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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 


Small Business Saturday: #ShopSmall and #ChooseArtisan

Gina Rogari

This holiday season, the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise is proud to support #ShopSmall.

Over half of the Alliance’s member organizations are artisan businesses – organizations that work directly with artisans around the world to design, produce, and sell handcrafted products. These businesses work with artisans in local communities around the world, many in developing countries, to produce high-quality, handcrafted goods. Each piece tells a story of culture, heritage, people, and place.

Starting on Small Business Saturday, November 28, 2015, #ShopSmall and #ChooseArtisan. Use your purchasing power for good by supporting artisan businesses around the world. This holiday season, the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise will feature our members that sell handcrafted goods; visit their online stores and find gifts that tell stories of diverse cultures around the world.

Shop our members today:

Tell the world you #ShopSmall and #ChooseArtisan – be sure to share your purchases on social media and tag the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise!

Learn more about the current members of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise here. Interested in becoming a member? Click here to learn more. Email with any questions about using your purchasing power for good this holiday season.