The American Made Awards is an extension of the entrepreneurial success and spirit of Martha Stewart.
The contest is a powerful platform for small business owners to showcase their passion,creativity, craftsmanship, and zeal for being American made. According to MSLO, “The program will celebrate 10 rising stars from a range of lifestyle arenas in a special feature in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living. The winners will be honored guests at a celebratory event on October 16th and part of a unique pop-up experience at Grand Central Terminal. These up-and-coming stars in the areas of Food, Fashion, Design, Community, Gardening, Crafts and Technology will be part of an artisanal fair in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on October 17th and 18th.”
Finalists arecurrently posted on the American Made Awards site. Each nominee is open to public vote from September 7th through September 24th. Individuals can cast one vote per day. The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 to further his or her business, in addition to being honored at the October event and featured in the December issue of Martha Stewart Living.
MSLO Founder and Chief Creative Officer Martha Stewart said, "Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is the embodiment of my passion for food, design, crafts, gardening and so much more. It is also the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. I am excited to recognize the work of other creative entrepreneurs and it is my hope that American Made will become an annual initiative for the brand that will continue to nurture honorees, support their passions and expand their businesses, setting an inspiring example for the MSLO audience and beyond."
Brian Howell, owner of The Bee Man Candle Company, is a native of Canastota, NY and relocated his business there a year ago. Brian knows the importance of running the business in his hometown. “After six years in North Carolina, I felt a strong need to move the operation and my life back to my hometown to be closer to my family. But more than that, I wanted to share the successes of my business with the local community - bringing my vision of quality and craftsmanship into a quality hardworking town. When people have something they can be a part of, communities grow and prosper.” Supporters of the Bee Man should vote each day up to the deadline of September 24th.
Since 1992, The Bee Man Candle Company has exclusively handcrafted 100% pure beeswax and bayberry wax candles. The candles contain no metal wick, scents, paraffin or chemical wax fillers. The Bee Man Candle Company is also equally dedicated to Honeybee education through community outreach, preservation of traditional beekeeping, and sustainable business practices.