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MAY 13, 2021 / 41:37

The lack of racial diversity in the stationery community came into clear focus last summer. So, on July 16th 2020, The Greeting Card Association (GCA) attempted to begin to change that by hosting its first ever *Noted Pitch Program for Black-Owned Companies and Makers. No one knew it at that time, but that event planted the seeds for Black Joy Paper, a diverse and visionary greeting card collective. Now, nearly one year later, we talk with one of its founders, Greta Heida, and two of her Pitch Program discoveries, Tiffany McGraw of Paper Rehab and Lauren-Ashley Barnes of Pineapple Sundays Design Studio.  ,

GUESTS:
Greta Heida- Founder and Co-Owner of AIR CO / IG blackjoypaper
Tiffany McGraw- Founder of Paper Rehab / IG paperrehab
Lauren-Ashley Barnes- Founder & Creative Director of Pineapple Sundays Design Studio / IG pineapple.Sundays   

MODERATOR: Amy Loewenberg- Relations Manager at NY NOW & Sarah Schwartz- Editor of Stationery Trends and The Paper Nerd

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MAY 11, 2021 / 42:30

Gift for Life, the gift, stationery, and home decor industries’ sole national charitable organization, has teamed up with NY NOW and DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) for the AIDS Walk New York 2021. The AIDS Walk New York is the largest single-day AIDS fundraising event in the world. In its over 30 years, the event has inspired nearly 890,000 people to walk and millions more to donate, raising nearly $155 million to combat HIV and AIDS.  Listen as we share the history of Gift For Life and hear from a few Board and AIDS Walk team members on why being a part of this team is so important to them.

GUESTS: 
Tim Hart – SVP NY NOW, GFL Board Member and AIDS Walk Team Member

Lenise Willis – Editor in chief of Gifts and Decorative Accessories, GFL Board Member and AIDS Walk Team Member

Kelly Bristol – VP Association and Buyer Engagement at Brandwise, GFL AIDS Walk Team Member

Matthew Katzenson – CEO of Fine Lines, GFL Board Member and AIDS Walk Team Member

MODERATOR: Amy Loewenberg- Relations Manager at NY NOW, GFL AIDS Walk Team Member

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APRIL 21, 2021 / 32:56

It had been Vanessa’s dream to own her own store so she found a location in the best neighborhood in Brooklyn to complete her vision and as of November of 2017, Awesome Brooklyn has been brought to you by Vanessa, her daughter, and husband. At Awesome Brooklyn giving gifts in their opinion is even greater than getting them. In this podcast you will hear about Vanessa’s Awesome store…  but you will really hear her living her values. Vanessa is an activist, and her voice is loud, passionate, and courageous.  And she uses her voice and her business as a direct vehicle for standing up for values and systematic social challenges as she is rooted in principles that concentrate in an equality for all.       

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APRIL 8, 2021 / 28:11

Ann Cantrell always dreamed of opening a version of a modern-day general store and brought the concept to life in a sunny corner of Brooklyn. Her focus on blue-ribbon winning merchandise, a robust online presence and gaining the strength from her vibrant neighborhood has enabled Annie & Team to continuously pull together the “best that life has to offer, all under one roof” to win the blue ribbon for fun and function.   

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MARCH 26, 2021 / 48:19

How are artisans and their social enterprises overcoming barriers? How is Fair Trade being combined with commercial innovations to adapt to new challenges? In what ways do Fair Trade Enterprises differ from conventional businesses? These questions will be explored by leaders from the Fair Trade movement. WFTO is the global community of social enterprises that fully practice Fair Trade. It’s Guarantee System verifies purpose-driven businesses that put people and planet first. In this episode, Erinch Sahan, Chief Executive of WFTO, is joined by Sasibai Kimis, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of Earth Heir and Rachel Spence, Director of Operations and Engagement at Fair Trade Federation to discuss innovations during COVID times, the commercial gains of Fair Trade and and they remain committed to their workers, artisans and communities.  

