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Sunday, september 8, 2019 | THE MILL & MINE | 227 WEST DEPOT AVENUE

9:30 AM - 4:15 PM | MAKER MEETUP 4:15 - 6 Pm

 

The Maker City Summit is a day full of inspiration, practical know-how, and dialogue about growing a successful business doing what you love. Collaborative panel discussions, workshops, and keynote speakers will address the challenges of running your creative micro-business. One-on-one sessions and small group discussions with industry experts will help guide you in specific disciplines like marketing, merchandising, storytelling, and social media. Most importantly, you will connect with fellow makers and small businesses to galvanize The Maker City here in Knoxville.

 

KEYNOTES

Our talented and inspirational speakers are helping makers and their
communities grow strategically and successfully.

 
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Shunta Grant

Host, Business, Life & Joy Podcast
Owner, Because of Zoe Design
Business Educator

Jonathan Clark

Managing Director, The Carpetbag Theater, Inc.
Co-Host, Knoxville Poetry Slam,
Second Half of I.N.K. Poetry Duo

THRIVING > SURVIVING: THE MAKER COMMUNITY IS A WELCOMING PLACE FOR ALL

Studies have shown that diversity of all kinds makes for a stronger, more innovative community. The Maker City is facilitating this conversation to continue encouraging curiosity, collaboration, and inclusive behaviors when it comes to defining our community.

Moderated by: Haseeb Qureshi, Morehous Legal

Panelists

Enkeshi El-Amin, PhD   Sociologist and Sewist

Enkeshi El-Amin, PhD

Sociologist and Sewist

Kenneth Herring   Entertainer, Technologist
Kukuly Uriarte   Musician and Activist

Kukuly Uriarte

Musician and Activist


VALUE YOURSELF, VALUE YOUR WORK: AN APPROACH TO PRICING THAT FOSTERS TRUST

Pricing your product involves answering tough questions. How valuable is your time? How much will a customer pay? Should you worry about your competition? In this panel, we will dig into how your prices can set you on a path for sustainable growth.

Moderated by: Jody Collins, Feral Giant

Panelists


WHOLESALE: LINESHEETS, ONLINE PLATFORMS, AND COLD CALLS, OH MY!

Wholesale can grow your business from a hobby to a full time gig. So where do you start? With all the online platforms, linesheets, pricing and trade shows to consider, wholesale — and saving your sanity — can be daunting. Hear from several wholesale experts on the many ways you can explode your maker business without your brain exploding.

Panelists

Mary Kate Thurman   Smarty Pants Paper Co.

Mary Kate Thurman

Smarty Pants Paper Co.

Marcus Hall   Marc Nelson Denim
Natalea Riley   Mast General Store

Natalea Riley

Mast General Store

Allie Biddle   AllieBiddle.com

Allie Biddle

AllieBiddle.com


GETTING CUSTOMERS ONLINE: THE ART & SCIENCE OF SALES FUNNELS

There’s a path, however windy, from the time a customer discovers your product to when they actually make a purchase. What goes on in the meantime, and what sales and marketing strategies will help build trust and customer engagement? Ron and Kate McKnight bring their years of experience with digital marketing and sales funnel consultation to this discussion.

 
Ron and Kate McKnight   Funnel Rehabbers

Ron and Kate McKnight

Funnel Rehabbers

 

IMPOSTER SYNDROME: DON’T LET SELF-DOUBT HOLD YOU BACK

Running a small business is a lonely challenge, and it's easy to feel like a kid wearing Dad’s overcoat and pretending to be an adult. Well, you're not alone. Makers everywhere are asking themselves, "Do I belong here? When is someone going to reveal me as a fraud?" This panel will help you tackle your fear and own your awesomeness. It will also teach you how to realize when you are out of your depth or just doubting yourself. Imposter syndrome, meet antidote.

Moderated by: Tanika Harper, Harper’s Naturals

Panelists

one-on-one Sessions

Move forward, ASK THE EXPERT - A COMPLIMENTARY,
one-on-one 15-MINUTE CONSULTATION WITH BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS.

Round table discussions

WHATEVER YOU'RE STUCK ON, ASK THE EXPERT AND DISCUSS - 
35-MINUTE STRATEGIC GROWTH DISCUSSIONS WITH LOCAL BUSINESS
PROFESSIONALS AND UP TO EIGHT OTHER MAKERS.

 
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THE MAKER CITY SUMMIT

SPONSORED BY: 

SUPPORT PROVIDED BY:

Event Branding

T-SHIRT SPONSORs

Design and Website Support

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

COFFEE & CAFE SPONSORS

 

LUNCH SPONSOR

 
 
 
 

Event Photo Sponsor

 
 

MAKER MEETUP SPONSORS

 
 

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