Start Here Academy


Are you a crafter/maker looking to expand your hobby business? Do you have what it takes to go on to the next level? Would you like to learn from seasoned professionals ready to guide you step-by-step as you transition from part-time graphics enthusiast to serious small-business entrepreneur? START HERE Academy was designed just for you!

START HERE Academy is a brand new, 101 level educational conference that provides valuable start-up resources for makers and crafters interested in turning their hobby into a business. Enrollees receive information on popular production methods for apparel decoration, personalization, and signs & digital graphics. This night-school style conference provides attendees and exhibitors an opportunity to share ideas, explore new products, workshop their challenges, solutions, and hear from industry influencers regarding today’s craft business market. Food and drink will be provided.

Exhibiting sponsors receive five minutes to address the crowd on their mission for the craft market and explain how they are positioned to support it. They will also have a table to showcase their samples, meet with the buyers, give away prizes, and include items in a powerful attendee “Swag Bag of Possibilities.”


JUNE 10th 2020

4-8 PM

Registration opens March 5th


It is the mission of START HERE Academy to educate, equip and inspire our attendees to take their craft business to the next level. Our speakers come from the DIY market and will share their stories, offer advice, answer questions and speak peer-to-peer about today’s business environment.


Cuttin Corners Vinyl

As a wife, mother, and business owner, Gotcher says her goal is to “share knowledge about adhesive and heat transfer vinyl and other related projects in a positive and fun way that even beginners can grasp.”


T-Shirt Side Hustle

Stan Banks runs a popular YouTube channel where he teaches viewers how to start a custom print shop, a T-shirt line, and an apparel brand. He also shares tips and tricks for running heat press and screen print businesses.

Kevlyn Walsh

Festive Gal

Kevlyn Walsh is a former high school art teacher turned creative entrepreneur who designs and makes festive party accessories. Walsh has built a successful and thriving business that serves other women who are festive at heart.


It is the goal of our distinguished sponsors to provide valuable information to help propel the craft market. Be sure to check out these companies at the event and at THE NBM SHOW, June 11-13, Halls B&C, also at the Indianapolis Convention Center.