I was so proud to host this year's 2015 American Made Awards and Summit at our headquarters in New York City.
Every detail was reviewed again and again to make sure the transformation was perfect.
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Setting Up for Our 2015 American Made Summit

A spectacular scene of blue and white was the setting for our fourth annual American Made Awards Summit. It's an event I host to spotlight the maker, celebrate the handcrafted, and support local production. Every year, my editors and I honor small-business owners and entrepreneurs in the fields of crafts, design, food, and style.

Prior to the event, our clerestory at the historic Starrett-Lehigh Building in New York City was transformed in anticipation of our panel discussions, workshops, retail booths, and honoree exhibits.

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Here I was with Jeff Gardner, owner of Watch Hill Oysters from Winnapaug Pond, near Westerly, Rhode Island. Thanks also goes to the Grand Central Oyster bar, which helped orchestrate this delicious feast.
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2015 American Made Awards Cocktail Party

Our fourth annual American Made Awards and Summit celebrating entrepreneurial spirit kicked off with a spectacular cocktail party atop New York City's One World Trade Center building.

Last week, we all gathered at One World Observatory. The idea to hold the event there came to me during a visit with my grandchildren. Jude, Truman, and I were taking a private tour of the One World Trade Center building with Richard Porteus, general hospitality manager at Legends, the company that operates the event space. After seeing the seemingly endless views, I immediately thought One World Observatory was the perfect venue for our gathering -- and a perfect symbol of American pride, determination, and entrepreneurism.

It turned out to be a wonderful event. Thanks goes out to all the food purveyors: PS Tailored Events, Watch Hill Oysters, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Murray's Cheese, Charles Smith Wines, The Meat Market, and Fire Roasted Catering.

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Created from a desire to have more creative and eco-control, owner, Vicki Latimer Roan, owner of Little Spoons Designs, uses recycled cotton to design and make fun loving, whimsical tote bags and pouches for everyday needs.
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2015 Martha Stewart American Made Summit

I was so proud to host this year's 2015 American Made Awards and Summit at our headquarters in New York City.

Our annual event honored and highlighted 11 up-and-coming entrepreneurs who have demonstrated innovation, determination, and creativity in the fields of agriculture, manufacturing, design, and style. These companies not only embody the American spirit, but inspire all of us to pursue our entrepreneurial dreams.

During our summit, we also welcomed other small businesses to join our retail market and to share their products. We provided workshops, informational displays, and a wonderful arena for these entrepreneurs to connect and learn.

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Each of these winners developed their businesses because of their dedication to nature and the environment.
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Our fourth annual American Made Summit continues to inform and inspire small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs across the country.

More than 500 people attended this year's event. And a large part of the American Made mission was to ensure visitors could learn from me, my editors, and some of today's industry leaders. This Summit included panel discussions on topics ranging from how to financially support a business to understanding social media to getting enough sleep. Our program provided information, inspiration, and humor to a very enthusiastic crowd.

I want to thank all our sponsors for helping to make this American Made Summit such a success: Handmade at Amazon, The UPS Store, Triscuit, Toyota, Intuit Quickbooks, The Renwick and The Gregory, Charles Smith Wines, Alaska Seafood, and Mohawk. I also want to thank everyone on our American Made team who worked tirelessly to plan and oversee all the event details.

I can't wait until next year! Until then, please click here to learn about this year's talented American Made winners.

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