Mark your Calendar for the 2014 16th Annual Meeting to be held June 6 & 7, 2014!!!
David Fisher has been making soap for over 10 years and candles since he was a child. He has always been fascinated with soap and candle making’s combination of science, creativity, cooking, design, frugal living and health. He has been About.com’s online Guide to Candle and Soap Making since 2005. The articles and how-to projects on the site are read by over 50,000 soap and candle makers a month. He was the owner of Bath Rabbit Soap Company and is a current member of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild. ASCA is so excited to have him speak this year!!
Since 2006, Debbie Chialtas has worked to make the world a brighter, happier and cleaner place through her company Soapylove.com, purveyors of adorable, high quality, hand-crafted soaps (most famous for Soapy Pops!). Based in sunny San Diego, California, Debbie is the author of multiple soap crafting books & ezines, teaches regularly at The Nova Studio, has a licensed line of soap supplies from Bramble Berry, and is a leading innovator in glycerin soap design and craft.
Donna Maria Coles Johnson is an attorney and an award-winning entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Beauty Network , the first trade organization to serve the needs of handmade entrepreneurs who make soap, candles, cosmetics, jewelry, aromatherapy products and other health, beauty, and lifestyle products.
She is the author of “Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions,” and the host of the #IndieCruise MasterMind, an annual Caribbean retreat to help women entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level.
Donna Maria and her work to encourage entrepreneurs has been hailedby Black Enterprise as a, “Haven for small business owners.”
Her expertise and/or story has been featured in dozens of media outlets including Working Mother Magazine, National Public Radio,
the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, Global Cosmetics Industry Magazine, The Wall Street
Journal and more.
She was named by Forbes as one of the top 20 women in the country Tweeting about small business and entrepreneurship. She is the winner
of the United States Small Business Administration Home-Based Business of the Year Award.
She is a guest blogger for Small Biz Trends and American Express Open. Her mission, both personally and professionally, is, “To empower women and their families to maximize their potential through small business ownership.”
A native of Washington, DC, Donna Maria lives in her adopted hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their children.
We hope you will come and join us at the 14th annual Alabama Soap & Candle Association Meeting that will be held at the Doster Center in Historic Downtown Prattville, Alabama! We have a link to the Rand-McNally website that will give you step by step directions to the meeting location when you provide your starting point.
The Alabama Soap and Candle Association began as the Alabama Soap Meeting in 1998 with 4 members, and has grown to well over 100 members. Join our Yahoo Group to keep up with activities like monthly luncheons, our winter gathering, and more.
We promise fun, fellowship, food, my three favorite “f’s”!, education, and some awesome shopping opportunities. There will be several vendors there from whom you can buy on the spot, and many of our generous sponsors will provide samples of new products so we can try before we buy. Put this event on your calendar now…. it’ll be the *must attend* event of the Summer of 2013! There are always several swaps in which you can participate. We promise you two fun-filled days of amazing speakers and demos. We have had amazingly generous sponsors who provide items for door prizes and for our goodie bags. I’m sure that they will be even more generous in 2013. Some of our vendors may offer specials such as free delivery to the meeting.
We’d love to see you there! Make plans now to be there, Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th, 2013. Early-Bird Registration ends March 31! REGULAR REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 31!!