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A Message From TNNA Leadership

Posted By TNNA Editor, Wednesday, August 8, 2018


We wanted to share some key highlights from the June trade show and Board meeting.

2018 Summer NeedleArts Trade Show Event Recap

TNNA was excited to be in Cleveland, Ohio for the 2018 NeedleArts Trade Show. We offered many ways for the attendees to interact with exhibitors and to see the latest trends and products.  Thank you to so many of you that attended. 

Final Attendee Numbers
Attendee Registration:  685
Exhibitor Registration:  491 
Total Registrants: 1,176

Total number of exhibiting companies: 182

Thank you to everyone that completed the June Show survey. Listed below are some key highlights:

1.  Completed by 225 attendees
2.  60% indicated orders/purchases was the primary motivation for attending the event
3.  Nearly 34% indicated they spend between 11-15 hours on the show floor
4.  When asked “What were two to three things you enjoyed the most about the Summer Trade Show?” top responses included:

  • Loved getting to meet industry leaders as well as newbies. Had lots of fun networking. And the classes were invaluable, really appreciate the continued education.
  • The Fashion Show and SampleIT!
  • Meeting new contacts. Seeing and learning new things
  • Seeing new vendors and re-connecting with old friends 
  • Location, convention center, floor layout 
  • Organization

5.  What members had to say:

“This was my first TNNA and it was so much fun! It was great to actually see the designers/vendors and actually put a name to a face and hear their stories on how or why they created things. It’s great to have a face instead of just a business name.”  – Kelli Nienstedt, Owner, Crafty Lady Trio

“The classes and the networking are invaluable to me.  I was able to connect with more business owners this year and share experiences. It really does help. I love the business classes, sometimes just changing one or two things in the day to day operations makes all the difference in the world.  I wouldn't have this opportunity if it wasn't for TNNA.”  – Pamela Steele, Owner, Pamela Roose, Specialty Hand Knits & Yarn

2019 Winter NeedleArts Market Save the Date!

Thursday, January 31 - Sunday, February 3, 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Washington Square | Portland, Oregon

What to Expect
The TNNA 2019 Winter NeedleArts Market will be the perfect event to kick off the new year! With access to technical and business education, continuous networking and must-have products, the Winter Market will help you enter 2019 with the latest styles and trends and new knowledge to expand and revitalize your business!

Following the same format as the 2018 Winter NeedleArts Market, exhibitors will take over suites that will turn into showrooms. In addition, there will be increased space for booths in the ballroom to display the latest products. This hotel show layout allows you to receive the face-time with exhibiting companies providing more opportunities to engage in conversations with wholesalers and exhibitors about the latest products and trends in the needlearts market! Watch for registration opening the week of October 15.

Highlights from the Board Meeting

The TNNA Board of Directors met for a day and a half at the end of the show. Some of the topics discussed were as follows:

1.  New TNNA website launch coming the week of October 15
2.  Approved the 2017 audit
3.  Reaffirmed the strategic plan

Thank you for your participation and service to TNNA.

Our best,

Don Lynch, President

Susan Lane, Executive Director

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