The Nuts and Bolts: March 11, 2013

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Craftcation Conference 2013

The Craftcation Conference is coming to Ventura, CA this March 21st through 24th at the Crown Plaza Hotel. For three days, members of the craft business community can take part in indie business and DIY workshops, as well as network and learn from peers in different stages of their crafting business ventures.

The folks over at Craftcation describe the three key focuses attendees can look forward to at the conference:

  • indie business - How to start a crafty business, maximizing social media, blogging, in’s and out’s of indie craft shows, etsy, wholesaling, merchandising, accounting, legal issues, branding, website design and more.
  • DIY workshops: Screenprinting, sewing, canning and preserving, cheesemaking, needle arts, terrariums and edible gardens, organic bath products, jewelry and more.
  • Community: Meet and greets, pop-up shops, yoga, bbq and cocktail socials and so much more!

Head over to for more information.


The voluntary market-based partnership ENERGY STAR® has recently declared their award winners for companies and products that lead the way in energy efficiency.

Lowes earned its fourth consecutive Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award and remains the only retailer to earn multiple Sustained Excellence Awards since the awards creation. Some of the key achievements leading to Lowe’s stellar record include increasing the presence of ENERGY Star products in their stores, as well as working with local and state utility companies to promote energy conservation.

Panasonic ECO Solutions Division has won an award for Sustained Excellence for their industry leading and energy efficient ventilation fans with up to 23.3 CFM/Watt. “Panasonic leads the field with their commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money, and create a healthier environment,” said Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

LG Electronics is also recognized for “Protecting Environment through Manufacturing Efficient Products” by the EPA for its second consecutive year with a Partner of the Year award.

The EPA will recognize their Partner of the Year winners at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26th. For more information about Energy Star, visit them at

Whirlpool and Habitat for Humanity Announce Build Locations

Last week Whirlpool Brand and Habitat for Humanity® announced the locations for their annual house building program. Locations include Cleveland, Tenn.; Tulsa, Okla.; Benton Harbor, Mich.; Ottawa, Marion and Findlay, Ohio; and Bloomington, Ind. Whirlpool and Habitat for Humanity International have been partnered for 13 years - supporting Habitat’s national and international work in 40 countries. Whirlpool has donated more than 150,000 ENERGY Star appliances to every Habitat sponsored home in the U.S. and Canada.