Why Craft Entrepreneurs Need Business Operating Systems w/ Adrienne Singleton

Bio: Adrienne is a single mother to one daughter, a full-time corporate employee and a long-time lover of all crafts.  Youneak Designs was birthed after creating handmade bracelets for gifts and over the past 10 years it has evolved into a full […]

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Holiday Artisan and Small Business Popup at Chicago Downtown Venue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Holiday Artisan and Small Business Popup at Urbanspace Chicago Food Hall Collaboration aligns with seasonal retail festivities bolstering Loop and State Street shoppingChicago – Urbanspace Chicago, a food hall located at 15 W. Washington St., is collaboratingwith handmade goods […]

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Why Building An Inclusive Culture Matters w/ Bernadette Smith

BIO: Bernadette Smith is founder and CEO of Equality Institute and award-winning author of four books. Her fourth book is Inclusive 360: Proven Solutions for an Equitable Organization. Bernadette has presented to enthusiastic audiences of CEOs, associations, entrepreneurs, leadership teams, sales professionals, account executives, […]

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From Fearful to Powerful: My Breast Cancer Journey

By Angie Daley January 2022 My heart started to race as I read the message regarding my mammogram results. When I heard the words, “the Dr. would like to request additional testing.” I thought to myself, “this can’t be happening to me.” […]

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Sylvester Clarke’s Creative Journey Led to Awards, Books, and More

I’m Sylvester Selwyn “Adelabu” Clarke. I was born and raised in St. Phillip, Barbados. My mother always supported my creativity. When she died, I was 13 years old, and it broke my heart. My relationship with my father wasn’t the best. There […]

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Haitian Crochet Designer’s Mission Is To Empower BBIMP Community

Haïtian-American crochet designer Elisabeth Desamour loves sharing bits and pieces of her home country’s history and culture through her patterns. She uses Haïtian words while sharing their cultural meaning as part of the experience when naming patterns. Her patterns also educate others […]

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How Knitting Helped Cecilia Nelson-Hurt Overcome Fear of Flying

Panama Roots My family’s origin is from Panama. As a child, I spent many summers and Christmas holidays with extended family. Those trips allowed me to develop a deep appreciation for my heritage. Afro-Latin culture was prominent in many aspects of my […]

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della Q: Beautiful High-Quality Bags for Makers By Makers

When della Q started in 1988, its goal was to create the market’s most functional knitting and sewing bags. After serving in the industry for 30+ years, Della Quimby sold her company to Jimmy Beans Wool co-founder Laura Zander. Since then, the […]

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Marcell Meili Makes Unique and Eccentric Fiber Art

Marcell Meili was a carpenter for three years. While working, he thought about something with his hands that he liked. He enjoys being a full-time fiber artist, but it’s still a job. Like carpentry, fiber art is a lot of work, and […]

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Gary Boston Combines Love of Knitting and Cycling to Help End AIDS

Driving tractors, raising chickens, and crafting describe a part of Gary’s childhood. At a young age, he did needle pointing, cross-stitching and made all sorts of Christmas tree ornaments. After college, he moved to New York and worked in the Men’s Sweaters […]

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Exquisite Lapel: Customers Making A Personal Statement With Unique Designs

The Beginning of Helen’s Creative Journey Helen Reich didn’t venture into visual arts until she turned 50. Before that, she was a trained musician who worked as a professional orchestra violist. She started making fabric hair accessories through trial and error. It […]

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Louis Boria Builds Knitting Community One Stitch at A Time

Puerto Rican knitwear designer Louis Boria (also known as Brooklyn Boy Knits) is a self-taught fiber artist who has been in the industry for 14 years. In 2017, he went viral after being photographed on an NYC subway by actress/singer Frenchie Davis. […]

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