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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. 

February 2016

Newsletters Archive

February 2016

Gina Rogari

How can the Alliance better serve our community?

Did you miss last month's newsletter? The Alliance has recently updated our member fee structure to allow artisan enterprises of all sizes, types, and budgets to join our network. Please review our new membership brochure here for details about benefits and responsibilities. Remember, all current members will receive 3 years of Alliance membership cost-free (beginning the date of your last renewal). 

We sincerely value your feedback throughout this period of change. To better understand member needs, the Alliance will launch a short Member Surveytomorrow, March 1, 2016. The anonymous, multiple choice survey will only take 5-7 minutes to complete; if you complete the survey, your organization will be entered to win a trip to our next artisan enterprise forum!

#ChooseArtisan continues at NYNOW!

January 31-February 2, the Alliance introduced the #ChooseArtisan campaign to exhibitors and guests at the Javits Convention Center in New York City! 

Over 50 artisan businesses and supporters shared the #ChooseArtisan message on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter - read more about the event on our blog. Thank you for your support, and continue using #ChooseArtisan message on social media to spread awareness about the value of the global artisan sector.

What's next for #ChooseArtisan? Stay in touch for updates, and find the Alliance at SXGood in Austin, Texas on March 15 with Bloom + Grace!

AOW Handmade Reports - member discount! 

Alliance member Annie Waterman recently launched AOW Handmade, an industry report initiative that provides detailed updates on trends, shows, and suppliers in the artisan sector. Her first extensive report covers Colombia's Expoartesanias. The Alliance is thrilled to offer a 20% discount on these reports for all members! Learn more about AOW Handmade, and find a list of upcoming events here. Please contact annie@aowhandmade.comif you are interested in purchasing a discounted report - be sure to mention your Alliance membership! Reports on the NYNOW Artisan Resource winter show and Frankfurt, Germany's Ambiente are coming soon. 

Member updates:

Did we miss something? Email with updates from your organization to be featured in next month's letter.

Is Kiva right for you?

In partnership with, the Alliance offers its members loans between $1,500 and $8,000 on the website's crowd-lending platform. Are you interested in applying for artisan business financing? Learn more about the Alliance loan program here, and complete an application today!

What does a Kiva loan look like? Explore the Kiva website and check out Kandahar Treasure's (fully funded!) loan profile. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.