Challenges, problems, and triumphs
-- from a manufacturer's perspective.
CHA Events for Manufacturers
How to get more out of a trade show besides
selling your products.
Staff Report (January 5, 2009)
CLN waded through the lengthy list of seminars and events
and picked those especially appropriate for manufacturers. To order
tickets, visit www.chashow.org.
Saturday, January 24
8:00 - 9:00 am. CHA 2009 Summer Show Sneak Peak Breakfast
12:00 - 1:00 pm. The Indie Craft Cheat Sheet: Trends, Styles and
Habits (S102). Speaker Leah Kramer is the founder of Craftster.org.
12:00 - 1:00 pm. The Trend to "Go Green": Real-World
Examples on How to Grow Your Business AND Save Money. (S104).
12:00 - 1:30 pm. Inside the Mind of the Craft & Hobby
Industry Buyer: A Panel Discussion for Exhibitors (S103).
2:00 - 3:00 pm. Small Business Retirement Plans: The Essentials
Every Owner Must Know (S105).
4:30 - 6:00 pm. Designer Showcase (E502). Meet many of the
industry's top designers and see their work on display. For a
preview, visit www.chashow.org/eweb/Dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=DesignerShowcase.
4:30 - 6:30 pm. Taste of Anaheim (E501). Free food, supplied by
some of the area's top restaurants.
4:30 - 6:30 pm Indie-Craft Welcome Reception (E503) Meet leaders
of the indie craft movement.
5:30 - 6:30 pm Designer Networking Event (E502a). A networking
party to meet designers.
Sunday, January 25
12:00 - 1:00 pm. The Health Benefits of Crafting - An Important
Message for Your Customers! (S111). Speaker: Betsan Corkhill
presents evidence and research on the health benefits of crafting.
This is a potential public relations gold mine for the industry. For
a preview, click on Kate's
12:00 - 1:00 pm. Turning a Designer's Idea into a Product in
Hundreds of Stores! (S112).
FloraCraft's Jim Scatena, CLN's Mike Hartnett, and Jody
Puckett describe the step-by-step process of taking Jody's idea from
its conception to a product selling in stores.
1:00 - 2:00 pm. CHA Craft SuperShow Information Session (E510).
Learn about CHA's new consumer show in Orlando following the summer
2:00 - 3:00 pm. Creating Successful International Relationships
2:00 - 3:00 pm. Advanced Blogging: How to Build Your Blog and
Drive Traffic to Your Website (S115).
5:30 - 7:30 pm. Keynote: Deborah Norville - Turn Your Passion
Into Profit! - Using the Power of Positive Thinking to Reach Your
Monday, January 26
7:30 - 9:00 am. CHA Town Hall (E505). Your chance to give the CHA
staff feedback on improving CHA and discuss with other members the
state of the industry.
2:00 - 3:00 pm. Cost Controlling Strategies for Manufacturers:
Simplify Purchasing and Your Supply Chain To Save Money (S120).
2:00 - 3:00 pm. CHA's Attitude & Usage Update: Insights into
Consumer Crafting (S121).
3:00 - 5:00 pm. The New Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)-
What You Need to Know About Compliance Standards (S123).
6:00 - 8:00 pm. International Reception (E506).
Tuesday, January 27
7:00 - 9:00 am. CHA Annual Business Meeting (E507).
12:00 - 1:00 pm. The Changing Fabric Marketplace and New
Opportunities to Grow Your Business! (S125).
12:00 - 1:00 pm. Color Trends: What’s in Store for the Future
from the Pantone Color Institute (S1270.
2:00 - 3:00 pm. Dollars by Design - Product Presentations that
2:00 - 3:00 pm Power Brainstorming: How to Lead Your Team (or
just you) to New Levels of Innovation. (S130).
6:00 - 10:00 pm. CHA Winter Show Event & Annual Industry
Awards Ceremony Featuring ELVIS – The Three Faces of the King