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Barbara Brabec's World
The Demise of the
National Crafts Association
A report by Barbara Brabec
Founded in 1983 by Barbara Arena, The National Crafts Association (NCA) began to
serve the online arts and crafts community in 1995, offering a variety of
services to help creative people sell their wares. Because this was a prominent
organization, I was happy to give publicity to NCA in some of my books.
Barbara Arena was the author of The Complete Idiotís Guide to Making Money with
Your Hobby (2001), and I remember how excited she was to have finally authored a
book after all her years of writing for the NCA newsletter. She and I never met
personally, but we had many long business and personal telephone conversations
over the years, especially when both she and I were trying to take care of
business while also being a full-time caregiver for an ailing spouse.
I was very late in learning in January of 2009 that Barbara had died the summer
before and her website was no longer being maintained. As near as I could tell
then, the only announcement of her death appeared in the online newsletter
published by ProfessionalCrafters.com, a group I did not belong to.
Surprisingly, no one in my large network of crafts business friends brought her
death to my attention. In speaking to one member of the organization that I
tracked down at that time, I learned that NCA members didn't know of Barbaraís
death either. This was a real lesson to me in how a business that is being
managed by one individual with no employees just falls apart when that person is
no longer able to care for it and has made no plans for what to do in the event
I was never able to learn how Barbaraís death and the sudden demise of NCA may
have affected individual members who were using NCAís various website and
business services, but I found this to be a very sad ending for an organization
that was so professionally managed by Barbara for 25 years, and one that I was
happy to recommend in all of my books.
Since I have no plans to update or revise any of my home-business books, Iíve
published this historical article to answer any questions readers may have about
"whatever happened to the National Crafts Associaion."
The domain name, Craftassoc.com, was simply left to expire. The last time I
checked, it was still parked and
available for sale.
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