Updates from BCIA

Skin to Skin Care Research/Funding Opportunity
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The CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has announced a funding opportunity through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants program FOA No. PA-17-302. US small business concerns that meet specific criteria are eligible to submit applications, and the eligibility information is explained in detail in Section III. The goals of the Innovative Approaches for Maternal and Infant Safety in Maternity Hospitals topic are to develop creative, innovative approaches, including but not limited to technological applications, … Read More

Product Imaging and Education Webinar
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Thursday, November 30th, 2017 1:30-3:00pm EST with Arie Brentnall Each product image we release teaches customers how to use our product. This can be a positive, with your brand becoming a resource, or a negative, creating risk for your customers and liability for your company. Using real world examples, learn to recognize and avoid problematic imagery. Arie Brentnall is the owner of Canadian Babywearing School. She consults with companies within the babywearing industry to identify compliance concerns & improve branding … Read More

Member Roundtable Discussions
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The BCIA Educator Committee will be hosting monthly informal member roundtable discussion calls open to any BCIA member who would like to participate. The aim is to informally discuss relevant industry topics and connect with fellow industry members in an educational and cooperative capacity. The second call is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20 10pm-11pm CST/11pm-12am EST Facilitated by Angelique Geehan (BCIA Educator Committee) Call in details: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM EST/10:00 PM – 11:00 PM … Read More

Why Join ASTM?
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ASTM International is the international organization that brings stakeholders together to create international standards for over 12,000 products. In the baby carrier industry, F2907, F2236 and F2549 are the three standards that apply to our products, particularly for the North American market (though any country can of course recognize an ASTM standard). Industry members can be involved in the creation of new standards and the ongoing improvement of current standards by joining ASTM as a Participating Member for $75 USD/year. … Read More

Product Registration Partnership: Registria
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Product Registration Service Update In our efforts to continually improve our programs and services, we are pleased to roll out some exciting improvements to our Product Registration Service (PRS). As of April 1, we will be partnering with Registria, the leader in the product ownership experience, to manage our product registration program. We chose Registria as our registration services partner given their expertise not only in product registration but also because of their technological expertise in providing consumers a better … Read More

Educator Roundtable Discussion Recap
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Thank you to all who made it out to our first Educator Roundtable call of 2018 on Jan 23. We hope this will be the first of many. The aim is to give educators space for organic, member-led discussions to evolve about the issues and questions that arise from our own teaching experiences in our communities. These calls are open to all, recognizing that often the retailer/manufacturer/educator space overlaps.   Eleven educators joined the hour-long call and brought up topics … Read More

Member Roundtable Discussions
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The BCIA Educator Committee will be hosting monthly informal member roundtable discussion calls open to any BCIA member who would like to participate. The aim is to discuss relevant industry topics and connect with fellow industry members in an educational and cooperative capacity. The 6th call is scheduled for Tues June 19th at 11pm-12am eastern (10pm-11pm central) Facilitated by Angelique Geehan (BCIA Educator Committee) Call in details: Industry Roundtable Discussion #6 Tue, Jun 19, 2018 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM … Read More

2018 Safety Brochure Sponsorship Opportunity
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We are doing another print run of our popular Babywearing Safety Brochure in the UK, Australia, as well as a Spanish language print run in the USA. These brochures are free to whomever requests them and delivers valuable safety information to consumers. This program is made possible because of the generous sponsorship of our industry members. Sponsorship is your business logo on the back of the brochures (limit 4 per brochure print run). Details are as follows: US print run … Read More

Product Registration Partnership: Registria
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Product Registration Service Update In our efforts to continually improve our programs and services, we are pleased to roll out some exciting improvements to our Product Registration Service (PRS). As of April 1, we will be partnering with Registria, the leader in the product ownership experience, to manage our product registration program. We chose Registria as our registration services partner given their expertise not only in product registration but also because of their technological expertise in providing consumers a better … Read More

In Memoriam: Vesta Garcia
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Vesta Garcia (Hartman) It is with the deepest sadness that we mourn the passing of Vesta Garcia who died after living with ALS for four years on March 16, 2018. Vesta was a mother, wife, friend. Entrepreneur, creator, advisor. Vesta was the founding Executive Director of the BCIA and in many ways, one of the mothers of our industry as we recognize it now. Before she led the BCIA, Vesta ran Peppermint.com, one of the first online retail options for … Read More

Industry Roundtable Recap March-April 2018
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Industry roundtable sessions have continued monthly since January now. Here’s a quick recap of what’s been discussed as well as call in details for the next roundtable discussion. March 5 members joined the call to discuss our various business ventures with a specific focus on current challenges. We discussed member management, the logistics of moving a non-profit overseas, how to connect with qualified people to fulfill an organization’s mission, and the line between volunteer vs paid work while establishing space … Read More

Competing With Big Box: SEO Webinar
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BCIA and myheartcreative bring you — Competing With Big Box! Ever feel like small business gets lost online? You don’t have to. Get the tools to win the web. SEO is more than packing keywords into your website; it requires careful monitoring, planning, and analysis. When done correctly, SEO will increase your ranking in search engine results and expand your customer base. People rarely look beyond page 1 of their search results. Think about how often you search beyond the … Read More

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