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Makers United

Makers United

Nest’s Makers United program connects and strengthens community among the wide diversity of makers across the United States, building a vibrant and inclusive maker population.

Program Goals

When Nest launches Makers United in a new city, our first goal is to discover and learn from the local maker community. Leveraging creative partnerships to reach all makers from artists to hobbyists, we map the artisanal landscape and, in doing so, learn from each maker about their needs and goals. The program strives to identify and support makers who face greater barriers to expanding their market reach or accessing business development services. With an emphasis on amplifying the work of emergent artists and makers, Makers United is committed to economic inclusion regardless of sex, race, economic means, or physical ability and to highlighting the unique challenges entrepreneurs face in small business development. These insights are translated into action through facilitated workshops, marketplace activations, and local partnerships with business and entrepreneurship programs.

A multi-stakeholder approach

Designed as multi-stakeholder initiative, the program marries existing local initiatives to support entrepreneurship and small business development with the resources, market access, and awareness-raising power of Nest’s major brands and retail partners in the apparel and home design industries. Combined with the power of Nest’s unique capacity building programs, this integrated program seeks to shine a new light on American makers while ultimately increasing the business acumen and success of participating makers.

Nest & The Gee’s Bend Quilters

Nest has been working within the community of Boykin, Alabama—known as Gee’s Bend—to leverage the local heritage quilting tradition to build sustainable, community-led programs as a means of vital income generation. Since 2019, the quilters of Gee’s Bend have collaborated with Nest on several brand-driven marketing initiatives to expand income opportunities, including a multi-faceted ecommerce partnership with Etsy. This partnership represents an unparalleled opportunity for the quilters to secure steady, meaningful employment by owning their own independent Etsy shops, which will enable them to reach greater audiences and access new customers.

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Maker Landscape Reports

The landscape mapping report gathers data and insights from makers about the challenges and opportunities for growing their small businesses as well as strengthening inclusivity and access to resources for their local maker community. We invite you to read more about the incredible talent and local makers in our latest report focused on the makers in New York City’s Garment District.

 

Download the Report

Makers United Cities

From our 2019 launch in Birmingham, to Austin and San Antonio, Nest Makers United is expanding to St. Louis, NYC, Puerto Rico and Detroit—all before the year’s end.

As we look to best contribute to the long-overdue movement toward racial equality and economic inclusivity, the work Makers United strives to achieve has never been more relevant to cities and communities in the U.S.

 

 

FUNDING PARTNERS

WEST ELM
BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES
THE SAME SKY FOUNDATION AT TIDES
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER BIRMINGHAM
KATHRYN HARBERT
MASTERCARD CENTER FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH
MIKE & GILLIAN GOODRICH FOUNDATION
WINN FAMILY FOUNDATION
PENNY & RUFFNER PAGE

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