February 14, 2017

Top 5 Jewelry Trends for 2017

Didn’t make it to New York Fashion Week? No worries, Nina Designs has all of the top fashion trends for your jewelry business. We have a wide selection of Ready to Wear and Jewelry Making Supplies designed to help you keep your “finger on the pulse” of what’s hot – whether you’re a Personal Shopper, Etsy Superstar or Brick and Mortar Maven!

1. Midi Rings

Make a BIG statement with these TEENSY rings! Designed to be worn just below the knuckle, Midi Rings are the new must have accessory for the Stacking Ring Enthusiast. The look is modern, fresh and oh so sexy! Nina Designs offers two sizes and finishes so your clients can choose the right fit and color. These are the perfect “add-on” for impulse shoppers!

2. Ear Climbers

From Geometric and Minimal to Flirty and Feminine – Our new Collection of Ear Climbers and Ear Jackets are right on trend and sure to fit anyone’s taste. Seriously, you can’t open a magazine or browse online without seeing a pair of these fun, funky and hipster style earrings! Guaranteed to be a hot seller!

3. Geometric Shapes

Still going strong!

This year it’s all about the shape – specifically, sharp angles like hexagons, chevrons and triangles. You’ll see these shapes featured in simple metal jewelry and also in gemstone cuts. Get out your protractor, Geometry Class is back in session!

4. Hearts

Many of us have a Love/Hate relationship with Heart Shaped Jewelry but the 2017 Fashion Forecast calls for nothing but LOVE baby! You’ll find this sweet statement of affection on all types of accessories. No longer relegated to Mother’s Day, Valentine’s or gifts for Sweet 16 – Heart Jewelry is perfect for all ages and any occasion. Nina Designs offers Heart shaped Rings, Earrings and Charms to create necklaces and bracelets with. Be sure to stock up!

What’s not to love?

5. Charm Necklaces

They’re baaaaack! (Did they ever really leave?) Charm Necklaces are all the rage this year and the perfect way to “express yourself.” Help your customers “Tell Their Story” to the world with this easy to personalize accessory. Each charm is as individual as you are and makes a bold statement. Offering stamping blanks that can be embellished with special dates and initials is a great “add-on” as well! Build your own by choosing from our wide selection of Finished Chain and Charms or shop our Ready to Wear Charm Necklace Collection. How charming!

October 6, 2016

How to Grow Your Jewelry Business with Kiva O% Interest Loans

Have you ever had to wait to purchase more inventory, or delay working on a new order, because you were waiting for a payment to come through? Cash-flow is always a challenge for entrepreneurs, and Kiva is here to help.

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Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through funding to alleviate poverty. Kiva U.S. provides 0% interest loans to small business owners all over the United States. The loans are crowdfunded on the Kiva website by lenders from all over the world. It was originally launched as a pilot in November 2011 under the name Kiva Zip, and was integrated with the main Kiva platform in June 2016. To date, Kiva has lent over $850 million dollars to over 1.5 million entrepreneurs around the world through a global network of over a million lenders.  Learn more about Kiva here.

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Kiva is for any entrepreneur who can use a 0% interest loan to help take his or her business to the next level.  “Because we don’t look at extensive financial data about you or your business, it’s our hope that we accept everyone that’s serious about their business and our crowdfunding program.”  Whether you’re in the idea phase, start-up mode, or an established business, Kiva could be a great option for you. Entrepreneurs can raise money for any business purpose — working capital, equipment, inventory, marketing, or project-based investments are all ways you can leverage Kiva to help your business grow.”

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WHY might KIVA be right for YOU?

This is your opportunity to grow your business by accessing this great source of capital at 0% Interest and NO Fees! Get in on the ground floor of this exciting new domestic program.

So what are you waiting for? Apply Today!

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July 8, 2016

Building Community, Bead and Button Shines a Spotlight on Nina Designs

Nina Designs is honored to be featured in one of our favorite jewelry making publications, Bead and Button Magazine. The profile, “Building Community, Nina Cooper strives to make the world a better place, one finding at a time,” is beautifully written by Julia Gerlach and can be found in the “Spotlight” section of August 2016 Issue of Bead and Buttonwhich is available on newsstands now! It focuses on Nina’s efforts to create a supportive work environment, lessen our carbon footprint as a business, and help women entrepreneurs and artisans through microloans.

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It is a fascinating read that we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss because this isn’t just a shout out for Nina Designs, it’s also about you. When you purchase from Nina Designs, you aren’t just getting the best quality jewelry components and top notch customer service – you are also helping us to make the world a better place! Honestly, we couldn’t do it without you!

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So, if you haven’t read Bead and Button Magazine, we encourage you to check it out! It is published 6 times a year and features amazing “How To” projects as well as wonderful articles that remind us that maybe we can “make the world a better place, one finding at a time.”

