Call for Entries: Deadline Nears for 5th Annual Jewelry Business Development Grant

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Halstead Bead, Inc. is calling for entries to its fifth annual Business Development Grant competition for new American bridge jewelry designers. Packet submissions must be received between April 15 and June 9, 2010. The winner of the 2010 Grant will receive $6,000 in cash and merchandise.

2009 Grant Winner VOSTENAKstudios

Each year this grant puts the spotlight on one of the most talented new jewelry designers in the country. We are excited to see who that will be in 2010.

Entrants may begin sending submissions to the annual Jewelry Business Development Grant competition on April 15, 2010. The winner of the 2010 Grant will receive $6,000 in cash and merchandise as well as other benefits. The award is sponsored by Halstead Bead, Inc., a jewelry supply wholesaler.

Designers utilizing a wide variety of jewelry making techniques including casting, lampworking, metal clay, wire wrapping, beading, or metalsmithing are eligible to enter the competition. Candidates must be US citizens who began their businesses after January 1, 2007. Their design companies must focus on “bridge jewelry” which is the segment between costume jewelry and fine jewelry that includes accessories in sterling silver, semi-precious stones, crystal, freshwater pearls and other similar materials. This segment is also known as “craft jewelry” or “art jewelry.”

Candidates must submit a design portfolio, resume and answers to several business planning questions. The grant website details eligibility requirements, submission packet components as well as information on past winners and finalists. Previous grant winners include VOSTENAKstudios, Bridgland Studios, Belle Brooke Designs, and Ananda Khalsa Jewelry.

The Halstead Bead Business Development Grant differs from other jewelry industry competitions and awards because of its emphasis on business skills. Entrants must demonstrate not only extraordinary design, but also a strong business strategy. The application experience promotes the business planning required to make a jewelry brand commercially viable at the national level in today’s competitive market. "Each year this grant puts the spotlight on one of the most talented new jewelry designers in the country. We are excited to see who that will be in 2010," said Hilary Halstead Scott, Vice-President at Halstead Bead, Inc.

The grant sponsor, Halstead Bead, Inc., is one of North America’s leading jewelry supply wholesalers. The firm was established 37 years ago and now supplies thousands of component resellers and jewelry manufacturers around the globe. Halstead Bead, Inc. is wholesale only and sells jewelry findings, chain, wire, sheet & beads for the bridge segment.

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