Growing Your Design Business
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses invites you to enjoy lunch and join a conversation with local prominent designers about how to grow your design business. Our speakers are two design business owners who recently graduated from the 10,000 Small Businesses program, Kyla Coburn of Kyla Coburn Designs and Jonathan Glatt of O&G Studios. Our host, Desi O’Donnell-Lawson, owner of Loie Fuller’s, is also a 10,000 Small Businesses alumna.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at CCRI is a no-cost 12-week program that helps small businesses grow through a practical business education, increased access to capital, and a support network of advisers and peers.
Over 7,000 small business owners have participated nationwide and in the U.K., and the program continues to expand. With a 99% graduation rate, business owner participants are translating the knowledge they gain from the program into increased revenue and job growth — within just six months of graduating, 69% of participants have increased their revenues, and 48% have created new jobs.
The educational curriculum, developed by Babson College, focuses on practical skills that can immediately be applied by business owners — including accounting, negotiating, marketing, human resources management, and much more. Business owners also receive one-on-one mentoring from a dedicated business advisor, and develop a growth plan specific to their business.
Eligible applicants must be the business owner, have at least 2 employees (can include the owner), have been in operation at least 2 years, made at least $100,000 in gross revenue in the most recent fiscal year, and must be located in Rhode Island.
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“Modern is a synthesis of both memory and invention,” as said by the founders of O&G Studio, Jonathan Glatt and Sara Ossana who met over ten years ago as Graduate students at RISD, where Jonathan studied jewelry and metals and Sara studied Interior Architecture.
The duo look towards the rich history of American design traditions for inspiration. Their combined backgrounds allow them to blend intricate detailing with a play on scale and proportion to bring traditional motifs into the 21st century.
They have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Elle Décor, Yankee Magazine as well as recently being named as one of “Ten Contemporary Designers to collect Today” by VOGUE magazine. They currently work out of combined studio, showroom and workshop in Warren, Rhode Island.
Kyla Coburn Designs
Kyla Coburn is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and is equal parts artist, designer, and entrepreneur. Shaped by her upbringing in a long line of artists and collectors, Kyla finds great inspiration in the forms and stories of objects.
Kyla Coburn Designs began in New York City as a successful retail business and grew into an interior design-build firm. KCD’s design team delivers experienced consulting, fluid design plans, and detailed 3D renderings as well as site build-out, custom carpentry, artwork, and graphic design. KCD contributes to projects of varied sizes and budgets, utilizing talent from our in-house team as well as collaboration with our network of skilled subcontractors. Kyla’s interiors are known for their uniqueness and beauty, their attention to history and detail, and their ability to both excite and belong to their neighborhoods.
Examples of her work are: The Grange, Loie Fuller, North, The Avery, Massimo, WaraWara, all in Providence, Liquid Art House in Boston, Salvation Cafe in Newport, as well as a series of projects for NBC at the historic 30 Rockefeller Center including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and the variety show starring Martin Short and Maya Rudolph.
Kyla was inducted to the RI Design Hall of Fame in 2015.