Made In Baltimore’s Home-Run Accelerator (HRA) is a 5-month small business development program designed to help home-based entrepreneurs scale up and out into commercial production space. The Home-Run Accelerator is specifically tailored for product-based businesses that are currently run by solo-entrepreneurs out of their home or a shared makerspace. The curriculum focuses on the organizational tools needed to prepare a small business to scale, as well as some of the nuts-and-bolts of early stage growth, such as: how to hire your first employees, what to look for in a commercial lease, how to identify raw material suppliers, and much more.
Meet one of the 2023 HRA Participants:
I’m Qwishuna Smith, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. I release a touch of my urban background, as well as facets of Eastern culture and the Victorian era, throughout my brand Lobe’ Dangle. Lobe’ Dangle is a Haute Couture Leather Accessory brand that I created that consist of leather earrings, necklaces and cuffs.
Fed up with the trendiness of modern-day accessories, I was determined to create an accessory line, using my great knack for attention and detail that crosses fashion boundaries for those who don’t care to fit in. I evolved accessories as we know it, colliding the worlds of leather, accessories, and sometimes metals. With a spirit of excellence and a commitment to my craft, I ensure that each piece speaks volumes to its wearer, daring them to step outside the box!
As a designer who’s very attentive to detail, it is consistently my goal to create a body of work that is not only original, but one that is flawlessly made with fine craftsmanship. Overall, it is my desire that this inspired collection will be cherished by its carriers, and worn with dignity and honor.
Watch the video below to learn more about Qwishuna’s experience in the HRA program.