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.

October 25, 2016

Setting-Up for Our 2016 American Made Summit

Another spectacular American Made Summit is in “our books”.

This weekend, I hosted our fifth annual Martha Stewart American Made event in the clerestory of our headquarters at the historic Starrett Lehigh building in New York City. It's an event I host to spotlight the maker, to celebrate the hand crafted, and to support local production. Every year, my editors and I honor small business owners and entrepreneurs in the fields of crafts, design, food and style.

Our clerestory was transformed for our panel discussions, workshops, retail booths and Honoree exhibits. Staff from every department joined together to help. Here are some photos of our set-up. All this week, I will share more images from our successful Summit, and the remarkable Honorees, speakers, makers, chefs, organizers, volunteers, and employees that made it all possible. Enjoy.