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November 11, 2015

Wholesale Customer Requirements :: State Resale Information

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If you’re thinking about becoming a wholesale customer, or you already are and haven’t placed your first wholesale order with us yet, this post is full of valuable information about the resale documentation we need to help you set up of your wholesale account. In order to be as helpful as possible, we are providing information from every US state on the documents needed to re-sell merchandise.  This state document is what we need to establish your wholesale account. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We wish you the best of luck, and success with your new jewelry business!


Find your state below to locate the information that will pertain to you (states are in alphabetical order).


Nina Designs researched the unique information for each of these states and verified that the links worked at the time of research, completed in 2014.  Please contact us if links are broken, and we will do our best to update them.

This is not in any way meant to be legal advice.  Please contact your state directly if you have any questions about how to obtain your resale license.

If you are interested in seeing visual examples of your state issued documents, please open a search engine and do an image search for your state name and the document name, such as “Alabama Sales Tax License”.


Alabama’s state issued resale license is called a Sales Tax License.

The instructions for applying online include a list of materials to collect.

Instructions for Applying Online

To apply online for a Sales Tax Account Number, and then be sent a Sales Tax License:

Alabama Business Tax Online Registration System

You can receive a Sales Tax Account Number and Sales Tax License within 2-3 days of filing your free application if you choose to be notified by email rather than snail mail.

Alabama Sales and Use Tax FAQ


Alaska does not collect sales and use tax.

To sign up for a wholesale Nina Designs account, we require a state-issued business license or other proof of established business or customer base from our Alaskan customers.  An example is an Alaska Business License issued by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.

Alaska Department of Revenue


Arizona’s state issued resale license is called a Transaction Privilege Tax License.  Nina Designs will accept either your Arizona state or city issued Transaction Privilege Tax License.

Arizona typically requires resellers to have a Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) license from both the state of Arizona, and the city you are based in.  Links to apply are provided on the page linked below.

Arizona’s Department of Revenue TPT Page

Arizona Joint Tax Application (State of Arizona TPT Application)

Go to the Arizona Commerce Authority’s webpage to check if your city requires its’ own TPT License.  Click on the “Checklist Program” link under the “Start, Operate, and Grow a Business in Arizona” heading.

Arizona Commerce Authority

Arizona TPT FAQ


Arkansas’ state issued resale license is called the Sales and Use Tax Permit.

Arkansas’ online information is limited until you register for a taxpayer account.

Click on the link below and sign in to create a Sales and Use Tax account, and to pay your Sales and Use Tax online.

Arkansas Taxpayer Access Points


Nina Designs is based in California and the state government requires a copy of the form BOE-230 to be on file for each of our Californian wholesale customers.  We will provide this document to you, and will keep it on file as your resale license.

In California, you must register for a Seller’s Permit with the Board of Equalization (BOE) and have a valid permit number.   Nina Designs will then email you a simple form called the BOE – 230 to fill out and return to us.  Our company is based in California so there are strict requirements set by the state government regarding the documentation that our California customers must provide.

To apply for a free Seller’s Permit online:

California State Board of Equalization – Online Services Overview

Information Needed to Get Started


Colorado’s resale license is called the Sales Tax License.

Most licenses are valid for a two-year period and expire at the end of odd-numbered years.  Filing for a Standard Sales Tax License requires a $50 deposit which is refunded after $50 in taxes is paid.

Two ways to apply:

  1. Colorado Business Express


  1. Colorado Sales Tax Withholding Account Application

For general information:

Colorado Department of Revenue Taxation Division Webpage


Connecticut’s resale license is called the Sales and Use Tax Permit.

The Sales and Use Tax Permit is valid for five years.

Applying for a Sales Tax Permit (Resale Number) Information

Complete Form REG-1 (link found on the Sales and Use Tax Permit Registration Webpage below) and pay a $100 permit fee.

Sales and Use Tax Permit Registration Webpage

Registration Information


Delaware does not collect sales and use tax.

To sign up for a wholesale Nina Designs account, we require a state-issued business license or other proof of established business or customer base from our Delaware customers.  An example is a Business License issued by the State of Delaware Division of Revenue.

Delaware Exemption and Resellers Certificates


Florida issues each registered dealer a Certificate of Registration and an Annual Resale Certificate for Sales Tax at the same time. Nina Designs will accept either document.

The certificates expire annually on December 31, but as long as you are a registered dealer and are conducting business, your certificates renew automatically.

Annual Resale Certificate for Sales Tax Brochure

To apply, go to the page below and scroll down to “Register Online”.  The page shows a variety of Tax Certificates but you should be able to apply for the specific Sales Tax certificate when you register.

Florida Dept. of Revenue Account Registration

Florida’s Sales and Use Tax Webpage


Georgia’s resale certificate is called the Certificate of Registration or Sales Tax Certificate of Registration.

Georgia limits the amount of available online information to those who are signing up for permits.  Please let us know if you have helpful information about your experience obtaining a Certificate of Registration with the state of Georgia.

