The Sewing Labs, a community learning center
for the sewing arts, introduces a new entrepreneurial hub, The Sewing Salon.
The Sewing Salon will provide an unconventional entrepreneurial hub for
marginalized and at-risk individuals to develop their sewing businesses.
The Sewing Salon allows us to teach entrepreneurial
candidates all aspects of running a sewing business, to provide oversight and
assistance as these entrepreneurs begin to do work for hire and provide
opportunities for income production through contracted short-run manufacturing.
This entrepreneurial incubator will be equipped with a variety of industrial
and domestic machines, notions, and tools. Entrepreneurial candidates in our
program will fabricate custom goods in short runs, or start an alterations
business, for example. This program will provide entrepreneurial candidates
with a furnished workspace during training, and perhaps a rentable workspace
for startup operations once their business is launched. We believe having
tools, equipment, and the support and oversight of experienced seamstresses will
make it easier for the entrepreneurs to start and grow a sewing business.
The people and organizations benefitting most
from this program are currently unskilled unemployed individuals learning
sewing as a trade, and area employers who have a difficult time locating