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MAKE IT IN LA Selects 16 Entrepreneurs as Catalyst Fellows

We’ve selected the founders and CEOs who will receive personalized help from Catalyst to scale their production and who are poised to bring manufacturing back to Los Angeles. Announced August 8th at our Catalyst Kickoff Party.

Employee Ownership: Can it Save American Manufacturing?

One of the most urgent challenges for manufacturing is that half of the CEOs are projected to retire within 10 years and don’t have a succession plan. Organizations like Concerned Capital are helping factory workers buy their employers before it’s too late. Can employee ownership rescue these critical businesses and jobs? It’s not easy; we learn the pitfalls.

Inaugural Members of Catalyst Community are Selected

Catalyst is a diverse community of creators launching and producing products in Los Angeles. The 60 founders and CEOs represent a diverse range of industries and will get access to exclusive workshops, factory tours, online community, and other programming and services from partners.

Maker Walk LA a Huge Success

On Manufacturing Day, Maker Walk LA gave a behind-the-scenes look at how things are made at local factories and businesses around the Downtown LA Arts District. Fellow entrepreneurs, manufacturers, local brands, and the business community enjoyed an afternoon exploring the neighborhood, followed by an after party hosted by local manufacturers.

Welcome to our new Program Coordinator!

MAKE IT IN LA is thrilled to welcome Teale Hatheway to the team. She is an internationally exhibited fine artist, entrepreneur, designer, and veteran of crazy projects… Teale is enthusiastically hands on and always seeking to connect people with the resources they need to reach their goals.

The Art of Manufacturing is Back!

Season Three of The Art of Manufacturing podcast is here, with more innovation, more insights, and more crazy stories from founders and pioneers trying to “make it” in LA and beyond. Find it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Google Play Music, Stitcher, TuneIn and other popular platforms. Subscribe to never miss an episode!

Announcing Catalyst

MAKE IT IN LA announces first-of-its-kind program, Catalyst, to build a diverse community of creators and connect them with local manufacturers to grow their businesses. Deadline to apply: April 15

MAKE IT is hiring! Apply now

Join our team! We are excited to announce we are hiring our first full-time staff member. We are seeking a self-starting Program Coordinator as we take the organization to the next level and launch our new Catalyst Program.

The Most Important Tech Trend of 2018 Isn’t a Technology

The past year previewed a wide array of innovations on the horizon. But the most notable tech trend isn’t a technology at all. Amazon is changing the face of our cities, and local manufacturing will be as important as ever. How have these seismic shifts impacted you?

Maker Walk LA a Huge Success

On Manufacturing Day, Maker Walk LA gave a behind-the-scenes look at how things are made at local factories and businesses around the Downtown LA Arts District. Fellow entrepreneurs, manufacturers, local brands, and the business community enjoyed an afternoon exploring the neighborhood, followed by an after party hosted by local manufacturers.

Announcing Maker Walk LA – October 6!

Maker Walk LA will give a behind-the-scenes look at local factories and businesses. Join fellow entrepreneurs, manufacturers, local brands, and the business community for a self-guided afternoon exploring the Downtown LA Arts District.

Join Us at the “Integrated LA” Luncheon at WESTEC!

The host of The Art of Manufacturing podcast and the Founder of MAKE IT IN LA, Z Holly, will be emceeing the “Integrated LA” luncheon in the  WESTEC Main Theater at noon on Tuesday, September 12. Free admission for our community.

Launching Your Product in the New Reality of Retail (MAKE IT Monthly Recap)

How to Launch Your Product in the New Reality of Retail   Retail is facing a sea change, evolving on an almost weekly basis. How you launch a consumer product in this environment can be the make or break point for your company. How you launch isn’t one moment, either; it’s a series of key […]

Product Strategy Real-Time (MAKE IT Monthly Recap)

Before you invest your time and money into your product, you need know what makes an idea viable.  At June’s MAKE IT Monthly Talk, four industry leaders helped us learn how to identify the difference between a hit and a flop, and provided insight into how to refine your product into a winner.