Information about Sales and Use Tax in Georgia (click on the Register for a Sales and Use Tax Number link on the page below):

Georgia’s Department of Revenue Tax Registration Webpage

How do I… FAQ about Sales Tax

The permit is free to obtain and does not expire.


Hawaii’s resale license is called the General Excise Tax License.

There is a one-time fee of $20 to obtain a General Excise Tax License.  Click on the BB1-Packet link under the heading “How can I apply for a GET License?” to complete your State of Hawaii Basic Business Application and receive a General Excise Tax License:

General Excise Tax Information


Idaho’s resale license is called the Seller’s Permit.

Fill out the IBR-1 (Idaho Business Registration) application for a Seller’s Permit.

The application link is under “New Businesses” and “To Apply”.  They recommend reading the webpage before applying so that you have your materials prepared.

Idaho Business Registration Information

Businesses Sales and Use Tax Information


Illinois’ resale license is called the Certificate of Registration.

You must request an application for a Certificate of Registration from the Department of Revenue in order to apply.  You can call them or go to an office (follow the second link).

Pdf on General Information for Obtaining a Certificate of Registration

How to contact the Illinois Department of Revenue


Indiana’s resale license is called the Registered Retail Merchant Certificate.

Fill out the Business Tax Application to receive a Registered Retail Merchant Certificate.  Follow the link below to find the Business Tax Application button under the video player.  The Certificate automatically renews every two years, unless you have delinquent payments, at which point you will have to fill out a form and pay a $25 fee to get your Certificate renewed.

Indiana Department of Revenue – Sales Tax

Indiana’s Sales Tax and Registered Retail Merchant Certificate FAQ


Iowa’s resale license is called a Retail Sales Tax Permit.

The Iowa Department of Revenue webpage lists all of the action to take for receiving a Sales Tax Permit.

Iowa Department of Revenue

First, Iowa recommends watching a short video presentation to be prepared to register your business.

Video Center – Find the “Starting A Business? This Video Can Help” video on the right side of the page.

Then, register your business and specify the permits you would like to sign up for, including the Sales Tax permit.  This permit is free.

Register Your Business Online


Kansas’ resale license is called the Retailers’ Sales Tax Registration Certificate

Fill out the Business Tax Application, Form CR-16, via the “Business Registration Online” link on Kansas’ Department of Revenue website to receive a Sales Tax Registration Certificate.

Business Registration Online

Kansas’ Department of Revenue Business Tax page

PDF for Kansas’ Sales Tax and Compensating Tax Use Guide


Kentucky’s resale license is called a Sales and Use Tax Permit.

Kentucky Sales and Use Tax FAQ

If you are starting a new business in Kentucky or beginning a new taxable activity, you may need to register with the Department of Revenue by completing Form 10A100, Kentucky Tax Registration Application.

Kentucky Tax Registration Application and Instructions

You can apply for a Sales and Use Tax permit using the Online Business Registration Portal.

Kentucky Online Business Registration


Louisiana’s resale license is called a Sales Tax Registration Certificate.

You must register for a LaTAP account before applying for a resale license.

Louisiana Department of Revenue – FAQ – How to register to use LaTAP

There is a guide for how to apply for a sales tax registration certificate using Louisiana’s Department of Revenue’s online system, called LaTAP.  This walks you through the process with step by step screen shots of what to click on.  Click on the link below and find the “Requesting a Louisiana Sales Tax Resale Certificate in LaTAP” tutorial link in the first section headed “Print Resale Certificates”.

Louisiana Resale Certificate Information

Louisiana Resale Certificate FAQ


Maine’s resale license is called a Resale Certificate.

It is free to apply for a resale certificate, but read the FAQ first to find out if you qualify for a resale license.

Maine Revenue Services Sales and Use, Withholding, and Service Provider Tax Registration FAQ

Go here to register your new Sales and Use Tax account.  Read the page and find the beginning of the registration process at the bottom of the page.

Sales & Use, Withholding and Service Provider Tax Registration Service


Maryland’s resale license is called a Sales and Use Tax License.

Complete a Combined Registration Application to apply for a Sales and Use Tax License.  Find the “Begin Registration” button at the bottom of the page.

Comptroller of Maryland – Entrance

There are links to more categories about Sales and Use Tax at the bottom of the Sales and Use Tax Information for Maryland page.

Sales and Use Tax information for Maryland


Massachusetts’ resale license is called the Sales and Use Tax Registration Certificate.

The following link has a lot of great information regarding how and where to get started.

Department of Revenue – Getting Started in Massachusetts

Register online with the Department of Revenue to obtain a certificate.

Department of Revenue Web File for Business – Registration

Sales and Use Tax Resources


Michigan’s resale license is called a Sales Tax License.

Complete the Online Business Registration and Form 518 to receive your Sales Tax License.  Find Form 518 under the question “How do I obtain a sales tax license?” in the Sales and Use Tax FAQ.

Online Business Registration

Sales and Use Tax FAQs


Minnesota’s resale license is issued as a Minnesota Tax Identification (ID) Number.  We will require a copy of your confirmation letter from Minnesota, which states “Please keep this letter as proof of registration”.

