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TNNA Needlearts Business Innovation Awards 2013
Brought 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 3rd annual TNNA Business Innovation Awards on Friday, June 28. 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.

2013 TNNA Business Innovation Awards Presentation

The winners were:

Third Annual BIA WinnersNeedlework Retailer Winner: Homestead Needle Arts
Team: Theresa and Mike Swiecicki
Innovation: Built floor and display racks to fit big front window of new location with high foot traffic. Displays easy to change 2x/month.
Homestead Needle Arts Application

Needlework Wholesaler Winner: Robbyns Nest
Team: Robbyn Nease
Innovation: Handpainted wooden artworks with inset needlepoint canvases.
Robbyns Nest's Application

Yarn Retailer Winner: Yarnover Truck
Team: Barbara Pushies and Maridee Nelson
Innovation: Mobile shop carrying high quality yarns to parties, events, and communities lacking a LYS. Focused on exclusive colors, local products, teaching, social media.
Yarnover's Truck Application

Yarn Wholesaler Winner: Skacel Collection
Team: Chuck Wilmesher, Karin Skacel and Cirilia Rose
Innovation: Online knitwear design competition with 7 challenges and 12 contestants. Skacel sells winning designs as kits.
Skacel Collection's Appllication

2013 Award Finalists

Yarn Retailer
Knitcrate Fiber & More - application
Starstruck Cat Studio - application

Yarn Wholesaler
Alaskan Yarn Co. - application
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival - application


Award plaques, cash, product and advertising went to the winners and were generously donated by TNNA sponsors, Clover, Cooperative Press, Gleener, TNNA Yarn Group, TNNA Counted Thread & Embroidery Group, Needlework Now, TNNA Needlepoint Group, Interweave, Imperial Yarn, Lantern Moon, TNNA Spinning & Weaving Group, Yarn Market News, Kreinik Manufacturing Company, Classic Elite, Schacht Spindle Company, Craftsy and Bryson Distributing.

Contacts and Further Information

India Hart Wood, Hart Business Research, 303-449-5972
Jane Miller, TNNA, 740-452-4541 ext. 3202

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