Alabama Chanin talks business

In this week’s edition of Newsweek, there was an article in which Natalie Chanin, founder of Alabama Chanin, talks about how to keep production local in support of the community while also building a successful international business.

For budding entrepreneurs and designers, Natalie offers some food for thought.  We wanted to share this article with you because so many of our designers are committed to local production.  Many of the designers on Project Artisan work in their homes or in small studios in their communities. Thinking locally has become an important trend in food and in business that has a positive impact on the environment, the American economy and on the workers.  It’s not the easy way, but it is the only way to ensure that every step of production is carefully thought-out and considered.

So, for all of you aspiring designers and entrepreneurs, what is Natalie Chanin’s advice?  Simple.

1.) Develop a nose for numbers;
2.) Forget the Walmart Types;
3.) Hire the faithful; and
4.) Be patient.
Read the article below for more information.


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