Registering online renders an instantly usable valid ID number.

Information about the ID number registration requirements and more

Register for an ID number here


Mississippi’s resale license document states that it is a “State of Mississippi Permit to engage in business of selling tangible personal property or services taxable under the sales tax law”.  For briefness’ sake, we’re calling it the Sales Permit.

Register for your Sales Permit online:

Mississippi’s Taxpayer Access Point

Information on registering taxes as a business in Mississippi


Missouri’s resale license is called the Retail Sales License.

Register your business online to receive a Retail Sales License.

Business Tax Registration FAQ

Online Business Registration for Sales Tax and more


Montana does not collect sales and use tax.

To sign up for a wholesale Nina Designs account, we require a state-issued business license or other proof of established business or customer base from our Montana customers.  One example is an Assumed Business Name (ABN) Registration confirmation letter from the State of Montana Secretary of State.  Another example is a city issued Business License that specifies that your business is in jewelry.

Montana.gov Sales Tax Page


Nebraska’s resale license is called a Sales Tax Permit.

Fill out Form 20, the Nebraska Tax Application, and indicate that you will be collecting sales tax to receive a Sales Tax Permit.  This permit does not expire.  Mail or fax the completed application to the address specified on the form.

Form 20

Information on starting a business in Nebraska


Nevada’s resale license is called the Sales (or Use) Tax Permit.  “Use” is not always included in the title.

Click on the “New Registration” button next to the first blue arrow in the Nevada Tax Center to register for a new Sales or Use Tax Permit.

Nevada Tax Center

New Hampshire

New Hampshire does not collect sales and use tax.

To sign up for a wholesale Nina Designs account, we require a state-issued business license or other proof of established business or customer base from our New Hampshire customers.  One example is a Certificate of Formation from the State of New Hampshire Secretary of State.  Another example is a Certificate of Registered Trade Name from the State of New Hampshire Department of State that specifies that the nature of the business is related to jewelry.

New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration

New Jersey

New Jersey’s resale license is called the Certificate of Authority.

File a Business Registration Application (Form NJ-REG) to receive a Certificate of Authority.

New Jersey Department of the Treasury Form Fees and Instructions

You can either file online using the link below, or by printing the form and mailing it in.  The link to the Form NJ-REG is the first in the list at the bottom, “Business (tax and employer) Registration form, NJ-REG”.

When you click on “Business (tax and employer) Registration form, NJ-REG”, it brings you to a page named “PRINT FORMS” where you can choose the Form NJ-REG from the top of the list.

State of New Jersey Online Tax/Employer Registration

New Mexico

New Mexico’s resale license is called a Registration Certificate.

New Mexico collects a Gross Receipts Tax rather than a Sales or Use Tax.  Register your business to receive a Combined Reporting System (CRS) Identification Number and Registration Certificate from the Taxation and Revenue Department.

To file online, find the link in the “How to apply for a CRS Identification Number” paragraph on the site below.  There is also info on how to apply in person in locations around the state, and you can receive a number immediately.

New Mexico – Taxation and Revenue

Printable Application for Business Tax Identification Number (same as CRS Identification Number)

New York

New York’s resale license is called the Certificate of Authority.

An overview of registering with the state:

How to Register for New York State Sales Tax

Obtain a User ID before applying for a Certificate of Authority License:

My NY.gov Online Services

Step by step instructions for how to apply for your Certificate of Authority License:

How do I apply online for my license?

The instructions guide you to go to the License Center home page, here’s a link.

New York License Center Home Page

North Carolina

North Carolina’s resale license is called the Merchant’s Certificate of Registration.

Complete the Business Registration Application, Form NC-BR, online or mail it in to receive a Certificate of Registration.

The NC-BR form is the third one listed on the following link.  You have to choose whether to file online or to fill in a pdf that you can print out.

Sales and Use Tax Forms and Certificates

North Carolina Department of Revenue Sales and Use Tax FAQ

North Dakota

North Dakota’s resale license is called the Sales and Use Tax Permit.

Be forewarned that there are a lot of old and broken links within North Dakota’s online resources.  The one we provide works best.

Apply online for a Sales and Use Tax Permit:

North Dakota Taxpayer Access Point

Printable application (in pdf style) that you can send in to the address specified on the form:

Application for Income Tax Withholding and Sales and Use Tax Permit


Ohio’s resale license is called the Vendor’s License.  We will also accept the Transient Vendor’s License.

Complete and submit the form ST-1 to receive a Vendor’s License.  Complete the form ST-1T to receive a Transient Vendor’s License.  The following link has links to both forms, and describes the differences between the two licenses.  When you click on the ST-1 form, you’ll receive a page recommending that you file online with a link to the online portal, and a link to the printable form at the very bottom of the page.

