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?

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!

Be an *early* early bird!

Our 16th annual HSMG conference will be held May 17-19, 2013, in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Attendees are in for 3 jam-packed days of networking, classes, parties, face time with suppliers and all the soap shop talk you can dish out.  If that’s not enough, arrive early for your choice of 1 of 3 half-day seminars with industry experts.

Why are we mentioning this half a year in advance?  Two reasons:

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  1. We offer a special early-early bird registration rate (that’s right, it’s so early it needs to be repeated) and you have until the end of November to take advantage of it.
  1. We know the conference is a big investment.  One option we offer to help break the conference payment into more manageable chunks is an installment plan.  The installment plan is only available until the end of November.

Both of these benefits are available exclusively to members and both are only available until the end of the month – a mere 3 weeks from today.  Find out all about the 2013 conference here and check out videos of some of our past conferences here.

Sign up today to take advantage of both the early-early bird rate and the installment plan.  The annual conference is the premier gathering in our industry and we’re confident you’ll leave brimming with new connections, techniques, and ideas to implement in your business AND we’ll feed you more than bird food (no, really, no worms here).

We’ll see you in Raleigh!