October 28, 2016

2016 American Made Speakers and Facebook LIVE

Our special fifth annual American Made Summit continues to inform and inspire small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs across the country.

Hundreds attended this year’s event. And, a large part of the American Made mission was to ensure visitors could learn from me, my editors, and some of today’s innovative business leaders. The 2016 Summit included panel discussions on topics ranging from how to financially support a business to stirring-up the industry to seeding the future. Our program provided information, inspiration, and humor to a very enthusiastic crowd.

I want to thank all our sponsors for helping to make this American Made Summit such a success: Handmade at Amazon, Milk-Bone, Bob's Red Mill, Toyota, Libman, 1 Hotel Central Park, Lyft, and MailChimp. I also want to thank all our speakers who participated and shared their expertise with our attendees. It was a great day. Enjoy more of our American Made photos.

October 27, 2016

2016 American Made Summit Honorees and Summit Shop

I was so proud to host this year’s 2016 American Made Awards and Summit. Our special fifth anniversary event was held at our headquarters in the historic Starrett Lehigh building in New York City.

Our annual symposium honored and highlighted 10 up and coming entrepreneurs who have demonstrated innovation, determination and creativity in the fields of agriculture, manufacturing, design and style. They include: 21c Museum Hotels, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, Girls Who Code, Harry's Berries, Loki Fish Company, M&S Schmalberg Flowers, NYCitySlab, Stony Creek Colors, Sweetgreen and Upland Cheese. These companies not only embody the American spirit, but inspire all of us to pursue our entrepreneurial dreams. During the gathering, we also welcomed nearly 70-small businesses to join the Martha Stewart American Made Shop, presented by Handmade at Amazon. Many of the makers in the Shop have been featured in our magazine, on my television shows, and they have been part of our maker family for years. The Shop provides an opportunity to share their products and their knowledge with our attendees - our American Made Summit is a wonderful arena for these entrepreneurs to connect and to learn. Enjoy these photos of our talented makers and doers.

Tomorrow, I will share highlights from our fantastic speaker panel discussions - you will love them.

October 26, 2016

2016 American Made Awards Cocktail Party

Our fifth annual American Made Awards and Summit celebrating entrepreneurial spirit kicked off with a spectacular cocktail party atop New York City’s One World Trade Center building.

Last week, we gathered at One World Observatory, an event space offering panoramic views of New York City, and its surrounding waters from above 1,250 feet. It was the perfect venue for our event - and a perfect symbol of American pride, determination and entrepreneurism. Current Honorees, past winners, business colleagues, partners, and staff attended the cocktail reception. Thanks goes out to all the food and drink purveyors: PS Tailored Events, Watch Hill Oysters, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Fire Roasted Catering, Upland Cheese, Loki Fish Company, True North Salmon Company, Gotham Greens, La Brea Bakery, Hayden Flour Mills, Ample Hills CreameryMondavi, Sixpoint Beer, Sauza 901, and Michter's.

Tomorrow, I will post photos from Saturday's American Made Summit - our day-long program of informative, lively conversations with industry experts, innovators, and successful small business owners. It was a wonderfully enlightening and inspiring day.