Quilt Trade Association's mission is to advance the community of quilt trade businesses by delivering programs and services designed to sustain and grow a strong quilt industry marketplace. QTA exists to:
Provide a forum for the industry that promotes and facilitates knowledge sharing, networking and
a common vision
Facilitate programs designed to encourage the growth of the quilt industry
Identify pressing issues and rally industry leaders to tackle these issues, while propelling growth initiatives
- Assist in the development, capture and prioritization of these initiatives to eliminate duplication of effort
- Provide efficient, effective methods to execute these initiatives
Deliver timely, affordable professional business education
Advocate and promote the quilt industry
A Note From the Executive Director
Why QTA? Quilt Trade Association (QTA) was formed in February, 2010 to help quilt shop owners network together and receive professional education to aid in their business success. Non-profit associations, in general, are organized to do just that; for QTA this means quilt shop owners, banding together for the good of the industry. There are over 7000 US trade associations (that serve the gamut of industries - from aerospace to ice cream shops to zoos). QTA now joins that group of non-profit trade associations that provide a way for its members to work together to product positive results for the industry.
When a few quilt shop owners approached me in early 2010 to launch QTA so that the quilt industry could have their own non-profit association (driven by members who have votes and majority influence into how it serves its membership), I said "sure, I can help". With a background in association management, great respect for the entrepreneurial women who are quilt shop owners, 25+ years in corporate sales and marketing, and my own passion for quilting, I felt it was the right thing to do.
Although QTA may seem like we are far beyond our "infancy" stage, we are still very much in the formative mode. However in our first full year of existence, 2011, we accomplished a lot and we've already exponentially increased the member benefits. When we polled QTA members, we found that the overwhelming requests they had for benefits were economical and convenient ways to 1) receive professional education and 2) to network with their peers.
The QTA Board of Directors are charged with setting the direction of QTA. We have been listening attentively to our members this past year, and have charted a path to provide educational webinars and facilitate regional quilt shop owner "round tables", in addition to providing other programs to help our members save time and money.
We've received hundreds of positive comments from quilt shop owners who have attended the free past webinars and round tables and we are delighted that we've been able to serve so many already. The year 2013 will continue to offer even more QTA webinars and round tables, and we're constantly working on adding more benefits for our members. We accomplished a great deal in the past two years but like any business that has tremendous immediate growth, QTA is experiencing "too much to do in too little time". We're working as fast as we can to best serve our members.
We hope you will take advantage of our already extensive offerings of member benefits by joining QTA today.
Quilt Trade Association