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Welcome to our resource of information! Below are links for our sister sites, business partners, industry associations, charitable organizations, local community groups, earthy-friendly information and so much. Click around and see what great information pops up!
Action Bag Sister Sites:
Action Bag's Healthcare Website
Action Bag's Fundraising Website
Professional Beauty Links:
Professional Beauty Association is a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of the professional beauty industry from manufacturers and distributors to salons and spas.
The International Medical Spa Association brings together the healthcare and spa industries in a way that will ensure the highest quality of care available and pooled their expertise and resources to integrate the worlds of medicine and spa.
The National Cosmetology Association has represents the interests of the professional salon industry.
American Association of Cosmetology Schools is a national non-profit association, open to all privately owned schools of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences.
The Beauty Schools Directory helps individuals locate and contact schools for more information, compare programs, and learn about careers and licensing requirements.
The National Latino Cosmetology Association links Latin-minded business and Salon Professional together into a worldwide peer network.
The International Spa Association is a professional association recognized worldwide as the authoritative voice for the spa industry and a leading proponent of health and well-being everywhere.
The Day Spa Association serves as the primary business resource for day spa professionals and promotes their members businesses by enhancing consumer awareness and demand for spa services.
The Medical Spa Network is a central resource for medical spa information, products and services and provides you with ways to market your services.
Vance Publishing creates beauty industry related publications that give profitable information on products and services that drive innovation and build business.
Society of Dermatology Skin Care Specialists is a non-profit organization that aims to develop and foster the highest standards of skincare in the dermatology setting.
The National Coalition of Estheticians is a group of active skin care associations, companies and individuals who have come together to establish standards and best practices, and provide political representation for the esthetics profession to state legislators and licensing boards.
Medical Spa Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising and upholding the level of professionalism practiced throughout the medical spa industry through professional and consumer education.
The Indoor Tanning Association represents indoor tanning manufacturers, distributors, facility owners and members from other support industries.
Looking Fit is a popular tanning publication focused on tanning, fitness, health and skincare that offers tips and industry news.
Tandemonium is a fantastic salon resource for tanning beds, lotions, supplies and maintenance.
Tanning Buyers Group creates savings by combining the buying power of member salons, with online ordering and national account pricing from all the major suppliers.
The Allied Beauty Association is a registered not-for-profit Canadian organization that represents more than 90% of the Canadian professional beauty supply industry with respect to hair and nails.
Club Aware offers salons personalized branding through the development of innovative product systems, sleek packaging, prestigious fragrance options, superior profit margins, impactful marketing and promotional support.
TanToday is the largest online resource for tanning salon professionals.Tanning salon owners can learn, share, educate, and participate in the largest this online community.
ProBeautySearch.com is an online search engine for beauty professionals.
YourBeautyIndustry.com features interviews and tips that offer a unique insight to the beauty business. The site features Beauty Industry News, Resources, a Member Directory and other great Career Tools.
Hairs How is a World-Class Hair & Beauty Magazine featuring Salon Style, Hairstyle Galleries and Educational How-to Books and DVDs for purchase.
Craft Associations Links:
The Craft and Hobby Association stimulate the sales growth of the craft and hobby industry worldwide by creating consumer demand, helping members succeed and leading the industry.
The National NeedleArts Association is an international trade organization representing those involved in all aspects of the specialty needlearts market.
The National Candle Association is the major trade association representing U.S. candle manufacturers and their suppliers.
The Spinning & Weaving Association is an organization working to strengthen national spinning and weaving and provide opportunities and resources for its members.
The Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild is an international non-profit professional trade association that promotes the handcrafted soap industry that communicates and circulates information beneficial to soap makers.
Society of North American Goldsmiths promotes passion, innovation and excellence in jewelry, design and metalsmithing
•http://www.craft.on.ca/home The Ontario Crafts Council is a "grass roots" organization in Canada promoting interest in making, collecting and appreciating all types of crafts.
The American Craft Association is the nation’s largest group of professional and amateur crafters and artists promoting the craft industry.
For Soapmakers is a useful resource for information and supply material distributors for the soap making industry.
The Art Fair Source Book is a guide to the best juried art and craft fairs in the United States.
Craftrends Magazine simplifies the details of retail for creative industry retailers. From better business practices to trends, new products, commentary, industry news, and more. Craftrends offers retailers a guide to growing their businesses.
Kalmbach Publishing Co. produces high quality consumer magazines, books, and websites covering hobby, special-interest, and leisure-time subjects. Kalmbach sponsors consumer shows and enhances customers' enjoyment with consumer initiatives and reference materials.
Giftware News is a monthly trade magazine for independent and specialty giftware retailers. It carries news and articles on retailing, industry trends, new products, collectibles, stationery, home decor, and more.
