Commercial Members


Would you like to see your ad in the African Violet Magazine (AVM)?
Advertisers do not need to be a member of AVSA, but the product or service advertised must be plant-related to qualify for placement. Classified ads are offered for 15/words $18.00 minimum. Regular ads are offered by the inch, quarter page, half page, and full page. Color ads are offered by half page and full page only. All advertisers are also listed on the website free of charge.  View the AVSA Advertising Guidelines.

For information about advertising in the AVM or having a listing on this website, contact: Cindi Nofziger, Advertising Manager at or phone: (541) 926-8116.

View the AVSA Commercial Activities Newsletter.  A newsletter for AVSA Commercial members only. A password is required to open the file. Contact Lynn Lombard ( ) for access to the newsletter if you do not have a password.

Convention sales room information:

February 17, 2015

Dear AVSA Commercial Member,

Lynn Lombard and I would like to invite you to participate in the 2015 AVSA Convention and Show, Sunday, May 24, 2015 through Sunday, May 31, 2015, “Violets Love KC Jazz, Blues and Barbecue!” in Kansas City, Missouri.  We will both be attending the convention this year.  If you have any problems or questions, Lynn or I will be able to help you before or during the convention.

If you decide to join us in the salesroom, don’t forget you must register for the Convention.

We would also like to encourage all the commercials to enter in the Commercial Division of the show.  You can do this by doing a display table, showcase, and/or individual specimen plants.  And don’t forget to participate in the sales area, too! 

This year the Convention is at the Holiday Inn KCI Airport & KCI Expo Center.  The salesroom will be located in the Expo Center.  For unloading, it is very important that you check with the front desk when you check in.  They will be able to tell you the best place to unload.  The salesroom is open Thursday, May 28th, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 29th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 30th from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Commercial members meeting (brief!!) in the salesroom Thursday, May 28th, 9:00 a.m.  Please look over the AVSA vendor webpage and let us know if any changes or additions are needed.
Our agenda is short but important.  All AVSA commercial members are encouraged to come.  Please join us!

Please fill out the enclosed form and return it to me by April 1, 2015.  Because the Expo Center has to rent tables, it is very important that we get your request by April 1, 2015.

Also attached is important information about the following:
• Supplies for designers
• AVM Summer Vacation Guide information ~ Deadline is March 15, 2015. 
• Souvenir Book Information ~ Deadline is April 15, 2015.
• Request for new intro pictures due to Nancy Hayes by April 24, 2015.


Kathy K. Bell

Click here to download this Commercial Sales/Show Form as a PDF.



            Company/Your name: _______________________________________________

            Contact information:  Email                                                        Phone__________                  


1.      Sales tax is 8.475%

2.      6 foot tables/space @ $60.00.

3.      Electric is $90.00.

4.      Extension cord and power strips.  Bring your own or rent them for $35.00 each per day.

5.      2 chairs are to come with each table.

6.      Salesroom space: There are 9000 sq. ft. in Exhibition Hall B.  We will start with a limit of two tables per vendor, and then we will add on your request as we have room.   

7.      Notice fee of $40.00 payable to the AVSA convention fund, is required if the commercial display exhibitor cancels less than three weeks prior to the convention or the expense incurred. 


Please read the Commercial Division Rules and Regulations of the Show Schedule, located at or contact the AVSA Office @ 409-839-4725 or toll free 884-400-2872.

Please put an X in front of the areas you will participate in.

____    Entering a Display table,

____    Entering a Showcase-Horticulture,

____    Entering a Showcase-Artistic

____    Specimen plants


Read attached Designer Rules.       _____ Yes I will participate        _____ No I will not participate



What kind of merchandise will you be selling? ___________________________________________

Are there any 'special requests' for salesroom location?  ____________________________________

____    How many 6 foot tables/space (limit 2, pay now, $60.00 each)                               Subtotal:  _______

____    How many additional tables would you like?  (pay at convention)                                     

____    Need electricity? Best we could do (pay now $90.00)                                                Subtotal:  _______

____    Need an extension cord, how many? (pay now $35.00 a day)                                Subtotal:  _______

 ____   Need a power strip & how many?  (pay now $35.00 a day)                                      Subtotal:  _______


Total amount enclosed:                                                                                                         Total:        _______


Make payment to AVSA and send to Kathy Bell, 9611 E. Blanding Lane, Tucson, AZ 85747, along with this form.  Thank you.



