A professional network of high-caliber makers is coming to the Bay Area! 
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Makers deserve a professional network of high-caliber peers. We're so passionate about supporting professional makers that we're creating our first chapter in the Bay Area!

It's been a whirlwind year and a half of getting makers out of their studios and into a supportive professional community. People are assisting each other with product development at our Product & Design Roundtables. Meaningful peer relationships are being fostered at our happy hours and crafty hang outs. And we also celebrated awesome handmade artists at our April awards show.

The Academy makes it possible for makers to be part of a professional community of talented makers (and elite businesses that provide services to them) so they can become better at business, show they are serious about their business and enriches their business support network.

While our members are all over the US and Canada, we recognized that having a local group of people you can meet for coffee or say hello too at craft shows is sooo important. That's why we are launching chapters and we are starting with San Francisco (there's no LA vs. SF rival here... just lots of handmade love!).

Support and Celebrate Handmade: Our Next Chapter

(get it? chapter? HAH!)

We'd love for you to be part of this new journey we are on, but recognize that you may not be in the Bay Area. So here is how you can support and celebrate the handmade community whether you're in LA, SF, OC or beyond.
  • I live in the Bay Area and want more information! You can get on our interest list here to get all of the details.
  • I live in Southern California but I'm not yet a member. We know that we can't always get to every nook and cranny of SoCal (it's a big place), so we are starting to form interest lists for chapters in Orange County, Ventura, San Diego and the Inland Empire. We'd love for you to join us on this journey. Get on our interest list!
  • I don't live in any of those places but I'd still like to become a member. Fantastic! You can still join the Academy and if you are interested in starting a chapter let us know too
  • I'm already a member! Yeah you are, you smart handmade business owner! You know we already love you then and want to support your business any way we can. Make sure you attend our Annual Members Meeting on September 14 if you are in the area. If you won't be near, then we'll get you info on participating remotely. 
Thanks for being on this journey with us and supporting us along the way.

Hugs, High-Fives, and Handmade,
Sharon & KC, co-founders

P.S. As part of our outreach for chapters, we will be waiving the application fee for people who sign up to our interest lists, so make sure you do!

P.P.S. Did you see we gave away two holiday show application scholarships? Congrats to Faheema of Unicorn Crafts and Tiffany of Shifting Status Kuo. We wish you much success at the holiday shows!
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