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TNNA Membership Requirements
Wholesale, Retail and Affiliate Members

TNNA is a trade association open only to verifiable businesses providing services and/or products for the needlearts industry. New applicants must provide proper business identification.

Note:These same ID requirements apply for non-members who want to attend TNNA's trade shows.

TNNA offers three types of membership:

  • Wholesale Members are companies that exhibit (or intend to exhibit) at TNNA's trade shows. These companies may be wholesalers, manufacturers, designers, publishers, business services, etc., and most often focus on business-to-business sales. Dues are based on a percentage of yearly gross sales (between $225 and $850/year).
  • Retail Members are businesses that primarily focus on business-to-consumer sales. They are often retail stores, but may also be mail order/online companies or finished product manufacturers. These companies attend TNNA shows. Dues are $60/year for all Retail Members.
  • Affiliate Members are other companies that provide services or materials in support of the needlearts industry. They may be designers, teachers, manufacturers' reps, publishers, organizations,industry educators, finishers or business services. Affiliate Members may focus on business-to-business or business-to-consumer sales. Affiliate Members may attend TNNA shows. Dues are $60/year for all Affiliate Members.
    • Student (Affiliate) Memberships are available to students pursuing studies related to the needlearts industry.  Dues are $30/year for Student (Affiliate) Members.

All TNNA Memberships, including optional Product Segment Group Membership add-ons, run from October 1 through September 30 each year, with no prorating of dues. If joining after July 1, membership will be valid through the next membership year.


 

Wholesale Forms and Requirements

Forms: Download Application | Apply Online | Submit Business IDs Online

Wholesalers must provide three items from the following :

  • Corporate seal
  • Company brochure/catalog/Website
  • Copy of an ad
  • Current lease in company name
  • Copy of an invoice in company name
  • Literature about product line


 

Retail Forms and Requirements

Forms: Download Application | Apply Online | Submit Business IDs Online:

Retailers must provide a copy of most recent Sales Tax Return* plus two items from the following:

*For a new business, if no sales tax has been filed yet, a copy of the sales tax certificate or seller's permit is required.  Financial details may be blacked out, but filing date must be visible.  For returns filed online, a printout of latest filing confirmation is acceptable.

  • Copy of three current dated invoices from three TNNA suppliers for $200 or more
  • Copy of ad
  • Copy of canceled check from a TNNA supplier
  • Copy of store lease
  • Copy of company business check
  • Copy of payroll check stub
  • Copy of utility invoice in company name with current date
  • Copy of Yellow Pages or White Pages listing with current date

For traditional retail stores not yet open, two letters of introduction from TNNA Wholesale Members are also required.

A home-based retail business must have a fully established display area and customer access and regular store hours. In addition must include:

  • Photograph of store interior/exterior with signage
  • Copy of most recent sales tax return* 
  • Two of the Retailer ID's from list above

*For a new business, if no sales tax has been filed yet, a copy of the sales tax certificate or seller's permit is required.  Financial details may be blacked out, but filing date must be visible. For returns filed online, a printout of latest filing confirmation is acceptable.

Mail Order/Online companies must provide:

  • Copy of a current catalog or Internet address with proof of ownership of domain name
  • Three of the retail requirements - must include three invoices from three TNNA industry suppliers for $200 or more (counted as 1 item)
  • Copy of most recent sales tax return*

*For a new business, if no sales tax has been filed yet, a copy of the sales tax certificate or seller's permit is required. Financial details may be blacked out, but filing date must be visible. For returns filed online, a printout of latest filing confirmation is acceptable.

Finished Product Manufacturers (companies that are boutique manufacturers selling finished product at retail or through direct markets) must provide:
  • Three of the retail requirements plus a catalog/brochure/Website showing their finished product

 

Affiliate Forms and Requirements

Forms: Download Application | Apply Online | Submit Business IDs Online


BUSINESS & CREATIVE SERVICES

Designers - individuals who design for industry wholesale and retail companies or magazines
Must provide the following items:

  • Two letters of introduction from current TNNA Wholesale Members representing their product segment*
  • Published work (e.g., print or online pattern published within the last two years, full copy) OR published article (published within the last two years, full copy)
  • Must have published with the last two years or have a letter from a current TNNA Wholesale Member stating that you are actively designing for them

Other Businesses or Individuals Providing Professional Service to the Needlearts Industry (e.g., author, business & marketing services, copy or tech editor, finisher, graphic or web design, illustrator, photographer, teacher, web/video development, etc.)

Must provide:

  • Two letters of introduction*
    AND
    two (2) items from the following list:
  • Resume or biography
  • Published work (e.g. magazine, show or conference)
  • Outline of class projects you have taught
  • A copy of catalog if available (if not available, a 3rd letter or recommendation from a current TNNA Retail member)
  • Description of areas of specialty finishing
  • Printed or online literature about services
  • Copy of current invoice of $200 or more
  • Resale tax certificate
  • Copy of company check
  • A copy of published material (e.g., book, magazine, website, blog, etc.)



Academic or Museum Professionals
- those individuals with interest in needlearts industry education (e.g., professors, museum professionals, educators representing textiles, fashion design, etc.)

Must provide:

  • Two letters of introduction*
  • Print or online material with information about school, college, museum, etc.
  • Resume/CV/Biography
  • Outline of classes

Manufacturer’s Representative
Must provide:

  • Two letters of introduction*
  • Copy of a current commission statement from a recognized industry wholesaler

Organization
Must provide:

  • Two letters of introduction*
  • Print or online material with definition of organization (e.g., membership brochure, newsletter, etc.)
  • Copy of Articles of Incorporation
  • Copy of company check

Publisher
Must provide:

  • Two letters of introduction*
  • Copy of published material (e.g., magazine, book, Website, blog, etc.)
  • Company business card

    *Letters of introduction or recommendation are to be from current TNNA Wholesale or Retail members stating that they are familiar with your current work in the needlearts industry.

     

    Student (Affiliate) Forms and Requirements

    Forms: Download Application | Apply Online | Submit IDs Online

    Students must provide:

    • A letter stating why they are interested in a TNNA membership
    • A letter of recommendation from an advisor, academic dean or faculty member

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