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TNNA Needlearts Business Innovation Awards 2014

TNNA Business Innovation AwardsBrought to you by TNNA and Hart Business Research

The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) and Hart Business Research presented awards and prizes to the winners of the 4th annual TNNA Business Innovation Awards on May 3, 2014. The judges evaluated applications based upon measurable or forecast impact of the initiative and usefulness of application as a case study for others. The judges awarded over $12,000 in prizes in four categories.


Needlework Retailer Winner: Homestead Needle Arts
Theresa Swiecicki
Innovation: Teach a Child to Stitch – The store ran a successful needlepoint class for kids age 8-13.
Homestead Needle Arts Application

Needlework Wholesaler Winner: DebBee’s Designs
Debbie Rowley
Innovation: Model Lending Program – Retailers borrow a few models at a time to accompany charts for sale.
DebBee’s Designs Application

Yarn Retailer Winner: Unwind Yarn and Gifts
Team: Wendy Moynihan, Glenda Barnes, Judy Wood, Nel & Jeff Adams
Innovation: Book Fair Frenzy – The store held a book and pattern fair that significantly increased sales.
Unwind’s Application

Yarn Wholesaler Winner: Westminster Fibers
Team: John Arbour, Josie Dolan, Linda Pratt, Shelley Brander, Richard Brown, Norm Bagley, Barbara Freeland, John Laurie
Innovation: My Mountain – Westminster and Schachenmayr collaborated on a new sub-brand rollout in North America targeting the active youth lifestyle.
Westminster Fibers Application


Yarn Retailer
Heritage Spinning and Weaving – Second Chance Nook - application

Yarn Wholesaler
Amy Herzog Designs – CustomFit LYS - application

Needlework Retailer
Homestead Needle Arts – Welcome to Michigan - application

Needlework Wholesaler
Red Gate Stitchery – Next Gen Cross Stitch Kits - application

Prize Sponsors

Needlework Retailer
Bryson Distributing, LLC - $250 Cash
Knitter's Pride - $500 Cash
Kreinik Manufacturing Co., Inc. - $250 Gift Certificate (no scissors/needles)
Needlepoint Group - $500 Cash

Needlework Wholesaler & Affiliates
Counted Thread & Embroidery Group - $500 Cash
Needlepoint Now - 1/4 page ad $260 value/camera ready or $360 value if they design the ad (expires 12/31/14)

Yarn Retailer
Bryson Distributing, LLC - $250 Cash
Eucalan, Inc. - $300 Gift Certificate value used on Eucalan Products only (expires Oct. 31, 2014)
Gleener - $250 Gift Certificate
Yarn Market News - 1 Ticket to YMN Conference (value $1050)
Knitter's Pride - $500 Cash
Lantern Moon - $250 Gift Certificate good for any in stock item or items
Spinning & Weaving Group - $250 Cash

Yarn Wholesalers and Affiliates
Interweave Press, LLC - $7500 ad package
Yarn Group - $500 Cash

Contacts and Further Information

India Hart Wood, Hart Business Research, 303-449-5972

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