Calling all Recruits

As a non-profit trade association, the HSCG is run largely by volunteers and we have some awesome, hardworking volunteers! Several of our standing committees are looking for a few more volunteers to help bring our goals to fruition. Whether you have an hour a month or several hours a day, we’d be happy to put you to work. Read on for what each of the committees are looking for and email to get involved.


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Public Relations Committee

Got a penchant for public relations? The PR Committee wants YOU! We need individuals who will:

–        sniff out publicity leads for our members to promote

–        make the HSCG known to the general public. We’re looking to be mentioned in several major publications this year.

–        have contacts and the persistence necessary to get media coverage of the 2014 conference!

If this description has your name written all over it, contact us today!


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Social Media Committee

Calling all pinterest mavens, vine fanatics, twittering fools, blogging pros, and facebook fiends. HSCG is the place to be – we need your help spreading the word online. The Social Media Committee engages the membership and the industry and we’re ramping up our presence online this year. We’re looking for bloggers (both one-time and ongoing) and members passionate about interacting with our online community on Facebook and LinkedIn. If you’re looking for a safe, fun place to test and grow your social media skills, you’ve come to the right place. Help make the HSCG bigger and better; get social with us!


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Membership Committee

We’re seeking a few task-oriented volunteers to assist with the 2013-2014 goals, including recruiting additional members (both Professional and Vendor) by creating a reward-based membership drive. The Membership Committee will also be responsible for creating membership registration packets, submitting exciting news and information to the Social Media Committee and increasing our member retention stats.

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Programs & Services Committee

We need YOU! We are looking for volunteers for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. We will be looking to bring new programs, services, rewards to our members, i.e UPS, Office Depot. Do you have some ideas? Some suggestions? Some time to help? We already know you are creative and talented!


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Learning Library Committee

The Learning Library Committee is a brand, spanking new special committee kicked off this year. This Committee will be setting up the structure and parameters of an online learning library. Once this structure is in place, the Committee will work towards filling the library with helpful and instructive articles and videos.


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Certification Committee

Proctored testing was developed in order to make it possible for HSCG members who cannot travel to the Annual Conference to still become HSCG Certified Soapmakers. By utilizing a proctor to oversee the examination, a member can take a Soapmaker Certification Examination anywhere in the world. Every HSCG member can take advantage of the HSCG Soapmaker Certification Program.

Proctor: a person appointed to keep watch over students at examinations.

Are you a certified soapmaker? Would you be willing to act as a proctor for a soapmaker in your area? Become a volunteer proctor location for the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild.


Thanks for making HSCG the strongest organization we can be. Long live handcrafted soap and cosmetics!!

Ready, aim, TWEET!

Social media mavens and aspiring soaparazzi, get your cameras and typing fingers ready. The conference is always atwitter (pun unintentional, but we’re totally running with it) with great information. We want to reward you for sharing some of it and are running a social media contest at the upcoming Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild conference in Raleigh to do just that.

Prizes will be awarded for both best post (blog or tweet) and best conference photo.

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The rules, you ask? Simple:

–        Everyone who attends the conference is eligible for entry.

–        Tag your entries with #soapconf13

–        Competition runs from start of conference through the last speaker:

  • If you’re taking a half-day seminar, this means Thursday, May 16th 10am (at the start of the seminars) through Sunday, May 19th at 5pm
  • For everyone else, the competition runs Friday, May 17th 8:15am (at the official welcome and orientation) through Sunday, May 19th at 5pm

–        Competition closes Sunday, May 19th at 5pm with the conclusion of the last sessions

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Winners will be announced and awarded a $75 gift certificate at the Annual Awards Dinner Sunday evening. Check out some of last year’s blog posts covering the HSCG conference and let your creativity roll.

May the best post and picture win!