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?

2013 Conference Speakers: Round 3!

February is a very special month round these parts, marking when we finally recover from the multitude of holidays, start our double-digit countdown to the Annual Conference, and hustle to take advantage of the last month of member discounts on conference registration.  (Psst…if you’ve been thinking about joining, the member rates more than cover the cost of basic membership.)

We are beyond thrilled to be bringing over two dozen speakers with expertise spanning a wide range of subjects to this year’s conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Today, we bring you another installment in our ongoing series of speaker introductions:

Learn to make exotic milk soaps without all the fussiness and hassle of traditional techniques from Product Body founder and co-owner Joanna Schmidt in Hassle-Free Milk Soapmaking.

In true soap whisperer fashion, chemist and professor Kevin Dunn will continue his scientific soapmaking saga with an investigation into the true differences between ‘superfatting’ and ‘lye discounting’ in Superfat or Discount? Identical or different?.

Stephenson Group CEO Jamie Bentley will share some of the insights his company has learned from the many challenges faced over its 150+ year tenure and what the future holds for your business and the business of soapmaking in The Soap Opera: 150 Years of Making Soap.

From understanding legal regulations on natural colorants to how to get that perfect pencil line, Kathryn Hackney of Bramble Berry and Otion will teach you how to be fearless with color in soap in Cold Process Colorant Master Class.

And finally, due to popular demand, Debbie May of Wholesale Supplies Plus will be leading a session on UPC codes.

Stay tuned to the 2013 conference home page to see the latest schedule details, plan your travel and hotel stay, find out how to enter the soapers showcase, and more.

Don’t forget, member early bird pricing expires at the end of this month.

We’re 100 days away from the 2013 Annual Conference in Raleigh and we could not be more excited to be bringing you this year’s classes, competitions, and networking events parties!

It’s Scholarship Time!

Sharpen your pencils and tell us why you deserve a full ride to the 2013 HSMG Conference.  If you’ve been as eagerly counting down the days to next year’s conference as we have, but can’t afford it, we have some very good news.

Graduation Hat TossPhoto by Flickr member -Weng-. Used under a Creative Commons License.

Veracity Insurance Solutions is generously offering two full scholarships to the 2013 Conference, covering:

–        Conference registration

–        4 night stay at Hilton North Raleigh

–        $500 for travel and other expenses

These scholarships are available to any HSMG member who has contributed to the soapmaking community and has a financial need.  To be considered, log in to your HSMG account and download the scholarship application form.

Apply before January 31 for your chance to win a full ride to the 2013 Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild Conference.