Knitting LIVE! by Vogue Knitting Presents Launch Pad. A Small Business Development Program.

Vogue Knitting will be launching Launch Pad 3.0 Fall of 2023. The inaugural Launch Pad program was launched in Fall 2019 which culminated at the Knitting LIVE! January 2020 show, where the graduates successfully vended. Launch Pad 2.0 was launched in Fall 2021, which focused on not only surviving as a business, but thriving during these unprecedented times. Upon completion of the program, graduates instead were featured in Vogue Knitting magazine, have an opportunity to vend virtually and highlighted on Knitting LIVE’s Instagram channel.

Below are details of the Launch Pad. A special thank you to Diane Ivey from Lady Dye Yarns for putting so much thought and effort into this program!

What is the Purpose of this Program?
This program was developed as part of Vogue Knitting’s commitment to a future in which our industry better represents the great diversity of our community. This program provides resources and support for members of our community who are marginalized and who are either just starting a business; in any stage of running a business; or hoping to become vendors in the future. This program has been conceived specifically to remove barriers to entry for these small business owners.

What is the Goal of this Program?
The ultimate goal of this program is to increase the diversity within the Marketplace at Knitting LIVE! events into the future, once in-person events resume and to provide tools that will help small business to flourish elsewhere within the industry. We envision a future in which our industry is more inclusive and more equitable, and are committed to doing what we can to make this happen.

Who Will Be Prioritized?
Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) small business owners are prioritized, but we understand there are other marginalized groups such as people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people, or people whose first language is not English, who face barriers to entry across our industry. With this in mind, we welcome applications from everyone. Though primarily aimed at BIPOC small business owners, applications from everyone are welcome and will be considered, no matter your age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status. Applications will be reviewed and accepted by Diane Ivey, Claudia Carpenter, Brenda Loan, and a representative from Vogue Knitting.

Who Can Apply?
Any small business owner can apply who is looking for access to resources and seeking advice from experts to help support their growing business.