The fantasy: customers pour through the doors of your gallery in December and look around in wonder and delight. They’re wowed by the displays, pleased with the selections, and chalk it all up to bands of merry elves working through the night to magically transform everything in sight.
The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), scheduled to take effect in 2014, comes at a time of rising health insurance costs for small business owners. Annual premiums for employer-provided family coverage grew to just under $16,000 in 2012, a rate some four percent higher than 2011 according to a report from the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.
Who doesn’t love Christmas? Unless you’re still a wide-eyed 4-year-old, however, you know that making any holiday season successful takes a lot of work. According to the galleries we contacted for our “Countdown to Christmas” feature on page 32, planning for next year’s holiday starts the very next day after the current one takes place.
Small businesses make communities strong by supporting the local economy and providing work to residents. Many owners also make it their business to give even more, with contributions to community organizations and local charities.
A listing of upcoming wholesale trade shows.
Americans all over the country will be celebrating the art of handmade craft in a special way this fall during the fourth annual American Craft Week, Oct. 4-13. The 10-day event is expected to feature hundreds of craft-centric events in galleries, studios, museums and schools, as well as fairs and festivals.
The Helen Winnemore Craft gallery in Columbus, Ohio, known as the country’s oldest craft store, has reached another milestone: 75 years in business. Since 1938, the shop has focused on showcasing handmade work by American artisans.
MJSA, the U.S. trade association for jewelry makers, has announced the winners of its 2013 Vision Awards, honoring creativity and technical excellence in jewelry making and design. Nominees competed for Professional Design Excellence as well as Gold, Palladium, Platinum, Laser and Custom Design Distinction awards.