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[Call for Entries] Jewelry Business Development Grant

Deadline: June 17, 2009
Award: $6,000 in start-up cash and materials
No entry fee required
Application details at

Halstead Bead, Inc. is calling for entries to its fourth annual
Business Development Grant competition for new American jewelry
designers entering the bridge jewelry trade. The grant will be
awarded to a winning candidate in August. All finalists will be
eligible for a mentorship program that matches new designers with
established and successful jewelry entrepreneurs.

The Halstead Bead Business Development Grant differs from other
jewelry industry competitions and awards because of its emphasis on
business skills. Entrants must demonstrate not only extraordinary
design, but also a strong business strategy.

Designers utilizing a wide variety of fabrication techniques
including casting, lampworking, precious metal clay, beading, or
metalsmithing are eligible to enter the competition. Candidates must
be US citizens who began their businesses after January 1, 2006.

Previous grant winners include Bridgland Studios, Belle Brooke
Designs, and Ananda Khalsa Jewelry.