The NY NOW Podcast brings real-life education, strategies, and ideas to our community through interviews and webinars that are relevant to our industry. Interested in joining us in one of our NY NOW Digital talks? Let us know here and we’ll contact you!

New episode now available!

SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 / 33:47

Exploring ways social enterprises and do-good brands can begin addressing power dynamics within their business. We will talk about the importance of going beyond performative ally-ship and incorporating systemic change in the way you talk about, think about, and run your business.

Manpreet Kalra is a digital marketing expert, activist, and social impact educator. She currently serves on the board of NYC Fair Trade Coalition, a grassroots fair trade advocacy organization. She is an advocate for fostering cultural humility in impact through inclusive brand narratives. She has dedicated her career to exploring the intersection of digital media, social impact and diversity in the sustainable fashion movement. Manpreet is a thought leader in impact communication. She launched Art of Citizenry to coach conscious businesses on how to maximize their impact through business development, branding, and strategic marketing. With a background in venture and startups, Manpreet uses her knowledge to help purpose-driven organizations and brands think of creative ways to grow and address inclusion in every aspect of the business. She brings a wealth of experience from her work with fair trade and impact-driven businesses globally.


AUGUST 05, 2020 / 29:16

Learn about navigating the ins and outs of Cannabinoid payments and what’s entailed when acquiring a processing account for selling CBD, Hemp and other related products. If you’re venturing into the world of CBD, you’ll want to take advantage of this upcoming PODCAST for great insights from the team at!


Mark Garfinkel 

Mark serves as Head of Finance and Business Operations for CBD Payment Pros.  In his multi-faceted role with the company, Mark has been instrumental in the expansion of our processing services and capabilities to better serve merchants that participate in the dynamic and ever-growing CBD, Hemp and Cannabis industries.  Prior to this role, Mark spent 25 years in the investment management industry, where he specialized as a small cap growth portfolio manager.  Mark received his BA and MBA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee. 


Bob Berger

Bob serves as the Head of Marketing for CBD Payment Pros while also participating in both product and relationship management activities.  Prior to this role, Bob has served the payment industry for over 30 years managing a litany of product and services for a host of companies and clients.  Bob’s customer centric philosophy and his dedication to clients and partners is propagated throughout the organization as we have succeeded only if our customers are satisfied and happy with our services. 



CBD Payment Pros was founded by International Payments Processing (IPP) to focus specifically on CBD, Hemp and other wellness related business verticals.  We’re a full-service payment consulting firm offering direct merchant accounts with CBD-friendly banks that have made a commitment to the CBD, Hemp, and Cannabinoid space.

This includes providing both storefront and online e-commerce businesses with processing services that best meet their needs, as we take a concierge-style approach in determining the optimal CBD friendly banking solution.  Even before CBD and Cannabis came on the scene, we have specialized in the e-commerce processing space for 20 years, supporting merchant businesses in the US and abroad.

| Websites:
CBD Payment Pros


JULY 29, 2020 / 28:54

Aid to Artisans has been running its signature Market Readiness Program (MRP) at the NY NOW trade show for 27 years. With the cancelation of the in-person market, ATA has launched its first-ever eMarket Readiness Program. The eMRP is a 4 half-day online course that will be held Aug 11-14.

ATA has brought together a team of industry experts and updated the core content of the MRP to include best practices, and trends in the current market. The program will focus on online solutions and strategies artisan businesses can take to adapt their businesses to sell in the shifting global market.

The eMRP course will benefit international artisan producers, new artisan brands, designers, exporters, and leaders of craft-based enterprises based globally and in the US.  The immersive training offers intensive learning, hands-on exercises, one-on-one coaching, and small group learning.

Based on our many years of teaching how to access the market, this practical course offers opportunities for small group networking, with real-world applications, exercises and homework to apply to your business. Each organization will receive a 30 min One-on-One coaching follow up call, and participants will walk away with an action plan for their business that takes them forward confidently the changing artisan market.


Cayley Pater

Cayley Pater is the founder and owner of Made Trade — the leading online retailer for ethically made and sustainably sourced products for the modern wardrobe and home. Cayley has dedicated her professional career to creating and promoting fair and sustainable business practices which manifest in the brands and products she has managed. With her background in fair trade business management and ethical fashion, Cayley founded Made Trade with her partner, Andy Ives, to make beautifully designed and ethically sourced goods easy to discover and shop online. Customers on Made Trade can shop with full transparency, knowing each product has been responsibly sourced, expertly handcrafted with sustainable materials, and that the makers and artisans were paid fair wages. Prior to starting Made Trade, Cayley ran the US operations for two international fair trade brands Darzah and Zeki Learning, helping to grow each brand’s presence in the US market. Cayley’s passion for the equitable treatment of makers and artisans and the responsible use of our planet’s resources is evident across Made Trade’s exceptional curation of products.


Maud Obe

Since joining Aid to Artisans in 2007, Maud Obe has more than ten years of experience in designing and managing economic empowerment and development projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia,  in the artisan sector. Maud has implemented projects that have strengthened artisan businesses and linked artisans to local, regional, and international markets. She is an expert in organizing artisan capacity building workshops, one-on-one coaching, tradeshow preparation, export readiness training, and marketing events targeted for expats, tourism, and international markets. She coordinates the representation of artisans entrepreneurs to NY NOW, Las Vegas Market, and linkage with US buyers.

Born in France, Maud holds a Master’s Degree in International Development and Social Change and a Bachelor in Government and International Relations from Clark University, Worcester, MA. She is fluent in French, English, and Spanish and has travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.