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MARCH 26, 2021 / 34:41

etúHOME was founded on the belief that the utilitarian pieces used to prepare, serve and store food in, matter. Their collections reflect this lifestyle, inspired by classically rooted European designs, time-honored techniques, and honest materials you can trust. Taking this versatility and sophistication to heart, their collections are defined by modern updates to classic styles while keeping sustainability at the forefront of their brand.

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MARCH 11, 2021 / 37:57

Not just for kids anymore, stickers have become palm-sized purveyors of design, adding pops of humor as they express personality. These artful adhesives can be sweet, funny, provocative, or political, and their affordability and accessibility make them downright addictive. Our two guests have made this phenomenal add-on work for them. Brittany O’Brien’s female-friendly range has appeared in Glamour and been shouted out by Simone Biles, Sophia Busch and Carole Radziwill, while Jennifer Luna is a recognized 40 under 40 award winner, keeps her sticker assortments full and her customers coming back for more. Listen in, and you too will get stuck on this hot trend! 

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Paper Luxe:  https://paper-luxe.com/     

Amy Loewenberg https://www.instagram.com/amy.atnynow     

Sarah Schwartz https://www.instagram.com/ms_sarah_schwartz     

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MARCH 26, 2021 / 01:16:48

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we recognize a few inspiring women through their achievements who are making a difference and are important voices to hear.  Kristen and Stephanie developed Strong Selfie, a gifting box for girls that incorporates positive messaging to help young girls feel strong and confident.  Anna Welsh, a 16-year-old founder and CEO of Little Bags by Anna who has learned that at any age we can be changemakers and mentors to other aspiring young entrepreneurs and Grace Kang, Founder of Pink Olive whose mission is to inspire giving and beautiful living, provide a platform for young girls to speak up and fight for equality and offer business education through her Pink Olive School.   

RESOURCES   

o   Strong Selfie: www.strongselfie.com   IG: strong_selfie   

o   Little bags by Anna: www.littlebagsbyanna.com  IG: littlebagsbyanna

o   Pink Olive:  www.pinkolive.com   IG: pinkolive   

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FEBRUARY 25, 2021 / 01:00:12

Join Amy and Sarah for the 3rd episode of their new Podcast series The Paper Plane Cocktail Hour! 

Today they’re talking with paper industry veterans: Chandra Greer of Greer Chicago, Anna Cote of Modern Printed Matter, and Pamela Davis of daisyd and friends. Hear the perspective of a Retailer, a Maker, and a Rep Group owner on how 2020 has shifted their business and what opportunities have opened up for 2021.

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FEBRUARY 02, 2021 / 36:48

Kimberley can’t remember a time when she didn’t love the mail. Having moved around a lot when she was younger than email, keeping in touch via letters to pen pals was her norm and yet the thrill of a “good mail day” remains the same for her to this day.  Her passion for small businesses and local retail is strong. As is her support of community and great service and of course believing in what you buy and sell… Measure Twice… cut once.   

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FEBRUARY 02, 2021 / 37:28

What makes Fair Trade Enterprises stand out from mainstream businesses? How are they distinguishing themselves through the pandemic, and how could they reshape business? WFTO is the global community of social enterprises that fully practice Fair Trade, with a Guarantee System that verifies purpose-driven businesses that put people and planet first. In this episode, Chris Solt, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Federation (US and Canada) and WFTO Board Member, is joined by Alice Grau, Creative Director of Global Mamas and Hisham El Gazzar, CEO of Yadawee to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their production and trade, the challenges and opportunities that have emerged, and how they remain committed to their workers, artisans and communities.     

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FEBRUARY 01, 2021 / 31:16

The Sing Harlem Choir is a celebrated group of performers elevated from the Mama Foundation for the Arts Music School of Gospel, Jazz and R&B. This award winning and nationally recognized foundation has grown to be a highly respected and influential force in the New York gospel scene, producing not only great vocalists, but top notch global citizens. Vy Higginsen, the Founder & CEO fuels her community with not only music and song but an emotional and spiritual release. Take a peek into her past, her present and very bright furture of the Mama Foundation!

