We held the first-ever Made in DC Maker Summit on Wednesday, June 1, at Union Market's Dock 5!

Nearly 200 attendees joined us for an afternoon of panels, workshops, q+a's, speakers, and networking geared towards growing creative small businesses, in D.C. and beyond.

The Made in DC Program is a partnership between the Department of Small and Local Business Development and Think Local First DC. The Made in DC Maker Summit was made possible by DLSBD, TLF, and Union Market DC, and sponsored in part by Bruce Pike Productions.




Attendee Arrival + Networking

W E L C O M E from Think Local First's Raj Aggarwal
and DSLBD Manager of Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives Shara Gibson

Branding Your Business in the District (and Beyond)

A panel discussion moderated by Joel Daly, Artemis Ward & Creative Mornings DC
featuring Virginia Arrisueño, founder, DeNada Design
Heidi Guerard, Creative Director + Brand Manager, &pizza
Sarah Gordon, co-founder, Gordy’s Pickle Jar
Kaleen Ogden, Brand Planning Lead, Huge Inc
and Gary Williams, Master Williams & Creative Theory

Licensing + Registration: The Need to Know for Starting + Maintaining Your Business

A presentation + q&a with Joy Douglas, DCRA

Julie Stitzel, US Federal Policy Manager for Etsy.com

Visit with Union Kitchen DC, Capital City Specialties, recharge with District Workshop, and more.

Products/Shelves: Strategies for Working with Brands + Retailers

A panel discussion moderated by Morgan H. West, Made in DC + A Creative DC
featuring Aerica Banks, Google Diversity Markets Liason, DC
Sarah Mags Bayot, founder, Kicheko Goods
Robbie Kaplan, Buyer, Ace Hardware DC
Amanda McClements, owner, Salt & Sundry
Suann Song, founder, Appointed Co
Desirée Venn Frederic, founder + curator, Nomad Yard Collectiv

CBE Certification: A Primer

A presentation + q&a with Corey Beasley, DSLBD

Yuri Beckelman

Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Congressman Mark Takano
Established the bipartisan Congressional Maker Caucus,
Founder: the Capitol Hill Maker Faire

Rebecca Reinhardt Roy and Dan Cohan
Presence Marketing PMI/PDI

DSLBD Director Ana Harvey and Councilmember Charles Allen, Ward 6

Thank you to our reception sponsors + partners:
Union Market DC, DC BrauMess Hall, and Neighborhood Restaurant Group.