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TNNA Needlearts Business Innovation Awards 2012
Brought to You by TNNA and Hart Business Research TNNA Announces Business Innovation Award Winners 

The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) and Hart Business Research presented awards and prizes to the winners of the 2nd annual TNNA Business Innovation Awards on Friday, June 22. The judges used four main criteria to choose winners: innovativeness of business initiative, measurable or forecast impact of the initiative of the applicant's business,usefulness of application as a case study for others, and innovations fit with market trends, such as those described in The State of Specialty NeedleArts 2010, demographic data, or from the applicant's own research.

The judges awarded awards over $15,000 in prizes in four categories.

2012 TNNA Business Innovation Awards Presentation

The winners were:

Needlework Retailer Winner: Designers Desk
Team: Patricia Delp, Melissa Delp, Sir Vin and Marty Cedillo
Innovation: Created sliding thread displays
Designers Desk's Application

Needlework Wholesaler Winner: Acorn House Designs
Team: Susan Meyers
Innovation: Add value and a contemporary flourish to her counted thread designs with her own polymer clay embellishments
Acorn House Designs' Application

Yarn Retailer Winner: Kirkwood Knittery
Team: Brook Nico, Robyn Schrager, Nadine Sokol, Franni Goette, Rachel Bowler and Catherine Collett
Innovation: Remade their store to fit belt-tightened customers.
Kirkwood Knittery's Application

Yarn Wholesaler Winner: Shibui Knits
Team: Darcy Cameron, Jenny Trygg, Kristin Ford and Nicole Adsit
Innovation: Shibui Mix Box POS display for multi-strand knitting.
Shibui Knits' Appllication

2012 Award Finalists

Needlework Retailer
Needle in a Haystack - application

Needlework Wholesaler
Kooler Design Studio -  application
Priscilla's Pocket - application

Yarn Retailer
StevenBe - application
Unwind - application

Yarn Wholesaler
Fiber Fantasy Knitting Products - application
The Wool Wide Web - application


Award plaques, cash, product and advertising went to the winners and were generously donated by TNNA sponsors,
Cooperative Press, Interweave, TNNA Yarn Group, TNNA Counted Thread & Embroidery Group, Needlework Retailer Magazine, TNNA Needlepoint Group, Trendsetter Yarns, Lantern Moon, Plymouth Yarn, Yarn Market News, Kreinik Manufacturing Company, Colonial Needle and Bryson Distributing.

Past Business Innovation Awards:
2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011
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