October 18, 2013

The Fantastic Martha Stewart American Made Awards - Part One

I was so proud to kick off our second annual Martha Stewart American Made celebration.  I’m always amazed how much “making” can be done and how many talented people I’m surrounded by.  I started Wednesday morning at The Today Show, joining Andy Cohen and Matt Lauer – never a dull moment!  I was then rushed to the Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel, where our panels and demonstrations were being held.  For our first panel, I sat with some of my favorite small business mentors and experts.  The UPS Store joined me in hosting the panel.  Fans and small business owners were our audience and we all learned a great deal.  I felt so lucky to then join my friend, Dominique Ansel for the Great American Breakfast and it was so exciting to be able to sample his Cronuts.  Panels and conversations were only part of my day.  I took a field trip to Grand Central Terminal to peruse the American Made shops and get my screen-printed American Made tote, designed with Toyota.  One fun activity was a vintage candy bar in the trunk of the Corolla.  Given that I had to return to the panels, I took advantage of the free shipping provided by The UPS Store, so I could travel lightly.  One of the things I shipped was my goody bag from the panel.  We filled it with a gorgeous keepsake book designed by Mohawk Fine Papers, snacks from Southwest (everyone loves an airline peanut), Larabars (to keep people going between panels), beauty products from Josie Maran, Yogi Tea (because I’ll need to relax after this), multigrain tortilla chips from Food Should Taste Good (which I agree with the name), and Organic Valley recipe cards for caramel apple mini pies (because it’s the season).  There was also a clever key-shaped thumb drive with my packing tips in my Hyatt Hotels demo.  And I can’t forget the Mrs. Myers soap sample.

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