January is just jam-packed with news as the new year gets off to a busy start with shows and companies embarking on new endeavors.
Passages. Faber-Castell has announced the passing of its CEO, Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell, who had been at the helm of the family-owned company for nearly 40 years. He leaves a wife and four adult children after his death in Houston on January 21st at age 74.
Brain Trust. The Craft & Hobby Association has announced a new membership category: CHA Emeritus. This membership, which can be purchased for $50/year, is intended for retired industry members, to allow them to keep up with the industry and participate in CHA events. Eligibility for the CHA Emeritus membership requires previous participation in the industry for a minimum of 10 years.
Our industry’s most senior members have much to offer in experience and mentoring to the younger business people. The CHA Emeritus membership is a formal way of keeping them involved to share their wealth of knowledge, in the same way that the SBA’s SCORE program pairs retired executives with aspiring entrepreneurs.
Passport Check. Show season keeps rolling! This week will see the start of the Creativeworld show on Saturday in Frankfurt, Germany. I’ll be posting updates from the show on my nallystudios Instagram account as well as on the Buttons Galore Instagram. Follow so you don’t miss out on the action!
Upcoming. Fans of Ali Edwards will be excited to know that she was in the Studio Calico booth at the CHA Mega Show sharing with retailers her plans to produce wholesale products “later this year/next year”.
After the show, she wrote on her blog about the future plans for a wholesale line:
I’m excited about this next phase and continuing to expand my line of intentional memory keeping products and projects. I’m generally a slow-and-steady kind of person and this felt like the right time for me to start moving in this direction.
Jobs. Scrapbook.com is hiring a Product Description Writer, which is a part-time remote position. This contract job has advertised pay of $12/hour and a varying work schedule between 0-20 hours per week.
American Crafts is hiring a marketing specialist, specifically one with graphic design skills.
Design Teams. Xyron has announced a design team call for 2016! Applications are due by January 29th. Applicants must have an active blog and Facebook account, and complete two blog entries per month for Xyron. Team members receive free product as well as $50/month for meeting posting requirements. Click the link for details on how to apply. New team members will be announced in February.