Following are Frequently Asked Questions about the ISGB.

Online Access

Q. Why can't I log in?

A. It depends on where you are trying to log into - the forum or the directory. Double check to make sure that you are using the correct login username and password (it's easy to login to the forum using the directory username and password or vice versa). You may also want to check your browser/security settings, e.g., your pop up blocker can prevent the membership renewal process from working properly.

We have two areas to log in to:
 
Forum – The username and password you created when registering on the forum will grant you access to the general forum that allows non-member viewing. For access to the Members Only area, please contact admin @ isgb.org (remove spaces) to be granted access to official ISGB business and discussions. You will need to provide your ISGB membership number, your first and last name as well as your forum username so that your info can be researched.
 
Online Membership Directory – The username and password for the membership directory is separate and may be different from your forum access. If you have forgotten your credentials for this area or have misplaced the email sent out several months ago, please contact membership @ isgb.org (remove spaces) for a reminder. You will need to provide your ISGB membership number, your first and last name so that your info can be researched.

Q. How many usernames and passwords do I need to access the various areas of the ISGB?

A. Two. (Your username and password may be different for each.)

Forum (For access to the Members Only area, please contact webmaster @ isgb.org (remove spaces) to be granted access to official ISGB business and discussions. You will need to provide your ISGB membership number, your first and last name as well as your forum username so that your info can be researched.)

Online Membership Directory (this is where you can modify the information you want displayed about you in the Directory as well).

Q. I do not have access to the Members Only area of the ISGB Forum, what do I do?

A. Contact our Webmaster at webmaster @ isgb.org (remove spaces) with the following information: - your ISGB membership number - your first and last name - your user name on the ISGB forum

Q. I don't know how to update my member profile, please provide step-by-step procedures

A. 

1. Go to the ISGB website. http://www.isgb.org/
2. In the left column, choose Members Only Directory and Log in using your username and password (see above if you do not have your username and password).
3. Under Membership Home, choose My Profile.
4. In your profile, choose Edit in the top right corner.
5. Once your changes are made, select Save.
6. Log out of the ISGB website.

Note:  Names of all members will show in the Directory and cannot be hidden.

Q. What am I not allowed to post on the ISGB site?

A. Please refer to the rules of the ISGB forum to see what content isn’t allowed: http://www.isgb.org/forum/faq.php?s=41b350c8d7444882788c650b88adb939

 

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Membership New/Renew

Q. What region do I belong to?

A. Please refer to:  http://isgb.org/isgb-yourisgb/regional-information.html

Canada Region
East Central Region
- Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee
International
Mid-Atlantic Region
- Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC
North Region - Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Wisconsin
Northeast Region - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
Northwest Region - Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
South Region - Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
Southeast Region - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina
Southwest Region - Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah
West Region - California, Hawaii
West Central Region - Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

 

Q. Who is my Regional Director?

A. Remove the spaces in these email addresses when emailing your Regional Director.

Canada Region - Amy Waldman-Smith, canada @ isgb.org
East Central Region - Lisa Atchison, eastcentral @ isgb.org
InternationalDebbie Dunkerton, international @ isgb.org
Mid-Atlantic Region
- Kris Schaible, midatlantic @ isgb.org
North Region - Annemarie Herrlich, north @ isgb.org
Northeast Region – Sue Angell, northeast @ isgb.org
Northwest Region – Laura Bowker, northwest @ isgb.org
South Region - Nina "Sam" Hibler, south @ isgb.org
Southeast Region - Beth Somers, southwest @ isgb.org
Southwest Region - Penny Dickinson, southwest @ isgb.org
West Region - Jim Kervin, west @ isgb.org
West Central Region – Eve Nagode, westcentral @ isgb.org

 

Q. What is my ISGB membership number?

A. Members can find their membership number in their Membership Directory profile. (If you have forgotten your credentials for this area or have misplaced the email sent out several months ago, please contact membership @ isgb.org (remove spaces) for a reminder. You will need to provide your ISGB membership number, your first and last name so that your info can be researched.) You may also contact your regional director for your ISGB membership number.

