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Growing Your Maker Business - Online Marketing and Micro Loans

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Newark Makers Meetup 4/14 6:00 pm at the Newark Museum (Update for speakers #2)

If you want to create a viable business from your Maker passion, this is the meeting for you. In leading up to the Newark Mini Maker Faire, we will hold our next meetup on April 14th at 6 PM at the Newark Museum located on 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ. We will be introducing a new live/work project planned for Newark called Makerhoods which will offer you affordable living and working space. We will also have speakers discussing online marketing and micro loans for makers so you can truly get your maker business off the ground. Finally, we will tour the soon-to-be opened Makerspace at the Newark Museum.

So come by meet other Makers and check out your options and opportunities for Growing your Maker Business.

Confirmed Speakers:

Juan Castello - Accion Small Business Credit
On the micro loan front, we are happy to host Mr. Juan Castello, Loan Consultant for Accion, one of the leading non-profit lending institutions in the US. In his role, he supports business owners with financial education and access to capital. He will share with us case studies of small business owners and their key to a successful loan application.

About Accion ( )
Accion makes loans as low as a few thousand dollars and as much several hundred thousand dollars. They have programs for women owned businesses, veteran owned businesses, established businesses an of course start-ups. As you grow your Maker business you will eventually bump up against a need for capital and Juan is the perfect contact for such a time.

Kevin Chu - Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation
Kevin Chu is a Loan Program Manager at Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC). He assists entrepreneurs by providing Technical Assistance and Sourcing Capital on both traditional and alternative lending. Prior to joining GNEC he was with the City of New York as the Industrial Business Zone Coordinator for Brooklyn East.

About Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation ( )
The GNEC makes direct loans to Newark enterprises seeking growth or startup capital and also organizes loans from various participating parties when the amounts exceeds their lending limit. The GNEC is definitely the place to visit as your first stop to obtaining credit for you Maker business.

As the Chief Executive Officer of MEDINA=CITI, Sean has secured client relationships with many top clients. However, his greatest joy stems from helping entrepreneurs achieving their dreams by providing them with guidance and creative support as they navigate the online marketplace.

About Medina=Citi ( )
Medina=Citi is a Newark based visual and multi-media design haus serving the Greater NY Area. The firm specializes in Branding Campaigns, Social Media Management and Graphic and Video Production. Their portfolio includes work for Gatorade, Enjoi Sweets, Kickstart Drinks and The Newark Museum.

Liam Barnes - Director of Local Marketing at ShopKeep
Liam has held several managerial positions in local and event marketing in London for big multi-nationals like Diego, Nike and Burger King. But following his passion, he simultaneously consulted for startups and locally based charity groups.

About ShopKeep (
ShopKeep provides an intuitive, secure, iPad point-of-sale system with POS software that empowers merchants to run smarter businesses by optimizing staffing, regulating inventory and accessing sales reports and customer information on one seamless, cloud-based platform.