Now Accepting Entries for the Halstead Grant
Halstead Bead Inc is now accepting entries from jewelry designers for its 6th annual grant competition for new entrepreneurs in the industry. The winner of the 2011 grant will receive $6,000 in cash and merchandise as well as other benefits.
Designers utilizing jewelry making techniques such as metalsmithing, lampworking, metal clay, wirework, beading, or casting are eligible to enter the competition. Candidates must be US citizens who began their businesses after January 1, 2008. Their design companies must focus on “bridge jewelry” which is the segment between costume jewelry and fine jewelry. Bridge designs are primarily crafted from sterling silver with semi-precious stones, crystal, glass, pearls and other materials. This segment is also known as “craft jewelry” or “art jewelry.”
Complete application details can be found at http://www.HalsteadBead.com/
The Halstead Grant differs from other jewelry industry competitions because of its emphasis on small business skills. Jewelry entrepreneurs applying for the grant must demonstrate not only extraordinary design, but also a strong business strategy. The application experience promotes the small business planning required to make a jewelry brand commercially viable at the national level.
The grant sponsor, Halstead Bead, Inc., is one of North America’s leading jewelry supply wholesalers. The firm was established 38 years ago and now supplies thousands of jewelry designers and manufacturers around the globe. Halstead Bead, Inc. is wholesale only and specializes in jewelry findings, chain, wire & wholesale beads for the bridge jewelry segment.
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Wholesale jewelry supplies including findings, chain, tools beads & wire since 1973. $100 Minimum order. Specializing in sterling silver jewelry supplies for designers and artisans in the trade.