Why we Exist

 

We are a national membership based association founded primarily to fill multiple gaps within a unique merchant’s industry. Artisan’s Affinity Alliance board of directors and members serve as a “hub” where itinerant micro business owners convene to establish industry standards and regulations, discover opportunities, hone and enhance business skills and offer guidance to new business owners through multiple educational pathways.

 

Itinerant micro businesses are being recognized in numerous settings ranging from private shows, galleries, sporting events, cruises, craft fairs, seasonal holiday, flea and farmers markets, they are invited to almost every community fund raisers or church event where the general audience will be women. More often, these “movable creators” can be found at music, arts and festivals, professional conferences/conventions, and at ever popular competitive food events such as cook offs.

 

Examples of these business types include producers of body care products for hair and skin (decorative and medicinal soaps, deodorants, shampoos, lip balms), men’s and women’s head ware (fashionable, locs), jewelry of all types (earrings, bracelets, necklaces, leather wrist bands, feet and ankles), clothing (men, women, children), original art and reproductions, light switch plates, pillows, ceramics, sculptures (clay, brass, driftwood), purses, clutches, pet treats and outer wear, foods of all types and varieties, and whatever is revealed in the mind of a creative soul.

 

Not only do individuals benefit from doing business with the artisans, which support the meeting industry are printing, packing, shipping companies, graphic artists, florists, sign and banner companies, promotional and merchandising companies, marketing firms, IT, insurance and legal firms, travel organizations, the lodging industry i.e., hotels, resorts, unique venues, destination management firms, convention and visitors bureaus, transportation companies, e.g., air, ground, cruise lines, trains, buses, and many other companies play a role in ensuring that event and meeting planners have the necessary tools at their disposal to achieve success.

 

According to the Alliance for Artisans Enterprises, “Hundreds of thousands of people around the world, largely women, participate in the artisan sector. Behind agriculture, artisan activity is the second largest employer and in the developing world, often the primary means of income. However, the value chain for artisan enterprises is fragmented and fraught with barriers that inhibit greater economic value and returns from occurring.”

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Address: Post Office Box 442428, Fort Washington, Maryland 20749-2428

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