 

Q. What is the ISGB membership year?

A. ISGB runs on rolling membership. Your membership lasts one year from the day you join/renew.

 

Q. What are the benefits?

A. Please refer to - www.isgb.org/isgb-benefits/31-isgbmembership/44-isgb-membershiplevels.html

 

Q. How does the ISGB help promote my business?

A. If you are a Professional or Corporate Level member, you have these added benefits:

Professional Level, $100
If you are a full time beadmaker, teach beadmaking, or sell your beads at least occasionally, this level is for you. In addition to all the benefits of the Individual Level, you will receive:

  • Eligible to apply for a ProPay account
  • Post classes and shows on the ISGB forum
  • Link from the ISGB Website to your own
  • Special Professional Level listing in the online Membership Directory
  • For those who teach, eligible to list contact information in Instructors Listing
  • For those who've taken Instructors Seminars, access to Instructors Only Forum on the ISGB Website


Corporate Level, $250 If you are a business with glass beadmaking customers and products other than handmade glass beads, this is the place to market your company.
You will have the same benefits as Individual and Professional Level members plus:

  • A Suppliers link from the ISGB Website
  • Discounted booth fees in the Technical Vendor area of The Gathering
  • National referral listing
  • Special Corporate Level listing in the online Membership Directory
  • Additional copies of The Glass Bead Magazine for distribution
  • Sponsorship and Marketing opportunities

 

Q. How do I renew my ISGB membership?

A. Online at the ISGB website, http://web.memberclicks.com/mc/prelogin.do?orgId=isgb&destination=ContactPreferences.  (If you have forgotten your credentials for this area or have misplaced the email sent out several months ago, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a reminder. You will need to provide your ISGB membership number, your first and last name so that your info can be researched.)

 

Q. How do I change my membership password?

A. Log in to the Membership Directory > My Profile > Edit (Upper Right Hand Corner) > Enter Desired Password In Password Box> Save (Bottom Right Hand Corner)

 

Q. Will I receive a reminder when my membership needs to be renewed and will it be by email, regular mail or by telephone?

A. Reminders are sent by email unless a member has notified us that they prefer to receive correspondence by mail.

 

Q. I cannot login to renew my membership, what do I do?

A. Contact your regional director: http://www.isgb.org/isgb-yourisgb/regional-information.html (see questions under Membership for a list of regional directors, the areas they cover and their email addresses)

 

Q. Do I need to be an ISGB member to join an ISGB sanctioned chapter?

A. No

 

Q. Where do I renew my membership?

A. ISGB home page > Become a Member > log in and click on renew

 

Q. Where do I find the regional pages?

A. ISGB home page > Your ISGB > Regional Information > click on your region.

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Members

Q. What is my ISGB membership number?

A. Your membership number is on your profile in the Membership Directory on isgb.org. If you can't access the website, contact your regional director: http://www.isgb.org/isgb-yourisgb/regional-information.html (see questions under Membership for a list of regional directors, the areas they cover and their email addresses) In addition to contacting your Regional Director, you may also log in to the ISGB Website, go to My Profile, and your Member ID is one of the line items. If you have forgotten your credentials for this area or have misplaced the email sent out several months ago, please contact membership @ isgb.org (remove spaces) for a reminder. You will need to provide your ISGB membership number, your first and last name so that your info can be researched.

 

Q. Who is my ISGB contact?

A. Contact your regional director: http://www.isgb.org/isgb-yourisgb/regional-information.html (see questions under Membership for a list of regional directors, the areas they cover and their email addresses)

 

Q. Where can I find information on my region?

A.  ISGB home page > Your ISGB > Regional Information > click on your region.  http://www.isgb.org/isgb-yourisgb/regional-information.html  You may also contact your regional director (see questions under Membership for a list of regional directors, the areas they cover and their email addresses

 

Q. Where can I access my membership information to update my address, phone number, email, etc?

A. From http://www.isgb.org go to the membership info section. Select the link to Members Only Directory, and log in. Once you’ve logged in to the directory select My Profile and update your profile information.

