The Studio Earth Initiative in Review
In this post I’ll write about how Studio Earth was first conceptualized, contemplated, then planned and put into action. A lot of time has spanned from the inception, so this writing will be as much for me as it is for all of those interested in the Studio Earth Initiative. I openly invite anyone to comment or ask questions if they come up. The doors of communication are open and Studio Thirty Three is the threshold of this endeavor.
I remember when I first had the idea to establish Studio Thirty Three which was destined to become a retail business with a creative twist to selling. It was in the winter (Feb of 2006) that I launched a business supporting my vision of a better world that began in my own community. It began at 33 Pigeon St. in downtown Waynesville, enough off the beaten path for a working jewelry design studio and gallery which served as the incubator for a business plan that was awarded the Small Business Start-up grant of $10,000. Selling retail was not the primary focus as I have carved a niche in designing and creating unique handcrafted, custom jewelry for any occasion; especially engagement rings and wedding sets. This and the scheduled shows constitute the majority of business. Studio Thirty Three is also in the process of expanding into a wholesale market which prompted our move to a new location.
What happened in the 4 years at 33 Pigeon St. was a blessing, but also a compromise. I stayed very busy, often working very late just to make sure the work was done, especially around Christmas. One year, it was in 2008 I worked 460 hours for the month. That’s crazy. I promised I would never do that again. It was a great season no doubt, especially in the midst of an economic challenge, but at what price was I willing to continue to work with my main objective just simmering on the back burner. The following year I began to devise a strategy that would allow me to create the Studio Earth Signature Series – a line of affordable jewelry that will assist many non profit organizations with a sustainable source of revenue. I already had some of the pieces in production and everywhere I turned, I seemed to be doing something for a charitable organization. This new production line has so much potential!
The passion to enlist this was fueled with the support of the organizations as well as the colleagues and confidants with whom the vision was shared. In December of 2009 I would spend the last Christmas working into the wee hours. I began to actively develop the Studio Earth body of work. It is now a year later and I am ready to hire the assistant I need to get this work done.
In February of 2010, the Pepsi Refresh project came about, In April, a grant proposal was submitted and accepted, and in May I began the quest for Pepsi funding. That is also how this blog began. Keeping people informed is important and blogs are a great way to acomplish that.
Our first month in Pepsi, we moved into the top 100 where the projects who make it that far automatically are rolled over into the next months competition. After 6 months of toggling on the border of winning and not winning, it was time to move on and leave Pepsi behind. Not all was lost however. Partnerships were forged, friendships gained and alliances created out of the Pepsi fizz and for these very things I am extremely grateful. I also experienced the connectivity of my local community and how much support poured into the Studio Earth Initiative. Just on that note alone, it is cause to continue.
November begins a busy season for Studio 33. Christmas is coming, custom orders are being taken and much work has gone into getting the new location set up to provide ample working space for two assistants. The new location also has a comfortable sitting area and gallery space which offers a unique experience to those coming to visit. Appointments here are very necessary. Currently we have a studio tour going on through next weekend, November 19 through the 21, from 11:00 AM to 7 PM. All are invited to attend, but please RSVP email or phone. firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-452-4264.
Meanwhile, there is still much work to do. Studio Thirty Three has been nominated for another grant; is actively involved in the Good Dreams Group; (our Facebook presence); a website; http://www.gooddreams.org/ and a soon to be published blog. We are inviting all of you who dream and dare to act on your dreams, to join us. This is a great group of dedicated people that has been one of the more obvious reasons Studio Thirty Three stayed so long in the Pepsi Challenge. This month you can still support the November active Good Dreams Projects in Pepsi, as your votes for them are most welcomed.
I have shared our mission statement with you and again extend an open invitation to all to join in and be inspired. It is because of this group that Studio Thirty Three has another chance for a different grant that could ultimately be worth $50K! Here are the details:
Studio Thirty Three nominated for a $25,000 small business grant from Intuit!
Go to this link: http://bit.ly/Studio33WNC to vote and leave a comment to increase the chances of Studio 33 winning.
If the previous link fails: http://lovealocalbusiness.intuit.com/pages/fan?b_id=22836&cid=ad120x60&format=html
- Text # 244-326 with Studio33 (no spaces) in message box.
- Reply to response #1 with your name.
- Reply to response #2 with the reason you like Studio33.
You will get a reply thanking you for the vote.
Please share this – it only takes a minute. Each vote is like a lottery ticket and the more votes earned the greater the chances. The comments are also an integral part of the voting, so please tell Intuit what you love about Studio Thrity Three. This Intuit grant is geared for businesses looking to expand.
Thank you so much for your support!