Seminar Spotlight

Are you joining us in Raleigh next May for the 2013 HSMG Annual Conference?  Extend your stay and amp up your conference experience with a half-day seminar.  This year, select from one of three in-depth seminars from three industry experts.  The seminar sessions will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on May 16, the day before the conference officially kicks off and includes lunch (and tea and coffee to get you going in the morning!).

Choose from one of these topics:

Wholesaling and How to Determine Your Pricing: Whether you’re just venturing into wholesale or looking to expand your existing wholesale operation, Marla Bosworth will teach you how to make your products stand out to retailers, build retailer relationships and develop a wholesale strategy that works.

Good Manufacturing Practices: How to Get Your GMP in Place: If you missed the GMP session last year or just plain need help, never fear. Marie Gale will cover current GMP rules and regulations, why they are critically important to small business, how to adapt them to your business, and help you develop an implementation plan.

Liquid Soap Making Solutions: An Intensive, Hands-On Liquid Soapmaking Workshop: Bring your stick blender as Jackie Thompson shows you approaches to liquid soap making that range from the tried and true to novel and new.  Be the first to learn from the author of a new book on liquid soapmaking, to be released at the 2013 conference!

Tempted?  Each seminar is $79 and includes lunch.  Don’t miss this chance to learn from industry-leading experts at a greatly discounted rate.   Find all the details here and add on a special seminar to your conference registration here.

Don’t forget:   Sign up in the next 3 days for the best conference registration rates and to take advantage of the installment plan.

169 days until the 2013 pre-conference seminars…we’ll see you in Raleigh!

Black Friday Magic

If the thought of Black Friday makes you shudder, we have just the deal for you this upcoming Black Friday (that would be Friday, November 23).

Buy More Stuff, Black Friday 2010

Photo by Flickr member Michael Holden. Used under a Creative Commons License.

For one day only (okay, 27 hours, to be precise), we’re running a few specials across the HSMG website.  You don’t have to get dressed to take advantage of these deals.  Heck, you don’t even have to leave the bed if you have a laptop within reach.

Have you signed up for the 2013 conference in Raleigh yet?  Sign up on Black Friday and receive a mystery gift along with our early-early bird pricing.  Attendees who come to the HSMG Conference say that it is “worth every penny”.  If you’re still saving up your pennies, you also still have time to sign up for the installment plan.

How’s your soapmaking library coming along?  Need a new apron or perhaps 2013 calendars to give to your customers?  Go shopping in the HSMG store on Black Friday and receive 25% off everything in the store AND a mystery gift.

Shop from the comfort of your home, save on some soapy stocking suffers, and score a few goodies for yourself while saving a few dollars.

Sounds like Black Friday magic to us!

Even MORE 2013 Conference Speakers

Last month, we introduced some of the speakers who will be joining us in Raleigh next May for the 2013 annual conference.

Let us tempt you with a few more of the 2013 conference speakers and their topics:

From organic to gluten-free and everything in between, Gay Timmons of Oh Oh Organic will help you make the right certification choice in Organic Certification: To What Standard and Why?

Explore what it really takes to open up a brick and mortar location with Elissa and Jerell Klaver of Salus in Retail Realities: What it Really Takes to Open a Store.

Bryan Baer of Kalka & Baer will show you how to distinguish and protect your brand in Trademark Strategies for Small Businesses.

Learn everything from the tried and true to new and novel approaches to liquid soap in author and lifetime honorary HSMG member Jackie Thompson’s special half-day seminar Liquid Soap Making Solutions: An Intensive, Hands-On Liquid Soapmaking Workshop, a pre-cursor to her book release!

Marie Gale, author and HSMG webmaster, will show you how to be easy to find in Search Engine Optimization:Tips and Tricks to Get Your Website Found. Marie will also be leading a special half-day seminar the day before the conference officially starts on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP): How to Get Your GMP in Place.

Discover how commercial melt and pour soap is really made, and other secrets, in Debbie May of Wholesale Supplies Plus’ session Debunking the Mystery of MP Soap. Debbie will also be teaching you how to formulate safely, smartly and with GMP in Creams, Lotions, and Emulsions.

Find out all of the conference detail, including the latest conference schedule, hotel information, and even how to enter your soaps into our soapers showcase competition, from our 2013 conference home page.

Don’t wait to sign up!  Our installment plan and early-early bird pricing expire at the end of November, a mere 2 weeks from today.

184 days and counting…we’ll see you at the 2013 annual conference!