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Elise Hacking Carr is editor-in-chief/content director for Print+Promo magazine.

Safeguard, Dallas, has completed its acquisition of the assets of MHC Associates Inc. (d/b/a Team MHC), based in Burnsville, Minn. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The story behind Bann Business Solutions is anything but boring. Originally a manufacturer of business forms, the Minnesota-based company, then known as Bann Printing, launched in 1939 under the leadership of William J. Bann. He later handed over the keys to his son Richard (Dick), who created new staff positions and built a spacious production plant in Eagan.

It's hard to disassociate 1960s advertising from AMC's hit series "Mad Men." But long before Don Draper hit the scene, Darrin Stephens and the cast of "Bewitched" worked their magic on television viewers across the country. For Douglas Ritter, president of Dallas-based marketing solutions firm USFI, the show was more than just a source of casual entertainment—it was the spark that ignited his professional future.

A strong e-commerce platform is becoming more and more of a necessity to compete in today's printing world. And by "strong," we mean "more than just an online store."

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