The Shift Jump Start Program 

Holiday Remix '18

How does it work?

The program is designed to boost your handmade business to the next level through one on one coaching and hands-on sessions. Build your business, and show it all off as a vendor at the SHIFT Handmade Market. If you meet the below qualifications, submit your application by June 10, 2018. There are a maximum of two spots available, and one of them could be yours!



Who can apply?
To be eligible to apply for the Jump Start Program:

  1.   Maker must be in their first or second year of business

  2.   Maker is not currently selling in retail stores

  3.   Maker has never participated in a Shift event before

  4.   Maker must be willing to meet the market terms & conditions

What’s involved?

The makers selected will receive a vendor space at the SHIFT Handmade Holiday Remix market on December 1st 2018.

The successful makers will receive coaching with Leslie and/or Jill on sales & selling, product lines, displays, applying for markets, organizing your small business and more! This part will be tailored to fit you and will depend on where you are in your business and what will create the biggest bang for your business!

The SHIFT Jump Start Program is for new vendors who are looking to launch their handmade business to the next level. If you have ever gone to a handmade market and thought “WOW! Those people are real professionals, I want to do that, but I just don’t know HOW” then this program is for you!

How much will it cost me?

The Jump Start Program will require some time commitment. There are two one-hour, in person coaching sessions with Leslie and/or Jill. How much additional extra time you spend implementing suggestions and working on your business will vary.


Financially, the Jump Start Program requires an $80 investment. The reduced fee is intended to lower the barrier to market entry, and allows you to spend a little bit more on other areas of your business.



WHY should I do this?

We started this program because we have seen so many applications with a TON of potential - the maker is very talented, but lacks the professional edge that makes them a good fit for the SHIFT market. We want to inspire confidence and help vendors spend their time and money in better ways to make their business more successful and meet their business goals. If you don’t know where to start, or need a little bit of support and advice, this program is for you!

Additional Terms

Approving applicants to this program is at the sole discretion of the SHIFT. Anywhere from 0-2 spots in this program may be awarded. The SHIFT is not obligated to accept anyone into the program.

You may only submit *one* application for the Holiday Remix - either the regular application form, or the Jump Start Application. Vendors who submit both application forms may be ineligible for either spot. 

The applicant has 7 days to submit payment upon being accepted and invoiced. Failure to do so will be seen as forfeiting participation in the program. Upon payment, the first coaching session will be scheduled with the participant. Vendors cancelling 45 days before the market are eligible for a 50% refund, provided no coaching sessions have been completed.


One coaching session will be scheduled BEFORE the market on Dec 1, and the second coaching session will be scheduled for AFTER the market (likely in January 2019).

Program applicants must be available for the SHIFT Holiday Remix on Dec 1, 2018 from 8:30- 5:45pm. All regular market terms and conditions for the SHIFT events apply to the successful candidates of this program.

Applicants are required to be receptive to constructive feedback on their small business, including, but not limited to product line, displays, marketing and application strategies. The SHIFT aims to support these businesses and help them live up to their full potential.

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