Lauren Barkume

Lauren Barkume is the Training Director at Creative Learning’s Aid to Artisans division. With over 13 years of experience in international development and artisan programs, Barkume spent nearly 9 years based in South Africa working directly with entrepreneurs, artisans and small businesses in the region, developing community co-created programs, designing and running practical business skills workshops for small business owners, and working in collaboration with artisan communities across Southern Africa. Lauren cares deeply about facilitating responsive, community driven development.


JULY 8, 2020 / 37:00

Enjoy this dynamic and insightful conversation with Emily Blumenthal – Founder of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards, now in their 14th year, Author and adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship at FIT.

Emily Blumenthal is the founder of Handbag Designer 101, Independent Handbag Designer Awards, and author of Handbag Designer 101: Everything You Need to Know About Designing, Making, and Marketing Handbags (sales worldwide over 50K copies).  As featured in The New York Times Style Section, Emily is known as the “Handbag Fairy Godmother” who brings unknown brands to the forefront. She is a trend/source expert and understands the insatiable appetite for emerging and undiscovered designers. 

Emily is also a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she teaches entrepreneurship and was the first female hire for its Business Department. She has also taught “Fashion Marketing” at Parsons The New School for Design and “Fashion PR” at the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising. Emily has given lectures on “How to Launch Your Handbag Line” across the country and is the go-to for financial institutions on the handbag market overall and has been consulting for handbag brands big and small for over fifteen years.


Her dedication has prompted collaborations between emerging talent and brands like Swarovski, Timberland, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, FUJIFILM, Guess, Nine West, and Nasty Gal as well as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Macy’s.  She has been featured multiple times in InStyle magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, the Associated Press, CBS’s The Early Show, Today, Fox Business News, the EFE, The New York Times, Family Circle,, as well as many other media outlets.


Girl empowerment, diversity, and inclusivity has become a passion project for Blumenthal, not only as a mother of three but also as an entrepreneur who wants to empower children to be their own best version of themselves.  Therefore, she launched “The Charmsters,” an animated girl squad that fills that gap throughout the media, toy, and licensed markets

| The 14th Annual Independent Handbag Awards: 

| Websites: 

| NY NOW Email Subscription: 


JULY 1, 2020 / 37:02

This episode is a webinar preview, shared with the purpose of keeping our NY NOW community informed. To view the on-demand webinar with the videos, extended explanations and PowerPoint presentation, register using the link in the resources section below.

Learn how to create great product videos for your website, IGTV and other social media platforms using your mobile device. Award winning Filmmaker/videographer JP Pacca will share his top ten tips and tricks for capturing and editing your product videos to engage your customers and drive sales.

Webinar Registration:

Sector Blu Website:

NY NOW Webinars:

NY NOW Email Subscription:


JUNE 24, 2020 / 29:46

Our next Buyer Spotlight features the Brooklyn Museum’s Merchandising Manager and longtime friend, Michelle Beshaw. She is enthused by all things fun and unique and greatly inspired by the designers and makers that she meets and the stories that they tell.  Join us and take an inside peek into being a merchant for a Museum and learn about the Brooklyn Museums Mission and Vision along the way. 


JUNE 17, 2020 / 34:25

NOTE: Recorded on 5/28/20. Visit Audrey’s online shop!

Check out our next Buyer Spotlight as Amy Loewenberg talks with Audrey Woollen, the founder and creative director of Urbanic Paper Boutique In Los Angeles. They will discuss Audrey’s brand, her thoughts on technology in the paper industry and her future visions of retail.


MAY 27, 2020 / 49:08

This episode is a webinar preview, shared with the purpose of keeping our NY NOW community informed. To view the on-demand webinar, register here.

Based in NYC, Tony has taught photography lighting at FIT and Parsons New School of Design, and teaches photography workshops for the APA and is an educational source/ambassador for a myriad of corporate clients. Tony Gale shares tips and tricks for ‘DIY’ product photography, covering product photography using point + shoot cameras as well as cellphones, lighting, angles, backgrounds and photography apps.


JUNE 10, 2020 / 52:36

This episode has been brought to you in collaboration with House Beautiful Magazine.

To explore more in the interior world visit and check out their latest issue titled Summer Dreaming available on newsstands now or subscribe to their digital issue and newsletter.


MAY 20, 2020 / 35:40

This episode is a webinar preview, shared with the purpose of keeping our NY NOW community informed. To view the on-demand webinar, register here.

Expanding online and opening up your web store has never been more important. We’ll show you how to get your products online, what happens when you make a sale and how to enhance the browsing experience.  Join Cameron Nixon, Sales Engineer at Lightspeed, and Marie Letard, owner of Bouche-Bée, get online and start selling. To learn more about Lightspeed, visit 

MAY 13, 2020 / 01:12:21

This episode is a webinar preview, shared with the purpose of keeping our NY NOW community informed. To view the on-demand webinar, register here.

Join Robin Kramer of Red Boot Consulting for an important discussion about navigating brick and mortar business in today’s challenging climate. She will be talking with lifestyle store owners, Chad Anglin and Amy Paul of Pigment, joined by gallery owner Joe Porcari of the Artful Hand gallery, and jewelry designer and owner Alyssa Kuchta of f.y.b jewelry.


MAY 06, 2020 / 43:19

Social media is a powerful tool, even in the cluttered digital space. Learn tips on how to stand out, engage your community and drive more sales from seasoned retailer Mackenzi Farquer, owner of the Lockwood Shops in NYC.


Subscribe to our emails and never miss an episode!

listen on