This came up because I voted for KYLER Jewellry in San Francisco. The info came up on Facebook. I looked at the application process and decided to just go for it.
Here's why I decided to apply: I left the corporate world after 18+ years last August. Frankly, I don't want to go back. A lot has happened over the course of this last year. The most important thing is the ability to do my work as a full time job instead of a second full time job ;-)) I did that for many years. It's hard work, and not without it's challenges. I have learned so much it's mind boggling. I've worked harder at this than any job I've ever had. I love it. I don't want to do anything else, I'd like to make it work and build on it.
Recently I have gotten involved with a major retailer and I believe some good things will come out of that for me. Here's the thing; I have been operating out of my house, the same space, with the same equipment for over 5 years now - and it's served me very well !! This grant would allow me the ability to get a bigger kiln, maybe two. and some additional equipment which I know will improve my working process and subsequently improve my work.
The side note to all of this is for a few years now I have said "I want to open a shop in town". I've mostly said it to myself, but recently I've been pitching the idea to some friends. Of course, my dream is that I find a super cute store front in Pacifica, where I live, and create studio space with up front gallery/retail space where I can sell my work. And even more importantly, also - I'm committed to promoting the work of others. I'd like to continue to do that. I believe a beautiful space with amazing work is not only possible, but needed. As far as the Pacifica angle, it's a cute town with a lot of potential. It feels like the town is hitting an upsurge, getting into a growth phase. There is one gift shop, it's a good one! I sell my work there. But there is room for more. I think it's good for our town. I believe it helps boost the energy and gets people here. I'd like to be able to do my work, sell it, sell other great artists and also create a successful business in my community. Even help promote other small business owners who want to make a start. Pacifica is 15-20 minutes south of San Francisco on the coast. Yeah, yeah, it's foggy. We have a "Fog Fest", but there's plenty of sun too...and the ocean. We have a lot of open space and a surf culture growing by the minute. I'd think creating a unique and interesting place - art centric - is good for my community as well as providing me with a new awesome career. When I've talked about what I want to do - people are usually on board right away.
What's held me back; capital!
That's where Chase Bank/Livingsocial small business grant comes in. I just had to go for it !
I can imagine there are so many people who have applied for this grant. I am just one, many probably much better applicants with just as much vision and energy to make their business take flight. If I had a chance at this award I'd be incredibly lucky, I get that! and the hard work would be just beginning...
I need votes to qualify and the more votes the better - Also, I applied late and only have until JUNE 30 . Please support my bid!
VOTE HERE - log in with your Facebook login info and follow the prompts.
Enter LINDA FAHEY CERAMICS and then PACIFICA for city.
THANK YOU !!