HSCG Annual Conference
Every year the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, Inc. hosts an Annual Conference. The conference location moves through different regions of the country on a rotating basis, providing easier access to members, exhibitors and sponsors. The 2016 Conference will be held in Tampa, May 19 - 21 (registration and half-day seminars on the 18th).
For an in-depth look at what to expect at the conference, check our our Conference Virtual Video Tour!
The conference runs three days, with registration starting on the evening before the first day. There may be optional seminars or other activities on the day of registration. Classes and presentations are held during the day and in the evening networking parties or events are held. Dinner on the last night is the Annual Awards Banquet.
One of the things that makes the HSCG Conference so special is the people that attend. They are always so filled with enthusiasm, willing to share with each other and eager to talk soap for 3 1/2 days straight. The positive energy is infectious and we know you will leave the conference exhausted but filled with a renewed sense of direction, some fantastic ideas and a fire in your belly to make your business thrive. The conference travels all over the country to make it accessible to as many attendees as possible - so don't hesitate to come when we are in your area. This year we expect to sell out at 450 attendees, so get your registration in early.
What attendees have said about the conference:
Going to the HSCG national conference allowed me to connect with my industry peers, learn from business leaders and stay in touch with topics important to the handmade soap and cosmetics market. I highly recommend attending for everyone, from the home hobbyist, to the maker selling thousands of bars. - C.R.
If you are feeling stuck, questioning where to take your business and need a kick in the pants or just a tidbit of key information...you MUST attend THIS conference. - R.A.
Great location, great information, just what a conference should be. - L.S.
As a new soap business, this is the best step we could have taken. We have learned so much valuable information! I highly recommend that anyone wanting to learn more about running their business to the latest trends and techniques attend this great conference! - D.G.
I can't recommend this conference enough. You'll meet people who speak your language and are thrilled to talk shop with you! - J.R.
Conference attendance is open to members and non-members of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, Inc. The registration fee includes attendance to all classes, demonstrations and workshops, participation in door prizes, drawings and prize awards, optional participation in the Soapers Showcase, and invitations to special hosted evening networking events and parties. Meals and snacks are provided as part of the conference fee. Special discounted prices for hotel rooms for conference attendees are negotiated by the HSCG.
In order to make it easier for you to pay for your conference registration, the HSCG has arranged with PayPal to be able to offer PayPal's Bill Me Later® service which gives you up to 6 months to pay without interest (subject to credit approval).
The 2015 Conference is sponsored in part by:
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2015 Conference, see the 2015 Conference Sponsorship page, download our Sponsorship Brochure (.pdf file) or email the Conference Sponsorship Coordinator at