The Association for Creative Industries (“AFCI”) is a non-profit trade group. It facilitates learning, discovery, and connections among a membership predominately comprised of niche producers, specialty retailers, and designers. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mark Hill, the president of AFCI, about the challenges and opportunities faced by his industry after successive waves of competitive disruption.
Fern Koh is the founder of Fernberry Skincare. Based in Hong Kong, Fernberry’s original, hydrating formulations are manufactured in Japan using natural ingredients and sold around the world.
Tyler Chilton is the founder of Mayflower Electronics, an upstate New York-based maker of headphone amplifiers and other audiophile components.
Amber Alger is the founder of Cool Beans! in Austin, Texas. She launched her business with the active support of the CEO, platform developers, and her coworkers at Volusion, an e-commerce technology company.
Travis Nagle (on the right in the photo above) was born and raised near Sacramento with his brother Ryan (on the left), with whom he co-founded Stem. Travis took an early interest in the world of marketing and branding. He attended UCLA to study Mass Communications. Upon graduation, Travis joined Deutsch Inc. to work in […]
After interminable effort, your sales have finally taken off. In fact, you’re grappling with the “high-class problems” associated with growth. You’re so busy fulfilling orders, you have little time to spend on social media or content development. (Forget about new products! )You’re lucky to get a little time with your family in the evenings after reconciling daily reports from your credit card payment processor. All this success is killing you. It’s time to hire…right? Before you hire your first employee, ask yourself a few questions. Then dig deeper into the root causes of your pain.
Zac Halloran is the founder of Twill, a “for purpose” company. Every purchase of a Twill blanket, throw, beanie, tee, or cap helps local friends in need.
Claire Lowe is the co-founder of ONE SIX FIVE, a maker of high quality, handmade, affordable jewelry based in Columbus, Ohio.
Ari Banayan is an attorney and healthy lifestyle entrepreneur focused on changing the way people approach their own personal development. He’s a co-founder and the head of content of Habit Nest, a company that creates products and content to help people follow through on their self-improvement goals.
Mark Tyrol is a Professional Engineer and the creator and owner of Battic Door Energy Conservation Products, an e-commerce start-up. Battic Door Energy is 14 years old and continues to grow annually. Battic Door manufactures and sells home energy conservation products that improve the comfort and efficiency of the home by preventing drafts and energy loss.