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Halstead to Host Jewelry Business Forum

It’s happening at the week of January 18, 2021.




(PRESS RELEASE) Join The Jewelry Business Forum the week of January 18, 2021. This free online conference will help your business grow and adapt to our changing jewelry world. Register to attend any sessions you choose right from the comfort of your home or studio. Speakers will be scheduled for half of each day in the mornings. Topics will include small business issues and professional development specifically for jewelry artists. Join their community of makers as they navigate the challenges of creative entrepreneurship together. Curated group of speakers and sessions are below.

Register today to reserve your spot here.


Do I register for each session separately?

Yes. You will first need to register for the Jewelry Business Forum: Welcome Session for Monday 1/18/2021. You will then be sent the full conference schedule where you can pick & choose which sessions to attend or register for all of them.

Will sessions be recorded?

All sessions will be recorded and available for registered attendees to watch within 30 days after the event. Recording access will be tied to your event login and cannot be shared.


How do I login during the event?

You will receive an email 15 minutes before each presentation with the link to the webinar.

Can I share recordings or presentation slides with my students?

No, our speaker agreements only allow access to registered conference attendees for 30 days. However, students are welcome to register and attend any sessions they wish.

Can we ask speakers questions during the presentations?

Panel format presentations will not be set up for Q&A in real time due to time and technology constraints. But all other presentations will have about 10 minutes at the end for Q&A. A session moderator will monitor questions posted via chat and channel them to speakers during that time. We will also be hosting discussions on Instagram after each session concludes. Follow the #JewelryBusinessForum hashtag to join in.


Where can I find more information on jewelry business best practices?

Each of the speakers participating in the Jewelry Business Forum is a recognized expert in their topic area. We encourage you to visit their business and organization websites to connect with additional resources. The Business section of the Halstead Jewelry Blog has dozens of articles on small business topics for jewelry artists. We also offer the free Jewelry Business Plan Toolkit, a resource guide to help you start writing your own business plan.

Will you be offering the Jewelry Business Forum again?

This event was developed in direct response to feedback from our audience on the need for more diverse leadership in the jewelry field as well as more free resources for business development. Thank you for your constructive comments. It has been a wonderful discussion that led to positive changes. We will be soliciting feedback from all conference attendees to determine whether this event should continue and how we could make it better.

Email Kelli Greene at [email protected] for additional information.




Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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