Ohio Department of Taxation – Sales and Use Tax License and Filing Requirements

ST-1 Form (online or paper options)

ST-1T Form (paper option)


Oklahoma’s resale license is called a Sales Tax Permit.

Register your business online to receive a Sales Tax Permit.  You must complete the Business Registration Packet (Packet A).  Follow the link below and click on “Enter the Online Business Registration System” at the bottom of the page.

Oklahoma Tax Commission Online Business Registration System


Oklahoma Business Registration Application

There are hints that there are registration fees but they are not listed on the pages prior to entering the system.


Oregon does not collect sales and use tax.

To sign up for a wholesale Nina Designs account, we require a state-issued business license or other proof of established business or customer base from our Oregon customers.  One example is an E-filed Assumed Business Name Registration confirmation from the Oregon Secretary of State Corporation Division. A second example is a current Application for Renewal of Assumed Business Name from the Oregon Secretary of State.


Pennsylvania’s resale license is called the Certificate of Registration Sales Tax License.

To apply for a Sales Tax License, fill out form PA-100 and follow the instructions on the page below.

Application for a Sales Tax License

Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s resale license is called the Permit to Make Sales at Retail.

Register your business online to receive the Permit to Make Sales at Retail.  There are fees to register, but they are not listed at the entrance to the online portal.

RI Division of Taxation Combined Online Registration Service

Pdf copy of the Business Registration and Application

South Carolina

South Carolina’s resale license is called a Retail (Sales Tax) License.  The license issued says “Retail License”.

Checklist of items needed to register for your Retail Sales Tax License

The South Carolina Business One Stop (SCBOS) website says that form SCDOR-111 is the form needed to file for a Sales Tax License, and that SCBOS has a “Start New Business” tool to use instead of filling out the form directly.

South Carolina Business One Stop – Start New Business

South Dakota

South Dakota’s resale license is called the Sales (and/or Use) Tax License, but this title is not listed on the document itself.  It does specify “Sales Tax” under “License Type” on the left hand side, above the human name and address of who the license is issued to.

You can use the Tax Application Website to apply for a Tax License without creating an account, but you have to fill out the application in its entirety at one time.  If you create an account, you can save the application and come back to it another time.

South Dakota’s Department of Revenue Tax Application Website


Tennessee’s resale license is called a Certificate of Registration.

In Tennessee, you must register your business in order to receive a Certificate of Registration resale license.  Follow the instructions for registering your business online – click on “How to set up and manage your account”.

SALES Instructions

The link below is a pdf of Tennessee’s application to register your business and receive a Certificate of Registration.  Instructions on how to fill out the application are included at the bottom of the pdf.

Application for Registration

Tennessee’s Department of Revenue Sales and Use Tax page:

Sales and Use Tax Forms


Texas’ resale license is called a Sales and Use Tax Permit.

It is free to apply for a Sales and Use Tax Permit.

You can apply online but must print the signature page and mail or fax it in to the Comptroller of Public Accounts office in order to receive your Sales and Use Tax Permit.  The page below lists the information you need to apply, and the button to begin the application is near the bottom of the page.

Begin the Texas Online Tax Registration Application

Pdf for the Texas Sales and/or Use Tax Permit


Utah’s resale license is called the Sales Tax License and/or Use Tax Certificate of Registration.

You must register your business online to receive a Sales Tax License and/or Use Tax Certificate of Registration.

Utah’s One Stop Business Registration System

Utah Sales and Use Tax Information


Vermont’s resale license is called the Sales and Use Tax Registration.

It is free to register for a Sales and Use Tax Registration license.

Register online or fill out Form BR-400 to receive a Vermont business tax account and a Sales and Use Tax Registration Certificate.  The following link provides an introduction for what to expect tax-wise when starting a business in Vermont.

Vermont’s Department of Taxes – Starting a Business Page

Register your business tax account online to receive a Sales and Use Tax Registration Certificate.

VTBizFile Business Taxes Online

Alternatively, to register by paper, print and mail or fax the application (Form BR-400) in when complete.  The contact information is on page 3 of the pdf.

Pdf for Form BR-400


Virginia’s resale license is called the Certificate of Registration for the Collection of Virginia Sales and Use Tax.

It is free to register for a Certificate of Registration.

Register your business either online or by mail or fax to receive a Certificate of Registration.

Register online with the abilities to save and come back to your application later.  In the “New Users” box, click on “Are you a new business?  Register Here”:

VATAX Online Services for Businesses

Alternatively, fill in Form R-1 and print to mail or fax your registration:

Pdf for Form R-1

For a general overview:

Virginia Department of Taxation

Washington State

Washington’s resale license is called a Reseller Permit.

A link for Washington’s Department of Revenue overview for Reseller Permits follows below.  There is a section for “How to get a Reseller Permit” a few paragraphs down the webpage.

Using and accepting reseller permits

You can apply online for a Reseller Permit.  Log in to My Account, choose “Manage Business Account” on the left, choose “Get Reseller Permit Information”, and follow the instructions.

