Here in America’s maker foundry, opportunities abound for makers to connect with their peers, sell their products, and expand their community.
How to Join PG&H
PG&H is a directory of many of the Pittsburgh region’s best makers that works to tell their stories, showcase their products, and promote their growth. As a programmatic partnership between Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), PG&H highlights the growth and vitality of the Pittsburgh area’s maker ecosystem. If you are a creative entrepreneur who is interested in joining PG&H, please click on the button below to email Katie Johnson, Associate Director of the Creative Business Accelerator, who can assist you with next steps.
Business Planning Bootcamp for Creatives
Monday, September 27, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Creative entrepreneurs can join this free webinar to participate in an intensive unpacking of business planning essentials. Those already with guiding documentation can use the webinar to make sure their plan is relevant and refined. Those new to the process will learn more about the key elements that make business planning helpful in translating good ideas into next steps. Flexible and clear business planning has never been more important as creatives pivot and adapt to the evolving economic conditions from the COVID-19 pandemic.
PG&H Pop-Ups + Events
The PG&H flagship store in downtown Pittsburgh is excited to announce that the store will return to hosting Maker Pop-Up opportunities. With increased foot traffic downtown, there is an opportunity for makers to create a pop-up sale either inside or outside the shop, or propose an event to connect with customers and create visibility for your business. For more details and to inquire about participating in a Pop-Up fill out the form linked below.
How to Turn Lookers Into Buyers in Your Online Store
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Your online store has visitors, but you aren’t seeing the traffic convert to sales. What’s going on? In this 90-minute webinar led by the Workhorse Collaborative, you’ll learn how to scan your e-commerce site for common oversights and to improve your customer journey. We’re talking real, actionable, practical tips, not buzzwords and theory. Plus: souls willing to brave a live assessment of their e-commerce experience in front of the group will get personalized, professional feedback on the spot in-session.
CapitalNOW: Crowd Funding with Kiva
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Funding your creative business can seem overwhelming. What is crowdfunding and how does it work? Join CraftNOW and the Creative Business Accelerator (CBA) to explore your funding options and learn more about how Kiva works. Emily Keebler, Kiva Pittsburgh Program Director, and Pittsburgh-based artist Jessica Alpern Brown come together to talk about crowdfunding and introduce how Kiva can help creative entrepreneurs. Kiva uses crowdfunding to make affordable loans accessible to a wide range of entrepreneurs through interest-free small business loans of up to $15,000. Kiva employs alternative eligibility requirements and a community of nearly 2 million lenders. Jessica Alpern Brown, a successful Kiva recipient, is a multidisciplinary artist that creates fine art and design for homes, public realms, and the built environment.
Product Photography Sessions with Porter Loves
October 13 and 14, 2021 @ 7800 Susquehanna Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
With the holidays right around the corner, it’s a great time to update product photography and marketing images to impress customers and drive online sales. The Creative Business Accelerator (CBA) is excited to partner with Porter Loves to offer two days product photography sessions at the Sarah B. Campbell Enterprise Center, located in Homewood. In two separate sessions, Porter Loves will provide both Straightforward product sessions, as well as a day of Styled photography, for creative entrepreneurs seeking to refresh their digital presence. Click on the link below to learn more and sign up for your session.
PG&H Retail Residency
The PG&H Retail Residency is a four-month engagement designed to support makers and creative businesses in the greater Pittsburgh area seeking to enter the retail setting for the first time or grow existing retail presence. The residency provides tailored resources to meet business owners’ experience level and retail needs with everything from one-on-one coaching to behind the scene access to the PG&H store. Applications for the next cohort open in the winter of 2021.
ORIGINS @ PG&H Store
ORIGINS is a multifaceted effort driven by Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator to foster personal pathways for Black creatives to maximize business success, creative growth, and community impact. The initiative also advances Black voices and aesthetics in the regional arts and cultural economy and ecosystem.
We invite you to the PG&H Concept Store in Downtown Pittsburgh to experience and buy wares from artists, designers, makers, and craftspeople in ORIGINS. From woven wearables to ceramic wares, The PG&H Concept Store will feature a rotating selection of work from emerging Black creatives supported and celebrated through ORIGINS.