2013 Conference Schedule

The Handcrafted Soapmakers 2013 Conference will be in session from May 17 - 19. Optional Half-Day Seminars will be held during the day on May 16, and early registration and certification testing will be open that evening.

Please note the schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
10:00am - 3:00pm   Special Half-Day Seminars (lunch included):

Wholesaling and How to Determine Your Pricing (Marla Bosworth)

Good Manufacturing Practices: How to Get Your GMP in Place (Marie Gale)

Liquid Soap Making Solutions: An Intensive, Hands-On Liquid Soapmaking Workshop (Jackie Thompson)

4:00 - 7:00 pm   Registration
Vendors Open
6:00 - 7:00 pm   Certification Testing (members only)
Friday, May 17, 2013
7:15 - 8:15amRegistration & Breakfast
Vendors Open
8:15 - 8:45amWelcome and Orientation
8:45 - 10:30am Keynote Speaker - Ann Evanston
The Influence Factor in Sales and Marketing: Discovering Your REAL Edge in Your Business
10:30 - 11:00amBreak - Raffle Drawings - Vendors Open
11:00am - 12:30pm UPC Codes (Debbie May)
12:30 - 2:00pmNetworking Lunch
2:00 - 3:00pm Search Engine Optimization: Tips and Tricks to Get Your Website Found (Marie Gale)
Production Solutions For Your Handcrafted Business: Build It or Buy It? (Dean Mayes)
3:00 - 3:30pmBreak - Raffle Drawings - Vendors Open
3:30 - 4:30pm Natural Shampoo Market: Trends, Opportunities and Formulating (Marla Bosworth)
Hassle-Free Milk Soapmaking (Joanna Schmidt)
Advanced Swirling - The Peacock Swirl (Amanda Griffin)
4:30 - 4:45pmBreak
4:45 - 5:45pm Natural Shampoo Market: Trends, Opportunities and Formulating (Marla Bosworth)
Hassle-Free Milk Soapmaking (Joanna Schmidt)
Advanced Swirling - The Peacock Swirl (Amanda Griffin)
7:00 - ??? "Quest for the Best" Game Show Night hosted by Wholesale Supplies Plus
Saturday, May 18, 2013
7:00 - 8:00am Certification Testing
7:30 - 8:30amBreakfast & Morning Announcements
Vendors Open
8:30 - 10:00am Superfat or Discount? Identical or Different? (Kevin Dunn)
10:00 - 10:30amBreak - Raffle Drawings - Vendors Open
10:30 - 12:00 noon The Soap Opera; 150 Years of Making Soap (Jamie Bentley)
Natural Fragrances vs. Synthetic Fragrances (Rob Brown)
12:00 - 1:00pmLunch for Non-Members
12:00 - 2:30pmLunch & Annual Membership Meeting (members only)
2:30 - 3:30pmBreak - Raffle Drawings - Vendors Open
3:30 - 4:30pm Soap Cupcakes and More: Decorative Piping with Cold Process Soap (Ruth Esteves)
Make Your Own Single Cavity Silicone Molds (Amanda Griffin)
Advanced Colorants (Kathryn Hackney)
4:30 - 4:45pmBreak
4:45 - 5:45pm Soap Cupcakes and More: Decorative Piping with Cold Process Soap (Ruth Esteves)
Make Your Own Single Cavity Silicone Molds (Amanda Griffin)
Advanced Colorants (Kathryn Hackney)
7:00 - ??? Funtastic "English Village Fête" hosted by Essential Depot
Sunday, May 19, 2013
7:00 - 8:00am Breakfast & Morning Announcements
8:00 - 9:30am Organic Certification: To What Standard and Why? (Gay Timmons)
Trademark Strategies For Small Business (Bryan Baer)
The Chemistry and Properties of Fatty Acids and Oils (Kerri Mixon)
9:30 - 10:00amBreak - Raffle Drawings - Vendors Open
10:00 - 11:30am Organic Certification: To What Standard and Why? (Gay Timmons)
Trademark Strategies For Small Business (Bryan Baer)
The Chemistry and Properties of Fatty Acids and Oils (Kerri Mixon)
11:30 am - 1:00pmLunch (on your own)
1:00 - 2:30pm Retail Realities: What it Really Takes to Open a Store (Jerell & Elissa Klaver)
Private Label: Making the Leap From Home Formulating to Outside Manufacturing (Allison Kontur)
Design, Formulate, Organize Using the Soapmaker Program (Michelle Rhoades)
2:30 - 3:30pmBreak - Raffle Drawings - Finish with Vendors
3:30 - 5:00pm Retail Realities: What it Really Takes to Open a Store (Jerell & Elissa Klaver)
Private Label: Making the Leap From Home Formulating to Outside Manufacturing (Allison Kontur)
Design, Formulate, Organize Using the Soapmaker Program (Michelle Rhoades)
5:00 - 6:00pmBreak
6:00 - 6:30pmCocktail "Hour"
6:30 - 8:30pmAnnual Awards Dinner