2013 Conference Overview

The 16th Annual HSMG Conference will be held May 17-19, 2013, in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Hilton North Raleigh. (See the conference hotel page for details about the hotel and getting the special HSMG rate for the conference.

As with past conferences, the conference will run three full days, with registration starting on the evening of the 16th (before the first full day). Optional seminars will be held on the 16th from 10 am to 3 pm, prior to registration. Dinner on the last night is the Annual Awards Banquet, which typically ends at about 9:00 pm.

The schedule is packed, with classes and presentations during the day and networking parties or other events in the evening. Breakfast and both morning and afternoon snacks every day are included. Lunch is included on two days, and dinner on the last night (the Awards Dinner).

Conference attendance is open to members and non-members of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild, Inc. Members receive a substantial discount on the registration fee. Every registrant is entitled to participate in all all classes, demonstrations and workshops, door prizes, drawings and prize awards, and the Soapers Showcase (optional) and is invited to any special hosted evening events and parties. The only exception is the HSMG Annual Membership Meeting, which may only be attended by current members of the HSMG. Note: Lunch will be provided to non-members in another location.

Topics and Speakers

A variety of speakers, both from inside and outside the handcrafted soap industry, will covering a wide range of subjects of interest to soamakers. Expect to see classes on different types of soapmaking techniques, marketing, promotion, websites, labeling, and business issues. As speakers and topics are confirmed for 2013 they will be posted here, so watch for updates!

For members wishing to participate in the Certification Program, sessions for examinations are scheduled at several times during the Annual Conference for your convenience.


Registration for the 2013 conference is now open. The earlier you register, the better the rate available. Register Now!


Exhibitor space is available for vendors and suppliers who offer products and/or services to the industry. Throughout the conference, plenty of time is set aside for attendees to visit the Exhibitor Hall. See the Exhibitor Space page for additional details.