Maker Mornings

Maker Mornings is a quarterly speaker series connecting and inspiring makers of all types from across Central Louisiana.

Making! It’s a vital part of Central Louisiana. 

Who are MAKERS? 

MAKERS are people and companies that create things & ideas. MAKERS are: builders, artists, manufacturers, storytellers, chefs, fabricators, restaurateurs, suppliers, thinkers, and doers! 

According to AdWeek, the maker movement is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. A convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, the niche is established enough to have its own magazine, Make, as well as hands-on Maker Fairs that are catnip for DIYers who used to toil in solitude. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. The creations, born in cluttered local workshops and bedroom offices, stir the imaginations of consumers numbed by generic, mass-produced, made-in–China merchandise.

CLEDA builds on this concept, adding that the manufacturers of today are MAKERS - innovating to stay competitive and creating value across the landscape.

Throughout 2017, CLEDA will be highlighting many of the exceptional MAKERS in central Louisiana. 

Register your MAKER business, or nominate someone you know, and let us tell your story across the state and nation! 

Stay tuned for our next Maker Mornings event, set for Tuesday, Augsut 15th from at 4:30 to 6:00pm at The Gem, in downtown Alexandria!  

Our most recent Maker Mornings event occured on May 2nd. Guest speaker Tance Hughes shared the story of Southern Designs, a business he started in 2008 when he was a senior at Vidalia High School. Hughes would screen print T-shirts in his garage. When orders grew, he moved into a retail unit and then a larger facility in his hometown, eventually transitioning from printing T-shirts to manufacturing decorative, laser-cut metal and wood products. Today, Southern Designs employs 30 people who work out of a 30,000-square-foot facility in Vidalia, exporting products throughout the United States and Canada.

“Rural entrepreneurship can be done. You can be successful in small communities,” he said. “I’m really proud of what we’ve done in a small town like Vidalia.” Learn more about Tance's story by watching this 30-second video

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