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FEBRUARY 01, 2021 / 54:58

Harlem Chocolate Factory is an artisan chocolate company where we convey the various cultural experiences of Harlem through our chocolate products. We started with the names of iconic Harlem destinations and historical sites, such as Stivers’ Row and the Pan-Pan diner and developed recipes that could tell the story. We are lovers of Harlem & Chocolate, sharing our love for Harlem & Chocolate. Our goal is bringing diverse voices to the forefront of the chocolate industry.     

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JANUARY 28, 2020 / 37:49

Traditional techniques and contemporary details, for more than 40 years Sasha has been bringing Indian artisans together to create stunning handicrafts and exquisite fashion apparel. Behind each product is a commitment to building a thriving artisan community with healthy working conditions, fair pay and concern for the environment. In this podcast, Sasha diiscusses their mission, how they’ve pivoted in a pandemic , expansion  and how they’ve approached their digital market presence. 

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JANUARY 20, 2021 / 40:57

Monica Diaz is one of New York City’ leading Personal Style Coaches, Trend Forecasters, and Virtual Stylists. She works with entrepreneurs, independent retailers, and fortune 500 clients, helping them achieve a polished personal look and the confidence to match by aligning personal and professional goals with one’s outer image. 

As dedicated home offices and category expansions emerge- the importance of adapting, personalizing style and functionality is key. Monica introduces us to MDMODE and highlights notable workspace and fashion trends for 2021.   

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JANUARY 14, 2021 / 53:39

Join us for cocktails and conversation with stationery power couple Jocelyn & Roland Kirouac of Ümlaut Brooklyn. Their ribald range is renowned for its salty sentiments and glam retro style. Listeners get a glimpse into their creative process, what’s selling, and even their grant program for young artists — the template of which is free to anyone wanting to unveil their own!

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DECEMBER 31, 2020 / 46:59

Jessica Richards is a trend forecaster, brand creator, and founder of JMR Design Consulting, whose synergistic focus inspires what is now and next in fashion and jewelry. In this podcast, Jen Cullen of Williams Communications explores Jessica’s rich experience in the fashion world, her methods for identifying and forecasting trends, and shares insights into the newest emerging trends in giftable accessories.

SPEAKER BIOS
Moderator: Jen Cullen Williams
Title: Founder
Company: Jen Cullen Williams Communications 

Award-winning communications and public relations strategist, Jen Cullen Williams is known for creativity and connections and specializes in enhancing the market exposure for brands, retailers and organizations in the fashion, jewelry, luxury, and consumer goods markets. Prior to launching her consultancy in 2019, she began her career at fashion firm Red Light PR and later became the managing director of the agency Luxury Brand Group from 2007-2019, where she continues to consult. She has spent the past 15 years working on brand development and communications programs for some of the leading jewelry industry companies and has secured placements in top media outlets including Forbes, New York Times, Vogue, Oprah, People, Who What Wear and many others. Jen serves on the JCK Events advisory board, the national board of Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) as a Regional Director and is a past president of the WJA Los Angeles chapter.  In 2020, she was a judge for the INSTORE Cool Stores competition, and currently co-writes a monthly column for National Jeweler on creative connecting. She received a B.A. degree from California State University, Long Beach, and an Executive Education Certificate in Global Leadership from Harvard Business School. Jen is passionate about working with people, building relationships and businesses by developing creative and modern ways to communicate and engage with consumers and the media.
Website: www.JenCullenWilliams.com   Instagram: @jencwilliams

Name:  Jessica Richards
Title: Founder 
Company: JMR Consulting
Jessica Richards is a trend forecaster, brand creator, and founder of JMR Design Consulting, whose synergistic focus inspires what is now and next. With an extensive background in forecasting, concepts, and design for major North American retailers, she brings a forward-thinking yet commercially and brand-right viability to projects across the fashion and wellness industries. Jessica graduated from Boston University with a degree in Magazine Journalism and has been additionally certified from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has been quoted and featured as a guest expert across international media, including the New York Times, ELLE Canada, City TV, and more. Jessica serves as Trend Director for the Accessories Council, a not-for-profit, international trade organization with the mission to stimulate global consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products. She is also Fashion Director for the newly re-launched Accessories Magazine, whose dedicated focus on accessories serves the trade with industry news and editorial direction to serve brands, wholesalers, and retailers. In this role, Jessica gives insight to industry and consumer trends, as well as direction for future development and merchandising strategies.
Website: www.jmrdesignconsulting.com   Instagram: @jessicaxrich