 Dear Kansas City Convention Designer,

To acc​ommodate your design flower and plant needs for your design entries in Kansas City, the following plan has been created. It has been reviewed and approved by the AVSA Commercial members and the Kansas City convention show committee. 

There are two reasons for this plan, which originated with the commercials who sell at conventions.

  •  Provide designers with the materials needed to complete their entries.

  •  Have peace and quiet while setting up on Wednesday.

Thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Commercial Activities Committee


Supplies for Designers

Each designer will be given a “pass” to purchase plant material in the sales room from 1-2:30 PM during Wednesday, May 27, 2015 design set-up hours (9 AM – 6 PM). Handicapped designers may be accompanied by one caregiver.

The pass will indicate the specific design classes in which the designer is entered, thus eliminating any unnecessary/extra purchases on the part of the designer.

There is a 15-minute time limit for the designer to be in the sales room. Designers who appear to be abusing the access privilege will be escorted from the sales room and denied any further “design” purchases.

Judy Carter, as Design Reservation Chairman, will control the distribution of the passes to the designers and a list of those designers will be posted in the sales room. A member of the Commercial Activities Committee will oversee the process on Wednesday.

A list of participating commercials will appear on the pass. Designers are asked to not disturb other commercials.

Commercials may choose to complete the financial transaction during this process or may allow the designer to run a tab for payment at a later time.

Although commercials will make every attempt to have supplies available during this time, circumstances beyond their control may occur. Please have your own Plan B ready.

And of course, as always, designers are welcome to pre-order supplies to be picked up at convention.

Thank you for your cooperation.
AVSA Commercial Activities Committee


February 16, 2015

AVM 2015 Vacation Guide


Dear Commercial Members,

It is time once again to compile the Vacation Guide which will be published in the May/June AVM.

If your company was included last year and you’d like to have your listing appear again this year, please let me know ( or mail to the address below) by March 15. Please note any changes you want made to the listing. Remember, your company cannot be included without your renewed permission each year.

As most of you know, the idea of the Vacation Guide is to encourage AVSA members to incorporate visits to commercials into their vacation plans. To make this easier, commercial members who welcome visitors may have their company information included in the Vacation Guide.  If you have not been previously listed, and would like to participate (and it’s free!), send to me the following information:

•           Company name

•           Owner’s name(s)

•           Street address, including state and zip code

•           Phone number

•           Email address

•           Web site URL

•           Days, hours you accept visitors

•           Types of items sold (i.e., supplies, AVs, other gesneriads)


If you have any questions, please contact me as soon as possible. Phone: 816-550-4061 cell or 660-937-2295 home.

Linda Hall, Vacation Guide Coordinator

Lynn Lombard, Commercial Activities Chairman



Linda Hall

517 E. Elm Street

Ravenwood, MO  64479 

  February 16, 2015

Dear AVSA Commercial Members:

As you know, the African Violet Society of America is holding its 2015 convention in Kansas City, MO at the Holiday Inn KCI Airport and KCI Expo Center located two miles from the Kansas City International Airport the week of May 24 - 31, 2015.  The theme this year is “African Violets Love KC Jazz, Blues and BBQ.”  We would love to include a note of well wishes or advertising from your commercial organization.  These ads help defray the cost of printing the Souvenir Booklet and are an excellent way to promote your company. 

The maximum size of a full page ad is 8” high x 5” wide, a half page is 4” high x 5” wide and a quarter page is 2” high x 5” wide. Prices for the ads are the same as in 2014.  The rates for the ads are: quarter page $30.00, half page $50.00 and a full page ad is $90.00, USD. All inside ads will be in black and white. We also offer three full page ads available placed on the inside front cover, inside back cover and outside back cover for $125.00, USD printed in black and white or $150.00, USD printed in color (cover pages only).

To place an ad in the Souvenir Booklet, please contact Mark Whitmer, Souvenir Booklet Chair, PO Box 6698, Fort Smith, AR  72906 or email  The deadline for all ads is April 15, 2015. Camera ready copy is preferred (pdf or Word doc or docx file).

Checks or money orders in US dollars, should be made payable to MVAVC-2015 Convention. Please send your check or money order to: Terri Post, MVAVC Treasurer, 29384 Diamante, Sioux City, IA  51109.

Thank you for your consideration in this special event.


                                                                        Sincerely yours,

                                                                        Mark & Sherry Whitmer

                                                                        Souvenir Booklet Chairpersons



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