Choosing a 2010 Conference Venue

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I just returned from a trip to pick the property for the HSMG 2010 Conference. After looking at 11 hotels over 3 days my mind is swimming with possibilities and questions. It is always interesting to try to see our attendees in a particular property, networking and being a part of our growing conference… Over the last few years we … Read More

Public Info Requests

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The Public Info Requests area has been updated in the HSMG website member area.  These were received from public visitors who filled in the form on our Find a Soapmaker and Find a Vendor pages. Any member can respond to each inquiry one time, by clicking on the “Respond” link on the form. Please only respond if you have information specifically answering the person’s … Read More

HSMG Sales Leads

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For HSMG members only – Herb Companion and Natural Home past magazine ads updated sales leads are now posted for your use on the site in the Member Area. Maria Gelnett BoD Programs & Services Chair

HSMG Member Call for Photos

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It’s nearing Holiday issue deadline time for submission of print ads to national magazines.  We’d like to feature a member’s soap photo in our new ad.  If you have a camera ready high resolution color photo you can get to me at, before Saturday, 9/20/08, it will be considered for our new HSMG ad.  Only one can be chosen, so send … Read More

Accepting Bids for Bookkeeper

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We are accepting bids for an independently contracted (paid) bookkeeper for the HSMG. Prior experience with bookkeeping and/or accounting, an aptitude for problem solving, the ability to concentrate on detail and prior experience with QuickBooks are required. Not-for-profit accounting experience is a plus. Estimated time needed is about 40 hours per month. If you are interested, please contact me at … Read More

We Can Use Some Able-Bodied Volunteers

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As you’ve probably noticed, there is lots going on at the moment in the HSMG. We have over 900 members (highest ever) and that’s increasing steadily. Our committees are all working hard to fulfill their duties and increase the stability, benefits and out-reach of the HSMG. Now some able-bodied help is needed! Most of our standing committees are looking for … Read More

Florida Regulations – Similar to FDA Proposal

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One of our members emailed me about the requirements for cosmetic manufacturers in Florida. Their law, enacted July 2008, requires all cosmetic manufacturers to register their facilities and products with the state every two years. The registration fee is $250 – $400. In addition, every product manufactured must be registered, at $30 per product. (Luckily, variations in scent or color … Read More

HSMG Membership

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We are well on our way to reaching that 1000 member mark in the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild!  Sign up today…it is a decision you won’t regret and one that you will continually benefit from.   If you have some questions or suggestions that we can help with…bring them on! Sister Cathleen Timberlake Membership Committee Chair

Donna Maria Touts the HSMG Conference

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Donna Maria, that icon of Indie Beauty Network and staunch supporter of all things Indie, just recently blog-posted 10 Interesting Things About the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild – and they are interesting things! I knew Donna Maria was on the list of people to attend the first-ever gathering in Paris, Ohio (1997!), but I didn’t know why she wasn’t there. … Read More

HSMG Lye Calculators

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Did you know about Lye Calculators available on the HSMG website? For everyone under “Industry Resources” and an expanded one for Members? Just upgraded a Luxury Bar to Super Luxury by adding Shea Butter and Apricot Kernal Oil. A nice tool to bookmark. Maria Gelnett Programs/Service Chair