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2019 Maker City Summit offers creative entrepreneurs strategies for growth

KNOXVILLE – The 2019 Maker City Summit will bring together a host of experts in a variety of business areas to help makers of all disciplines earn a living doing what they love.

The fourth annual summit will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Mill and Mine.

“The Maker City Summit is a great opportunity to celebrate and share the accomplishments of our maker community,” said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. “The collaboration among individuals dedicated to their craft is bringing new energy to our city and is contributing to the redevelopment of our city corridors such as North Central Street. Makers are becoming an important part of the identity of Knoxville and represent our future as much as they reflect our past.”

Shunta Grant, maker, businesswoman and consultant, will give the first keynote to the crowd on how to “Unbusy Your Business.” Jonathan Clark, executive director of Knoxville’s Carpetbag Theatre, will allow attendees to experience his love for the spoken word and conclude the summit with guided motivation to take the next step toward success.

Panels will address topics including: product pricing, wholesale growth, online sales funnels, creating a space in the maker universe and diversity within the maker community.

Attendees can expect to leave the summit with the direction they need to meet their goals. Industry experts are available throughout the event in one-on-one sessions and small group discussions in the areas of business, design, law, photography and more.

"Knoxville is lucky to have so many talented makers. It's my dream that The Maker City Summit will continue to draw those people out so we can build a supportive, strong, fun community that can have a real effect on our local economy," said Alaina Smith, co-chair of The Maker City’s Summit committee.

Registration is $45, which includes coffee and bagels, lunch, evening cocktails and a T-shirt. Participants also may sign up in advance for Ask the Experts consultations. A complete schedule of programs launches today.

The summit is presented by the City of Knoxville Mayor’s Maker Council in partnership with the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center and Launch TN. For more info, visit

Published August 5, 2019

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