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Growing Your Business

with Sarah Benoit - moderator

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Date

Sep 15

Time

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Price

$5 or Pay What You Wish

Location

NC United States

Limited financial need-based scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship please continue to this form. UNC Asheville students are also eligible for scholarships; contact Brent Skidmore for details.

Do you want to grow your business but you’re not sure how? Is your business already growing but you want to better understand how to strategically scale and move forward to ensure success? Come listen to a panel of local Western North Carolina businesses talk about the growth they’re experiencing, what they did to ensure success, and how they approached their growth with intentionality.

Join panel moderator Sarah Benoit and guest presenters: Libby O’Bryan, Sew Co, Sekou Coleman, Word on the Street, and Morika Walker, MTN Merch.

The Growing Your Business panel discussion is part of the Craft Your Commerce Workshop Series Beyond the Studio: Financials and Operations.


Panelists

Meet our panelists for this event.

Mountain BizWorks event presenter, Libby O'Bryan

Libby O'Bryan

Libby O’Bryan is an artist based in Asheville, NC. Trained in fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, business administration at the University of San Francisco, and fine art a...

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Libby O’Bryan is an artist based in Asheville, NC. Trained in fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, business administration at the University of San Francisco, and fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, O’Bryan melds her hybrid background into a conceptual art practice. Her work has been exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois; South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Cameron Art Museum, and the Penland School of Crafts Gallery, North Carolina; the Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee; and was featured in PBS’s Craft in America series (Episode XII, May 2014).

Libby O’Bryan’s business, Western Carolina Sewing Company (Sew Co.), is an effort to preserve the skill of sewing and our domestic manufacturing economy.  Sew Co. offers sewn product development, cutting and sewing services of discerning quality with socially responsible and unconventional business concepts.  Sew Co. shares a roof and a vision for progressive production with The Oriole Mill in Hendersonville.

Mountain BizWorks event presenter, Sekou Coleman

Sekou Coleman

Born to activist parents and raised in Washington D.C. in the 1980s, Sekou Coleman is a child of the movement. After obtaining a degree in music from the University of Pittsburgh, he founded a prog...

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Born to activist parents and raised in Washington D.C. in the 1980s, Sekou Coleman is a child of the movement. After obtaining a degree in music from the University of Pittsburgh, he founded a program to teach music theory and business to at-risk youth. His work with the program attracted the attention of a national nonprofit devoted to improving opportunities for black men and boys, and he worked there from 1998 until it ceased operations.

Coleman moved to Asheville in 2011 and quickly involved himself in the local community, supporting numerous organizations and advocacy groups. A deep believer in the restorative power of the arts, Coleman currently serves as the Executive Director for Asheville Writers in the Schools, a nonprofit igniting social change through culture and self-expression. Asheville Writers in the Schools is the parent organization for Word on the Street/Voz de les Jóvenes, a program uplifting the stories and voices of marginalized teens. As a volunteer, Coleman also devotes considerable time to CoThinkk, a social change philanthropy that works to accelerate positive changes in communities of color in Western North Carolina and Bountiful Cities, an urban agriculture nonprofit.

Coleman feels called to honor the ancestors by preparing the next generation for a bright future. In all things, he seeks to recognize his own power while also embodying humility and respect.

 
Mountain BizWorks event presenter, Mariko Walker

Mariko Walker

Is owner at Mtn Merch retail stores in Biltmore Village and Lexington Avenue downtown. The stores are dedicated to art and  products created in Asheville. There are over 60 local artists and creat...

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Is owner at Mtn Merch retail stores in Biltmore Village and Lexington Avenue downtown. The stores are dedicated to art and  products created in Asheville. There are over 60 local artists and creators represented in these mountain themed stores. Mtn Merch also carries merchandise created by their sister company Monogram Asheville. This embroidery business creates one of a kind caps and tshirts for Mtn Merch as well as local businesses in the area. 

Details

Date
September 15
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event categories:
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Organizer

Mountain BizWorks
Phone
828-253-2834 ext 10

Venue

Zoom
NC United States
Phone
828-253-2834
Website
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