Future Textiles (MAKE IT recap)

At last year’s Met gala, model Karolina Kurkova lit up the night with a dress made in collaboration with Marchesa and IBM Watson. The LED lights on her dress changed color according to the mood of social media posts about the event. With advancements in new materials, the rise of wearables that can interact with […]

Welcome to The Art of Manufacturing

The Art of Manufacturing podcast gives a behind-the-scenes look at how inspiring entrepreneurs who make stuff are trying to “make it” in their industries. Find it on Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Google Play Music, Stitcher, TuneIn and other popular platforms. Subscribe to never miss an episode!

Purpose-Driven Manufacturing (MAKE IT Monthly Recap)

It’s hard enough for manufacturers to take their product to market, from design and production to marketing and logistics. And as we learned last month, emerging brands have their hands full just trying to find the right manufacturer to partner with. Yet Carolyn Casavan, a sustainability consultant, recently profiled on The Art of Manufacturing podcast and a guest speaker […]

Five Tips For Partnering With Contract Manufacturers

A MAKE IT Monthly talk recap Michael Corr, Contributor   The hard and soft goods industries have seen exponential changes in the last few years. There is now a wealth of services and tools that make it much easier for someone with a product concept to begin prototyping it quickly and cheaply. Advancements in software […]

Making Personal Connections: DIY Social Media

Learn how to make the most of social media and your web presence in this recap of February 2017’s MAKE IT Monthly talk.

How To Package An Experience

This January’s MAKE IT Monthly Talk delved into the rise of Vertical Commerce Brand companies (VCBs) and how packaging design has become their new storefront. Jesse Genet, co-founder of packaging company Lumi, co-hosted the event.

This Holiday Season, Shop LA-Made!

LA manufactures everything from apparel and artisanal foods to sporting goods and scooters. So there is not better city to live in for shopping locally-made! We make it easy, with our holiday gift guide.

MAKE IT Monthly Series in Full Swing

The MAKE IT Monthly Series features expert insights and tips around business or technology trends, so entrepreneurs and manufacturers can scale their businesses.

Smart Prototyping: Designing for Scale (Part 1)

MAKE IT IN LA advisor Michael Corr shares practical tips for designing electrical engineering systems, from his recent talk at the MAKE IT IN LA event December 1st. From the talk, it’s clear how important design can be in preparing to take your product to scale. Check out Durolabs’ blog for more columns about manufacturing and design. Last Thursday […]

Welcome Fire Nation!

Welcome Fire Nation!

A New “CA Made” Branding Program

Are you a manufacturer that produces locally? The CA Governor’s office launched a new “CA Made” brand and licensing program. Learn how to apply, and weigh in with your ideas.

The Art of Manufacturing Now Available on All Major Platforms

The Art of Manufacturing podcast gives a behind-the-scenes look at how inspiring entrepreneurs who make stuff are trying to “make it” in their industries. Find it on iTunes, iHeart, Stitcher and other popular platforms. Subscribe to never miss an episode! Learn how…

Welcome to the Art of Manufacturing Podcast

Z Holly hosts a new podcast giving a behind-the-scenes look at how people who “make stuff” are trying to “make it” in their industries.

How to Leave a Review in iTunes

If you like The Art of Manufacturing, it would be a HUGE help if you would leave a review in iTunes!

MAKE IT IN LA Week a Success! – photo gallery

On June 21-24, hundreds of people took part in MAKE IT IN LA Week to celebrate making things in LA, from aerospace and cleantech to food and retail brands. Our coalition of partners hosted four carefully curated events around the region, exploring different angles on the future and how-tos of manufacturing . Stay tuned for […]

How To Really “Make It” In L.A.

If you thought LA was just about entertainment and beaches, think again. It’s the largest manufacturing center in the country, and a new study unveiled today uncovers surprising opportunities to strengthen the economy through entrepreneurship and manufacturing, leading to L.A. Mayor Garcetti’s launch of MAKE IT IN LA.

Mayor Garcetti Launches New Initiative to Support Manufacturing in L.A.

This week, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the new MAKE IT IN LA initiative to connect and celebrate the nation’s largest community of makers through a coalition of organizations whose mission is to support the manufacturing ecosystem and inspire entrepreneurs to turn their passions into real products in LA.