Department of Revenue Log On

Alternatively, you can print and fax or mail your application in for a Reseller Permit.

Pdf Application for a Washington State Reseller Permit

Reseller Permit FAQ

Washington DC

Washington DC’s resale license is called the Certificate of Registration.

To receive a Certificate of Registration from the Government of District of Colombia’s Office of Tax and Revenue, you must register your business using the blanket form FR-500 – the Combined Business Tax Registration Application.

Combined Business Tax Registration Application Form FR-500

Form FR-500 includes the following sections:

–          General Information (Part I)

–          Franchise Tax Registration (Part II)

–          Employer’s D.C. Withholding Tax Registration (Part III)

–          Sales and Use Tax Registration (Part IV)

–          Personal Property Tax Registration (Part V1)

–          Miscellaneous Tax (Part V2)

–          Unemployment Compensation Tax Registration (Part VI)

The Washington DC website (dc.gov) is very comprehensive and says that licensing your business with form FR-500 should be one of the last things you do when building your business.  More information:

Business Licensing and Corporate Registration

West Virginia

West Virginia’s resale license is called the Business Registration Certificate.

Registering your business with the state of West Virginia will provide you with a Business Registration Certificate.  Register using the online portal.  You must log in to access more information, and it looks like there may be a fee for registering.

Business for West Virginia Online Portal

You can access more forms related to registering your business on the West Virginia State Tax Department homepage.  These include forms for getting your Business License Registration Fee refunded (form BRT-814) and getting a permanent Business Registration Certificate (form BRT801A).

West Virginia State Tax Department Business Registration Forms


We accept either the Business Tax Registration Certificate or the Seller’s Permit as valid Wisconsin resale licenses.

Wisconsin has an FAQ with the parameters of applying for a Seller’s Permit clearly outlined.  The biggest stipulations are that you should apply at least three weeks before you open your business, and that if you have been delinquent on any tax payments in the past, the Department of Revenue may require you to make a $15,000 deposit.  Yes, $15,000!

Wisconsin Department of Revenue Sales and Use Tax Permits FAQ

There are two ways to apply for a Seller’s Permit.  Register online by following the link below and then clicking on “Register for Wisconsin tax permit (withholding, seller’s permit)”.

Wisconsin Business Tax Registration

Register via mail by printing out form BTR-101 and mailing it to the PO Box address at the top of the application, or faxing it to the number listed below the PO Box address.

Form BTR-101


Wyoming’s resale license is called the Sales/Use Tax License.

Fill out the application and mail, email, or fax it in, or apply online at the following secure site.  Wyoming has a one-time application fee of $60.00. Your application will be processed within 10 business days of receipt.

Wyoming Internet Filing System for Business

Find the application as a printable pdf at the Department of Revenue’s website.  The address to mail it to is at the top of the application.

Sales/Use Tax Application

Wyoming’s Sales/Use Tax vendor manual, which functions as their FAQ:

Vendor Manual

Extra Materials

A fantastic resource from blog.taxjar.com!  This is an article from August 2014 that lists contact information for how to talk about sales tax to a live person in every state.


January 19, 2015

Launch Your Jewelry Business: Live Webinar with Nina!

Wondering how you can turn all of your fabulous jewelry designs and ideas into an actual business? Look no further, Nina has all of the tips and steps you need to take your love for jewelry to the next level. Follow along during a live web seminar to hear ten tips on how to take the next step in making your jewelry dreams a reality.

Nina has over 30 years of experience in running her own business, and wants to share her tips for success with you! During this web seminar you will learn:

  • If you could and should launch your own jewelry business.
  • A detailed jewelry business plan, from book keeping to pricing, branding and marketing
  • How to have the confidence you need for successfully starting a jewelry business & more!


Sign up here to register for this exciting web seminar hosted by Nina. There will also be a live question and answer period at the end of her presentation, so have questions ready to ask to get an expert’s opinion!

March 12, 2014

PayPal 101 :: Learning to Use PayPal with Nina Designs

At Nina Designs, we carry high quality original designs, charms, and jewelery supplies for you to purchase. We want to ensure that when ordering your jewelry supplies, checking out online with Nina Designs is as clear, easy, and efficient as possible!  When you place orders online with us, you have the option of paying using either a Visa or MasterCard credit card, or you can pay using your PayPal account. (We can now also accept PayPal, in addition to credit cards, for phone orders as well!)

Here is a step by step guide outlining how to check out on NinaDesigns.com with your PayPal account:

  • When you are checking out through our website, once you get to the “Payment” options page, it will ask you if you would like to use a credit card, or pay using your already set-up PayPal account. This is where you would choose the option to pay via PayPal if you wish.


  • After choosing this option, our website will let you know that you will now be temporarily leaving our website, and are being taken to PayPal’s website to sign in, and complete the approval for the payment on your order.


  • On the PayPal page, you will have to login to your PayPal account to complete your order.