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DECEMBER 16, 2020 / 34:29

NiLu is an online lifestyle brand with a local retail experience, specializing in creating and curating excellently crafted accessories, exceptionally thoughtful gifts, and distinctly beautiful home goods. With a flagship store tucked in the heart of Harlem, NiLu was founded in 2015 to platform independent makers, introduce them to lovers of cultured pieces, and create a vibrant space for the community to make themselves at home.

Visit here to learn more about NiLu’s brand story.
https://youtu.be/ozXxiwFmrBM

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DECEMBER 10, 2020 / 37:35

Listen as Gift + Stationery guru, Katie Hunt shares the importance of mindset and the issues that her community is facing. Through her Paper Camp and Proof to Product Labs, she generates a path through her customized programming that provides product-based businesses with the solutions that are as distinctive as each business plan. 

RESOURCES
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Amy Loewenberg
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Sarah Schwartz
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DECEMBER 7, 2020 / 48:09

Opening a store in a challenging retail climate takes a certain kind of moxie! Douglas and Michael of Cursive New York have history with some of New York’s iconic retail locations and have now opened a new location for us to enjoy in New York City’s West Village just in time for the holidays.  Listen to their story past and present. 

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NOVEMBER 20, 2020 / 43:54

Hear why Kathy Piccari decided to move ahead with her vision of expanding Pineapple On Main in a challenging retail climate. Learn how her vision and her bold moves are helping to develop a part of a larger revitalization project focused on community building. 

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OCTOBER 04, 2020 / 18:30

With over 28 years of experience, Kristi Forbes is a seasoned expert in the tabletop, gift and housewares industry, having honed skills in leasing, retailing programs, publishing, marketing, events and more. Forbes joined Forty One Madison in 2017 as senior vice president and director, overseeing the building’s 90+ permanent tabletop showrooms including over 200 of the most iconic brands in the tabletop industry and The New York Tabletop Show®. Previously, she was with AmericasMart Atlanta for over 25 years working on all aspects of the business for brands in the home, gift and apparel category, and played a major role in recruiting top global brands to secure showroom real estate at one of the world’s largest trade marts of its kind. Forbes also holds additional roles in the industry and NYC community beyond her position with Forty One Madison by serving on several boards including Gift For Life, Madison Square Park Conservancy, and the Flatiron District BID.

Forbes is a native of Morehead City, NC and holds a fashion merchandising and business degree from East Carolina University.  She currently resides in New York City with her husband and Jetta Dog.  

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 / 30:19

New York Makers First of its kind digital market and magazine, our mission is celebrating people, places, experiences, products, and ideas that define New York State.

Moderator: Patty Hughes
| 
Title: Content Creator & Executive Producer
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Company: Patty Finds It for you   

Patty Hughes is passionate about people! And this genuine curiosity has influenced her career trajectory as an entrepreneur, television personality, and trend expert. From local Buffalo TV, to the sophisticated runways of NYC. From appearances on talk shows, to hosting her own nationally syndicated show, Patty’s bubbly personality and keen sense of taste and style has propelled her professional endeavors.

For 10 seasons Patty worked on Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. In the role of production coordinator, she had the privilege and opportunity to encourage and guide blossoming careers. As an interior stylist she has designed executive suites for Viacom Corporate HQ and photo shoots for such publications as Brides Magazine.  Patty has been a contributor to various lifestyle and fashion print editorials culminating in her own column in Seventeen. As a television personality and lifestyle expert Patty has made appearances on Rachael Ray, Wendy Williams, and the Food Network. She is a sought-after event host and a former spokesperson for Lord and Taylor.

Patty’s experience and natural entrepreneurial spirit lead to the next logical progression: her own production company and the development of an exciting new nationally syndicated television series, “Patty Finds It For You!”

