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Trillions - - From The Publisher -

NAPC mem­bers spoke and we lis­tened. Some mem­bers of the North Amer­ica Pro­cure­ment Coun­cil and Tril­lions read­ers did not like our pro­files of the Pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates in our Novem­ber is­sue and do not want Tril­lions to have any con­tent that might be po­lit­i­cal in na­ture.

Oth­ers do want us to con­tinue fea­tur­ing ar­ti­cles on more mean­ing­ful and im­por­tant top­ics that might be more chal­leng­ing or con­tro­ver­sial. So, we have cre­ated a new mag­a­zine en­ti­tled Trav­el­ing Minds. The Jan­uary is­sue of Trav­el­ing Minds mag­a­zine can be found start­ing Jan­uary 15th at Trav­el­ing­minds.us. The site al­ready has nu­mer­ous ar­ti­cles and will ul­ti­mately have new ar­ti­cles al­most ev­ery day.

The Jan­uary is­sue will fea­ture an ar­ti­cle on Don­ald Trump en­ti­tled Don­ald Trump and the Fu­ture of Amer­ica. We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to read it.

We had in­deed strayed too far from our orig­i­nal in­ten­tion for Tril­lions but also feel that there are im­por­tant top­ics that need to be ex­plored for the ben­e­fit of all. We live in in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing times and need to be pay­ing at­ten­tion to the things that mat­ter most, even if they make us feel un­com­fort­able.

It is only by ex­plor­ing, un­der­stand­ing and con­fronting prob­lems that solutions can be re­al­ized.

2016 was a good year for many NAPC mem­bers and our data in­di­cates that our reg­is­tered mem­bers were awarded con­tracts worth more than $100 bil­lion from the op­por­tu­ni­ties they ob­tained through the NAPC ad­min­is­tered por­tals. This is sig­nif­i­cant, but only 135,000 of the 2 mil­lion NAPC users have elected to reg­is­ter. So there is cer­tainly vastly more in con­tracts be­ing awarded to vis­i­tors of the NAPC por­tals that we don't yet know about.

2017 may be chal­leng­ing for many, with rapid po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic changes. But, change also means new needs and the op­por­tu­nity to fill those needs. As most of us know well, busi­ness is all about fill­ing needs. The NAPC will be seek­ing out ever new and more lu­cra­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties for its mem­bers.

This year we will need more users to step up and help carry the load. We will be of­fer­ing more paid ser­vices and op­por­tu­ni­ties for mem­bers and un­reg­is­tered users to con­trib­ute for the ben­e­fit of all.

Tim Lon­car­ich, Pub­lisher

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