The HSMG Acquires the Association of Artisan Businesses (AAB)

The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild and Association of Artisan Businesses Reach an Acquisition Agreement Tuesday, August 31, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Marrijane Jones (AAB) or Gayle Vrla (HSMG) AAB phone -  1-800-542-6183 HSMG phone – 1-866-900-7627 AAB Email:    memberservices@artisanbusinesses.org HSMG Email:  info@soapguild.org The Association of Artisan Businesses (AAB) and The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild (HSMG) …

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From the President – HSMG hires DC Advocate Mary Anne Walsh

We are thrilled to announce, Mary Anne Walsh of Roetzel and Andress has been hired to represent the HSMG and the handcrafted soap industry in Washington, DC, she will commence work on September 1st, 2010. For more information on Mary Anne please read my previous post. Mary Anne had this to say about getting down …

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From the President – HSMG Interviews a DC Advocate

We are now one step closer to hiring an advocate to represent our industry. Yesterday, I met with Mary Anne Walsh from the law firm of Roetzell & Andress in Washington, DC. Mary Anne has over 29 years of experience and has held a variety of positions including Chief of Staff for three U.S. Congressmen.  …

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United Way Day and Catholic Charities

Donate Your Soap August 17, 2010 Do you have left over inventory or products that aren’t moving and are collecting valuable shelf space? Here’s your chance to donate some of that inventory to a worthy cause before year’s end. The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild has collaborated with this worthy cause in upstate New York. On September …

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From the President – A Voice in Washington for the Handcrafted Soap Industry

The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild’s (HSMG) is an established and functioning non-profit trade association whose mission is to promote the handcrafted soap industry; to act as a center of communication among soapmakers, and to circulate information beneficial to soapmakers. In the past three years there have been many threatening legislative proposals.  The three most recent pieces …

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HSMG Participates In CNY Soapmakers 2010 Gathering

Central New York Soapmakers, (CNY Soapmakers), a Yahoo group of over 197 members held its 10th Annual Gathering in Syracuse, NY on July 31, 2010 at the lovely home of Samantha Kingsley. There were over 33 attendees who traveled as far away as Pennsylvania and Connecticut. There was even one visitor who traveled from Russia …

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From the President – DC Advocacy Trip Follow-up – Safe Cosmetics Act

Yesterday I met with legislative staffers in the offices of Reps. Jan Schakowsky, (D-Il), Ed Markey, (D-Ma) and Tammy Baldwin, (D-Wi), the original co-sponsors of H.R. 5786 The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010.  I was joined by Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry in Bellingham, Wa, Kayla Fioravanti of Essential Wholesale in Portland, Or, Lela Barker …

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The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild heads to Washington, DC – Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010

Sunday evening I flew to Washington, DC, to meet up with: Donna Maria Coles Johnson of The Indie Beauty Network (@indiebusiness) Kayla Fioravanti of Essential Wholesale (@essentialU) Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry (@brambleberry) Lela Barker of Bella Lucce (@bellalucce) We have set up meetings with senior staffers of Representatives Schakowsky (D,IL), Markey (D, MA) and …

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