 

Q. I'm not getting the monthly email? Who do I contact?

A. Contact your regional director: http://www.isgb.org/isgb-yourisgb/regional-information.html (see questions under Membership for a list of regional directors, the areas they cover and their email addresses)

 

Q. How do I change my password?

A. ISGB home page > Member Directory > log in > My Profile > Edit…type in new password….Save

 

Q. I don’t want to show my phone number/street address/etc. on my Member Directory profile. How can I keep that info private?

A. Go to - ISGB home page > Member Directory > log in > My Profile
Add a check mark in front of the personal data that you wish to keep private. Please do NOT make your name private. This could prevent us from finding your info for important mailings such as the Glass Bead or Bead Release

 

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Glass Bead Evolution Magazine and Bead Release Newsletter

Q. What is the difference between Glass Bead Evolution printed publication and the Bead Release eNewsletter?

A. Glass Bead Evolution is a printed publication of the ISGB. The Bead Release is a monthly eNewsletter that highlights local events and achievements by ISGB members per region. Members are encouraged to submit updates to their Regional Directors by the 15th of each month.

 

Q. I am not getting Glass Bead Evolution magazine, what do I do?

A. Contact the ISGB office, admin @ isgb.org (remove spaces)

 

Q. How does someone get to be the featured artist for the magazine?

A. The featured artists are chosen when the Editor-in-Chief and the ISGB Publications Committee set the schedule and content of each issue, usually a year in advance. The artists are chosen based on the entire content of that particular issue of the publication and its theme.

 

Q. Where would I find the specs on sending a photo for Encore, the member showcase?

A. High resolution image(s) with minimum resolution of 300 dpi and minimum dimension of 3" x 4", along with the following information: name, contact phone or email, location, title of the piece, type of glass used, size of bead or jewelry, other materials or techniques used, description and/or inspiration, and photo credit, are to be uploaded to https://www.transferbigfiles.com/dropbox/isgb

 

Q. Are past copies of the magazine available for purchased by current members?

A. Yes, past issues of the Glass Bead are available for purchase. Anyone wishing to purchase back issues should contact the office to see if we have it in stock, either by calling the office at 614-222-2243 or admin @ isgb.org (remove spaces) Limited quantities only

 

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Regional Information - Local Chapters, Teachers, etc.

Q. Where can I find local chapters or teachers in my area?

A. http://ww.isgb.org, click on "Your ISGB" on the front page and then select "Regional Information" (also http://www.isgb.org/isgb-yourisgb/regional-information.html) You can also find teachers listed by state under Education—Instructor Listing.

 

Q. I might be interested in the Regional Director position for my area. What are the responsibilities and commitment?

A. Copies of the Regional Director manual are available from the Director of Membership - membership @ isgb.org (remove spaces

 

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ISGB Events - The Gathering

Q. Does the ISGB subsidize its attendees?

A. http://www.isgb.org/gathering/111-2010-gathering-scholarship.html

 

Q. What local licenses will I need to sell at the Bead Bazaar?

A. Each city/state will probably require sales tax collection. There is usually a discussion on the Forum about what is required and how to go about getting it. Annually, around the time of the Gathering, the Director of Finance will publish information on the forum.

 

Q. Where can I find a roommate?

A. On the ISGB forum, there is a dedicated area for talking about roommates under the Gathering section.

 

Q. What do I bring to win prizes or donate beads or be a bigger part of the Gathering?

A. Please refer to the Gathering booklet for more information. http://www.isgb.org/gathering.html

 

Q. What is the First Time Attendee Meeting?

A. Meet new and experienced attendees at a one-hour session. Tips will be given on making the most of your time at the Gathering, including an overview of your conference package, the facility layout, the Commercial and Technical Vendor area, food events, The Bead Bazaar, Silent Auction, Live Auction, the Gallery Tour, torch events and nearby activities.

