What are the specific times of year that academic entities purchase awards?

The savvy digital decorator seeks business all year long. Get plugged in to each organization to find out what’s happening each week and month.

For example, we help out a number of schools with their robotics competition. There are lots of opportunities for recognition products for students, teams, schools, and sponsors. Don’t sit back and wait for organization to contact you. Grab a school’s yearbook to see what events and organizations might be an opportunity.

Be proactive, know what’s going on, and be part of their calendars. Plant seeds all year long by making samples to display. Exploit your successes by posting your product photos on your Facebook/Instagram pages (but note: blur the names of children before you post).

-David Gross, Condé

Condé Systems president

David Gross

David Gross is the president of Condé Systems, Inc. For over 30 years, he has developed and built the Mobile, Alabama based company into the premier source for printers, substrates, and consumables serving the sublimation and digital heat transfer industries. David's goal has always been to provide business owners the superior guidance and resources needed to be successful at these exciting and profitable decorating technologies. Gross regularly contributed articles to A&E magazine as part of his “Road to Sublimation Success” series and continues to contribute to GRAPHICS PRO. He has co-authored several books including RTSS: Harnessing the Power of Sublimation for Outstanding Profits, RTSS: Cashing In On The ChromaLuxe Revolution, The Sublimation Journal, and others. He can be reached by email at

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