National Network of Embroidery Professionals | NNEP


It’s that Simple


Set the date

We work with NNEP members all day long, day after day.  Our purpose – to help members of NNEP to be more profitable, to move their businesses forward, to overcome what ever is standing in the way of their success. We are often asked a question that looks boils down to this, “How do I get there from here?”

You have the vision of what you want, yet…

We hear again and again that you are WAITING – for that perfect time, perfect moment of clarity to take the leap of faith to really go for it with your business. So many business owners hold a belief that there is some secret that you do not yet know, and that with that knowledge, success would be guaranteed. With this elusive bit of something you have not yet discovered or experienced, success is inevitable.

Well, I am here to tell you differently. The real deal is that taking that leap to success is  much more mundane, even ordinary.  All you have to do is set a goal and tie a date to it and write it down on your calendar.

The moment you proactively make that leap from your mind to your calendar – THAT is your moment of commitment. Getting started is that simple!

Set goals that will get you where you want to go.

  • X number of  customers by end of month
  • X number of new orders by the 31st
  • Call X number of past customers to check in each week
  • Launch basic website by 15th
  • Create X number of new designs by the 5th
  • Buy new machine by Dec. 31, 2013.

Whatever you want to accomplish, break it down into bite-size pieces and get them on your calendar. And then GO for it! Actively spend time each day doing whatever you need to in order to make that goal by that date. Skip that hour on facebook, that 2 hours of tv time if necessary. Your success is the DIRECT result of your decisions, your efforts, your choices of what you do with your time.

There are plenty of people that will tell you you cannot do it, stick to what you know, why bother and all sorts of other negative statements. Here’s the good news – it is YOUR life, and you get to decide what you want to do with it!

I’ll start the ball rolling:

  • I will have the new Embroidery Mart-COLUMBUS website created and registration open by October 25, 2013.

What are you going to do?  Add your goal and date below in the comments, and get it on your calendar as well! Let’s DO THIS!

September 24, 2013 |

NNEP Lesson #472


Stop Thief!Well, what can I say – apparently I/we here at NNEP have to learn some lessons the hard way. The lesson I learned the hard way recently is that if you are traveling with your computer or iPad, there are steps you should take before you even leave to protect yourself, should anything happen to your computer while you are traveling.

  1. Write down the serial numbers of all of your computers, smart tablets, devices and cell phones – have this information some where OTHER than on the devices themselves!  It is one of the first things the police will ask you for should your device be stolen! Without the serial number, they really have no way of identifying YOUR device if it is found.
  2. If you are leaving your device somewhere and you will not be present, invest in the cables to attach it to something. There are all kinds of these cables available – click this link to to see some of the zillions of options.
  3. Consider investing in a motion sensor alarm for your device.  If someone moves it, even bumps it, it will go off unless the right code is entered.
  4. Consider installing the LoJack software. According the police in Nashville, this has been one of the most effective tools they’ve seen for recovering stolen computers.  Click this link to view LoJack options on

We apologize to the attendees at Embroidery Mart that experienced a longer-than-usual waiting time at Registration.  As many of you heard, we had computers stolen at the Embroidery Mart trade show, making for longer lines at Registration than anticipated. Thank you for your patience!

Lesson learned, the hard way, but most definitely learned!

September 17, 2013 |

Thriving with Stress training for NNEP members


We are very excited to announce a webinar for NNEP members on 9/10/13 at 10:30 AM EST – Thriving with Stress, presented by Dr. Frank Wood.

We just emailed NNEP members an invitation to this special event.  I have wrestled this very smart man into doing some stress management training for NNEP members.  He is offering a webinar on TUESDAY, 9/10 at 10:30 AM EST for 24 NNEP members (I am claiming the 25th spot, just be be clear – this guy is really, really good!).

Here is a bit more info about the training, from Dr. Frank Wood, the above mentioned very smart guy:

Please accept this invitation for those in the National Network of Embroidery Professionals to Thriving with Stress: An Overview. 

