the Creative Edge
Photo Courtesy of Ruth Ann Lohrenz, CKD
2nd Quarter 2015
Issue No. 5
New NKBA Susquehanna Valley
Chapter Members! 
We would like to welcome and thank all of the new members that have joined the Susquehanna Chapter in 2015! We appreciate your support and look forward to getting to know you during meetings and events. Here are the new members for 2015:

1) Dana Swiger - John H. Myers & Sons
2) Melissa Oliver, AKBD - Lowes of Easton
3) Sidney F. Martin - Sid Martin
4) Ivan Pticek - Kitchens, Baths & More, Inc.
5) Frank LoRusso - Advanced Construction Solutions, LLC
6) Barbara A. Straub - Art Institute of Pittsburg
7) Patricia M. Holjes, CKD, CBD - Just Cabinets
Cosentino & Fretz Bus Trip Information:   
Date: Tuesday, April 14th
Time: 11:30am
Departure Location: LH Brubaker Appliances, Inc
Park City Center, 896L Plaza Blvd, Lancaster, PA 17601

First Stop: Cosentino Philadelphia Center
121 Green Tree Rd, Phoenixville, PA
Details: A box lunch will be provided. Tour Cosentino facility.

Second Stop: The Fretz Corporation at The Philadelphia Naval Yard - 4050 S 26th St, Philadelphia, PA 19112
Details: 5:00pm: Arrival time - Receive name badges.
5:00-6:15pm: Dinner & wine bar
6:15-6:30pm: Announcements by Board Officers
6:30-7:30pm: Outdoor living presentation
7:30-8:00pm: Question & answer session
8:00-8:15pm: Coffee & Dessert
8:15pm: Load bus and depart back to Park City Center 
Government Relations Corner: 
There are currently no bills related to interior design, taxation, small business, architect, or codes in either the house or senate for Pennsylvania and Maryland.
February - Illinois: Introduced a bill to license interior designers - school, experience, and passage of NCIDQ required to practice in most spaces.
February - Connecticut: Bill to require registered interior designers to take continuing education related to state building and fire code passes 1st committee.
January - Utah: Only licensees could submit plans for non-structural work in spaces other than 1-2 family homes.
January - New York: Two bills were introduced to license 'certified interior designers' and allow them to sign and seal construction plans for permits.
January - Arkansas: Introduces bill that building construction projects under $125,000 do not require that the owner hire an architect.
Follow the @nkbaadvocacy twitter feed, where Ed Nagorsky, NKBA General Counsel & Director of Legislative Affairs Counsel for Business/Industry trends, licensing legislation, and small business concerns, posts news, legislation and regulations, and other articles of interest to NKBA members or articles that might impact the membership.
Gold Sponsor:
2015 Study Group:
AKBD, CKD or CBD Certification Exam Preperation

If you are planning to take the AKBD, CKD or CBD exam in the near future, this study group can be a very helpful way to prepare for the exam.

Our Chapter is providing (at no charge to our members) a series of 'Study Group' sessions to cover all of the manuals on which the 'Exam' will be based. Each session will be led by a CKD or CBD leader. These are volunteers and it will be expected that those students who sign up will make every effort to attend all sessions.

These are weekly sessions and will consist of a quiz on each manual followed by any applicable discussion on that manual. For information on certification qualifications and registration time frame and other avenues of exam preparation, please check the website.

Schedule and location of sessions not yet established. If you have any questions and/or would like to be included in these sessions, please contact our VP of Professional Development, Ron Hedges, CMKBD, at 717-359-4432 or