Thinking about taking the leap into starting your own business? Join Amanda Clow of Threadbias.com, Shea Henderson of the Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio, Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics and Kelly Stevens of Superbuzzy.com for a panel discussion moderated by Heather Grant on starting your own business.
We'll learn about best practices, pitfalls and more covering a wide range of topics including: writing a business plan, goal setting, identity & branding, cash flow, inventory management, marketing, work/life balance, policies and administration, software tools, taxes, professional organizations, pricing and more! A Q&A will follow the panel discussion.
About the Panelists
Quilting and sewing have always been a part of Amanda’s life – from the Mama-made clothes she wore as a baby to the quilts and clothes she now makes for her own three girls. Although she started sewing at a young age, learning hand-sewing, quilt piecing, and clothing construction from her mother, she denied her crafty heritage once she hit her teen years. Amanda’s DIY nature popped up from time to time (those embroidered cut-offs in high school!), and she now fully embraces her need to sew, quilt, and embellish pretty much everything.
Shea Henderson is owner of the pattern company Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio and co-founder and a past President of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Her work has been published in Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quilts & More magazines and she is a contributor to the book, Modern Baby. Her first book, School of Sewing, will be published in the fall of 2014 with Lucky Spool Media.
Kathy Miller founded Michael Miller Fabrics with business partner Michael steiner in 1999. Before starting Michael Miller, she spent over 20 years honing her fabric design skills, encompassing everything from kid’s wear to women’s wear, lingerie, bedding and the home sewing world. As an owner with a designer’s viewpoint, she directs Michael Miller’s diversely talented in-house artists, freelancers and a fabulous group of licensed designers.
Kelly Stevens' love of textiles began at a young age and became especially apparent while studying in Madagascar and Zaire during graduate school - she traded the shrunken heads of her students for some wonderful, graphic local fabric from Zairois women at a market. She continued to develop an appreciation for textiles when she studied Textile Science at CSU Fort Collins and curated the university's historic costume collection. Soon after, Kelly discovered and fell madly in love with Japanese textiles. With four suitcases and a wonderful trip to Japan, she started superbuzzy with a friend who shared her passion in 2006 - just before the Grand-Recession. In 2012, superbuzzy moved to a flagship storefront in Ventura CA, and the rest is history yet to be written.