10 Reasons Why You Can’t Miss the CHA MEGA Show


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The 2016 CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show is taking place January 7-12, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

The MEGA Show comes around once a year and is the craft industry’s largest trade show in the US! Global industry manufacturers and buyers attend the Show year after year in order to conduct business, network and discover the industry’s latest trends. It’s your chance to get an entire years’ worth of business done in just six days!



Here are the Top 10 reasons why you must attend the CHA MEGA Show in January!

  1. The latest craft industry trends and forecasts are presented on the Show floor and in classrooms
  2. Five days of education, including the EXTRA day you wanted on Thursday, January 7
  3. 400+ manufacturers featuring 12,000+ new products
  4. Exciting special events to celebrate the Show’s 75th anniversary
  5. Everything you want to see – specific product and new exhibitor pavilions, and NEW Show floor exhibits showcasing products in action
  6. More hands-on product workshops led by the industry’s favorite designers
  7. Free retail education from industry experts, sponsored by the Independent Retailer Conference (IRC)
  8. New Business Solutions Pavilion with companies to help boost your efficiency and profitability
  9. Valuable networking opportunities with key industry players
  10. The only place you can conduct a year’s worth of business in SIX days


Save the Date:
Registration opens this September!
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Top 5 Reasons to Sponsor a Workshop or Seminar at the CHA 2016 MEGA Conference & Trade Show!



Interested in speaking or hosting a workshop at the CHA 2016 MEGA Conference & Trade Show? Applications are now open! This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with buyers.

Here are 5 reasons why you should consider signing up:

1. Get your products in the hands of serious buyers off the Show floor
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3. Increase booth traffic through product knowledge
4. Build credibility in the creative industry
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Seminar/Demo-nar applications are due by August 14, 2015. The deadline to be included in the Show Preview Guide is June 1, 2015.

Due to size limits, filling out an application does not guarantee acceptance. Please make sure to complete the application in full, including your complete bio, references, and both a long and a short description of your subject for marketing purposes.

Fill out the online application today.

Message to CHA From Keynote Nick Bilton

Here is a quick personal note from Nick Bilton, CHA’s New Winter Show Keynote Speaker.

Nick Bilton, Lead Technology Writer for The New York Times, and author of I Live in the Future and Here’s How it Works.   Nick brings a wealth of experience, expertise and cutting-edge research on technology and social media, and his timely and dynamic presentation will help your business map a steady course to stay competitive in 2011 and beyond!

Nick’s presentation The Future of Business:  The Impact of Social Media and Technology on Consumer Behavior will be held on Saturday, January 29th at 8:30am at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Tickets are required.  Go to www.chashow.org for more.

New Keynote Speaker for Winter Conference Announced


Nick Bilton
Nick Bilton



Due to unforeseen circumstances, Randi Zuckerberg of Facebook is unable to present the Keynote at the CHA Winter Show.  On behalf of Facebook and CHA, we sincerely apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause.

But, we are excited to announce our NEW Keynote Speaker, Nick Bilton, Lead Technology Writer for The New York Times, and author of I Live in the Future and Here’s How it Works.   Nick brings a wealth of experience, expertise and cutting-edge research on technology and social media, and his timely and dynamic presentation will help your business map a steady course to stay competitive in 2011 and beyond!

Nick’s presentation The Future of Business:  The Impact of Social Media and Technology on Consumer Behavior will be held on Saturday, January 29th at 8:30am.


We all know, in an ever-changing arena of social media, mobile devices, and integration it’s hard to not only keep up, but plan ahead.  Are you thinking about how you will communicate with customers in the next 2, 5 or 10 years?  Nick joins us to reveal why businesses that stay on the cutting edge of the technology curve will have significant advantages in engaging consumers and growing business.

Nick will share with us the sociological impact of emerging technologies. As new generations are raised immersed in social media, future consumers will not only be extremely savvy, but will have expectations for meaningful interaction and personalization.  Are you ready? Nick will show us what we need to do NOW to attract and retain customers in 5, 10, even 20 years.   

Plus…All attendees can enter for a chance to WIN a FREE copy of Nick’s hit new book, just bring your business card to enter!  Four lucky winners will be announced at the event; must be present to win.

Visit www.chashow.org to read more.


Getting Excited About The CHA Winter Show in Los Angeles?


Ok, the 70th Annual CHA Winter Conference & Trade Show is just a little over a week away and I’m honestly getting excited about heading to Los Angeles. Maybe it’s my recent kick on searching YouTube for LA-related songs & videos or maybe its the snow in New Jersey, but I can honestly say that I’ve been craving the unwrapped sushi dish from LA Market since I was last there last summer.  So imagine my delite when I found out that CHA Winter Show attendees will be able to take advantage of dineLA Restaurant Weeks January 24 – 28 and January 30 – February 4 AND that LA Market is on the LIST!!!  dineLA Restaurant week is hosted by some of LA’s hottest restaurants offering prefixed three-course lunch and dinner specials at discounted prices of ranging from $16-$44. These special restaurant promotions will give CHA Show attendees a chance to taste some great food at great prices. Please click here for list of participating restaurants and offerings.

