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Membership: Member Benefits

VALUABLE CHA MEMBER BENEFITS

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The Craft & Hobby Association is the largest business-to-business craft and creative professionals trade organization in the world and offering a full-range of valuable member benefits that go far beyond exhibiting or attending CHA’s award-winning conferences or trade shows. Check out the list of exclusive member benefits and discounts available to CHA members.

  • CHA’s Award-Winning Conference & Trade Show - Our events have been around for almost a century creating the industry’s must attend trade events of the year with domestic and international attendees, new products, and thousands of qualified buyers.

  • The Ultimate Craft Industry Buyers Guide - Is a unique online tool that gives you quick access to an extensive directory of industry-specific products and services.

  • Simplify Your Payment Processing With Chase Paymentech. CHA and Chase Paymentech are working together to deliver a tailored payment program for Canadian members to accept credit and debit cards. Let Chase Paymentech provide you with a free cost analysis. If we can’t lower your cost of processing, we’ll pay you $200!

  • Constant Contact - NEW - Constant Contact®, Inc.'s email marketing and online survey tools help small businesses and organizations connect to customers quickly, easily, and affordably and build stronger relationships. Craft and Hobby Association Members receive an additional 10% off the standard prepay discounts. That is 20% off six months, or 25% off the full year. Pre-payment is required for these member exclusive savings.

  • Creative Scrapbooker Magazine -NEW- a technique-rich paper crafting magazine that features scrapbooking, card making, stamping and mixed media projects. Our members receive a 20% discount on NEW 1-year and 2-year subscriptions to the magazine, plus a 5% discount on wholesale orders of the magazine for retail store members. 

  • Exclusive Health/Business Insurance Program - The buying power of 300 national associations
    pooled together.

  • Hootsuite Social Media Dashboard - NEW - There is a better way to manage social media. Hootsuite's unique social media dashboard allows businesses to manage multiple social networks, engage and identify their audience and analyze their social media campaigns.

  • HotelStorm - NEW -  HotelStorm negotiates hotel discounts only available to CHA members, with discounts up to 55%. Simply search the website for your favorite destinations and you'll find savings of 10-55% over other online travel agencies.

  • Insight Laboratories - Insight Laboratories is a proud service provider for CHA members. As a fully-accredited (ISO 17025) and CPSC-approved laboratory specializing in consumer products, Insight Laboratories is an expert in quality assurance services. Insight’s offerings include product safety testing, factory social audits and inspections, and product assessments. Clifford Brechner, CEO of Insight Laboratories, shares, “The safety of our clients’ products is important to us but we want to help them with much more than just that. It’s important that our clients have a clear understanding of the testing process. By providing deeper education about the requirements they need to meet, our clients are better able to design and market products that are compliant from the onset.” CHA members receive a special discount on Insight testing services. Simply identify yourself as a CHA member when contacting Insight Laboratories and you’ll receive an automatic 30% discount. Higher volume clients may be eligible for even higher discounts. Insight Laboratories is a partner you can trust when it comes to quality assurance and product testing services.

  • International and US CHA Member Distributor Resource Book - This member only resource will give you access to current CHA member distributors worldwide. Great for both retailers looking to consolidate supplies and for suppliers looking to expand into new international markets.

  • Intuit Quickbooks Self-Employed - NEW - A tax preparation software designed to help you get organized, save time and simplify what you do every day. Independent contractors and freelancers save more using QuickBooks Self-Employed! Users find an average of $3,809 in potential tax savings per year. CHA members save 50% for 6 months on QuickBooks Self-Employed after a free 30-day trial. You'll pay only $5 per month for 6 months. 

  • LifeLock - NEW - Your identity makes you unique. LifeLock, an industry-leader in identity theft protection, uses the patented LifeLock Identity Alert system† to help ensure you remain the only you. As a Craft and Hobby Association member, you’re entitled to a special offer and 10% off. That’s just $9.00 a month or $99.00 annually for LifeLock Standard™ service.