  • Once you have logged in, it will display your account information, and have you confirm the PayPal transaction for the amount of your order. After clicking on “continue”, you will be taken back to the Nina Designs page.


  • When you are back to the Nina Designs page, you will then be on the order review tab or the checkout process, and the payment method listed at the top will display “PayPal”. Be sure to finish your order! Click the Send Order button after you review your information to complete your order.


  • After you have placed your order, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Nina Designs confirming your order with us, and you will also receive an e-mail from PayPal summarizing your transaction through your account there.


  • After your order is placed, you can then login to your PayPal account through the PayPal website to track your transaction.


  • When your order is placed with us, we do not actually charge your order until we have pulled the items you ordered, in case we need to adjust your total if anything is out of stock. This prevents us from having to issue any refunds, and confirms that the total is correct for the merchandise you are receiving. While your order is being processed and pulled, and before we capture the total for your order, your transaction on your PayPal account history will show as “Pending”, meaning that you have authorized the amount of funds that your order total came to, but we have yet to actually charge you, and remove the funds from your PayPal account.
  • Forgot to add something to your order? Don’t fret! If you contact us as soon as possible, and before your order has been completed and charged, we are able to add on to your exiting order, even if the total rises above the original authorized amount. If we have already charged you order, we would then have to place a second for your forgotten items.


  • After your order has been pulled,we adjust your totals in case something you ordered was out of stock. We will then charge your order. When we charge your order, we only will be taking the final order total amount out of your account, which can sometimes differ from the original amount of your order due to our adjustments for out of stock or backordered items.  After we charge your order, a second transaction will appear on your PayPal account summary, which will read “Completed”.


  • In the end there will be two transactions listed within your PayPal account. The first is your “Pending” transaction, which is from you checked out, for the original authorized amount. The second transaction is your “Completed” transaction, which will be for the amount we charged you for once your order was done being processed. In the end, we did only charge you once, not twice, and there is sometimes a different in the amounts due to adjustments to your order’s total.

Hopefully this guide will help you understand the ins and outs of how the PayPal payment process works, and can be something for you to refer back to if necessary. We also have a great customer service team full of ladies who love to talk jewelry, and can answer any questions you have regarding placing your order with us, or our products!

Thank you to all of our loyal customers. We appreciate your business very much!

August 28, 2013

Launch Your Jewelry Business :: Step 1 of 10

Are you ready to make the leap from a home jewelry hobby to running your own jewelry business? What are you waiting for?!

It can seem overwhelming but with clear goals and a bit of elbow grease, you will be running a successful business in no time. With 30 years of experience, I have made every mistake in the book.  In 10 STEPS I will help you avoid those pitfalls while  passing on the tips and advice that have helped my business grow.

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STEP 1: Book Keeping

Book Keeping is the main difference between a hobby and a business.

Invest in a professional book keeper from the get-go. Have her help you set up your books correctly and walk you through the process so that you truly understand everything you need to record in order to track all of your income and expenses in a way that will satisfy the IRS.

Accountants are not Book Keepers! But your accountant can probably recommend one and you can & should have your accountant review your books regularly to confirm compliance and help you understand if you are making a profit or losing money because that is not as straightforward or obvious as it seems.

Take the time to learn how to read basic financial statements and understand a few key concepts including the ones listed here: Profit & Loss Statement (P&L), Balance Sheet, Return on Investment (ROI), Gross Profit vs. Net Profit, Break Even Point, Profit Margins, Cash Flow, Variable vs. Fixed Costs, Cost of Goods Sold or CGS

Fully understanding your personal and business finances is an important part of running a successful business.

Stayed tuned for next month’s post. I will explore more business tips including how to cut through the Red Tape that  small business owners face.

Interested in more business advice? Our friends at Interweave were kind enough to let me hold my own webinar on jewelry business tips. You can purchase my recent webinar here.

Meet me at Step 2 :: Red Tape

August 24, 2013

Launching Your Jewelry Business :: Marketing :: Step 5 of 10

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If you build up the prestige & name recognition of your brand through marketing, you can command higher margins, which is a fancy way to say that you can charge more for your jewelry and earn higher profits.

What is the personality of your brand?

Make sure all of your marketing materials have the same personality.  For instance, if you make very cute, crafty jewelry, you don’t want a website that looks boxy and corporate.

There are some basic marketing venues that every jewelry company should leverage whether they are Retail or Wholesale, large or small. Some of the least expensive are the most effective.

Human Bill Board: The least expensive, most obvious and extremely effective way to promote your jewelry is the one many of us neglect: Wear your own jewelry every single day!  When women see jewelry they like, they immediately want to know where they can buy it.


Website: You MUST have a website, even if it is just one page with your logo, some beauty shots and contact information. However, building a nice website is a good investment, especially if you include an ecommerce module. Even if you do most of your sales at Craft Shows, you can continue your relationship with clients year round through your website.It is very expensive to acquire new customers. It is always cheaper to sell additional items to your existing customers than it is to get new ones. There are many companies that sell website packages that are reasonable to customize. I would hire someone to help with this. Remember, your home page should reflect your brand promise.

