10 Jan We Have Grown!
In October 2018, the Made In Baltimore Program welcomed aboard two new team members!
Keisha Ransome Business Development Coordinator is the founder of the Baltimore Etsy Sellers (BES), a 250-member meetup series aimed at connecting local makers to retail opportunities. She is also the owner and designer behind 2live2love, a boutique apparel line sewn in Baltimore and sold on Etsy. Through her work with BES, Keisha has hosted various business workshops in the region, teaching creative entrepreneurs how to grow and strengthen their businesses using platforms such as Etsy. Keisha is also a founding partner and Etsy educator for the Moms as Entrepreneurs (MAE) Makers’ Academy, a 16-week entrepreneurial and product development boot camp for mothers residing in Baltimore City. Her work developing locally produced retail opportunities earned her sponsorship from Etsy for a pop-up holiday shop in 2017. She most recently partnered with the Rosslyn Business Improvement District to develop programming and produce a 5-day pop-up shop which featured products from nearly 40 makers from DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Rachel Bone Marketing and Communications Coordinator is a creative entrepreneur and small business owner with over ten years of experience in sourcing, design and manufacturing in the garment industry. Through her clothing line, Red Prairie Press, Rachel has worked with imprinters and industrial garment production houses throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Rachel was a founding member of the Charm City Craft Mafia which has produced over 25 craft fairs since 2006, creating over 1,000 individual retail sales opportunities for regional makers to date, and attracting over 100,000 shoppers to North Baltimore. She is a regular contributing writer on arts and culture at BmoreArt.com and Baltimore Fishbowl, offering profiles and insight into Maryland’s maker community. Rachel has also contributed organizational and production support on large scale events such as Artscape and Demo Day for MICA’s Baltimore Creatives Accelerator Network, and is a regular guest advisor at MICA, offering advice and support to undergraduates in entrepreneurial concentrations. Rachel’s fine artwork is a celebration of tradition, storytelling and craft, and has been collected internationally.