Join us in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for our 6th Annual Open House! Don’t miss this opportunity to hand-pick merchandise for your store, shop 100+ sale items up to 60% off, and meet with our very special guests:
Founder of Marketplace Handwork of India
Monday, September 25
Pushpika will join us to share stories about her experiences in India and the artisans that she works with. Pushpika will also be bringing Marketplace Handwork of India products, which will be available for purchase all week long!
Designer and Founder of Motif
Monday, September 25 – Tuesday, September 26
Jackie has a wealth of knowledge to share about Bangladesh, product design, and building a fair trade business from the ground up. Learn more about Motif here.
Creative Retail Solutions
Thursday, September 28 – Friday, September 29
Creative Retail Solutions focuses on helping existing Fair Trade shops increase sales and maximize efficiency through inventory control, marketing, merchandising, buying and customer service. They also work with those seeking to open a Fair Trade shop with the above, as well as location, business structures and plans, financing, and management systems.
Wednesday, September 27
Vertz Marketing is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin marketing company that works primarily with small and medium sized businesses.Â They specialize inÂ Social Media Management, SEO, Web Design, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Development Services.
Cheryl Newendorp & Amanda Johnson
From The Work of Our Hands – Lessons from Artisans
Chat with these ladies to learn how they have successfully run a small non-profit fair trade store in Pella, Iowa called The Work of Our Hands. They will also be sharing their experiences and impressions from their travels to Ecuador with Minga’s Fair Trade Educational Tours.
Minga Export Manager – Ecuador
Ivan is Minga’s point person in Ecuador, so he knows all of the artisans we work with personally. Chat with Ivan to learn about fair trade from the artisans’ perspective.