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The UPS Store: Celebrating “American Made” Small Businesses in New York
American Made Awards

Oh, New York in the fall – I couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate small business with some amazing people!  In July, Martha Stewart launched “American Made”, a celebration of American artisans and entrepreneurs presented in partnership with The UPS Store. Ten rising stars in food, fashion, design, community, gardening, crafts and technology were chosen as featured businesses by Martha’s team, and an 11th small business was chosen as the Audience Choice award winner through online voting.

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Martha Stewart Presents American Made: Are You the 11th Maker?
glass artwork

As a little girl, I remember being jealous watching my friend, Samantha, color on the sidewalk. It may sound silly, but the fact that she could create works of art out of chalk and cement always drove me nuts. Why did my portrayal of a puppy end up looking like a pot-bellied pig while hers looked like it could get up and fetch a tennis ball?

Fortunately, we are way past those days now. Instead of chalk, she uses her computer. And instead of dogs, she creates incredible wedding invitations. Samantha has grown up to be an amazing graphic artist with a growing business in the wedding industry.

This fall, Martha Stewart will launch “American Made”, a celebration of American artisans and entrepreneurs presented in partnership with The UPS Store. Awards will be given to the top 10 rising stars in Food, Fashion, Design, Community, Gardening, Crafts and Technology.  Martha’s team is still looking for a final recipient to honor, so if you know a creative individual or small business owner that you’d like to have recognized, nominate them for the Audience Choice award by August 25th.

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