Editor’s note: I’m excited to share this blog post from our friends at CHA (Craft & Hobby Association). I’ve been a member of CHA for years and my membership has benefited several of my businesses. Just about every January I attend their annual convention which is always an awesome place to see what’s next in the craft world and keep up with trends as well as connect in-person with fellow creatives. You can also find tons of wholesale suppliers all in one place which was key when I owned a retail shop as well as when I had a handmade business. They also have lots of workshops (Delilah and I taught one a few years ago). Building your network and skills is essential to running a sustainable business (that’s why we started Craftcation!) and along with Craftcation, CHA is great way to do it.
One reason why entrepreneurs and store owners are motivated to start a business is because they believe they can make a product or service better than what is currently offered – and many of them find success doing it their way. Yet, few people on this planet are experts in everything. More often than not, we partner with others to operate, promote and provide our product or service to our consumers.
At the Craft & Hobby Association, our skill is helping you find business success your way. Here are three ways we can inspire you to do exactly that while staying true to your mission.
Learn from the experts
You don’t need to be an expert; you just need to be willing to learn from one.
With a global network of over 2,500 member companies, we can connect you with legal wizards, marketing mavens, product pundits, skilled suppliers – experts and mentors of all subjects who you can learn from or work with to accomplish those things you don’t know how to tackle on your own.
Creativation, the ultimate destination for creative businesses, is your opportunity to find education relevant to you from over 150 workshops and seminars, featuring the industry’s top educators and speakers.
Connect with your creative peers
Networking comes naturally when you’re in a fun and familiar environment with like-minded creatives.
We designed Creativation as a city where you’ll immediately feel at home and be able to catch up with friends or make business deals where you’re most comfortable – whether it’s in our International Pub, town square or one of our many parks on the trade show floor.
Discover new inspiration
Idea generation is part of your daily life. But, sometimes you may get trapped in your own creativity.
The Craft & Hobby Association is your resource to think outside the box. At Creativation, you’ll discover never-before-released innovations in The Ultimate Pitch contest, the “Shark Tank” of our creative industry, as well as critical data about engaging craft consumers in the publication of our 2016 Creative Products Size of the Industry Study.
There you have it. Learn from the experts. Connect with your creative peers. Discover new inspiration. Three things you can do to take your business to the next level, and you can do all three in five days at Creativation.
Join the Craft & Hobby Association by December 15, 2016 and receive a one-time savings of 30% off your membership. As a member, you enjoy the benefit of attending Creativation at no additional cost (a $250 savings).
Contact Jeffrey Malaney, our Membership Coordinator, to take advantage of this one-time savings and find out how else a Craft & Hobby Association membership can enable you to be the creative entrepreneur you want to be. Call (201) 835-1213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.