 

Q. Why should I go to a Gathering?

A. Rich educational opportunity, meet fellow beadmakers, meet your Regional Directors and Board of Directors, see vendor offerings first hand, and amazing presentations by renowned artists, as well as opportunity to expand your skill set by taking a class.

 

Q. How do I sell at the Bead Bazaar?

A. You sign up for a table (or shared table) when you submit your registration. (Eligibility rules and standards are listed on the registration booklet.) - You must be a conference registrant and be present at the Bazaar. - Exhibitors must make all beads sold at the table. No reps and no sub-letting of space to fellow bead makers. - All Bazaar participants are asked to donate a bead(s) or bead related item(s) to the Silent Auction at check-in. For the current fees and more information, please refer to the Gathering booklet. http://www.isgb.org/gathering.html

 

Q. I am not an American citizen, how do I sell at the Bead Bazaar?

A. Please contact the home office at admin @ isgb.org (remove spaces) for more information.

 

Q. Why should I attend the Gathering Banquet?

A. The banquet offers a chance to relax and enjoy a meal with old and new glass friends while hearing special announcements such as the Hall of Flame Award presentation. Immediately following the meal is the much-anticipated Live Auction so you’ll be sure to have the best seat in the house!

 

Q. How can I volunteer?

A. There is a check off for volunteering when you register for Gathering. You will be contacted as Gathering gets closer! Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet other ISGB members and be an integral, important part of Gathering! We thank you in advance!

 

Q. Can I apply for a Gathering Scholarship without being an ISGB Member?

A. Applicants must be a current ISGB member. For information, visit the Gathering section on the website.

 

Q. Am I eligible for a scholarship? What do I need to do?

A. Information on how to apply for a scholarship is posted at the beginning of every year. Please check the ISGB website.

 

Q. I'd like to present/teach. What do I need to do?

A. Artists and classes are selected and presented on a very limited basis and the process is only offered during a specified time of the year. Please check the ISGB website in May/June of each year. 

 

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ISGB Events

Q. What are the exhibitions ISGB offers?

A. Call for Entries for exhibitions are emailed to members. For information on past exhibitions, please visit the ISGB website: http://www.isgb.org/isgb-exhibitions.html

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Local Chapters

Q. Are there guidelines established to create a new ISGB sanctioned chapter? Do we need a minimum number of members, elected officers, mission statement, dues, etc?

A. Please contact your Regional Director http://isgb.org/isgb-yourisgb/regional-information.html

 

Q. What are the benefits of being a member of a local chapter?

A. A local chapter receives initial seed money from ISGB and is recognized by ISGB.

 

Q. Can a local chapter be part of my business?

A. No

 

Q. What do I need to know to teach a class?

A. All of the ISGB Recommended Teaching Standards can be found on the following page. To those who have taken the ISGB Instructors Seminar courses. http://www.isgb.org/isgb-education1/69-isgb-teaching.html

 

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Business Information

Q. Where can I find information about educating customers on handcrafted lampworked beads versus factory produced imported ones?

A. (link to purchase pamphlets) http://www.isgb.org/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=21

 

Q. I want to take my bead making hobby and make it a business. Where do I start?

A. As a starting suggestion, you may want to visit: http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/index.html

 

Q. How to I write a business plan?

A. As a starting suggestion, you may want to visit: http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplan...lan/index.html

 

Q. How do I apply for an LLC, Trademark, copyright, patent, logo etc?

A. As a starting suggestion, you may want to visit: http://www.uspto.gov/

 

Q. What licenses, etc. do I need from the government?

A. (DBA, EIN, resale license, city license) A- As a starting suggestion, you may want to visit: http://www.businessnameusa.com/info.htm

 

Q. Are there federal grants available for artists and women?

A. As a starting suggestion, you may want to visit: http://www.federalgrantswire.com/art...al-grants.html

 

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