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 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 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


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


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

For more information on new badge policies, visit the Conference FAQ page or contact Nidia Negron, Education Project Manager at 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 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

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

South Hall Sold Out at 2011 Winter Show

In a press release and video issued by CHA this morning, the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center is now sold out for the upcoming 2011 Winter Conference & Trade Show.  Additional exhibit space is still available in Kentia Hall.  For the complete press release check out South Hall Sold Out for Winter Show Press Release

You can also check out the video… 


In a press release issued today, CHA announced several big changes that will enhance the upcoming Winter Show and help the industry focus on the growing need for business education.  Some of those changes include:

 – Name change:  The Winter Show is now officially called the CHA Winter CONFERENCE & Trade Show

 – New one-price structure for education – $25 per person pre-reg for members ($50 on site) provides access to workshops, business seminars, the Show Event/Party, the Keynote presentation, the International Reception, Welcome Reception and the Show Floor (a $250 value)

 New Show Floor Hours will be from 10 am – 6 pm to encourage participation in CHA Education

More information including a Frequently Asked Question Document about the Conference can be found under the CONFERENCE PROGRAM tab at

The complete press release is listed below.


Focus on Education Spurs Renaming of the CHA Winter Show

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce an official name change of the Craft & Hobby Association Convention & Trade Show.  The new name effective immediately is the Craft & Hobby Association Conference & Trade Show. This change reflects the growing importance of education in helping craft and hobby professionals cope and succeed in today’s challenging marketplace by providing greater number of industry professionals with access to CHA’s Trade Show, educational sessions, networking opportunities and special events.

Specific craft and hobby industry education is vital to the health of the industry and respective businesses. According to the 2010 CHA Member Satisfaction Survey providing educational programs pertinent to the craft industry was in the top two requested member benefits. While the majority of respondents reported providing educational programs as an important Association function, 42% have never participated in CHA education. Previous surveys report the two main reasons for not taking classes as schedule conflicts and price.

CHA will implement an exciting new Conference model for its 2011 Winter Show in Los Angeles that will provide all attendees with greater value, more convenient hours, greater networking opportunities, and unlimited access to the CHA Trade Show floor, Conference programs, networking opportunities and special events. This new CHA Conference model mirrors other successful programs currently being used by many leading trade show organizations.

The CHA 2011 Winter Conference will feature educational sessions customized for member types, hands-on craft technique training, a variety of networking opportunities, and provide attendees with unlimited access to all seminars, workshops, and special events for only $25 (an approximate $250 value). This fee is waived for all CHA Trade Show exhibitors. Now all attendees and exhibitors will have access to the CHA Conference including business sessions, networking events, and special events that include the Keynote presentation, Show Event/Party, International Reception and the Welcome Reception for one low price.

To help accommodate this focus on education and to eliminate conflicts, the Trade Show floor hours have been moved an hour later and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the first three days of the Show. The new show floor hours will provide attendees and exhibitors a full eight hours of Show floor access along with greater flexibility to participate in education and networking opportunities only offered at CHA Shows.

“We believe the new Conference model and Trade Show enhancements are very valuable new benefits to our members,” said Steve Berger, President and CEO of CHA. “They were designed to help all attendees and exhibitors take advantage of as many educational and networking opportunities as possible without the burden of additional costs.”

“Having unlimited access to valuable business education and networking opportunities will provide CHA members with the information and insights they need to successfully navigate challenges and grow their businesses during challenging economic times,” explained Michael McCooey, CHA Board Chair.