Last Call, Early Birds: Party Like It’s 2013

How many professional development seminars do you go to where participants are turning cartwheels in the aisles while networking in a fun, energy-filled evening? How many conferences have you attended with festivities capping off each day of classes?

We are incredibly fortunate to run just such a conference and will have sponsored evening festivities every night of this year’s HSMG conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 17-19 at the Hilton North Raleigh.

On Friday night, attend, play and win over $5000 in prizes from returning special event sponsor Wholesale Supplies Plus in “Quest for the Best” game night. To kick off the evening, enjoy appetizers and dessert. After some relaxed networking, let the games begin! The audience will be split into teams and guided through an hour of action, strategy, and teamwork. Past participants (and winners) can attest to what great events Wholesale Supplies Plus produces. We cannot wait to see what spectacular fun awaits us this year!

On Saturday night, get ready for a special event hosted by first-time special event sponsor Essential Depot. What awaits us Saturday night? Essential Depot has sworn us to secrecy, so if you want to find out, you’ll have to show up!

On Sunday night, cap off the conference with our Annual Awards Dinner. If you’re a bath and body entrepreneur, this is one conference you do not want to miss. Check out the latest conference schedule (and access all the other conference specifics) here.

The 24-hour countdown to early bird registration discounts has begun. This conference will sell out. Don’t let the clock run out on you – register today!

Early bird registration discounts expire February 28. Get in and come party with us in Raleigh!

Invest in Yourself

If you’re a soapmaker looking to invest in yourself and your business, you need to attend the 16th annual HSMG conference in Raleigh,NC, May 17-19.

Why? We think member Janey Davies of Scrubology Soap, sums it up nicely: “This group is the best! The annual conferences are packed full of practical information, enabling us to be the best soapmakers we can be. The support and camaraderie is awesome. I have learned so much and have met new soaping buddies all over the country!”

The HSMG is “the place for soapmakers” says Cindy Christ of Following Seasons Botanicals and the annual conference is THE place to meet up with soapmakers from around the country and the world in an intensive three days filled to the brim with classes, demonstrations, networking events, and celebrations of all things soap.

Let keynote Ann Evanston light a fire under your marketing efforts. In between classes, meet face to face with suppliers and catch up with teacher members. You’ll have an opportunity during the conference to take certification exams (find out all about that here). Find out how wacky and wild soapmakers can get at special night time events sponsored by Wholesale Supplies Plus and Essential Depot. Don’t forget to enter your soaps into the soapers showcase competition and of course, bring a few extra bars to donate locally.

We have a few very special in-depth seminars (capped at 25 participants) available the day before the conference officially starts. Finally, cap the whole experience with the annual awards dinner.

If you’re not completely exhausted post-conference, spend some time exploring Raleigh, an incredible historied city with cultural offerings in spades.

If there’s one thing we can advise, it’s this: don’t miss your opportunity to register for the 2013 conference at a discount. Early bird rates expire in just 8 days. 8 days, people! Step on it!

Your turn: what advice do you have for soapmakers attending this year’s conference?

Introducing 2013 Conference Keynote….

We can’t think of a better way to kick off three days of total immersion into the art, craft, and business of the handcrafted soap and cosmetic world than with a keynote by a fellow small business owner with a fiery passion for moving your business from “blah, blah, blah” to “BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!”.

The HSMG is proud to announce Ann Evanston as our opening day keynote speaker for the 2013 conference. Named one of the top marketing consultants by, Ann Evanston is a powerhouse speaker who teaches other business owners how to find their unique strengths and make true business breakthroughs. Ann’s keynote will provide insight into discovering your REAL edge in business. Learn why you are attracting competitors instead of customers, what you are missing that would grow your sales base, how you need to market for today’s consumers, and how creating your best self ultimately improves your bottom line.

Join us May 17-19 in beautiful, historic Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Hilton North Raleigh to hear Ann Evanston fire up the crowd and inspire you to take ACTION. You do not want to miss this opportunity to better your soapmaking and your business AND meet Ann Evanston in person.

Check out all of the conference details here and take advantage of early bird registration discounts for members here. The early bird special expires in just over 2 weeks from today, so don’t delay!!

We’re officially in a double-digit countdown…93 days until this year’s conference in Raleigh!