We knew it was going to be big when we first launched our $25,000 small business grant to support local makers + designers. But we didn’t realize that the response was actually going to be HUGE.
After announcing this grant in August, we recieved thousands of entries from small businesses across the country. An as you can probably imagine, narrowing-down to 20 finalists wasn’t easy. But we are thrilled about the final pool of talented, passionate, and inspiring makers.
Now it’s up to you to decide which local maker or designer will recieve our $25,000 small business grant! Meet these 20 amazing finalists below and vote for your favorite before Tuesday, October 14th.
Rachel of Small Spells handcrafts ceramics inspired by textile design in Brooklyn, NY.
The Such + Such studio designs + produces furniture in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Peter + Nora of Assembly produce modern furniture + accessories in Brooklyn, NY.
Erin of Cotton & Flax designs and handmakes textiles in Los Angeles, CA.
Lisa + Cameron of R. Riveter handmake bags + accessories that empower in Southern Pines, NC.
Eileen + James of Little Seed Farm produce organic skincare in Lebanon, TN.
Kim of Kim E-M Quilts creates hand-dyed modern art quilts in Kansas City, KS.
Courtney of Honeycomb Studio crafts small batch porcelain in Atlanta, GA.
Kelley + Kris of Hemlock & Heather are a husband and wife woodworking team in Austin, TX.
Veronica + Lauren of Flâneur’s Pocket make geometric planters and other playful-but-functional objects in Brooklyn, NY.
Janet + Stu of Three Potato Four produce vintage-inspired goods in Media, PA.
Bekah of A Well Traveled Brand handcrafts linens + bags in Louisville, KY.
Eric Trine creates modern furniture in Los Angeles, CA.
Eric Bonnin handcrafts functional pottery in Long Island City, NY.
Kristen of Bubo Handmade handcrafts leather bags in Dallas, TX.
Casey of Dzierlenga F+U handcrafts wood furniture in Salt Point, NY.
Tracy of TW Workshop crafts sculptural ceramic + cane vessels in Los Angeles, CA.
Rissa of The Coastal hand-paints ceramic + wood coasters in Pacific Grove, CA.
The Native Maps studio silkscreens research-driven maps in Dallas, Texas.
Katy Skelton produces socially responsible furniture in New York City, Texas, and Pennsylvania.