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Meet the Business and Creative Services Section

Posted By Beth Whiteside, Thursday, November 12, 2015
Beth Whiteside
Beth Whiteside
Liz Gipson
Liz Gipson
Stacey Trock
Stacey Trock

Wouldn’t it be great if your web site designer knew needle arts products?

If you could outsource your social media to someone who understood the yarn and canvas customer?

If you didn’t have to explain your collateral needs in great detail to a graphic artist?

When you need the services of professionals like these, look no further than the members of TNNA’s Business and Creative Services section.

Authors, bookkeepers/accountants, copy editors, designers, fiber artists, finishers, graphic designers, illustrators, marketing specialists, photographers, teachers (business-to-business and consumer), technical editors, website developers, those in video production — if you work within this industry, the Business and Creative Services Affiliate sector is your home within TNNA.

A few years back, the Designer/Teacher section began a discussion of its needs and wants, its charter within TNNA. Those in attendance voted to broaden that charter, given the commonality of all who provide services to the needle arts industry. First steps included an official name change, and a second look at criteria for affiliate membership. As a trade organization, those applying for membership must truly be working in the industry, and the new requirements attempt to better fit the business models of those providing services.

The current leadership committee elected at the June show — myself, Liz Gipson, and Stacey Trock — are now looking ahead at other ways the section can be served. Our short-term focus is on bettering communication about opportunities available at trade shows, and increasing the member dialog between shows.

TNNA is a resource for those of us working in the needle arts, a resource for doing business, for education, and for networking with others that do what we do. It is also a volunteer organization, so if you have some good ideas on how to achieve these short-term goals, log in and make a post in the Business & Creative Services Group discussion forum and let’s get the ball rolling!

Check out the educational offerings at the TNNA Winter Trade Show which can improve your BCS business. Meet potential customers in class, on the show floor, and at special events. And come network at the section meeting Saturday night!


A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for yarn and fiber, teaching and learning, words and numbers, and design of all kinds into her own business, Beth Whiteside Design. She has been a member of TNNA for 10 years.


The Business and Creative Services section encompasses all those who provide creative and business services to the needlearts industry. It includes authors, bookkeepers/accountants, copy editors, designers, fiber artists, finishers, graphic designers, illustrators, marketing specialists, photographers, teachers (business-to-business and consumer), technical editors, website developers, those in video production, etc. Meetings are held at both the Winter and Summer trade show, while forums provide communication and networking opportunities between shows. Our goal is to provide a collective voice for this sector of the industry.

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