Weaver’s Workshop Write-up

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We hosted our first Weaver’s Workshop, an hour long presentation and Q&A session geared towards artisan and handweaver manufacturers. Our aim was to cover the basic compliance requirements for the US, Canada and European markets, including testing requirements, costs, maximizing fiber/product offerings, and things to consider when deciding to move from hobbyist to business. The slide deck from the workshop is below, and a summary of the excellent questions from our participants is below. Missed this workshop? We are aiming … Read More

Weaver’s Workshop

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Are you an artisan handweaver who is selling -or considering selling- wraps, slings and carriers? Please join the BCIA for an informal discussion around: -compliance and regulatory requirements in the USA and Canada (we will also lightly touch on Europe as time permits) -testing costs and expectations -making the most of your options for customers while minimizing testing costs -decorative finishes and accessories (ladders, fringe, beading)- assessing risks and other factors to consider -from hobby to business: when and how … Read More

Compliance Assistance Services

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Need some extra one-on-one assistance? Work directly with BCIA executive director Linnea Catalan to tailor services that meet your unique business needs. BCIA members can pick and choose from the following a la carte options. Children’s Product Certificate Assistance/ReviewHave your test reports? Let’s put them together into a CPC template that you can continue to update as needed.$50.00New Market ConsultationSkype/messenger/phone or email consult to: Identify testing needs and options to enter desired market (USA, Canada, EU, Australia)Explore test lab optionsDiscuss how … Read More

How to: Counterfeit/trademark Infringement

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Counterfeit and trademark infringement issues are a legitimate concern in our industry. Unfortunately there is no easy way to counteract this- protecting all of your information and images is expensive and time consuming, and going after 3rd party marketplace sellers that pop up and disappear constantly can feel like a futile whack-a-mole exercise (and truly- there really is no time and cost-effective way to combat this type of infringement). There are solutions to larger counterfeit issues though. We sat down … Read More