Pittsburgh Glass Center
Heat up (quite literally, to 2,200-degrees) your Wednesday night while learning about exciting new opportunities for local entrepreneurial artists, craft businesses and maker enterprises.
For the next installment of its new “Artists Only: Maker Mixer” series, Pittsburgh Glass Center is teaming up with Bridgeway Capital to host a night of creative conversation, networking and refreshments.
Attendees will learn about Bridgeway’s Craft Business Accelerator (CBA), which was recently launched to help Pittsburgh’s entrepreneurial artists, craft businesses and maker enterprises access and benefit from regional economic opportunities.
Using Bridgeway’s established business and community development services as a framework, the CBA is working to strengthen Pittsburgh’s thriving arts and culture sector, and help spark equitable job growth and innovation in the region.
Attendees will learn about new resources—such as MONMADE—for expanding craft businesses and maker enterprises into the arena of small manufacturing. The CBA’s newest tool, MONMADE connects creatives and commerce, supports the production of locally-made specialty goods, maintains an online catalog, hosts pop-up events, and more.
The event will kick off with an informal presentation about the CBA and MONMADE by Adam Kenney of Bridgeway Capital. Kenney will then lead an open discussion with a panel of CBA team members, including Everything Ren owner Julia Reynolds, City of Pittsburgh urban planner Nenha Young, and Pittsburgh Glass Center Executive Director Heather McElwee.
Participants will discuss a wide range of topics, such as: projects of interest, business support, how MONMADE can better serve local makers, models for scalable growth, and more.
The event is free, but registration is requested.