This month, we’re very busy preparing for our 5th annual American Made Summit! This super-successful, nationally recognized event honors makers, small-business owners, and creative entrepreneurs in the fields of crafts, design, food, and style. The Summit is your chance to learn from the nation's most influential innovators and business people. Listen-in on inspiring talks hosted by me and other well-known industry leaders; shop our wide and interesting vendor section, and taste delicious meals and snacks throughout the day!
American Made takes place on October 22nd at our headquarters in New York City. I hope to see you all there! In the meantime, I invited two of our past winners to join me on yesterday's special American Made Facebook LIVE. If you missed it, you can watch by clicking on "Facebook American Made". Enjoy these photos, and don't forget to click here to buy your tickets for American Made 2016!
This year’s 5th annual American Made Summit is just weeks away. If you are a small business owner or aspire to be one, don’t miss this – it’s a full day of keynote speeches, panel discussions and networking to help you and your business succeed.
I hosted a special American Made Facebook LIVE to promote this year’s event. We shot it in our Martha Stewart Living “Turkey Hill Kitchen” – it’s one of my favorite kitchens, and part of my collection at The Home Depot. http://www.homedepot.com/c/SPC_BRD_MSL_Kitchen
I spoke with Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens. He was one of our 2015 honorees. Gotham Greens is an American urban agriculture company founded in Brooklyn, New York. It grows produce year-round in rooftop greenhouses, and is sold locally in New York City and Chicago. http://gothamgreens.com
The company focuses on bringing fresh, local and pesticide-free vegetables to urban areas using ecologically sustainable methods.
Viraj says American Made helped his company gain public exposure and investor interest over the past year. I am very proud of what our American Made initiative can do for young entrepreneurs and their small companies. Anyone trying to grow a business should attend – and there is still time to buy tickets!
When Gotham Greens started, it offered five types of packaged salad greens and herbs. Later harvests included tomatoes, baby kale, arugula, bok choy and Swiss chard – so many, many choices.
Almost half of all produce in the US is thrown out. Gotham Greens also helps fight food waste by packaging cosmetically imperfect, but perfectly delicious, produce! Ugly Greens are available at various Whole Foods markets.
I love Ugly Greens and suggested they would be great for lettuce soup.
My other guest is Christophe Pourny, an antiques restorer, and author of “The Furniture Bible”. http://christophepourny.com
This book is about two-years old and is so well written and put together. It is the definitive guide to maintaining and caring for anything made of wood.
The book includes an overview of Christophe’s favorite techniques with full-color step-by-step photographs so readers can easily follow along. Christophe has attended all our American Made Summits, successfully teaching visitors how to care for furniture without using harsh chemicals. He and co-founder Jason Jobson are 2015 Design finalists.
I’ve been using Christophe’s furniture products for years. Christophe showed us how easy it is to clean this antique mirror using organic furniture wax.
Using a paintbrush, Christophe applies a light layer of wax to the frame, and then just wipes it off.
The wax not only cleans the wood, but also gives it luster. One can notice the difference right away.
And look at the cloth used to wipe it – so much dirt!
This cutting board tonic uses citrus oil, rosemary oil and white vinegar to give cutting boards a nice clean finish.
This organic furniture wax clear paste is great for any colored wood piece. It cleans and revives.
One of our Facebook followers asked what she could use to help light colored wood cabinets in the kitchen. Christophe suggested his furniture tonic color reviver, which cleans as it revives – plus, it is great for rosewood.
Last year, we provided our Makers with a section specifically designated for shop vendors. Christophe sells many of his products at American Made.
Some of our past vendors include: custom state shaped cutting boards and cheese boards, plus muddlers, cake stands and other unique pieces from Heirloom. http://aheirloom.com
80 Acres of McEvoy Ranch was one of our 2015 finalists in Style. The body care products are handcrafted locally in small batch production and recycled packaging. The company strives to create luxurious, vitamin rich plant extracts and botanicals from all natural elements found near the McEvoy ranch. https://www.mcevoyranch.com/
Clark’s Botanicals, a line of organic, botanically based beauty products for the skin created by founder, Francesco Clark, a 2014 American Made Honoree. http://www.clarksbotanicals.com/
This year, aside from our many wonderful vendors, we are featuring notable speakers including Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street”. You don’t want to miss his money tips!
My friend, author and chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, will also speak to our American Made attendees. http://www.geoffreyzakarian.com
“The Honest Company” Jessica Alba will talk about the making of her billion-dollar lifestyle company, and share some of her valuable stories. https://www.honest.com
“Innovation” is just one of the topics that will be discussed by Linda Boff, CMO of General Electric, a 125-year old “start-up company.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar, founder of “Foodstirs”, will also be there. https://foodstirs.com
And, our own chef, television host and author, Emeril Lagasse – hear his best tips for being a successful business owner. http://emerils.com
Last year, the audience filled our clerestory. Let’s do the same this year – American Made promises to provide guests with lots of ideas, inspirations and advice for growing a business.
To get your tickets for American Made 2016, please go to http://american-made.ticketbase.com/