"After attending two recent local chapter meetings of WCAA this past year, I realized how important it is to belong to a national organization such as WCAA," says Debbie Baldi of Design Blenders, the new Boston chapter coordinator. "This organization affords the independent designer/decorator to receive many of the benefits which were previously available only to larger retailers and businesses. As a member of the 'new' Boston Chapter of WCAA (composed of all home-based business owners), it is important to make sure everyone knows of all the opportunities as well as the networking potential.
"Since September, The Boston Chapter has become a group of window professionals who have come to rely on each other for sources, advice, direction and, most important, a voice on the other end of the telephone during a bad day! WCAA is truly a professional trade organization but to the local chapters, it means real people!" Baldi says.
The Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA) is the only national non-profit trade association dedicated to the retail window coverings industry and to the dealers, decorators and designers who are its members. For more information on becoming a member and member benefits, contact WCAA at (888) 298-WCAA.
Certified Window Treatment Consultant Test
The certification program for professionals specializing in window treatments will be offered in 1997 at the following three trade shows: Boston Curtain & Drapery Show, February 26, Boston, MA; World of Window Coverings[TM], March 19, Orlando, FL; and Pacific Home Fashion Fair, August 6, San Diego, CA.
Now is the time to make arrangements to bring your clients to this unique Custom Decorating Show geared to the consumer. Ideas for creative applications for windows are the highlight of the day. The New Haven, CT, chapter will soon complete the program for "Design Happenings Event."
Anyone who would like to advertise in the program, or for information please call Mary Rose McQuillan at Threads of Evidence, (203) 929-5209.
Austin, TX, Chapter
December's meeting was particularly eventful, due to the nomination of new officers and guest speaker Roy LoBue of ADO. LoBue's talk on textiles and sales guidelines were so well received he immediately was asked to return to give a talk on wall upholstery.
Set your goal. Enroll today! Member cost is $150. Non-members $195. Call (888) 298-WCAA for more information.