#FBW Asheville & Waynesville 2022 #FBW Asheville & Waynesville 2022
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Handmade for Retail (in-person) AVL


About the speaker:

I grew up in Brevard, NC and then went to college at Appalachian State University to get a degree in Sustainable Development (and one in French, but that one doesn't come up as often). I've always been interested in the ways humans produce objects, how we interact with them, and how they contribute to economies and cultures. For about 5 years, I worked in non-profits and eventually government consulting, out of a curiosity for the experience of financial solvency. Apparently, that novelty wore off and I quit my job in DC to launch a program with an organization I'd been on the board of for several years, but the job fell through in the meantime. So I started brainstorming. I knew I wanted to work with craftspeople in a way that was in line with sustainable development goals. After a few months, Ware was born. 

Session Description:

The workshop is designed for entrepreneurs who want to:
• Sustainably grow their business through retail channels.
• Optimize communication with retailers, including crafting a pitch message and maintaining a positive relationship
• Sell more to current stockists and entice more stockists to carry their products.
• Improve product packaging so that retailers can sell their products with ease.
• Make their wares more consistent (and why it’s so important to do so).
• Create cleaner invoices and set up payment processes that get them paid faster.

This workshop is ideal for:
• Small-scale product manufacturing businesses or solo-entrepreneurs that make handmade wares.
• Makers that want to grow their business through retail channels.
• Third-party distributors of handmade products.
• Artists and makers that are thinking about starting a business and selling their products into retail stores 


The workshop is designed for entrepreneurs who want to:
• Sustainably grow their business through retail channels.
• Optimize communication with retailers, including crafting a pitch message and maintaining a positive relationship
• Sell more to current stockists and entice more stockists to carry their products.
• Improve product packaging so that retailers can sell their products with ease.
• Make their wares more consistent (and why it’s so important to do so).
• Create cleaner invoices and set up payment processes that get them paid faster.

This workshop is ideal for:
• Small-scale product manufacturing businesses or solo-entrepreneurs that make handmade wares.
• Makers that want to grow their business through retail channels.
• Third-party distributors of handmade products.
• Artists and makers that are thinking about starting a business and selling their products into retail stores 

All sessions are limited capacity, first come first serve. You can create an agenda within the event platform of sessions you want to attend but this does not guarantee you a seat at every session.