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Why We Started NNEP

NNEP stands for National Network of Embroidery Professionals.  We are a trade association for embroidery and apparel decoration professionals.  You have questions, we have answers.  You have problems, we have solutions!

NNEP was founded in 1996 by Susan & Arch Ritchie and Jennifer Cox.  But let’s start this story at the beginning, shall we? 

NNEP Staff

NNEP Staff

Chapter 1 – In the late 80′s, Susan and Arch owned a needle arts boutique in Hudson, Ohio – knitting, cross stitch, needle point.  While visiting their son in Washington, DC, they met an embroiderer/firefighter and they were intrigued by the possibilities presented by the embroidery machine.  They thought it offered an interesting high-tech counterpoint to their successful low-tech store.  And so the first machine came home, literally! 

A single needle, single head commercial machine arrived and quickly dominated the family room.  Within the year, Susan and Arch recognized that the embroidery side of the business was where they wanted to grow.  They invited Jennifer (their daughter) to join them in the business.  She graciously declined, as she was well on her way in an interesting career in Columbus, Ohio.  They invited Jennifer to attend an embroidery event in Columbus, “Just for the afternoon – what could it hurt?”  By the end of the event, Jennifer was ready to join the family business.  And she did…

Chapter 2 – The machine was moved from home up to the retail store.  Another machine was added.  The store was remodeled to make more room for embroidery.  The store was no longer big enough.  Susan and Arch sold the yarn shop.  They moved to an old fashioned “live over the grocery store” building in Kent, Ohio.  They lived upstairs, and the embroidery business continued to expand downstairs.

Chapter 3 – After a few years, they recognized that they needed new information in order to grow the business.  It quickly became apparent that there was little “infrastructure” to the commercial embroidery business.  Arch had 30+ years as a nationally recognized salesman.  Susan had a master’s degree in administration, and years of experience operating her needle arts and embroidery store.  Jennifer brought experience building and hosting national events and association managment as well as sales skills.  After a national survey of large and small embroidery operations and the national publications in the industry, as well as advice from legal counsel, Susan, Arch and Jennifer determined that they could create a membership association  for the commercial embroidery industry, and NNEP was born.

Chapter 4 - Present day NNEP… Over the last decade, NNEP has evolved as the premiere organization for information, member benefits and support for professional apparel decorators.  We derive great pleasure from helping independent business owners exlpore and expand their potential, one professional at a time.  We love creating and hosting the best education in the industry, the annual NNEP spring conference and trade show, and the national trade show, Embroidery Mart. 

Why should you become a member of NNEP?  You have questions?  We have answers.  Why operate your business in a vacuum?  Join the community of professional apparel decorators!  Join the conversation about how to grow and enhance your business, and your skills as an embroiderer and business owner.  Tap the NNEP staff’s decades of embroidery experience.  More importantly, tap into the knowledge available within the membership – literally 1000s of fellow professional embroiderers and apparel decorators!  NNEP members get special pricing benefits and services designed to increase profits and production. 

NNEP – A World of Difference








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joey broadfram November 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm

i contact to know if u sell or do t-shirts, if u do pls kindly email me back with more info so that we can proceed to the next level.


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