Alternately, you could set up an Etsy Site. This is a good option for Retail businesses because it has SEO advantages, meaning you will get better search engine results, and very low set up costs. However, you will be competing with people taking very small margins and you are limited to the Etsy format.

Newsletters: Start building your email list IMMEDIATELY! Gather names at events and on your website. Send out a newsletter at least once a month with news about your brand, products, peeks behind the scenes and special offers. Newsletters are useless if no one opens them or clicks through to your site. Great Photos will improve your click through rate. One large photo with about 100 words is a good rule of thumb.

Social Media: Just do it! You want to meet your current customers and potential new customers wherever they hang out. Ask yourself, “Who is my target market? “ Ask one of your customers what social media they use and sign up!

Print advertising: It’s Expensive! But it can be effective. Again, ask yourself, “Who is my target market? What do they read?”

Online advertising? Google PayPerClick: Its an easy way to sink $ quickly but you can jump start traffic to your website. Get help! Also, we have had good luck with Facebook Ads.

Let me know which marketing techniques work best for you! See you at STEP 6: Distribution


August 21, 2013

Launch Your Jewelry Business :: Copy Cats :: Step 8 of 10

If you are a good designer I can guarantee that people will copy your designs. There is nothing more frustrating than working hard to develop a great concept and then watching others swoop in and profit from it. I wish I could tell you there is a magic bullet to prevent that from happening but there isn’t. However, there is some protection from copyright laws.

Copyright laws are very complex and I am NOT a lawyer so I am not qualified to give legal advice. Fortunately, I was able to get this quote from Dawn Newton of Fitzgerald, Abbott and Beardsley LLP.

“Unlike fashion designs, jewelry designs may be copyrighted under current law.  To qualify for copyright registration, they must only be an original work of expression, in fixed tangible form.”

When we create new jewelry parts from original sketches at Nina Designs, we apply for a Certificate of Registration with the Copy Right Office of the federal government. If we did not register, our designs would still be covered by copyright laws but we could not recover legal costs in the event of a law suit and winning would be more difficult.  Keep in mind, there are many generic shapes and findings that are not eligible for copyrights.

There is a difference between “obtaining a copyright registration for your work and preventing anyone from creating their own work that bears any similarity.  If your inspiration comes from nature, or anything in the public domain, other designers are also free to draw from those sources of inspiration, and it can be difficult to establish that a designer copied your design if that design is just a faithful replica of a natural phenomenon.  The more unique your design in some aspect, the better the likelihood that you can distinguish your product from others and, if you choose to make a claim for copyright infringement, you have a better chance of succeeding.” –Dawn Newton

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This quote basically boils down to the fact that the more original your design is, the more likely you will be able to defend your copyright. Out lotus pendant is copyrighted but other people still have the right to create their own lotus designs. It would only infringe if it is clearly a copy of our specific design. This has happened! People will make copies with every petal exactly like ours, which is both lazy and just plain silly.

We have detailed guidelines and instructions for how to copyright jewelry designs on our Blog.

Even if your designs have copyright protection, enforcing that protection is very expensive, risky and time consuming. It is also very unpleasant. Pick your battles carefully. Many times, people don’t realize they are infringing on a copyright and a simple phone call is enough to resolve the issue. Other businesses are less cooperative. My rule of thumb is that when someone has clearly created a business plan based on stealing my designs I pursue all avenues to prevent them from continuing.

Creativity is the best defense. Creating a steady stream of innovative, new designs is a more reliable formula for success than getting continually bogged down in copyright disputes.

When you are ready, meet me at Step 9: Celebrate Your Mistakes!

August 20, 2013

Launch Your Jewelry Business :: Celebrate! :: Step 9 of 10

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Celebrate Your Mistakes!

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Celebrate them!

The only way to avoid mistakes is to DO NOTHING. Mistakes are our best teachers, especially expensive mistakes. Our deepest knowledge is laid on the bedrock of terrible mistakes that we never want to repeat. Entrepreneurs are very hard on themselves but beating yourself up is a waste of time. Analyze your mistakes for lessons learned and then MOVE ON.

At our weekly company meeting we have a section called, “Mistakes we can all learn from” where we share our most recent mistakes with one another. (I stole this idea from Gail Goodman, President of Constant Contact who shared it at a conference). Sharing helps us avoid repeating the same mistakes twice and makes us feel better when we do make mistakes because we regularly hear about other people we respect doing the same.

Every successful business owner makes a million mistakes. To succeed, you have to make more good calls than bad calls, ON AVERAGE. No one bats 1000.

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Celebrate Your Achievements!

Set mile markers and CELEBRATE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS as well. We tend to rush from one goal to the next without giving ourselves credit for what we just accomplished. Savor the moment before diving into the next challenge.

Now that you are committed to celebrating your jewelry business journey, meet me at our final installment, Step 10: Delegate.

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