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    • May 18, 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • June 01, 2020
    • 11:30 PM
    • Virtual
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    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:

    Preferred Terms.
    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. 

    • July 01, 2017
    • June 30, 2047
    • Virtual
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    USING THE PA WILDS LOGO : Licensing Program Summary

    PURPOSE

    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.

    ELIGIBILITY

    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.

    • October 13, 2017
    • March 19, 2018
    • 11:59 PM
    • virtual
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    2018 Spring Jury Review Session

    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:

    • Spring Membership

      • submission deadline:  third Monday in March

      • jury decision: no later than the third Monday in April

      • membership year:  May 1 (current year) - April 30 (following year)

      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.

    Juries are convened twice yearly to evaluate applications and images, complete scoring sheets, and write comments designed to be helpful in marketing or promotion, or further improvement.  Read our Membership Guidelines here to review the membership types, benefits and also more details about decision criteria. 


    DECISION CRITERIA

    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.

    • November 01, 2017
    • 12:00 AM
    • December 22, 2017
    • 11:59 PM
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    INTRODUCTION

    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. 

    Click to download the full application guidelines. 
    • November 20, 2017
    • March 19, 2018
    • 11:59 PM
    • virtual
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    2018 Spring Jury Review Session for Creative Service Partners

    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:

    • Spring Membership

      • submission deadline:  third Monday in March

      • jury decision: no later than the third Monday in April

      • membership year:  May 1 (current year) - April 30 (following year)

      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 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

    Renewing members must undergo jurying at least once every five years.

    Juries are convened twice yearly to evaluate applications and images, complete scoring sheets, and write comments designed to be helpful in marketing or promotion, or further improvement.  Read our Membership Guidelines here to review the membership types, benefits and also more details about decision criteria. 


    DECISION CRITERIA

    Creative Service Partners’ applications and related images are evaluated on artistic/technical merit (80 percent) and  marketability (20 percent).

    You may read more about the Jury process here.

    • December 15, 2017
    • 12:30 AM
    • February 23, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Gemmell Student Complex, Clarion University
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    PA WILDS CONSERVATION SHOP BUYERS MARKET
    An opportunity to connect fine retail establishments with the quality wares, foods & beverages crafted in the Pennsylvania.

    EVENT TIMELINE:
    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

    WHERE:
    Gemmell Student Complex, Multi-Purpose Room, Clarion University, Wilson Avenue, Clarion, PA 16214


    WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

    • RETAILERS  Trading Posts and other shops from across the region. You  can stay for the whole day, but from 9-12 the market will be open exclusively  to buyers, allowing for one on one time to review products. For Retailers this event provides the opportunity to source a variety of products crafted in the PA Wilds in one location. There will also be the opportunity to learn about joining the Wilds Cooperative and purchasing wholesale PA Wilds branded soft goods, such as T-shirts and hats. Open to members and non-members of The Wilds Cooperative.
    • SHOPPERS – from 1-4 members of the general public can attend and purchase goods crafted in the PA Wilds. There will be no entrance fee for the general public.
    • PRODUCERS – Art, wares, food and beverage producers in the PA Wilds looking to sell their goods in and connect with retail outlets. This is your chance to reach multiple retailers in one location. And to focus your presentation on special product lines geared toward different shop locations (ex: Elk themed toward the Elk Country Visitors Center, Star Gazing for retailers in/near Cherry Springs/Dark Skies, Train/Kinzua Skywalk for Kinzua Bridge State Park, etc.).
      Booth space is a 10x10 area and (2) 8-foot tables will be provided.  Set-up/break down time will be limited (a strict 2 hour limit for both), so this is not the time to bring out everything you have ever created in mass quantities to get rid of it. Instead producers should put together a curated product line geared toward your ability to reproduce for the upcoming season. The buyers will be a mix of those buying wholesale and those with consignment arrangements. The PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge State Park is using this as their time to order goods for the summer/fall season. Open to members (Basic and Professional Level)  and non-members of The Wilds Cooperative Non-members looking to join will be able to use this as part of the jury process. Non-members must still meet the eligibility guidelines for joining the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania as listed in the Member Guidelines. You can view a copy here.
      NON-MEMBER PRODUCERS PLEASE NOTE: You must apply for membership to The Wilds Cooperative first, once you have completed the membership application you can then register for the event as an Artisan in Review.  You can join here.

Past events

November 03, 2017 Creative Makers Opening Night
October 24, 2017 Growing Your Business in the PA Wilds - Clinton County
September 26, 2017 Growing Your Business in the PA Wilds - Tioga County
April 07, 2017 2017 Fall Jury Review
April 01, 2017 PA Wilds Conservation Shop Buyers Market
January 30, 2017 2017 PA Wilds Arts Fest Application
January 27, 2017 2017 PA Wilds Arts Fest Registration for Wilds Cooperative Members
September 26, 2016 2017 Spring Jury Review
May 19, 2016 2016 Fall Jury Review
May 18, 2016 Wholesale Supplier Workshop
April 05, 2016 Annual Advisory Board Meeting
February 09, 2016 PA Wilds Artisan Trail Branding Strategy Pitch
February 05, 2016 2016 PA Wilds Arts Fest Application
January 01, 2016 2016 Spring Jury Review
December 09, 2015 Artisan Trail Branding Forum
October 21, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Clinton County
August 21, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Lycoming County
August 19, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Clarion County
August 13, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Tioga County
July 29, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Centre County
July 22, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Forest County
July 12, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Jefferson County
July 08, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Potter County
June 13, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Elk County Afternoon
June 13, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Elk County Morning
June 13, 2015 Proudly Made in the PA Wilds Arts Fest
June 03, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - McKean County
The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania is a program of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, a regional non-profit. Find them online at facebook.com/pawildsTreps or Twitter @pawildsTreps

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