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Event Overview:

As a museum store professional you find yourself doing a balancing act every day, performing a variety of functions and responsibilities. You balance inventory control, staff and volunteer management, merchandising, displays, financial management and even event planning. At the same time you must stay apprised of all that’s happening at your institution - exhibitions, educational programming, the collection and the needs and desires of your executive director and trustees.

The 2015 MSA Retail Conference & Expo is designed to help nonprofit retail professionals succeed at this balancing act by offering four days of dynamic learning sessions and opportunities to connect with select MSA vendors who offer products matched with the museum store industry. Learning sessions are presented by the leading thinkers in nonprofit retailing who share the knowledge you need to run your store, meet the needs of management, make the most out of challenges, be a leader and through retailing contribute to your institution’s brand and extend the experience of your visitors.

Attendee Information:

How do you manage your balancing act?

The 2015 MSA Retail Conference & Expo is designed to help nonprofit retail professional succeed at this balancing act by offering four days of dynamic learning sessions presented by the leading thinkers in nonprofit retailing - sessions that present the knowledge you need. You’ll gain knowledge to run your store, meet the needs of management, make the most out of challenges, be a leader and through retailing contribute to your institution’s brand and extend the experience of your visitors.

Opening Keynote
Direct from the UK for the opening keynote is Roderick Buchanan, director of buying and retail at British Museum Company. Read about how Roderick took the Museum Company by storm in this 2009 Retail Week article.

Learning Session Highlights

    MSA Retail Boot Camp
    Open to Buy Workshop
    7 Habits of Highly Effective Retailers
    Leadership is a Choice, Not a Position
    Turning Your Gift Shop Into a Museum Store
    Perspectives on Fair Trade
    What’s Your Customer Value Proposition?


The MSA Expo is your one-stop shop for annual buying. The Expo Hall will be filled with over 200 select vendors whose products are a distinct fit for nonprofit retailers. It’s the largest gathering of expert nonprofit retail vendors who can consult and lend their expertise to your strategy development and retail challenges.

MSA vendors are wholesalers that feature a wide array of products, from apparel, books, food, jewelry, home and garden, toys and games to custom products, Fair Trade, Made in America, recycled/green, promotional items, store supplies and POS systems. You’ll find displays brimming with the latest and most creative museum-quality merchandise.

Exhibitor Information:

Nothing replaces face-to-face time with your prospects and customers. The 2015 MSA Retail Conference & Expo presents a variety of environments to foster networking: from chance meetings in the elevator to mixing and mingling at multiple receptions, meal functions and sessions.

Here’s who attends the 2015 Conference & Expo:

    Store Managers and Buyers
    Retail Operations Personnel
    Directors of Product Development
    Merchandising Directors Museum Retail Staff & Directors

Here’s why they won’t miss the 2015 Retail Conference & Expo:

    They find solutions to issues they currently have in their store.
    They shop an expo with vendors who know their visitors and their merchandising needs.
    They share best practices with others in the nonprofit retail community.

Here’s what you have to gain at the 2015 Conference & Expo:
The Expo gives you the opportunity to meet new prospects and establish new relationships. It also is where you will enhance and grow the relationships you already have. The MSA Expo allows you to reconnect with your current clients and customers, gain insight into what your competitors and colleagues are up to, and it is where you will have fun and learn from the best in the business.

The 2015 Buyer’s Choice Award recognizes MSA vendors whose products represent originality, relevance to the industry, value and quality. Vendors submit products in six categories: books and multimedia, education and games, eco-friendly, custom design, fashion and paper products. MSA members then select finalists and winners are selected through voting at the annual conference. MSA members watch for the finalist selection survey!

About MSA:

MSA serves as your best business partner by facilitating opportunities to network, growing the community of nonprofit retailers, providing the most relevant educational products and services, and enabling the most beneficial business partnerships for members.

Not sure if you want to exhibit at or attend the 2015 MSA Retail Conference & Expo - Museum Store Association? See the panels below to get the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Conference/Event Dates: 04/17/2015 - 04/20/2015
Expo/Exhibit Dates: 04/17/2015 - 04/19/2015
Classification: B2B
Primary Industry: Wholesale / Retail
Other Industries: Associations: Trade / Professional, Business, Other / Miscellaneous, Wholesale / Retail
Estimated Attendance: 1,000
Cost to Attend:
Audience: Museum Retail Professionals including:
Store Managers and Buyers
Retail Operations Personnel
Directors of Product Development
Merchandising Directors Museum Retail Staff & Directors
Notes: 2014 Attendee Statistics:

75% of attendees come to the Expo with specific buying objectives
65% are looking for custom products
83% of attendees are decision makers
76% say finding new products are important to their buying objectives
42% attended the 2014 Expo to find new vendors
Venue: Connecticut Convention Center
Venue Phone: (860) 249-6000
Venue Type: Indoor - Convention Center
Official Conference Hotel:Marriott Hartford Downtown
Conference Hotel URL:
Number of Exhibitors:200+
Event Square Footage:25,650 (2014)
Exhibit Floorplan:Click Here
Show Owner:MSA
Exhibitor Prospectus:Click Here
Sponsorship: Yes
Sponsorship Details: Position your company as a thought leader, a buzzing network, a collaborative partner or even just get your name and brand more exposure. With the variety of unique and new opportunities, and the ability to customize any package to your needs, the possibilities are endless on growing your client base.

Booth Size Booth Cost   Available Amenities
5' x 10' - 1st Time Exhibitors Only $1,500   Electricity: Yes - Unknown Price
10' x 10' $2,300   Water: n/a
10' x 20' $4,600   Generator: n/a
Corner Additional $425   Marketing Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Other Booth Sizes Available: Yes

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Past Exhibitors:

1000 Museums Inc.

A Lost Art


Adventure Planet/Rhode Island Novelty

Alan Wofsy Fine Arts


Alfred Music

Allport Editions

Americana Souvenirs & Gifts

AmuseMints, LLC


Anatomology / Dopamine Jewelry

Ancestors of Dover Ltd.

Anuschka Handbags (The Basu Group, Inc)

Applewood Books

Artec Educational

Artgame Ltd

Artobjects Unlimited Inc.

Atlas Screen Printing


Authentic Cards, Inc.

Babalu Inc.

Barron's Educational Series Inc.

Baskets of Cambodia


BedHead Pajamas

Bedol International Inc.


Better World Arts

Beyond123 LLC

Big Hairy Dog Information Systems

Billco International, Inc.


Blue Orange Games

Blue People Fair Trade / Artisan Life, UK


Boeing Stores Inc


Braided River/Mountaineers Books

Breeke and Company Inc

Brellas 'n Fans

Bridge Brands Chocolate

Buddha Board Inc.

Built NY Inc.

Business Innovations

C & H Glassworks

Capsco, Inc.

Cardboard Safari

Carolyn Schlam Studio

Carr Enterprises

Casemate Publishers / David Brown Book Company

Celestial Buddies, LLC

ChemArt Co.

Chihuly Workshop

China Star (USA) Ltd.

Chopstick Art

Christina's World

Ciao Bella Jewelry Inc.

Clay Company / Tote & Able

Clear Solutions Inc.

Clever Idiots Inc. / DBA: Japanese Gift Market



Cosa Nova

Cosmic Ant

Creative Co.

Creative Pewter Designs

Creative Zone, LLC

CTM Group dba The Pennymen

Cut Maps

D M Merchandising

Daron Worldwide Trading Inc.

David Chandler Co.

David Changar Ceramic Designs

David Howell and Co.

de Art Folio Design

Delux Hats & Knitwits by Active American Corp.

Deneen Pottery

Desert Designs

Design Master Associates Inc.

DEUXGLASS Productions

Diane O'Donnel Contemporary Designs

Dibble & Dibble

Discoveries Egyptian Imports

E&M Labs, Inc.

Eagle Crest Inc.

Earth Sun Moon Trading Co.

East West Discovery Press

EDC Publishing/Usborne/Kane Miller

EduStic, Inc.


Enchanted Imports

Eni Puzzles


Firefly Books Ltd.

Flash-Pack Cards Inc.

Fliptomania Inc.

Focus on Souvenirs

Folkmanis Inc.


Found Image Press

Four Seasons Design Group

Franklin Mill, LLC

French Artist Club

From War to Peace

Fullart Perú

Funnybone Toys LLC


Gallery Collection

Gallery Needlepoint

Gem Guides Book Co.

General Pencil Co. Inc.

Ghirardelli Chocolate

Giftworks Plus


Golden Island Int'l Inc

Goody Goody

Harshita Designs Inc.

Heritage Metalworks Inc.

Historic Urban Plans Inc.

History To A Tee

Hogeye Inc.


Ideals Publications

Image Exchange

Independent Publishers Group

Indy Plush

Ingram Content Group


Jackson Pacific Inc.

Janet Egan Design

JDS Solutions Corp.

Jennifer Paige Designs, LLC

Joolz Hayworth LLC

Josh Bach Limited

Judith Greif Designs

Julie Feldman Designs

KaleidEscapes by LaGrave Designs

Kamibashi Asian Art

Kapan-Kent Co. Inc.

KJK Jewelry Inc. by Katherine J. Kornblau

L. Hutchcroft Design

L.M. Kartenvertrieb & Verlags Gmbh, Germany

L.W. Bristol Classics

Lamcraft Inc.

Leimomi Pearls, LLC

Leonardo's Dogs

Liberty Graphics

Life Plus Style LTD

Lightwave Laser

Linpeng International Inc.

Live Your Dream Designs

Liza Shtromberg Jewelry

LMD Enterprises

London Manori

Lynx Promotions

M.P. Barcelona Inc.


Marmol Radziner

Masters International

Mata Ortiz to You

Mathemaesthetics Inc.

McGaw Graphics Inc.

Meridian Jewelry & Design



Mon Bijou

Museum Masterworks Inc.

Museum Store Products Inc.

MuseumLight Company

Mysterium Collection

National Design LLC

NCR Retail


Nouvelles Images

Novodeco LLC

Odyssey Marketing

Old World Artisans International

Ole Peru Imports


Ozone Design Inc

Paintbox Press

Painted Silks by Kavita


Parli-Cards (a Div. of Practical Strategies, Inc.)

PBS Distribution

Per Annum Inc.

Perisphere & Trylon Inc.

Perseus Books Group

Petal Connection

Pigment & Hue Inc.

Pilgrim Imports Inc.

Pinnacle Designs


Popcorn Movie Poster Company

Prestel Publishing

Pro Specialties Group

Putumayo World Music

Puzzles Plus Inc.

Quayside Publishing Group

Random House Inc.

Red Fish Toys

Reflective Images


Rookwood Pottery Company

Round World Products, Inc.

Royal Bobbles

Rubio Enterprises, LLC

Safari Ltd.

Samantha Davimes Inc./Anywhere Market

Scent of Art Limited Partnership

Schiffer Publishing Ltd.


Semaki & Bird

Shelley Herman Designs

Skyflight Mobiles

Small Yellow Horses

Smart Glass

Solmate Socks

Spratling Silver

Sterling Publishing


StikWithit Printworks

Studio Vertu

Studiolo Museum Collections

Sue Lapin Art for Museums

TAM Retail (A Div. of Lode Data Systems Inc.)

Tamohara Collection

Teri Levine Fine Arts

The Charleston Mint

The Courtney Collection

The DDR Group

The Flipflop Recycling Company

The Green Rubber Toy Co.

The History Press

The Penny Machine Company

The Rose Lady

The Rosen Publishing Group Inc.

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

Tickled Pink

Tipsy Inc.

Topline Products Inc.

Traffic Works Inc.

Triton Cove Fine Arts

Tru Protection, Inc.

Tyler Cody Designs

U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Universal Specialties Co. Inc.

VCE, Inc.

Verre by Julie Burton

Vessel International Inc.

Wax Works Video Works

Wentworth Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

Western Woods, Inc.

Westminster Inc.

White Widow

Whitney Howard Designs

Winter Design Group

Works On Metal

Wrapped LLC

Yak Mountain Looms

YaYa Bamboo


Zhen Zhu Inc

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