The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for wholesale suppliers to stock the 300 sq. ft gift shop at the new Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center. To be considered applicants must meet eligibility requirements:
We will be buying inventory (no consignment) to stock the gift shop and preference will be given to vendors that can extend Net 30 terms.
Wilds Cooperative Members.Vendors must be Juried Artisans or Creative Service partners in good standing. Not a member? For info on how to join visit The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
Wholesale Pricing.Vendors must create work that can be reproduced and sold in quantities of 20 or more and offer wholesale pricing (we use keystone pricing to calculate our retail pricing). Selected vendors will be invited to submit this information in digital form via a buyers' pack.
You can read more about the opportunity here.
As you fill out the application please be sure to complete all of the fields with as much description as possible. We may not be familiar with your work and this is the time to let us know what and how you make your products.
USING THE PA WILDS LOGO : Licensing Program Summary
The PA Wilds Licensing Program provides a way for businesses and organizations to apply to use the PA Wilds logo on saleable and non-saleable products to help them leverage their business and community development efforts.
TYPES OF USES
There are two main types of logo uses:
Non-Saleable Uses include using the logo on business or event websites,banners, rack cards, signage and other marketing materials not sold in the marketplace. There is no cost for this type of use but a one-page application is required. Approval takes about one week, the application can be found here.
Saleable Uses include using the logo on t-shirts, hats and other merchandise to be sold to customers. These types of uses require a contract and membership in The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
A standard royalty is collected: 9% on wholesale or 4.5% retail. Royalties go to support the work of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, a regional non-profit dedicated to growing the region’s nature and heritage tourism industry.
Businesses, organizations and individuals serving the Pennsylvania Wilds region may apply to use the logo on saleable or non-saleable items. All participants must adhere to the standards defined in the PA Wilds Brand Book.
HOW TO APPLY
The application for non-saleable logo uses can be found by visiting here.
Continue with this application to apply for saleable use of the PA Wilds logo.
The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship welcomes the opportunity to meet with companies exploring saleable uses of the PA Wilds logo. Contact us today to learn more about the logo property, to discuss ideas or talk next steps.
You may apply to become a juried member of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania at any time of year. However, jury decisions are made twice annually; you may choose between two membership cycles:
submission deadline: third Monday in March
jury decision: no later than the third Monday in April
If you missed the spring jury deadline you may register for the 2018 Fall Jury Review Session.
Jurying is required for Artisans (Visual, Food & Craft) and Creative Service Partners. This jury session is only for Artisans, if you are applying as a Creative Service Partner please register for your unique jury session here.
Jury panels, made up of professionals from relevant fields, will decide about acceptance into the program after reviewing your application materials, including the required images and the information you complete when registering for the jury session. For a variety of reasons, tasting is unfortunately not a required part of the review of food items. Only in rare cases might juries request food samples.
Renewing members must undergo jurying at least once every five years.
Artists’ applications and related images are evaluated on artistic merit (70 percent), marketability (20 percent) and design/material sourcing (10 percent).
Juries for artisan food producers, craft artists and local eateries focus first on local aspects such as ingredient/material sourcing (40 percent), followed by aesthetics & technique (30 percent), presentation and marketability (20 percent) and value-added features (10 percent).
You may read more about the Jury process here.
PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center), in cooperation with the region’s local visitor bureaus, two Heritage Areas, local, state and federal government partners and many private-sector businesses, in 2016-2017 embarked on a successful effort to restructure and reboot marketing of the Pennsylvania Wilds as a region, which had been largely dormant for a decade due to funding cuts. This effort is now fully underway. Paid campaigns to bring visitors to the region and to inspire stewardship will begin in 2018 and live on many years beyond that. Partners can see how the region is being positioned as an outdoor recreation destination at pawilds.com.
As part of this effort, PA Wilds Center identified a need to assist the many public-facing, place-based businesses and nonprofits in its Wilds Cooperative of PA program -- which are the listings backbone for pawilds.com and serve the traveling public – to help them better tie into the Pennsylvania Wilds brand through signage. As noted in the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Guide for Community Character Stewardship, this brand visibility helps build regional identity and lets visitors know they have arrived at their destination. It can also help small businesses attract new customers and improve their bottom lines. This Signage Grant Program was launched to address this need.
This program is funded through the Department of Community & Economic Development’s Keystone Communities Program in coordination with PA Route 6 Alliance. PA Wilds Center greatly appreciates this support to help advance the Wilds brand and businesses participating in The Wilds Cooperative of PA.
Jurying is required for Artisans (Visual, Food & Craft) and Creative Service Partners. This jury session is only for Creative Service Partners, if you are applying as an Artisan please register for your unique jury session here.
Jury panels, made up of professionals from relevant fields, will decide about acceptance into the program after reviewing your application materials, including the required images and the information you complete when registering for the jury session.
Creative Service Partners’ applications and related images are evaluated on artistic/technical merit (80 percent) and marketability (20 percent).
PA WILDS CONSERVATION SHOP BUYERS MARKET
An opportunity to connect fine retail establishments with the quality wares, foods & beverages crafted in the Pennsylvania.
7-9 am Producer Set Up
9 am -12 pm Wholesale Buyers Preview
1-4 pm Open to the General Public
4-6 pm Producer Break Down
Gemmell Student Complex, Multi-Purpose Room, Clarion University, Wilson Avenue, Clarion, PA 16214
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: