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The 75th Anniversary of the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) MEGA Conference & Trade Show to Take Place in Anaheim, CA, January 7-12, 2016 

(Elmwood Park, NJ, October 16 2015)—Registration is now open for the largest creative arts professional event in North America, the 75th Annual Craft & Hobby Association MEGA Conference & Trade Show (CHA MEGA Show).  The Show will take place January 7-12, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, and will bring the entire industry together for six days to learn, conduct business, network, and discover the latest crafting and DIY product innovations.

The CHA MEGA Show features the largest creative arts marketplace in North America, an exhibit floor with more than 400 manufacturers featuring 12,000+ new products, category pavilions and international exhibitors, showcasing products manufactured by suppliers from around the globe.

The cornerstone of the CHA MEGA Show is its Conference program, comprised of a variety of learning options designed to sharpen business skills and expand attendees’ knowledge base of emerging products, techniques and trends in the industry. Types of classes offered include more than 70 Workshops, which provide serious, hands-on product training that will help retailers introduce new products to their customers and move inventory.  Topics presented include the latest in mixed media, colors, painting as well as Artisans Workshops led by skilled instructors who are masters in their crafts.

Presented by industry experts and authors, the Business Seminars at the CHA MEGA Show will provide the latest information and insight on how to streamline operations, enhance revenue and implement strategies for retailing success. Also included in the educational programming are Hands-on Labs, offering step-by-step training on a particular use of a software program, social media, or specialized subject matter from a private instructor.  The Feed Your Brain business-strengthening boot camps will cover important disciplines, including marketing, finance and regulatory issues, and the Independent Retailer Conference, the nation’s only retail conference dedicated to indie storeowners, will occur simultaneously on the Show floor.   

More highlights of the CHA MEGA Show include:

 -“A World of Craft,” - Keynote presentation by Philip Fimmano of Trend Union, on Saturday, January 9, at 8:00 a.m.  In this forward-looking presentation, open to all attendees, Mr. Fimmano will explore different international trends in art, fashion and décor, and will use inspiring visuals to illustrate how these future styles, colors, materials and techniques will be influential to the craft and DIY markets.

The Hot Products Showcase - the place to discover the creative arts newest and most innovative products in eight categories—bead and jewelry; cake and food decorating; fabric and needlecraft; floral craft; general craft; kids craft; paint and art material; and paper craft.  

-Open Market - NEW for 2016, a two-hour trade-only warehouse sale to buy products at great discounts and have them delivered within days.

- New Exhibitors Section - - located close to the Show entrance, features thousands of new products and ideas from first time exhibitors.

Designers Trend Report Livethe latest craft industry trends and home décor ideas presented by CHA Designers. 

- Business Solution Center - products and services to boost productivity and profitability, including financial and inventory software and POP displays.

Popular networking and business building activities include the MEGA Block Party and the CHA Foundation Gala, where the Hall of Fame inductees will be honored and the Hot Product category winners will be announced, among other award presentations.

To register and for more information on this event that provides the most up to date information, trends and new products for the creative arts and craft industry, go to the new CHA MEGA Show website at www.chamegashow.org.  In the U.S., for exhibiting or sponsoring information contact Nadine Schwartz, nschwartz@craftandhobby.org; international companies can contact Andrew Morton at amorton@craftandhobby.org.