Resolution Roulette: Spin the MISBO Purchasing Consortium Wheel for Quality and Savings

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By Susan Kimmel, Director of the Purchasing Consortium

Happy New Year, MISBO members! I hope your break was full of family, friends, good food, and a well-deserved rest.

We’ve all heard the saying, “New Year, New You.” January is the time when people all over America resolve to make their lives better, personally, professionally, financially, and more. Are you one of them? As we welcome in 2024, I want to take a quick little poll from our MISBO members. 

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, which sentence resonates with you?

  • I love New Years Resolutions!
  • I’m more of a "casual promises I make to myself that I am under no legal obligation to fulfill" kind of person!
  • Resolutions, Schmezolutions…I’m good!

Take the Poll

From an article in Forbes Magazine and a 2022 poll by YouGov, 37% of Americans said they had a goal or resolution they wanted to achieve in 2023, with 87% saying they were very or somewhat likely to keep it through the year. However, that same poll shows that the average resolution lasts just 3.74 months.

Curious about the highest demographic setting goals? Fifty-nine percent of younger adults (18-34) make resolutions versus only 19% of those older than 55 years old.

Regardless of your thoughts about New Year’s goals  – resolutions, casual promises, or no way – we know that our MISBO Consortium Partners will support your school’s goals and mission all year. Our purchasing consortium is curated with independent schools in mind, with top-notch products and services, at pre-negotiated rates, just for you!

Check out these incredible offerings from our partners to start your 2024 off on the right foot:

New Year, New HVAC refrigerant regulations with Carrier Enterprises

Join this upcoming webinar by Carrier Enterprises to understand how upcoming refrigerant changes will impact your school facilities. Highlights include what you need to know and how to prepare.

When: Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Time: 3:00 pm - 3:30 PM ET

Register for webinar

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New Year, New ways to instill a passion for reading with Mackin

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New Year, New Ways to Shape the Learning Space Story with Demco

Asking the right questions can help educators craft a meaningful narrative. 

The learning space is the start of an ever-evolving story. It’s a unique tale of shared experiences that helps to foster lifelong learning in school and beyond. School leaders can help teachers begin this story and think through the lens of narrative (rather than predefined design) with a few key questions. 

learn more about demco's learning spaces

New Year, New Ways to Keep Your School Supplies on Track  with Staples Business Advantage

Having a trusted supply source with dedicated support is vital for learning recovery. Staples has a long history of being a viable partner to schools, providing supplies and classroom essentials. To help keep every student up to speed, Staples offers STEAM ­aligned and curriculum-designed learning supplements from well­ established brands. With Staples, you have easy access to a wide variety of items at budget-friendly prices. Experts are available to help with products and solutions, and supplies are delivered fast and free.

 Learn more about Staples School and Office Supplies

New Year, New Ways to Adopt Mindfulness Practices in Your Classroom with Beanstack

It's a new year, and if you're looking to refresh and level-set your classroom, look to mindfulness practices. They can help students regulate their emotions, reduce stress, and create a more open, inviting, and productive space.

learn about the benefits of implementing mindfulness practices

New Year, New Maintenance Process Improvements with FMX

School facilities management is the key to running an effective, organized district. We've answered some of the most pressing questions surrounding this topic from what school facilities management is to how to get started in your own district.

Learn about new maintenance process improvements

New Year, New Goals for Current Challenges with ProLogic ITS

It's a brand-new year and ProLogic ITS is here to assist with your school's lingering technology issues that may need addressing in the weeks and months ahead. Please let us know if you are looking for solutions to address Cyber Security/Data Protection, Physical Campus Security, Communications Infrastructure or Bus Fleet and Mobile Technology. We can help! To get engaged with your local account executive, please contact the Director of Sales, Julie McCarty or 866.923.0513.

New Year, Re-NEWED Tech with Evergreen Electronics

As we welcome the new year, many schools are thinking about how they can improve their operations. One essential aspect that is often overlooked is renewing and recycling tech around every 3-5 years. While it may seem like a hassle, renewing your tech can actually help your school become more efficient and productive. At Evergreen Electronics Inc., we believe that renewing your tech should be a priority for every school. Not only does it help you stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in technology, but it also ensures that your team is always running at peak efficiently, you maintain lower security risks to your network, and it makes sure your systems are secure and reliable. Schools can reach out to April Potter to coordinate with appropriate distribution partner per location. April Potter | | 512.715.4273

Learn more about renewed technology 

New Year, New Consortium Partners!

We’ve been busy over here at the MISBO Purchasing Consortium! Check out these new partners we brought into the consortium in 2024!

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Digital Educational Resources

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Education & Curriculum

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Safety & Security

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Sources: New Year’s Resolutions Statistics 2024, Forbes Magazine, December 18, 2023

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Susan Kimmel

Director of the Purchasing Consortium

Susan curates the MISBO Purchasing Consortium by maintaining and enhancing current partner relationships and pursuing new partnerships based on the needs of our members. Susan educates on and informs members of the benefits of utilizing the MISBO Purchasing Consortium. She facilitates communications with partners concerning contracts and product offerings and assists in providing optimal partner exposure. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, an MBA with an emphasis in MIS, and a certificate in Social Media Marketing. In her spare time, Susan is a mom to 4 grown kids, Gigi to three, a personal growth junkie, crochet hobbyist, travel enthusiast, dog lover ... cat tolerator, DIY wanna-be, outdoorsy-ish, and an occasional binge watcher.

MISBO is here to help you find great products and services at great prices! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions, need help finding a partner to fill your needs, have recommendations, or just want to talk about purchasing! 

You can reach me at the number and e-mail above, or set up a Zoom call with me here: