Breaking into the Established Retail Industry with American made products
Suzy Ekman, Founder and CEO of Makers Market, a purveyor of American made goods for a new generation joins Enterprise Radio. Suzy discusses how she broke into the established retail industry with American made products.
- Can you give us a brief background on Makers Market?
- How well is the consumer embracing American made?
- What have the challenges been in competing with International Brands who import the majority of their products, and how have you addressed those challenges?
- What has given you the most satisfaction in launching this business?
- What is your outlook on American made/ locally made?
Suzy Ekman has dedicated her career to advancing American-made consumer goods. Makers Market launched in 2014, and is rapidly expanding to curate the best independent makers from across the country.
Makers Market is an online and brick and mortar marketplace featuring the best of American craftsmanship – goods that are authentic, well-designed, long-lasting, and sustainably produced.
Raised in the Deep South, she spent precious time in her father’s workshop learning, making, and listening to stories. Trips through the countryside discovering potters, blacksmiths, and textile weavers, instilled a deep appreciation for makers who create beautiful product with their hands.
This early-life exposure, combined with decades of Executive management at Ernst & Young and US Manufacturing companies led to the launch of Makers Market. She has worked with hundreds of start-ups as well as Fortune 500 companies – helping struggling companies survive and then thrive, and keeping “making” jobs in America.
Makers Market was founded on the idea of modernizing and keeping American-made goods alive for a new generation. Makers Market celebrates the resurgence of the country’s maker movement, with its nostalgic, general store vibe and online at http://makersmarket.us.