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Seattle Makers Speed Coaching

April 20, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


coachingproductSpeed Coaching for Makers of Non-Consumable Products
Mercy Corps NW and Seattle Made are partnering up to bring you the first in our series of Seattle Maker’s Speed Coaching events. If you manufacture a physical product in Seattle and you are looking for expert advice on your business challenges, this event offers you the opportunity to sit down for one-on-one coaching sessions with business owners and experts. This event is not appropriate for food and beverage producers – be sure to check out the June 9th event specifically tailored to the food and beverage industry. At this event mentors will discuss marketing strategies specifically for manufacturers, the best online  platforms and ways to drive online sales, retail and wholesale trade shows, and best practices for approaching and supporting wholesale accounts in brick and mortar venues. (product image courtesy of IMPWEARhome)

When: Wednesday, April 20th 5:30 – 8:30PM
Where: Hale’s Ales Brewery & Pub, 4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle, 98107
Cost: $10 – 
ticket price includes light fare and beverages.  Must be 21 and over to attend.
– Sign up today – space is limited!


andionlineAndie Long: how to get press for your business
Andie Long is a communications professional with 15 years of institutional and product storytelling experience on behalf of corporations and non-profit organizations. For the last five years, Andie drove communications strategy and outreach around emergency response and innovative program development at the global humanitarian agency, Mercy Corps. Before that, she spent nine years working with healthcare, technology and bioscience companies, transforming complex topics into everyday language. She is currently freelancing as a writer and PR consultant, as well as studying game design at the University of Washington.

Eli Reich: Insight from a manufacturer on retail and wholesale shows 
Among other things, Eli is blessed with two highly complimentary gifts: creative resourcefulness and design ingenuity. After someone stole his messenger bag in late 2004, Eli (avid bike commuter and product engineer) produced a replacement bag made of stuff he found in his garage: bike inner tubes. That bag became an overnight sensation in Seattle, allowing him to quit his day job and become a full time bike-inner-tube bag designer…an moniker that not too many people can lay claim on. Alchemy Goods

arianne2Arianne Foulks: online sales for makers and manufacturers
Arianne is a storyteller, idea hatcher, and yaysayer. She is captain & founder at Aeolidia, a web and graphic design studio that has been working with creative hand makers and designers since 2004, helping them put their best foot forward online.


ktKathleen Taylor: securing retail and production spaces
Kathleen Taylor, better known as KT, is a commercial real estate broker with Wallace Properties. She brings over 20 years of experience in real estate and finance to her clients. Her primary area of focus is retail leasing, working with both tenants and landlords. She has helped many small businesses secure their first location and then go on to expand as their business grows. KT is on the Board for the Rainier Chamber of Commerce, located in Columbia City, and is actively involved in promoting economic development in South East Seattle.

AJ Cari: business financing
As part of the Seattle Office of Economic Development’s Small Business Development Team, AJ connects businesses to the resources and partners that can help Seattle businesses succeed. Specifically, he supports Seattle businesses through business outreach; providing technical assistance for financing options, and assisting businesses as they become established, grow and adapt. AJ also manages Seattle’s New Markets Tax Credit finance program and the Section 108 Loan program both of which are critical financing tools that incentivize economic development in Seattle’s underinvested and low-income communities. AJ’s background also includes affordable housing development and he has a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.


Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 5.07.01 PMKelly Cooper: web & local marketing, marketing campaign strategies, social media
Kelly is responsible for the strategy, planning, and execution of campaigns at Moz — from product launches to retention and acquisition campaigns. Moz is an industry-leading marketing software company dedicated to building products that power online visibility, including tools for search marketing, Twitter analytics, and content marketing. Kelly spent a decade in the ranks of consumer marketing and has promoted and sold retail products online in categories ranging from consumer electronics to specialty foods. Since then, she dove into the B2B marketing space with a focus on marketing to her fellow marketers. In her free time, Kelly loves cooking, exploring Seattle, traveling, meeting new people, and keeping her eye out for great advertising.


Kristen Rask: building relationships with retail brick and morter venues
Kristen Rask opened Schmancy in downtown Seattle in 2004.  She started curating an annual show titled Plush You! at the shop that soon got international recognition.  In 2008 Kristen began working with the retail show Urban Craft Uprising as the Director of PR and Marketing.  In 2010 she took over the role of Sponsorship Coordinator, and in early 2011 she became the President. Just recently Urban Craft Uprising opened a brick and mortar venue highlighting the events vendors.

Hosted By:

MC White


Mercy Corps Northwest is a community development financial institution providing access to capital and education to entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to improve their life regardless of their background. By investing in those without ready access to resouces, existing economic disparities will become more equitable and motivated hard working individuals and families will have opportunities to break inter-generational cycles of poverty for good.  www.mercycorpsnw.org




The mission of Seattle Made is to grow and support a diverse ecosystem of urban manufacturers and producers that expand opportunities for local ownership and meaningful employment, build our region’s long-term resiliency, and celebrate Seattle’s unique cultural identity. www.seattlemade.org


The Seattle Makers Speed Coaching event is generously sponsored by:

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April 20, 2016
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hale’s Ales Brewery & Pub
4301 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107 United States
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