Like Randy Newman, I LOVE LA!  20 years later the song is still catchy.



CHA-TV, live webscast at http://www.linqto.com/rooms/craftandhobby


CHA-TV is a free webcast portal for the craft & hobby industry. CHA will use this new resource to webcast the hottest new product launches live from the upcoming 2011 Winter Show. Two-time Emmy Award winner and CHA’s National Spokesperson Terri O will be conducting the daily interviews from 11 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 2 pm PT live from the CHA-TV Broadcast booth on the Show floor. Stay tuned for more about the scheduled list of interviews.

Following the Show, CHA-TV will be harnessed for virtual CHA meetings, educational sessions, webinars, and to communicate other CHA programs to its members around the world. For more information contact Victor Domine, CHA PR Manager at vdomine@craftandhobby.org.


Response to the new CHA Conference program has been incredible. Pre-registration for the Conference programs are up over 100% from last year. Due to record-breaking workshop sellout rates, some Workshop sponsors have expanded or repeated their workshops to give attendees an additional the chance to attend – and some have already sold out!Some of newly added and expanded listings include:

New Workshops Seats Added
W0102 – Technique Filled Card Making ClassSponsored by: Creative Imaginations W0204 – Tombow Techniques Certification Sponsored by: Tombow
W0107 – Tool School – Notebook ConstructionSponsored by: We R Memory Keepers W0302 – EncaustiKits Painting in Beeswax (Sold Out)
Sponsored by: PB Seggebruch’s EncaustiKits
W0307 – We are Family! (Sold Out)
Sponsored by: Bella Blvd, LLC
W0503 – Enjoy The Moment (Sold Out)
Sponsored by: Punky Sprouts
W0906 – 3-D Shadow Box Frame (Sold Out)
Sponsored by: EcoGreen Crafts
W0506 – Beyond Fabric – Exploring Mixed Media (Sold Out)
Sponsored by: Jacquard Products/Rupert, Gibbon & Spider, Inc.
W1002 – Oh So Beautiful (Sold Out)
Sponsored by: Clear Scraps
W0604 – 12 Cards in 2 hours: Life is Good! (Sold Out)
Sponsored by: SRM Stickers
W1003 – Paper Jewelry
Sponsored by: EcoGreen Crafts
W0605 – Stupendous Steampunk Hearts (Sold Out)
Sponsored by: Polyform Products


Don’t Wait – Register now to take full advantage of your all-access new Conference & Trade Show badge** at www.chashow.org.

For more information on new badge policies, visit the Conference FAQ page or contact Nidia Negron, Education Project Manager at nnegron@craftandhobby.org or (201) 835-1204.

* The Conference & Trade Show Badge fee is $25 Pre-Reg ($50 Onsite) for member attendees, excluding Exhibitors. Non-member rates apply. Pre-Registration ends January 25th. All programs (Workshops, Seminars and Events) require individual Registration, and a ticket, to attend.

** Workshop admission policy remains unchanged – only buyer badge types permitted.



Los Angeles Convention Center

Los Angeles Convention Center

CHA is pleased to confirm that the 2011 Winter Conference & Trade Show has already surpassed the total square footage of exhibit space that was sold for the entire 2010 Winter Show. Over 150 exhibitors are slated to exhibit in Kentia Hall with over 375 in the South Hall. Click here for the floor plan.



Innovation in Retail Award

Nominate a CHA Retailer for the Innovation in Retail Award at the CHA 2011 Winter Show

Nine innovative CHA retailers will be profiled in a gallery display during the CHA 2011 Winter Conference & Trade Show and ONE CHA member will be awarded the CHA “Innovation in Retail Award”.

Nominations (including self-nominations) are being accepted. Email submissions to Keri Cunningham, Marketing Manager, at kcunningham@craftandhobby.org by January 3, 2011 with:

  • A 300-word (or less) description on what makes the retailer innovative (Product Displays, Marketing Strategies, Store Layouts, Technological advances, Customer Loyalty Programs, etc…)
  • Photos of the innovation and retail location
  • Screen-shots of any technology/software used in the submission
  • How the innovation has impacted your business

Best of luck!

Approaching CHA Deadline for Early Bird Hotel Rates

CHA early bird hotel rates close October 22, 2010.  If you haven’t made your reservations yet you can still do so by going to CHA’s official travel partner Par Avion at http://tinyurl.com/CHATravel.

Get a look at the area around the LA Convention Center as CHA staffers take a tour and report on what they see…