2015 Conference: Extra Learning

Conference not enough for you? Add on one of our four half day seminars the day before the conference starts. This year, we’re covering social media, branding, product photography, and a hands-on soapmaking class. We think you’ll learn plenty at conference, but these seminars offer an additional learning opportunity, particularly useful if you don’t have …

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2015 Conference: Business Highlights

April 18, 2015: Where will you be? The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild will be in Indianapolis, welcoming 450 lucky attendees to our annual conference. And what, pray tell, happens during this conference? Oh, we are so glad you asked…we’ll be packing nearly 2 dozen speaker sessions covering topics ranging from business to product-making, an …

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2015 Conference: Cosmetic Highlights

Are you joining us in Indy for the 18th Annual HSCG Conference in 2015? April 18 kicks off three very full days of classes, networking, soap competition, and special nighttime events in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Westin Downtown Hotel (and psssst, members, the early-early bird rate expires at the end of the month, so don’t …

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Announcing 2015’s Keynote Speaker!

We are excited to officially announce Andreea Ayers as keynote speaker for the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild’s 2015 Annual Conference. Join us April 18-20 at the Westin Downtown Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana to hear Andreea kick off our 18th annual conference. Serial entrepreneur Andreea Ayers has a wide array of experience, including, of course, …

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Announcing 2014 HSCG Conference Keynote

We may be knee deep in snow, but we are already dreaming of May as we happy-soap-dance our way through the final stretch of planning for HSCG’s 17th Annual Conference, being held May 20-22 in Tucson, Arizona. We are proud to announce Professor Dr. Vijai K. S. Shukla as this year’s conference keynote speaker. So …

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2014 Conference: The Soapy Trail

Don’t think that you have to be a seasoned professional to attend HSCG’s annual conferences. They are, in fact, perfect for soapmakers of all skill levels. And since we started as the Soap Guild, you can bet that we have some of the best soapmaking sessions around (not that we brag…much). Today, we’re presenting this …

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2014 Conference: The Business Track

Next in our mini-series highlighting conference speakers: the business track. You have your products nailed, but what about all the other stuff? You know, things like running the actual business because most unfortunately (as much as we’d like to whip up a lotion that turns to cash in a modern-day version of alchemy), creating products …

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May 2014 Conference: The Cosmetic Track

Warm apple cider in steaming mugs, cinnamon wafting through the air, cooling temperatures, leaf peeping (should you be so lucky as to live in a deciduously-blessed area), and a mad dash towards the holidays. Yup, fall has most definitely arrived. So why are we talking about next spring? Well, May 20, 2014 marks the start …

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Introducing 2013 Conference Keynote….

We can’t think of a better way to kick off three days of total immersion into the art, craft, and business of the handcrafted soap and cosmetic world than with a keynote by a fellow small business owner with a fiery passion for moving your business from “blah, blah, blah” to “BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!”. The …

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2013 Conference Speakers: Round 3!

February is a very special month round these parts, marking when we finally recover from the multitude of holidays, start our double-digit countdown to the Annual Conference, and hustle to take advantage of the last month of member discounts on conference registration.  (Psst…if you’ve been thinking about joining, the member rates more than cover the …

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