the VMShow, a day-long event which includes seminars and keynote presentations at our annual conference and expo.

     

PUBLICATIONS
VisualMedia Guide
The anually updated VisualMedia Guide is Northern California’s most extensive media resource directory with specific info on over 900 creative, web media, marketing and print businesses. This 300 page printed directory can be used to quickly find the right providers who-can-do-which-jobs, complete with company descriptions and web links. It includes buying tips and process explanations.

Western US VisualMedia Guide 
Our 100-page Western US Visual Media Guide shows capabilities from 3,000 print and graphic arts firms in the Western US. This is an invaluable resource for finding who-does-what in the industry, cross referenced by over 500 categories.

Storyboard Magazine
Complimentary Storyboard magazine subscriptions

Storyboard Website
Complimentary access to the Storyboard website

Storyboard Lookbook
Complimentary exposure in Storyboard Lookbook, online resource guide

Connected Newsletter
Complimentary subscriptions to Connected a quarterly newsletter

Digest and eDigest Newsletters
Complimentary subscriptions Digest (mailed monthly) and eDigest, delivered via email twice a month.

     

RESOURCES LIBRARY
Resources Library
Member-only access to our exclusive Resources Library which includes publications in Human Resources, Surveys, and Best Business Practices

Best Business Practices
Publications (handbooks, guides, industry standards, surveys), white papers, green business info, computer MIS reports, Terms and Conditions, Sales & Use Tax info.

Health Care Reform Act Guidance
A complimentary special report and consulting assistance for businesses and individuals on how to deal with the Health Care Reform Act from 2013-2018.

     

NETWORKING & EVENTS
Commercial Insurance
Coverage discounts and advice from our licensed Business Insurance experts. Comprehensive packages available: property, liability, auto, workers comp, errors-and-omissions. 401(k) plans, life-and-disability, supplemental benefits and more. 

Group Health Insurance
Access to our own exclusive member-only Health Insurance Exchange. VMA offers 80 plans from Kaiser, BlueShield or Health Net and dental and vision coverage.

     

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Government Affairs 
• Local, State and Federal Political Advocacy
• Complimentary Tax and Environmental Advice from our on-staff professional

     
Annual Dues

$150+/yr


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Key Benefits

Education and Events

VMA Education
Visual Media Alliance offers over 100 public and customized graphic arts and management classes at our offices or at your company location. Classes are available in Adobe Creative Suite applications, print production, prepress, web and social media, estimating, sales, color controls and production management. Members (Individual and Company level) get discounted prices.

Events
Don’t miss these and other opportunities to meet your peers and new prospects. And you can increase awareness of your company by participating in the Visual Media Show and the Showcase of Print/Design Excellence.


Management Solutions

Cash Management Suite
Having Trouble with Your Cash Flow? VMA Cash Management Solutions is designed to help you minimize bad debt write-offs. We help you avoid bad credit risks, on the front end. And we help you collect from delinquent accounts on the back end. Our exclusive Slow Pay program collects delinquent account information anonymously reported by other members and reports it back in our monthly VMA Sheet report.

Human Resources Suite
Let VMA provide you with some of the resources needed to run your business. We've got an HR expert to answer your questions, a sample Employee Handbook that you your can modify to suite YOUR company, and a library of HR publications. We'll help you find employees (whether it's temp or long-term) and we have a payroll service as well as a credit union also available.

Financial Management Suite
We provide intelligent tools for your business: BlueBook (our own book of budgeted hourly costs for production), Strategic Planning Guides (white papers with help you plan), Buy/Sell/Merge Service, National Conferences, and Consultants (VMA's experts: Human resources, Government regs, Tech hotline).

Group Discount Suite
VMA has made arrangements with several companies — companies you use in running your business — to provide discounts on their products and services. VMA combines the overall buying power of its 800 plus member companies to negotiate these discounts. These are discounts you may not be able to receive if you were to negotiate directly with each company. Receive substantial savings on products and services you’ll use every day. Using just one or two of these discounts may cover your cost of membership.

Promote My Company Suite
Promote your business to the media buying community in the Visual Media Guide, in our newsletters, and on the web via Visual Media Access (vmAccess.org). Stay up to date with the media community with eNews and other publications.


Insurance

Visual Media Alliance membership provides large and small companies with access to a full array of insurances services.

Business Insurance
Creative, Print, Marketing or Web Media. We understand your coverage needs. Comprehensive packages are available: property, liability, auto, workers comp, errors-and-omissions. 401(k) plans, life-and-disability, supplemental benefits and more.

Health Insurance (Group)
As one of the largest trade insurance brokerages in Northern California, VMA has the purchasing power to offer you and your employees some of the best choices in health insurance available anywhere.

Individual Health Insurance
Choose from an assortment of plans and a wide range of benefits.

VMA Care Suite
Let VMA help you manage with our payroll service, health insurance, supplemental insurance, and human resources info and advice.


Publications

Info and Resources: print buying tools and other reference material

Best Business Practices: publications (handbooks, guides, industry standards, surveys), white papers, green business info, computer MIS reports, Terms and Conditions, Sales & Use Tax info

Human Resources: employee review/discipline; firing; hiring-application forms, immigration, interviewing, leave of absence, required postings, safety, sample employee handbook, sexual harassment, wage and hour, unemployment.

Newsletter Archives:: Process Norcal (quarterly magazine for members and buyers), VMA Digest (semi-monthly electronic editions and monthly printed edition for members), Mediawise (monthly newsletter for media buyers), Connected (quarterly printed news magazine for members), Blueline (semi-annual printed publication for local media buyers), VMA eNews (semi-monthly enewsletter for members), WatchDog (monthly e-update on Government Affairs).

VMA Program Info: member benefits & forms; Showcase of Excellence winners and seminar notes from the buyers conference.


Government Affairs

Business taxes! Employee mandates! Insurance benefits! Workers’ compensation rates! Environmental regulations! These are all issues that consume your time and affect your bottom line. That’s why the Government Relations Department is a vital VMA service. We represent your interests before legislative and regulatory bodies in all areas that affect the bottom line of your business.

California
Members of VMA join our Southern California colleagues to form the Printing Industries of California, representing your interests before legislative and regulatory bodies in all areas that affect the bottom line of your business.

National
Company-level members of VMA are automatically members of the Printing Industries of America (PIA). PIA advocates a member-driven public policy agenda before Congress, the White House, and Federal agencies that benefits and protects America’s printing and graphic communications industry.

Preference for Print
Resources to use when you need to convey the importance of print to the media, your customers, the government, and other industries.

Questions?

Call VMA!

Staff Contact:

Shannon Wolford

shannon@vma.bz

(415) 710-0568

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