Home Business Links:
Home Party Plan Resources is devoted to bringing you the best in direct sales information, home business resources and ideas to get your business growing.
Home Party Plan Network helps you find a home party plan or direct sales company to join and gives you ideas on how to grow your current party plan home business.
Direct Selling Opportunities is a leading resource for Home Party Plan, Direct Selling, and WAHM Resources.
Women in Business:
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council works to foster diversity in the world of commerce with programs and policies designed to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners.
•http://www.womeninpackaging.org Women in Packaging provides a forum for packaging education, support, networking and mentoring for the personal and professional development of women.
Direct Sales Women is a leading resource for Home Party Plan, Direct Selling, and WAHM Resources.
The ewomen network is a useful source for connecting and promoting women and their businesses.
Vistage members meet in small groups every month to help one another make better business decisions, achieve better results for their businesses and enhance their lives.
The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is a nationally and internationally recognized not-for-profit organization that works with women to launch new businesses and strengthen existing businesses in the Chicago area.
Digital-women.com helps women network with other women, find information on starting or running a business, as well as information on loans and grants available to women.
Packaging Diva helps solve dozens of packaging problems whether it's how to get started packaging your product or to understand the latest packaging technology.
Packaging Univerity.com features more information on an informative packaging conference by the Packaging Diva and sign up information.
This link features tips on how to package your image.
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is an exclusive network for professional women to connect, learn and inspire.
Cause Related Marketing (Charity Support):
The Susan G. Komen Foundation is the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists and is the voice for the global breast cancer awareness movement.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation provides ongoing educational programs and funding for free mammograms to women who cannot afford them.
The City of Hope is a biomedical research, treatment and educational institution dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Breastcancerawareness.com promotes awareness and education about Breast Cancer and offers news, blogs and a forum for discussion.
Cut it Out is dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse, builds awareness and trains salon professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients to local resources.
Go Red for Women promotes Heart Health Awareness among women, provides education and prevention of heart disease.
The American Heart Association is committed to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke and provides information on prevention and treatment.
Woman in Need Growing Stronger(WINGS)helps homeless and abused women and children by offering integrated services that meet their needs for shelter, education, guidance and support.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy.
Scrapbooks etc. is partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to hold a “Scrap Pink” fundraising campaign in September 2008 at independent retail stores across North America.
Our Local Community:
The Village of Bensenville official website with information about the town, news and latest happenings.
BensenvilleChamber.org provides search engine and links with information, maps, and other information about Bensenville.
Little Friends Inc. empowers those with special challenges to live, learn work and participate in their community.
NAPM-Chicago is a non-profit association dedicated to strengthening the procurement community through education, research, and communication.
The Biz2Biz Network is a non-affiliated group of 20-30 business networking professionals in the Chicagoland area who exchange business leads, referrals, and share with each other about how their industry is growing through our weekly business networking breakfast.
Vistage International is the world's leading chief executive organization, specializing in executive and business coaching for medium and small businesses by providing access to a worldwide network of expert resource speakers, CEO peers, and executive learning workshops.
The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals is a global nonprofit membership organization for everyone involved in creating and managing business knowledge.
The Northern Illinois Postal Customer Council promotes networking, information, communication, and education to help businesses use mail as an effective and efficient communication and fulfillment media for their customers.
•http://www.marian.comWebsite for Marian Central Highschool featuring the latest school news and information.
Infor is a software company that provides business solutions to companies who want the best of both worlds: solutions as business-specific as those offered by smaller providers, backed by a company with the financial stability and global scale of the market’s enterprise software giants.
Cityofchicago.org is an informative site on business, news and government in the city of Chicago.
The Official Cook County government website. Quickly and easily obtain a wide variety of information, from department services, to recreational activities.
•http://www.greenspanetwork.orgThe Green Spa is a trade association is dedicated to bringing sustainable operating practices to the spa industry, promoting the natural connections between personal wellbeing, economic sustainability, and the health of the planet.
SCARCE is a local environmental group dedicated to educating students, teachers, residents, businesses, and the general public to conserve natural resources and energy, prevent pollution, reduce waste, recycle, and compost organic materials tp protect the environment and work toward a sustainable future for our community.
This site helps people measure the impact their activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases we produce in units of carbon dioxide.
LOHAS is an acronym for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, a market segment focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice.
GreenBiz is the leading information resource on how to align environmental responsibility with business success and provides valuable news and resources to large and small businesses.
The 11th Hour provides information and resources and its mission is to raise awareness around the urgent state of the earth's deteriorating ecosystems and to provide solutions and pathways for change.
