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Webinars are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 1 pm Eastern Time. The mission of these learning opportunities is to provide continuing education to the NUA members. Registration information for the webinars are emailed to members two weeks prior to the event, so be sure to sign up. All webinars are hosted through Zoom, so members will need to download Zoom (free) in order to view. The Zoom format allows participants to view the webinar as well as ask questions live. Each webinar is recorded and will be available for members to view for at least one month after the original broadcast date.

2020 Webinar Schedule

Bonus Webinar
March 30th: Managing Your Finances During A Business Disruption  

with Michele Williams, owner of Scarlet Thread Consulting

Managing your finances in a booming economy is one thing but how do you shift to manage finances during a business disruption? What types of things should you be thinking about to keep your business afloat and to put it in a position of strength when the disruption is over? Join Michele Williams as she helps you navigate the ins and outs of thinking strategically about your financials during times of crisis.  

Michele Williams is the owner of Scarlet Thread Consulting, an advisory and coaching company focused on the interior design industry. Using her software development and interior design business background, she empowers her clients to charge what they are worth and to have confidence in their business and financials. Michele is a Profit First certified coach, author and speaker. She also hosts the popular podcast, Profit Is A Choice.

This Webinar is open to all members of the Upholstery community. You must register to attend. Click here to register

April 1st: Community Meeting

Join us  Wednesday for an Upholstery Community Meeting via Zoom. The first meeting was such a success we would like to keep the conversation going as long as needed. The meeting is for all upholstery professionals so we can have a face to face conversation. The goal is to share ideas and concerns to help the NUA understand how it can help the upholstery industry during and after this pandemic. Bring your thoughts and your questions about the constantly changing business world as it applies to upholstery.

Please register in advance for this meeting here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Please note: you will need to download Zoom (free app).

April 14: Textile Safety, Why and How to Green your Textile Choices, With an explanation of Fire Codes and required FR

with Patty Grossman of Two Sisters Ecotextiles 

If you have not had a customer ask you for fire retardant free fabric and furniture before, you will. Or chemical free, or non-toxic.

Patty will give you the information with which to answer these questions for your customers and prospects.

We will look at WHY you should be concerned about greening your textile choices, and then, HOW you can green your textile choices. We'll highlight some of the chemicals used in textile manufacturing and tell you how they affect human health. We'll look at some of the issues raised by having chemically infused fabrics in our homes and offices, then we'll look at which certifications might be useful in evaluating fabrics.

Finally, we'll give you a few things you can do to help change the damaging trajectory. Part of the HOW will be to look at the many certifications for fabrics - their strengths and weaknesses. 

More information...

More webinars announced monthly

Past Webinars

March 12: NUA Strategic Plan Launch

The launch of the National Upholstery Association's first Strategic Plan. This bold new vision for the upholstery industry was presented by NUA President, Rachel Fletcher, via live webinar with time for Q&A with the Board of Directors after.

This webinar is available for all Upholstery and Related Industries Professionals, not just NUA members.

July 9: Meet the NUA Board!

Members of the NUA Board of Directors spoke about the  NUA. Participants asked questions, gave suggestions, and got to know the group that worked so hard to get the NUA up and running. 

August 13: Foam Selection  

Randy Oelschlager, owner of Fabric Supply Inc., talked about foam. How to select the appropriate foam for the job? What does IFD and HR mean? How can foam be recycled? Best ways to cut foam? Information about indoor and outdoor foam. All things FOAM! 

Webinar recorded for members.

Sept 10: Website Basics

Jason Chagnon, President of Providentia Marketing, talks about the basics of having a business website, including some great marketing tips. 

Webinar recorded for members.

Nov 12: Tools & Gadgets

Rhonda Shanahan, owner of The Whimsical Chair, will present demonstrations on a variety of tools used in upholstery. Ask questions and learn more about a pneumatic nailhead gun, double welt gauge, gimp gun, and a leather stitcher.  She’ll also provide insight on using grinding tools for a variety of purposes and much more!

Webinar recorded for members.

January 14: How to do Email Marketing with Joy and Ease

Email marketing offers an incredibly high return on your time and money when compared to other digital marketing methods. In this webinar Kimberly Beer will share the current strategies that are working with this powerful sales, marketing and customer service tool. You will also learn how to make your job as an email marketer easier and more joyful (yes, joyful!). Tips and tool recommendations will be provided.

Webinar recorded for members.

February 11: Understanding Performance Fabrics

Learn the essentials of unparalleled fabric performance from NUA Industry Partner, United Fabrics.

Webinar recorded for members.

March 10: Once Upon A Hide: Everything you've always wanted to know about leather but were afraid to ask. 

Learn from Lucio Esposito, Carla Bluitt, and Ashley Blume of Crest Leather (NUA Industry Partner).

Webinar recorded for members.

Have an idea for an NUA Webinar? Click here to send a note. 

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