Martha’s Makers

The Martha Stewart American Made program really caught our attention last year when we learned that a local man was a recipient of one of its 2014 awards.

We were pleased, in turn, to put the spotlight on that honoree, Francesco Clark, and his Bronxville-based skincare line, Clark’s Botanicals, earlier this year. (It was also a nice follow-up of sorts to our cover story on the domestic goddess extraordinaire, which led our July 2014 issue).

Well, we’ve now heard that Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. is accepting nominations for the fourth year of the Martha Stewart American Made program.

For those unfamiliar, the national awards program “spotlights the maker, supports the local and celebrates the handmade.”

Stewart, in announcing the program, said in part, “With American Made, we honor the country’s makers who are sparking change by creating beautiful and useful products, pioneering new industries, improving local communities and changing the way we eat, shop, work and live.”

Creative entrepreneurs from across the country can nominate themselves or other aspiring makers on the American Made website for a chance to be recognized in the latest edition of this program.

It will culminate Nov. 7 with the American Made Summit, a networking event and lecture series held at the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia headquarters in New York City.

In addition to the nine 2015 Martha Stewart American Made honorees selected by the editors, one Audience Choice Winner will be chosen by the program’s website audience.

Each of the 10 winners will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000, as well as a trip for two to New York City to attend the summit, the opportunity to be featured on MarthaStewart.com and marketing and public relations to help move their businesses forward. All winners will be announced by October 23.

An extension of the program, currently supported by eBay, is the Martha Stewart American Made Market —a marketplace of American-made products handpicked by Stewart and her American Made team.

For more, visit marthastewart.com/americanmade.

– Mary Shustack

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