The Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (Bureau) will be raising fees on nine license types effective December 1, 2016. All fees due on/after this date will be assessed using the matrix below.
The last time the Bureau raised fees was 2002. This change is necessary to align the Bureau’s fees with current operational costs. For information regarding this and other regulatory action, please refer to the Bureau’s Website
|LICENSE TYPE||NEW INITIAL FEE||NEW RENEWAL FEE||NEW DELINQUENT FEE (after expiration)||NEW PENALTY FEE (90 days past expiration)|
The Home Furnishings Association (HFA) is calling on members to make recommendations for the 2017 HFA Board of Directors. Submit nominations (including your contact information) to HFA’s CEO, Sharron Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 29, 2017.
The HFA depends on strong, quality leadership. The Board of Directors is a vital part of the progress and growth of the association. Any member can recommend quality members they feel would represent HFA and the furniture industry in a professional manner. Members may also nominate themselves.
HFA Board Membership Benefits:
· Being the first to find out about new industry information, hear about new trends, and learn how government regulations will affect business.
· Learning new management and people skills by working with other successful industry leaders.
· Exchanging ideas and networking with the most successful retailers in the home furnishings industry.
· Establishing long-term friendships with industry peers.
· Becoming known and highly regarded by home furnishings industry retailers, vendors, manufacturers and government agencies.
· Giving back to the industry by helping HFA create new programs and services that will help other home furnishing businesses.
HFA Board Member Obligations:
· Serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2020.
· Attend two board meetings per year (two-day meetings); the Spring Board meeting is just prior to HFA’s annual conference; the Fall Board meeting is in September, October or November.
· Directors also sit on at least one of the Association’s seven collaborative teams and provide ideas and expertise to the teams for the purpose of helping the industry in general, and more specifically, members of HFA. (Meetings are held during the Board meeting and in between meetings via conference call.)
· Network with fellow Directors.
Roseville, CA (July 29, 2016)
The Home Furnishings Association (HFA) will launch the HFA Buying Source, a buying group program, during the Las Vegas Furniture Market. HFA Buying Source gives members access to pricing discounts, rebates and term concessions through a program that is included in the HFA membership at no additional cost.
Marty Cramer, HFA executive committee chairman and owner of Cramer’s Home Furnishings, Ellensburg, Wash. said board members are always looking for ways to make membership more valuable. “The new HFA Buying Source program does just that in a very powerful way. It helps members be more competitive and will significantly increase their bottom line.”
HFA Buying Source, managed by AVB Inc., gives members instant access to the buying power of the collective group and helps members become more profitable and competitive in the marketplace.
“In analyzing the HFA membership, we discovered a large number of members did not belong to a buying group for varying reasons,” said Jeff Child, HFA president and president of RC Willey, Salt Lake City, Utah. “The HFA Buying Source has no upfront costs and will be good for retailers of all sizes. The Association is always looking for new and exciting opportunities to help its members be more profitable.”
Retailers can learn more about the HFA Buying Source program during the Las Vegas Market, July 31 – August 3, by visiting the HFA’s Retailer Resource Center, B1050. Visit myhfa.org/hfa-buying-source or contact an HFA membership representative at 800.422.3778 for more information on this or other membership programs and services.
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High Point, NC, April 16, 2016 — The Home Furnishings Association (HFA) is proud to announce the winners of its 2016 Retailer of the Year award, which celebrates the outstanding achievements and progressive leadership of the Association’s home furnishings retailers.
David and Joey Gunn, the father-and-son team behind Knight Furniture in Sherman, TX are the HFA Retailers of the Year in the category of businesses with a sales volume under $10 million. Knight Furniture is a 103-year-old full-line furniture and bedding store in its fourth generation of family ownership. The Gunns operate two locations in North Central Texas with an extensive assortment of top brand names, guaranteed low prices, and small-town hospitality. Knight Furniture’s customers have named the retailer the Best Place to Buy Furniture for the last decade.
C.S. Wo & Sons in Honolulu, HI is the HFA Retailer of the Year in the category of businesses with a sales volume of $10 million or above. Michael Wo represents a very involved third-generation of family members who’ve grown the store their grandfather started in 1909 to a retail empire that includes C.S. Wo & Sons, HomeWorld Furniture, SlumberWorld, Ashley HomeStore, and Red Knot. C.S. Wo & Sons is #76 among the nation’s Top 100 Furniture Retailers because it consistently enhances customers’ lives through innovation, continuous improvement, exceptional values and ultimate customer experience.
The Gunns and the Wos will be recognized and celebrated at the 2016 Home Furnishings Association’s Retailer of the Year awards gala, May 22 at the annual Home Furnishings Networking Conference in Long Beach, CA.
“Congratulations to David, Joey, and Michael,” said Sharron Bradley, HFA’s CEO. “We had a record number of nominees this year, and all are exceptional retailers. We’re thrilled to be recognizing these two hard-working, outstanding families with this year’s award. Both have long been members of the association are the epitome of excellent retailers.”
HFA members in good standing were nominated by members of the home furnishings industry based on their exemplary service to the industry and to their communities and for providing an exceptional customer experience in their store. A selection committee, comprised of members of HFA’s Board of Directors; HFA members; manufacturers; service providers/suppliers; and members of the industry media, reviewed the nominations.
About the Home Furnishings Association:
The Home Furnishings Association (HFA), with roots dating back to 1920, is North America’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the HFA visit www.nahfa.org.