As we discussed, Thriving with Stress is being called a game changer with stress. Howard Thompson, VP of Purchasing with Macy’s told me, “I recently had the opportunity to see Dr. Wood turn 60 minutes into a mini personal empowerment session to help a group of business owners and executives begin to turn the tables on stress.”

I invite you and the members of NNEP to join this webinar overview on stress in which I will share a couple of things:


1)  The impact or cost of stress – amazingly stress is reported to cost US businesses more than $300 Billion annually … more in the webinar on the impact/cost issue.

2) The framework on stress – this will offer a perspective on how stress works.

3) An example that will teach, through experience, how stress feels and how it can get in the way of effective performance.

4) Some biology on stress where I will share a little on the fight or flight response (human wiring) and a little on a part of the brain that becomes overactive during times of stress.

5) Finally, I will open the webinar for questions.

A bit about the Thriving with Stress program – it is a 4 week program that more fully unpacks stress and teaches practical tools that empowers those who learn and apply the tools to more effectively respond rather than react in times of stress.


- The overview webinar is scheduled for September 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM

- The webinar will be held on webex (free to use it, just sign up using the sent to NNEP members by email)

- I will be asking for some feedback and so  would appreciate it if those who attend would use computers that have microphones … if not, there is an ability to communicate via a chat feature (so all are welcome)

- I will start promptly at 10:30 and conclude at 11:30 AM, EST. 

- I will be taping the webinar and will forward a taped copy to you for delivery to other NNEP members who were not able to participate in the webinar on 9/10/13, since it is limited to 25 people in the live session. 


For those interested, I will offer a discounted Thriving with Stress program (the 4 week program) to NNEP members. And if there is interest, I am open to offering periodic webinars for your members.


With respect,

September 6, 2013 |

NNEP’s 2014 Embroidery Mart Schedule



Save these dates!


Grab your calendar and mark these dates for the NNEP Embroidery Mart trade shows in 2014!

Embroidery Mart – COLUMBUS

March 21-22, 2014
Columbus Convention Center – NEW location!
Columbus, OH

Embroidery Mart – NASHVILLE

August 15-16, 2014
Music City Center – NEW facility!
Nashville, TN

To receive info about ATTENDING these events - click the green button below:

Let me know when I can register button

 To get information about EXHIBITING at these trade shows - click the blue button below to immediately receive the current exhibitor contracts and booth availability information:

Exhibitor Info for NNEP events

PS - IF you have another 15 seconds, please click on the red and blue VOTE button below – I’ve been nominated for a national award and hope to bring greater awareness of our industry with this nomination!!! MUCH appreciated – voting ends Sept. 9, 2013.

August 23, 2013 |

Embroidery Mart is nearly here!


NNEP's Embroidery Mart is so close!

Embroidery Mart, a trade show for embroidery and apparel decoration business owners presented by the NNEP, is nearly here!  Embroidery Mart pre-registration ends Monday, 7/22/13.

Register now for Embroidery Mart

If you use Internet Explorer (the blue “E” symbol) to get online, you may have to call NNEP to register - 800-866-7396.  Or try a different web browser such as Firefox or Chrome and go to get online and then go to to register.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Nashville next week!

July 18, 2013 |

Winners Announced for NNEP’s Embroidery Mart


OMG - I Won!

Three lucky attendees at Embroidery Mart are the winners of a free night at the Renaissance Hotel this year. Congratulations to Jean Wooton, Linda Young and Erika Heitzman.  They will be enjoying one of their nights in Nashville at NNEP’s Embroidery Mart compliments of the NNEP and the Renaissance Hotel.

The deadline to pre-register is coming up quickly – register today at!

Pre-registration ends July 22, 2013.

July 15, 2013 |

Jennifer Cox Podcast with 2 Regular Guys


2 Regular Guys Podcast on 6/28/13

It was fun doing a podcast* about Embroidery Mart this morning with Terry Combs and Aaron Montgomery.  They host an show on the internet called “2 Regular Guys.”  They chat about anything and everything in or connected to the decorated apparel industries.