The Responsible Purchasing Network is a national network of procurement-related professionals dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing.
Earthsave educates inspires and empowers people to shift toward a plant-based diet that is healthy for people and the planet.
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
The US Green Building Council is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices and works to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.
Forest Ethics.org is a nonprofit environmental organization with staff in Canada, the United States and Chile whose mission is to protect Endangered Forests.
Coopamerica is the publisher of the National Green Pages and host of the Green Business Conference. Site offers a searchable, online version of it's Green Pages directory of eco-conscious vendors. Also has tips for on going green and profiles of eco-concious businesses in the US.
Greenbiz offers a variety of educational materials and links for those interested in creating more environmentally sustainable business practices.
Green Builder offers a search template to find green building professionals in your area.
The Green Build Expo is the annual conference of the United States Green Building Council. The site has a list of eco-conscious conference sponsors as well as information on presenters.
The United States Green Building Council is the creater of the LEED rating system. On its site, you can find a directory of local USGBC chapters that allow you to connect with green building experts in your area. The site also offers educational materials and additional resources on eco-concious construction.
Tradeshow put on by this trade organization for suppliers and distributors in the promotional products industry.
Day Spa Expo is is the fastest growing national spa show in the country and is a unique event that can fill the needs of every type of Beauty, Wellness, and Health facility across the industry.
•http://www.retailpackaging.org/ The Retail Packaging Association provides educational programs, forums and the largest trade show and conference of its kind in the U.S. RPA is comprised of industry professionals involved in production and distribution of retail packaging products.
Cosmetologists Chicago has been a premier beauty authority and the presenter of the America's Beauty Show - traditionally the Chicago Midwest Beauty Show. This includes stylists, estheticians, color technicians, salon owners, educators, and nail technicians.
The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH)is the national representative of investor-owned or managed community hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. The FAH Annual Public Policy Conference and Business Exposition is widely regarded as one of the health industry’s finest health policy forums.
The National Home Infusion Association(NHIA)is committed to meeting the needs of its growing and diverse membership and to advocating on behalf of our members and the home based infusion patient.The NHIA show features seminars addressing the field’s greatest challenges and needs.
Buyers from around the world attend GlobalShop each year to see the largest and most comprehensive display of products and services for the retail industry.
Essentially Women® Group Purchasing Organization is a Group Purchasing Organization for women's healthcare products and services. The annual tradeshow features seminars and networking opportunities for vendors and other industry professionals.
The Packaging Summit gives attendees opportunities to find packaging solutions while making valuable connections with leading contract packaging and services companies, as well as innovators in materials and containers.
ACCM is a conference that provides education in all the areas of multichannel marketing you need to increase profits, control costs and grow your business.
The VGM Group's annual Heartland Conference is recognized nationally as the HME industry's premier education event.
ASI Chicago attracts key suppliers and salespeople from the largest distributors showcasing the latest product ideas.
Cosmoprof North America is one of the largest beauty shows in the country. Industry professionals solidify business relationships, establish new connections and network.
HBA is a definitive event for the cosmetic, fragrance and personal care industry. HBA addresses the marketing, technical and naturals needs of the beauty industry and creates a marketplace that brings together suppliers and buyers.
The Indoor Tanning Association and ITA show represents thousands of indoor tanning manufacturers, distributors, facility owners and members from other support industries.
American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) specializes in updating their members with information about new teaching methods, current industry events, and Washington, DC updates. AACS holds conventions and seminars throughout the year.
The Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA)is a broad-based health industry trade association that represents group purchasing organizations and holds an annual tradeshow and seminars.
Medtrade is a trusted source of health care industry news that physicians, medical equipment manufacturers and hospital CEOs look to for quality and consistency. Medtrade is a highly anticipated healthcare tradeshow in the industry.
A blog for nail polish lovers! She discusses latest polish trends, newest collections and the search for the perfect colors.
This blog is all about the spa experience. It features descriptions of exotic services all over the world and covers many product reviews.
This is a network of searchable blogs that are selected or invited to be published on the site. You can sample the blogs and search for the newest blog entries on beauty.
The Multichannel Merchant Magazine provides a wealth of information about print circulation and other print related issues.
Crystal Focus is a helpful resource for online salon education and offers in-depth and entertaining topics for salon owners and services providers.
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Rainy Day Bridal Wear's Christina Wight packages her WetKnot Bridal Rain protectors in our Die Cut Handle Bags for an upscale classy look that compliments her products! Her blog features other bridal must haves and news about the company.
Curls is the winner of our Brand Makeover Contest! Curls creates a full line of hair products for natural curls ideal for black, biracial, multiracial and African American curly hair. Curls uses a variety of our packaging and labels to fit the style and market of each product.
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