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Q: What is a “Maker”?
A: The YWCAmakers Program defines a Maker as some who creates handmade, homemade, one-of-a-kind goods for everyday use. Think of a woodworker creating furniture, a fiber artist creating knit caps, a potter sculpting fun mugs. Simply put, a Maker is someone who makes things with their hands.
Q: What is the goal of the YWCAmakers program?
A: The YWCAmakers Program aligns with the YWCA mission to eliminate racism and empower women by providing more equitable opportunities for job growth and economic development for Makers in Westmoreland County. Our goal is to provide the entrepreneurial skills for Makers to establish sustainable businesses that participate in the economic landscape of Westmoreland County.
Q: How established do I have to be to join the program?
A: Makers in all stages of business conception and lifecycle are welcome to apply. We are looking to support Makers who are looking to grow their hobby into their business, who have been selling in small quantities/markets and are looking to grow into sustainable income, who are stuck in a rut with an existing small making business and want to explore options for their next step, or anyone interested in investing in their business.
Some key ingredients to prepare for the program include building up a stock of items to be ready to enter a physical selling space; having basic technology knowledge such as a firm understanding of email, access to and understanding of the internet, and access to a smart device/computer for the purpose of business; a clear and defined product that you are skilled in creating.
Q: I don’t want to Make full-time, is YWCAmakers for me?
A: Absolutely! Makers in the program will set their own goals when it comes to the future of their business. We want to help Makers grow their business to supplement or even replace their income, but only you as a Maker can decide what your business’ success looks like.
We will help you grow your business whether it is online, brick and mortar or both. You will get very helpful insights about selling at shows and fairs. You will learn from teachers who teach business classes and also from experts in the field who have already grown their making into a successful business.
By keeping cohorts small we are able to offer small, intimate opportunities to learn from skilled, paid instructors and to ask the questions that are important to you.
Q: What is the time commitment?
A: Makers are asked to commit to 9 weeks of curriculum offered for 3 hours one evening per week. Additionally, Makers will participate in no less than 3 Meet the Maker hours per week during their 30 days of consignment at the YWCA Thrift Shop.
In total, Makers can expect a 3-8 hours a week commitment for the 9 weeks of instruction.