Guest: Silda Wall Spitzer
| Title: Co-Founder
| Company: New York Makers  

Silda Wall Spitzer, innovative businesswoman, lawyer, and former First Lady of New York State, co-founded New York Makers to promote local sustainability and statewide connectivity; she believes thriving makers are the heart of dynamic and resilient economy and community. New York Makers is first of its kind.

Guest: Amanda DiRobella
| Title: COO and Editor in Chief
| 
Company New York Makers
Amanda DiRobella
, COO and Editor in Chief of New York Makers, has been actively involved in promoting, supporting, connecting, and mobilizing the nationwide maker community for over ten years in her career in and around the tri-state area.

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Patty Finds It For You https://www.instagram.com/pattyfindsitforyou

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 / 51:09

Michael Aram is an award-winning American Armenian artist who has dedicated his career to craft-based design.  Listen with us as he shares his life journey.  Both Michael and David Lindberg, his VP of Marketing, take us through the early days filled with colorful stories and events to the future ofMichael Aram in a digital world.    

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 / 43:08

Take some time and listen as Beth Diana Smith engages us with stories of her past and her vision of the future. Get caught up on the Black Artists Designers Guild, hear about what Beth is up to these days and learn about the importance of creating your own Cultural Oasis.  

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Beth Diana Smith 

https://www.bethdianasmith.com/

Black Artists + Designers Guild 

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 / 46:14

The WFTO is the home of Fair-Trade Enterprises. Spread across 76 countries, members are verified as social enterprises that practice Fair Trade. To be a WFTO member, an enterprise or organization must demonstrate they put people and planet first in everything they do. We are democratically run by our members. This is their global community.

Joellen Nicholson builds shared value partnerships across sectors for inclusive value chains.  Her diverse career journey has crossed the private, non-profit, and social venture start-up sectors leading marketing programs, partnerships, plus social impact and sustainability initiatives with leading brands like the Gap, Disney and Macy’s.  As the Director of Programs at Nest she supported business growth and social compliance for over 100 global MSMEs, with on-the-ground projects in India, Guatemala, Haiti, and Namibia.  Joellen co-found basik 855, a social venture that developed a new co-creation model with Cambodian artisans.  As a consultant Joellen has advised organizations on business models and program strategies that incorporate social impact and sustainability. Currently, Joellen is a VP at University Impact, growing the unique Triple Donor-Advised Fund model through impact investments and creating the next generation of social impact leaders. Joellen is a strategic advisor to Hechos x Nosotros | Animaná, an Ashoka recognized social enterprise non-profit with UN consultative status advancing LATAM artisans and MSMEs in the sustainable fashion ecosystem.  

Roopa Mehta leads Sasha Association for Craft Producers (India), an exemplary WFTO member selling fashion and home products around the world. Her association with Fair Trade began in 1978 and she moved over full time to Sasha in 1985. She has served on the board of Fair-Trade Forum India and the Asia WFTO board. She was voted on to the WFTO Global board as an independent board member in May 2011. Roopa completed an Economic honors course, followed with an MBA degree from Delhi University. She began her career with a leading Indian chain of hotels and moved on to be an Executive Director of a company producing and retailing high-end women’s clothing using traditional dyeing printing and embroidery techniques. www.wfto.com  

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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.

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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 www.CBDPaymentPros.com!

 

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. 

 

AOUT THE COMPANY: 

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.

RESOURCES
| Websites:
CBD Payment Pros https://cbdpaymentpros.com

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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.

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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, Forbes.com, 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

RESOURCES
| The 14th Annual Independent Handbag Awards:
https://youtu.be/-qWjoZKHpMM 

| Websites:
Thehandbagawards.com 

Emilyblumenthal.com 

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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.

RESOURCES |
Webinar Registration:
https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1330722&tp_key=e4d917e426&sti=odwebinar

Sector Blu Website:
https://www.sectorblu.com/

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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. 

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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.

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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 www.housebeautiful.com and check out their latest issue titled Summer Dreaming available on newsstands now or subscribe to their digital issue and newsletter.

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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.

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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 www.lightspeedhq.com. 

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.

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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.

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