The Journey from Novice to Educator

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Welcome to the start of season 10 of 2 Regular Guys! Laurie Donovan will join the 2 Regular Guys this Friday to talk about her journey from a crafting corner in her kitchen to becoming a Sawgrass Product Ambassador and an instructor at Creative Studio Workshops.  You too can take a similar journey with your business.

 

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  • GRAPHICS PRO EXPO (GPX) wraps up the expo season with START HERE Academy in Charlotte, N.C., providing valuable start-up resources, information, education, and production methods for apparel decoration, personalization, signage, wide-format printing, and more. START HERE Academy takes place the evening before GRAPHICS PRO EXPO opens on September 15, 4-8 p.m.,  at the Charlotte Convention Center. Registration opens on June 14. During the class, enrollees receive information on popular production methods for apparel decoration, personalization, signs, and digital graphics. This night-school-style conference provides attendees a chance to exchange ideas, explore new products, workshop their challenges, and hear from industry influencers regarding today’s craft/maker business market. Food and refreshments are included.

    Go here for more info: https://graphics-pro-expo.com/start-here-academy/

  • An interesting announcement from JP Hunt with Inksoft. Also, a similar note comes from Bruce Ackerman at Printavo. Blue Star Innovation Partners and PSG have acquired InkSoft and Printavo to invest in accelerating a shared mission of delivering the best platform and technology for the branded merchandise industry. JP says, there will be no significant changes in the short term, and we’ll share regular updates and insights with you as this new partnership and journey develops. Read more HERE

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Novice to Educator

Aaron: Laurie Donovan began her business, Krafty Korner Gifts, in the corner of her kitchen with a single needle embroidery machine. Within a year she wanted to do more. Laurie said she had been wanting a Sawgrass printer for about 10 years and one night impulsively purchased an SG400. She knew nothing about the printer or sublimation. Fast forward to owning her printer for nearly 2 years and she was signing a contract with Sawgrass to be a product ambassador and teach the Creative studio program. Covid 19 changed the road map on how her journey as a Sawgrass ambassador was supposed to start. She went from planning several different ways to market the workshops to “HEY you start in two weeks and by the way, you are your own marketing department.” Aside from the lockdowns, masks, and turmoil during this journey, Laurie says she would not change a thing. Still learning as much as she is teaching, Laurie has found her dream space in this industry.

Terry: Laurie, take us back to that small space in the corner of your kitchen. Talk about how you got started from the very beginning.

Aaron: And tell us about your business today.

Terry: How did you go from a machine owner to a Product Ambassador for Sawgrass.

Aaron: What exactly is a Product Ambassador? How many are you?

Terry: Talk to us about the Creative Studio Workshops. Who can attend? What will they learn?

Aaron: So why Sawgrass? Many of the hobby to business groups are littered with 3rd party ink, and non-purpose built printers. Why did you choose Sawgrass?

Terry: As you know we recently had a friend of yours on, Nicky Adamkiewicz. We asked her a question we want to ask you about sublimation – What are your favorite items to decorate? And what product makes you groan just a little when a customer brings it up?

Aaron: Tell people where they can find out more information about the work you do for both Sawgrass and at Krafty Korner Gifts.

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