NEW Midwest Jewelers Association Facebook Group
Join The NEW Midwest Jewelers Association Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/599516013578845/. This is a community page for members and interested industry professionals to come together as a group to find information, post information, ask questions, help other jewelers who have questions – Jewelers Joining Jewelers. Stay Connected!
Security First! Alerts
Through Security First! Alerts, MJA members are notified immediately when a crime or robbery is committed in our region. Through the Jewelers Security Alliance we also keep members aware of crimes in other states.
Application deadline - May 30, 2017
The Midwest Jewelers Association is proud to offer a scholarship program to all members. These scholarships can be used on GIA lab courses that MJA hosts every year in Neenah WI. For a full listing of upcoming lab classes, see our "GIA Lab Classes" dropdown below.
Rules of entry:
- Member store must be in good standing with MJA at the time of application.
- Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and employed full time by a member store for a minimum of one year or part-time for a minimum of two years.
- Not more than one scholarship may be awarded to any member store per year.
- Scholarship to be used in the current calendar year.
- Proof of payment for the course must be submitted to the MJA office in the year the scholarship is awarded and proof of successful completion of the course must be submitted within 30 days after completion of the course.
- Scholarship can be applied to a recognized jewelry course of study such as GIA (call office for other options).
- Scholarships have a value up to $500 each. The recipient must pay all costs of the course. MJA will issue a check to the store for the scholarship amount.
- Scholarship applications must be received in the MJA office no later than May 30, 2017. A Letter of Recommendation from the employer must accompany this application.
- The scholarship award will not be based on financial need. In the case of a tie, however, financial need will be a deciding factor.
GIA Lab Classes
MJA brings members 1-2 GIA lab classes a year, which are hosted by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. Members enjoy the convenience of attending these classes without the added expense of traveling to the east or west coast.
The MJA provides Legislative and Employment Law Updates and information on all issues affecting retailers with news of bills, legislation and policy in the assembly and senate and political races.
The MJA sponsors one of the best jewelry design competitions. Jewelers vie for the infamous “Gemmy Awards”. The winning pieces of MJA’s annual competition go to New York for judging in the national arena.
Retail Financial Services
This program offers members monthly accounting, payroll processing and tax preparation at significantly reduced prices. Retail Financial Services was founded by hardware dealers many years ago and we are happy to bring this cost-saving benefit to the retail jewelry industry.
Employee Policy Manual
The MJA, through their friends at the Midwest Hardware Association, provides an up-to-date, comprehensive Employee Policy Manual program that maintains your status as an Employer-At-Will. This manual incorporates multiple choices of policy issues. You can subscribe to this service and customize your manual to your exact needs at a significantly reduced price.
MJA membership entitles you to take advantage of reduced rates on all VISA and MasterCard receipts regardless of volume or size of individual sale. MSG Payment Systems is our preferred payment systems provider. Choose from a variety of retail, PC, and web-based products to enable credit and debit card acceptance, e-Commerce, recurring payments, ACH processing, mobile payments, check verification, accounting software integration, & more. Request a FREE analysis of your current credit card processing program today by faxing two monthly statements to (515) 334-7461, calling them at (888) 697-8831, or by visiting them online at www.msgpay.com.
Jewelers Mutual was founded by jewelers more than 100 years ago and remains the leading insurer dedicated exclusively to insuring jewelry and the jewelry industry. Jewelry businesses receive world-class insurance protection as well as information and services created specifically for their safety, security, and success. In addition, special programs designed around Jewelers Mutual’s personal jewelry insurance help retail jewelers not only build long-lasting customer relationships but also earn additional income from their customers’ claim-related repair or replacement work.
Members of MJA receive automatic admittance to all jewelry tradeshows.
We offer programs and seminars keeping you and your employees abreast of ways to improve your business, stay motivated and learn key elements to selling jewelry. Industry professionals bring you the latest information on jewelry issues, social media and selling techniques..
Retail Minded Magazine
As a valued member of the MJA, we provide members with a quarterly digital subscription to Retail Minded Magazine. The publication delivers news, education and support for the entire lifestyle of merchants. Tips and webinars are also available to all members.
Newsletter and Email Service
You are kept current on all industry matters affecting your operations through periodic newsletters and emails..
The MJA is able to provide tiara’s to our members at a significantly reduced rate to use for local events where a tiara is appropriate. Contact the MJA office for more information..
MJA offers time sensitive information on many subjects facing the jewelry industry through complimentary webinars..
Alice in Dairyland Program
The Midwest Jewelers Association is and always has been proud to support Wisconsin and its Alice in Dairyland Representatives by donating to the State of Wisconsin the tiara she wears during her reign. Since 1984, the Wisconsin Jeweler’s Association has recognized Alice in Dairyland as a significant voice for Wisconsin and partnered with the program to improve her impact and visibility. We have had the honor of not only designing and creating the crown but also a brooch which can be worn in situations where the crown is not appropriate. The idea was to design the crown and brooch with gemstones that could be found in Wisconsin. At the end of her reign each year Alice receives an amethyst pendant which represents the center stone in the tiara she wore. The Midwest Jewelers Association maintains the tiara and brooch and creating of the pendant
A prime factor in the success of MJA has been the close working relationship with local associations, chambers of commerce and Jewelers of America. Through these local groups, MJA is able to maintain an accurate reading of the statewide business climate and then act accordingly.
In cooperation with Jewelers for Children and Make-A-Wish
In cooperation with Jewelers for Children and Make-A-Wish, MJA engages its members in their mission of helping children in need . As a legacy charity for JFC, Make-A-Wish offers the unique ability to outreach to local jewelers. With JFC and Make-A-Wish, more than 1,300 children with life-threatening medical conditions have been granted wishes. Through support from our members and other jewelers and manufacturers, JFC has donated more than $8 million to wish kids across the country.
Find your MJA association at www.midwestjewelersassociation.com. All MJA members are listed on the website under the heading “Find A Member”. Many consumers use this information when trying to locate a jeweler in a certain area. Get your store listed as a trusted member of MJA.
FedEx Jewelry Shipping Program
Allows members to save on select FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping services. Eligible shippers may also be able to take advantage of FedEx Declared Value Exception to declare a high value at a reduced rate on eligible FedEx Express shipments. A reduced rate on eligible international shipments is also available..
Annual Membership Directory
Serves as a valuable resource to jewelers and manufacturers and is designed for use by the entire store staff. It includes a listing of all members.