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Handmade Conference 2017

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5800 Rockside Woods Blvd North

Independence, OH 44131

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NOTICE: This event has sold out for 2017. If you would like to be placed on a wait list please email Kara@WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com

About the Conference

Handmade Conference 2017 is a fun, exciting and educational event for handmade soap and cosmetic artisans. Speakers are experienced industry leaders.

To save you money, we have tickets that include hotel!

What You Will Learn & Experience

The weekend includes a combination of hands-on learning, small group demos and seminar workshops.

Friday -

The conference kicks off Friday afternoon with our highly acclaimed fragrance and essential oil blending class. Each attendee will have their own kit of aromatics to be used as we walk through theory and blending. Class includes:

  • Fragrance Oil Blending 101
  • Essential Oil Blending 101

Saturday -

Today is filled with demos given by experienced formulators that are dedicated to teaching artisans how to make safe and compliant products. Small-groups of 25-30 people sit up-close around the demo area to encourage conversation and questions. You will rotate through every demo listed. Demo's include:

  • Cold Process Soap Making
  • Lotions from Scratch & Making Lotion Bars
  • Bath Fizzies & Bubble Cakes
  • Melt & Pour Soap Making & Using Foaming Bath Whip
  • Oil/Emulsified Scrubs & Massage Oils/Beard Oils

Sunday -

The final morning of the conference is spent focusing on successfully establishing a business, pricing and selling handmade products. We also discuss the FDA and regulatory compliance. Seminar includes:

  • Finding Your Passion & Defining Your Brand
  • Starting Your Business & Pricing Your Products
  • Ways to Sell Your Products
  • Labeling, GMP, Regulatory & Legislation

Pick a Weekend

June 9-11, 2017 (Begins Friday at 5pm & Ends Sunday at 12pm)

July 21-23, 2017 (Begins Friday at 5pm & Ends Sunday at 12pm)

Please note that each weekend has identical content.

Event Cost (Includes Hotel Room & Meals)

Conference & Room Ticket - $450

This ticket includes:

  • Unlimited Access to the 3 Day Conference
  • 2 nights in a Two Room Suite (1 attendee per suite)
  • Registration Packet & Goodie Bag
  • Vendor Discounts
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Daily Complimentary Made-to-Order Breakfast
  • Daily Managers Reception with Open Bar
  • Saturday Afternoon Conference Lunch
  • Saturday Evening Appetizers & Happy Hour
  • Free Airport Shuttle

Conference Only Ticket - $300

This ticket includes:

  • Access to the 3 Day Conference
  • Registration Packet & Goodie Bag
  • Vendor Discounts
  • Saturday Afternoon Conference Lunch
  • Saturday Evening Appetizers & Happy Hour

Dynamic & Experienced Speakers

Debbie May -

Debbie May is a master-level, self taught handmade soap and cosmetic artisan. In 1999 she established Wholesale Supplies Plus as a way to bring high-quality ingredients to hobbyists and small home-based businesses. She is a retired registered nurse and has her MBA in Executive Management from Baldwin Wallace University. Debbie regularly works with elected officials in Washington DC so they do not pass laws that inadvertently hurt the handmade soap and cosmetic industry. In 2012 she provided expert testimony before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Marla Bosworth -

Marla Bosworth is the CEO and President of Back Porch Soap Company in Boulder, CO. Her company retails, wholesales and offers private label bath and body products to resorts, boutiques and upscale stores worldwide. Marla conducts seminars on how to formulate soaps and natural skin care products as well as entrepreneurial classes in New York City, Boston, California and Colorado.

Angela Carillo -

Angela Carillo is a New York State licensed Medical Technologist, with a love for biology and chemistry. In 1999 she developed her passion into a business by creating perfumes, lotions, body balms, bath salts and teaching classes through her company Alegana Soap.

Holly Port -

Holly Port is the owner and operator of Lotion Bar Café in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her bath and body products are available for retail and wholesale. She sells to boutiques and stores in several states. Holly teaches product making classes nationwide and has turned recent author and loves sharing her knowledge.

Allison Vought -

Allison B. Vought is an inventive scientist and educator specializing in natural cosmetic formulation and short-run, private label skincare. Since 2005, she has worked as chief cosmetic formulator, business consultant and CEO of various skin care companies. Allison is the co-founder of AliMar, LLC, a private label manufacturer specializing in ultra-low minimums, as well as co-founder of a Vegan skincare line.

Mary Anne Walsh -

Mary Anne has worked in Washington, DC for over 25 years. She currently champions a strong alliance of handmade cosmetic leaders, artisans, business owners, cosmetic and soap makers from across the country seeking to preserve the freedom to produce and sell handmade soap & cosmetics in the USA.

Check back! Additional speakers will be added to the list as they are secured.

Event Venue

Experience the comfort of Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center by Hilton Cleveland Rockside in Independence, Ohio.

Located at the intersection of I-480 and I-77, with easy access to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cleveland Zoo and Cleveland Clinic Foundation, which are only minutes away. To explore Cleveland further, they are 10 minutes from downtown and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, First Energy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns and the Quicken Loans Arena, home of the 2016 World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

This all-suite hotel is ideal for business, leisure travelers and groups, featuring a free made-to-order breakfast and complimentary open bar Evening Reception. Other complimentary amenities include Free Wifi, BusinessLink™ Business Center, free airport shuttle; local area shuttle and parking that can accommodate oversized vehicles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is a complimentary airport shuttle to Cleveland Hopkins Interntional Airport. Parking at the venue is free.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

We are happy to answer any of your questions. Email us at Debbie@WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, you are able to transfer the ticket to another person. If you do this, please contact us so that we may adjust the attendee packet and name tag.

Can I bring my spouse and family?

Cleveland is a great city with lots to do. You can bring anyone you wish to stay in your room. Attendance into the conference and conference lunch is limited to those with a ticket. The Saturday evening appetizer and cocktail hour is open to spouses and significant others.

Describe the room suites and will you be assigning multiple attendees to a suite?

Each newly remodeled suite is two rooms - a bedroom and a living room. The bedroom can have 1 king bed or 2 queen beds while the living room has a sofa bed, flat screen TV, coffee pot and refreshment center.

Each attendee purchasing a $450 ticket will have their own suite.

Can I add days (before or after the conference) at a discounted hotel rate?

Yes, you can do this. Simply email us so that we can assist you. The email is Kara@WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com

What is the refund policy?

Ticktets are non-refundable. If you purchase a ticket and are then unable to attend, we are happy to help you sell your ticket and transfer the attendee name at no charge.

Who is sponsoring this event?

This event is organized by Debbie May. Sponsors are Wholesale Supplies Plus and Handmade Studio.

Will I get to experience each demo or do I have to choose?

You will get to experience each demo, seminar and class outlined above.

I went to one conference and it was so large I felt out of place. How many people will be at the conference?

We understand your concerns. Our conference is limited to 150 people. On Saturday you will be with a group of 25-30 people.

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