Members With Benefits

Hold the phones – did you catch our benefit announcements for US HSCG members last month? In case your spring passed in a flurry of activity (not the least of which may have been the 16th Annual Conference in Raleigh!), let us refresh your memory on the latest and greatest benefits for members:

U.S. Troops Surrounded by Holiday Mail During WWII

If you ship oodles and oodles, you can now save on your shipping costs with discounts from UPS. Even better, you can link your current UPS account to this new discount or open and sign up for a new account through the program. Discounts apply on everything from residential ground shipments to shipments to Canada and even next day air. Save even more as you ship more, up to 32% off normal prices (sweet!). You ship product every day – while not let the company that loves logistics worry about your shipping? Sign up is super easy. Visit the UPS discounts page in the Member Area to find out more, sign up and save.

And what leads to those shipments? Why, sales, of course. You already know that accepting credit cards is critical to getting those sales; if you are shopping around for merchant services, check out ProPay. With a ProPay system, you can accept credit cards anytime, anywhere. Along with free device that turns your smartphone into a credit card reader, ProPay offers shopping cart integration for your website, and a debit card that allows you to spend funds directly from your ProPay account. And when you need help, ProPay has real, live US-based customer service. Sign up today and start processing credit cards for as little as 2.19%. Check out the ProPay merchant services page in the Member Area for all the details and to start your merchant services account.

Do you have a favorite member benefit? Or ideas for more? Let us know in the comments!

2014: Don’t get left in the dust!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled broadcast to bring you this announcement. We may  be, oh, 335 days away from the 2014 Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild’s Annual Conference, but we are already approaching a deadline and we don’t want you to miss out on the savings!

2014 conf reminders

Through June 30, we have a discounted registration rate available especially for HSCG members (yes, that would be the June ending just 11 days from now!). Members, register today to save $200 off the non-member early bird rate (and non-members, join today to score a fantastic deal on the price of conference registration).

Tricia and Renee getting badges ready

Our 2014 conference will be held May 20-22 at the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Arizona. If you want to take your business to the next level, this is the place to be! Over the course of 3 ½ days, network with other soap and cosmetic business owners, meet with suppliers, attend classes, and unwind with parties in the evening. Enter soaps into the Soapers’ Showcase contest, snag HSCG gear, take certification exams, meet with board members, and enter raffles for chances to take home product, consultations, even an entry to the 2015 conference. Cap off the experience with our Annual Awards Dinner. We intend to fill you to the brim with inspiration and leave you utterly exhausted.

Loews Ventana Canyon

Next year’s location will only hold 400 attendees and we’ve already sold a quarter of those slots. Sign up today to guarantee your spot at the best possible price. By the way, we won’t be in the southwest again until 2021, so if you live nearby, don’t delay (and if you can’t make next year’s conference, check out this handy map to see where we’ll be heading next). You can also reserve your hotel room now and enjoy a preview of the swanky property you’ll be staying in during the conference.

What are you hoping to see at next year’s conference?

Conference Highlights: 2013 Longevity Awards

Every year at the Annual Conference, we celebrate members who have been with us for half a decade or more. (If you’re in the handcrafted cosmetic industry and you’re not a member, hello, why not?! Check out more about membership here.)

Anyway, this cake is great. It's so delicious and moist.

This year, at our 2013 conference in Raleigh, we sent a great, big cheer to the following members celebrating their 5 year anniversary with the guild:

Connie Dubois

Carmen O’Dell

Angelene Bonner

Maria Gelnett

Cindy Heinemann

Stephanie Dockter

Pamela Ernst

Donna Pixton-Hacker

Feleciai Favroth

Kimberly McCarty

Susan Jack

We also took a moment to recognize the members who have been with us 10 years. A decade ago, the HSCG was still the HSMG. We had less than half the membership we have today and the annual conference was held in a much smaller venue in Tucson (how do you like that trip in the wayback machine?). Congratulations to our 10-year veterans for seeing us through thick and thin, the addition of many benefits, and lots and lots of growth:

Julia Bundy

Kerri Mixon

Wanda Gillen

Are you a member yet??  HSCG membership is open to companies handcrafting soaps and cosmetics as well as private labelers and suppliers of the industry. Check out some of the benefits of being a member of the HSCG; we could be celebrating your anniversary a decade from now!

Psst…we’ve filled 57 slots for the 2014 conference, to be held at the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson. Don’t be left in the cold; sign up now!