On this last working day of the year – Next Level Purchasing’s offices will be closed December 31 through January 3 – it is a good time to reflect on a very productive year here at Next Level Purchasing. As I look back at 2010, here are the ways that we helped bring more professionalism to the procurement space:

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In January, we launched our Lifetime Purchasing Skills Retention Package. This Package entitles all of our students who have enrolled in our full-length online purchasing classes to download Quick Reference Guides, receive monthly email refreshers, and attend quarterly webinars for the classes they’ve completed. For a lifetime. For no additional charge. When we say that we’re committed to the successful careers of our students, we mean it and we put our proverbial money where our mouth is.

In the middle of the year, we were for the fourth consecutive year named to the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 – a list of the top service providers in the supply chain space. In addition, I was recognized among Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine’s Pros To Know for the fourth consecutive year.

In July, we launched our two-course series, Finance For Strategic Procurement. These two courses focus on helping procurement professionals better understand finance so that they can speak the same language and be on the same page as their CFO’s.

In October, we beefed up our course “Microsoft Project For Purchasing Professionals” and relaunched it as “Professional Purchasing Project Management.” In recognition that, in previous years, purchasing professionals who were responsible for leading-edge projects went elsewhere for project management training, we created this class to give purchasing professionals everything they need to know about project management in this course. With this relaunched course being more advanced in nature, we modified our certification curriculum so that Professional Purchasing Project Management would be moved to the SPSM2® Program and its place in the SPSM® Program was taken by Powerful Negotiation For Successful Buying.

In November, we launched our third of three new podcasts this year: How To Use Cost Savings Ratios & When, Sourcing Problems In A Slow Economy, and T & E Management: Procurement’s Domain?

And just this month, we launched the SPSM® Certification & Enhanced Results Program With iPad. True to our style, we continue to deliver purchasing education in the most amazing, cutting-edge ways possible. Enabling students to earn a purchasing certification almost exclusively using an iPad – and giving them the iPad on top of it – is certainly an unprecedented way of moving the purchasing profession into the future.

Beyond those milestones, Next Level Purchasing had another record year, growing over 15% from 2009 and increasing our subscribers to the FREE Purchasing Resources Program to approximately 170,000. But these accomplishments don’t even scratch the surface of what we’re planning for 2011.

Expect another big year!

All of us here at Next Level Purchasing want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year and as much success as you can handle in 2011. We’ll be there to help you have a rewarding career.


Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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