• Stay at the Comfort Inn Suites in Lake Geneva and receive a discount! Mention “Minga Open House” when making your reservation.

  • Up to 60% off 100+ select items

  • Shop Marketplace Handwork of India’s fall fashions

  • Free shipping and double loyalty points for your on-site purchase

  • Exclusive on-site offerings

  • Get a sneak peak at new designs

  • Our guest speakers will be in attendance on the days outlined below. The speakers will be prepared to discuss certain topics in a group setting as well as be available for informal discussions with retailers.

  • Use your Loyalty Points to get here! Click here to learn how to redeem your points, or contact us via email at [email protected] or by phone at (262)248-8790.

Space is limited, so please RSVP online HERE, via phone at (262) 248-8790 or via email at [email protected]. RSVP by August 1 for a chance to win free shipping for one year!


Pushpika Freitas

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 clothing, which will be available to order for immediate shipping. Samples will be on hand all week long.

Jackie Corlett

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. Join in on the discussion as Jackie tells you all you want to know about artisans from Bangladesh! Learn more about Motif here.

Kara Delost

Director of Marketing at Power

Monday, September 25 – Tuesday, September 26

Kara is a marketing phenom who was a guest speaker at the 2017 Fair Trade Federation Conference. If you missed her there, this is your chance to benefit from her e-marketing expertise! Kara works with business structures and plans, financing, and management systems. She strives to help organizations push the limits of their own creativity.

Tim Vertz

Vertz Marketing

Wednesday, September 27

Vertz Marketing is a leading marketing and advertising agency focused on small and mid-sized businesses, especially retailers. Their goal is to help your company live up to its full profit potential. They’re here to help your company with their talented, creative marketing and strategic experts. Vertz Marketing will be here to share the most cost-effetive strategies and tools you should be using in your business to increase sales and build greater brand loyalty to your store.

Cheryl Newendorp & Amanda Johnson

From The Work of Our Hands – Lessons from Artisans

Wednesday, September 27 – Thursday, September 28

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. Hear about their experiences and impressions from their travels to Peru and Ecuador with Minga’s Fair Trade Educational Tours.

Kevin Natapow

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. Discuss the many ways to maximize your business potential with Kevin.

Andrés & Juanita Flores

Tagua Artisans

Monday, September 25 – Friday, September 29

Join this dynamic couple in a tagua jewelry workshop. Their jewelry and carvings have been among our bestsellers for over a decade! Try your hand at jewelry making with the tools and methods Andrés and Juanita will teach you!

Ivan Gonzalez

Minga Export Manager – Ecuador

Monday, September 25 – Friday, September 29

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.