  • Market Research & Trend Information - CHA provides exclusive industry market research on crafting attitudes and behaviors, consumer motivation, the emotional drivers of crafting and access to a free monthly Retail Trending Report by The Gordman Group.

  • Payment Processing - CHA would like to offer you two different options to accept payments, both offering special rates just for our members. Here are two options to select based on how you would like to accept payments: 
    • TSYS Merchant Solutions offers payment options for the business to business segment. Whether your sales activity is generated through a store-front or a large online retail presence,TSYS Merchant Solutions provides you a variety of payment processing solutions. These options include POS devices which can fully integrate with a majority of software solutions. Our people centered payments also delivers personalized training and 24/7 first-rate customer service. 
    • ProPay - ProPay a TSYS company offers you the option to accept payments anytime, anywhere, in-person, online, offline, and over the phone. You can sign up and start processing in minutes from your smartphone, tablet or PC. ProPay also connects with Ebay, Etsy and Artfire to help you run and grow your business. ProPay provides toll-free customer service.

  • Staples - All CHA members are provided with preferred copy and print pricing online and in store. You can submit jobs online for delivery or to be picked up at any of your local Staples Copy & Print locations.
    Canadian Members - NEW -  You are now eligible to receive 20% off your full service printing needs at any Staples Copy & Print Centre.

  • SGS Consumer Testing Services - SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity with more than 75,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,500 offices and laboratories around the world. From textiles to art materials, furniture, cosmetics and electronics, our complete range of services facilitates the quality, compliance, and safety of consumer products across global supply chains. Our customers rely on our inspection, audit, certification and testing capabilities and product testing laboratories to help them comply with the regulations governing their products, as well as to ensure the integrity of the inputs received from their suppliers. Through product evaluation, factory assessment, product inspection and shipment control, we identify potential production pitfalls allowing faster market entry and compliance with any regulatory regime. 

  • UPS Savings Program® - NEW - CHA is excited to announce the UPS Savings Program for our members! You and your business can now save on UPS’s broad portfolio of shipping services, including air, international, ground and freight. Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for an affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of speed, reliability, and cost. You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save with UPS.

  • Vistage International - Is a worldwide network of more than 14,500 executives that helps CEOs and executives grow their business through monthly problem solving meetings with peers, individual coaching, expert speaker workshops, and web-based best practices.

  • Vital Imagery - NEW - provides CHA members with a 25% discount on 1 year subscriptions to over 25 million stock photos and illustrations at clipart.com, iCLIPART.com, iPHOTOS.com and AnimationFactory.com. The widest selection and lowest prices for all file types and sizes are now available royalty-free. Start your next project with the perfect copyright released stock image by visiting the CHA Member Benefits website or contacting www.vitalimagery.com

  • CHA Publications - CHA offers a host of publications and enewsletters to address different aspects of the industry, membership and award-winning trade shows. The publications include Craft Industry Today Magazine, the CHA Member News eNewsletter and the CHA Exhibitor Update eNewsletter.

  • Regulation Compliance Support - With decades of experience working directly with testing labs and manufacturers, John Yi, owner and chief engineer at Growing Roots Engineering, is one of the industry’s leading experts in product safety regulation. He works around the clock as a compliance consultant, answering all manner of questions about CPSIA, communicating with labs and helping clients navigate other regulatory issues. John’s invaluable services are now available to our members. He can work directly with a testing lab to offer complete support.

  • Rental Car Discounts - Avis and Budget offer CHA Members reduced car rental rates.

  • The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) - NEW - is the trade association of the world's largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers. RILA's annual conferences include programs for supply chain, sustainability, legal, and asset protection professionals. CHA members receive the RILA member rate for all upcoming RILA conferences.

  • VALID8D™ DESIGN PREFERENCE RESEARCH TOOL - Test your designs before they go to market with this new tool constructed to run efficiently and quickly! VALID8D is a cost effective research tool created to pre-determine which designs within any given product offering are most likely to sell. It provides a screened panel (300-400 qualified consumers) by craft channel or by specific retailer. Test up to 24 designs in each survey!

All of these benefits and more can be accessed in the Members Only section of this site. Click here for information on how to join.