*If you are new to the term “podcast,” here is the wiki:

 a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio radiovideoPDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device. The word is a neologism derived from “broadcast” and “pod” from the success of the iPod, as audio podcasts are often listened to on portable media players.

In people-speak, a podcast is a radio show that is broadcast live on the internet rather than through airwaves like traditional radio shows.  Because it IS digital, is is available AFTER the live event, as well as during the live event. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

They are thinking about doing their show live from Nashville during Embroidery Mart at the end of July.  I think that would be pretty fun! If you would like to be interviewed by Terry and Aaron (in Nashville or for a different episode), leave a comment below and I will let them know.

June 28, 2013 |

Who has the MOST Influence in our Industry?


Stitches Magazine produces a “Power List” to recognize the people that lead, influence and even shape this industry.

Your favorite industry suppliers and resources (like us here at NNEP) would REALLY appreciate your vote! It only takes a few seconds of your time.  Stitches Magazine Cover

Your vote rewards your favorite suppliers and the people and resources that you count on to help your business.

If a vendor has cost you a job or lost income, here is the chance to recognize the vendors that consistently deliver.

Click and VOTE – Stitches Power List –


June 6, 2013 |

I’ll Be At Embroidery Mart, Will You?


Jennifer Cox of National Network of Embroidery ProfessionalsI’m writing to invite you to attend Embroidery Mart in Nashville July 26-27. As an embroidery expert with years of experience helping embroidery and apparel decoration professionals, I can tell you there is no event that delivers the same value as Embroidery Mart. And now more than ever, the value you get is critical to your success.

Embroidery Mart is fundamentally about helping you grow your business. It’s that simple. It was created specifically for embroidery and apparel decoration business owners. It is not a vacation. It is not a golf tournament. It is about uncovering, discovering, discussing and sharing the best practices in the industry for achieving business growth. It’s about building on your strengths and taking your business to the next level.

Embroidery Mart is for the whole industry, including professionals that produce decorated apparel and those that sell decorated apparel. If you have equipment that does embroidery, heat pressing, screen printing, digital garment printing, laser engraving, rhinestones, sublimation, vinyl cutting – there is much for you here at Embroidery Mart. If you want to learn about any of this equipment and how you can grow your business with it, Embroidery Mart is for you.

Because we believe that  information is key to your success, all the classes at Embroidery Mart are free for you as a registered attendee. And the presenters are some of the best people in the industry in their areas of expertise. Our speakers are some of the who’s who among the industry innovators that are making a difference. They are always testing, experimenting and leading the way in apparel decoration.

Please don’t wait. Register for Embroidery Mart now.

And if you do by June 15, you will be entered in three drawings for a free night at the Renaissance Hotel, which is the hotel connected to the Nashville Convention Center. Just click here to register by June 15 and you will be automatically entered in the drawings.

If you have any questions or would like to register by phone, please contact us at 800-866-7396 between 9 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday.

I hope to see you in July!


Jennifer Cox
National Network of Embroidery Professionals
June 2, 2013 |

Enter Drawing for Free Hotel Night at NNEP’s Embroidery Mart!


NNEP's Embroidery Mart


Register for Embroidery Mart by June 15, 2013 to be entered in the drawing for one of three free nights at the Renaissance Hotel, which is connected to the Nashville Convention Center!  Three lucky attendees will get a free night.  You must be registered to attend Embroidery Mart by 6/15/13 to be in the drawings.

Embroidery Mart is a trade show for people in the commercial embroidery and apparel decoration industries. If you are thinking about starting an embroidery business, or apparel decoration business, you are also welcome to attend Embroidery Mart.

Visit the Embroidery Mart website at http://embroiderymartcom for all of the information, including the list of exhibiting companies and the free classes which are being offered on Friday and Saturday for all registered attendees.

If you have any questions about Embroidery Mart, contact NNEP at 800-866-7396, or email

Looking forward to seeing you in Nashville in July!

May 30, 2013 |