MARCH 16-17, 2018


The Makers Summit is designed for entrepreneurs who want to grow successful businesses. Over the course of two days, we’ll confront both big picture and day-to-day challenges facing independent creatives. Learn collaboratively through panel discussions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one sessions, and keynote speeches from industry experts.

2017 conference schedule

Friday, March 3rd

11 am
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
3:30 pm
5 pm
8-10 pm

Opening Keynote: Dan Christofferson
Discussion Panel
Peer Groups
closing Keynote: Susan Petersen
Craft + Cocktails


Saturday, March 4th

9 am
10 am
11 am
12-2 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
4:30 pm
5:30 pm

Mingle & Breakfast
Opening Keynote: Ellen Bennett
Workshop 1
Lunch Break
Workshop 2
Workshop 3
Peer Groups
closing Keynote: Nick & Steve Carse


These in-depth sessions allow you to customize your conference experience. Choose three workshops to attend that best fit your busines needs. 2017 topics include:

Brand Collaborations

Making partnerships work for everyone. Michelle Jewell and Michelle Kohanzo

DIY Design

Branding on a budget. Joshua Blankenship

Growing Your Team

Finding, hiring, and keeping the right people, the right way. Scott Karr

Business Plan 101

The basics of writing a business plan. Angela Pride

Sustainable Growth

Diversifying your brand and expanding your creativity. Emily Jeffords

The Makers Summit is held at the Clemson ONE space at 1 N. Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601

Experts On Hand

Each attendee will have the opportunity to sign up for two complimentary 15-minute consultations. Discuss topics including branding, taxes, financial planning, product photography, and more with these professionals:

Brea Albulov, Turning Passion for Good into Profit
Barb Blair, Branding and Storytelling
Pete Byford, Legal Counsel
Ian Crook, Accounting
Eric Dodds, Marketing
Olivia Esquivel, Mompreneur Advice
Amy Fierro, Etsy Shop Review
Ashley Ganahl, Graphic Design + Packaging
Jonathan I. Godwin, Accounting
Chris Isham, Photography
Donna Maria Coles Johnson, Social Media/Business Growth
Matt Moreau, Owning/Operating a Brick + Mortar
Andrew Ramos, Website Review
Anthony Reese, Marketing
Joanna Reese, Marketing
Jasmin Elaine Rojas, Photography
Megan Sayre, Spoonflower Services
Pete Tremblay, Etsy Shop Review
Angie Avard Turner, Legal Counsel
Isaac Watson, Wholesale Coaching
Madelin Woods, Online Advertising

Discussion Panel

Panelists from a variety of backgrounds will discuss Marketing, PR and Social Media strategies for creative small businesses. Come prepared to ask questions!