2015: Wholesale Convention or Conference?

January 15, 2014

I know, I know!  You probably think I’m crazy.  What the heck am I doing mentioning 2015 when we’re only fifteen days into 2014.  One aspect about running my own business is I have to plan ahead…sometimes I year in advance!  I’ve already got my calendar of events  roughed out for the year.  Yes, new events will pop up, and yes things will change, but applications are already coming out for events and I pretty much have a good idea what I’m doing for the year by the time January is over!

Anyway, back to the topic on hand.  This year I’ll be attending the Soap Conference in Arizona.  (Yay!!)  Next year it’ll be in Indianapolis, IN.  The following year, 2016, is scheduled to be help in the Northeast somewhere.  In other words…somewhere right in my backyard!!  Can’t wait to find out specifically where it’ll be held, but no matter where it’ll be (relatively) close to me!  What this means is I’m GOING to the 2016 conference.

However I want to attend a Wholesale Convention.  I’ve had my eyes on the January 2015 Convention being help in Florida.  The problem is I most likely will only be able to afford one major trip in 2015.  So, do I do the soap conference in Indiana or the Wholesale Convention in Florida.  I know if I can only do one the Florida convention will be the one I attend.  Business wise it is what I need and what will potentially bring in the most profit to my business.  I’ll miss attending the conference if it comes down to that, but choices must be made.

The upside of this, and why I decided to write about this now, is that planning on this now and thinking about it over a year in advance gives me the opportunity to possibly attend both events, depending on how the business goes this year and the decisions I make throughout the year.  I don’t know what 2014 will bring, but I know what I’d like to be able to do in 2015 and I’ll work hard on trying to make those goals achievable!


Soap Conference: Part 3

May 29, 2013

Game Night and an English Fete = LOTS OF FUN!

Trivia and clickers and soap questions leads to lots of fun and laughter!  Wholesale Supplies Plus sponsored the game night and I had a great time participating in it.

game night 2

game night

I got too involved in the game once it started to remember to take any more pictures :D

English Fete = English food and drinks and games with prizes…you can’t go wrong!  I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with  The Essential Depot.  They had five different games and they made the games fun and not so difficult that you couldn’t win if you tried.  I won at two events and had a blast playing at all five of them!

I managed to stack them 17 high. When I added the 18th it all fell over :D

I managed to stack them 17 high. When I added the 18th it all fell over :D

You had to toss two rings around the same bottle to win that item. I did!  Won some lye which I needed so it worked out well!

You had to toss two rings around the same bottle to win that item. I did! Won some lye which I needed so it worked out well!

 


Soap Conference: Part 2

May 28, 2013

I’m CP/HP Certified! Woohoo!!!  I passed my test :)

certificate

Now it’s on to the advance test.  I’m super excited about the advance test. I get to actually formulate my own recipe and record myself making it and submit a bar of soap to the Guild :D  There is also a multiple choice question section too I’ll have to pass.  I’m not that worried about it. Now that I’ve got the first one out of the way the stress of the unknown is no longer there.

I’ve been asked quite a few times now if you “need” the certification tests.  You don’t really, but I teach soap classes all the time and for me these tests allow me to add a certified in my author bio for these classes and I like know that I’ve a way to prove to students that I really do know what I’m talking about when I teach them :D

As an added bonus the conference offered a couple classes that I participated in that I know will help me with the Advanced test too.  So I say bring it on!


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