Growing Your Design Business Presented by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses invites you to enjoy lunch and join a conversation with local prominent designers Miles Endo and Suzanne Ellis Wernevi about how to grow your design business.
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 8,000 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, 67% of participants have increased their revenues, and 47% 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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Designer and founder of Studio Endo
Miles Endo is the designer and founder of Studio Endo, a luxury lighting design studio established on the principles of hands-on making and craftsmanship. Born in Tokyo, Japan, the son of two musicians, Miles has a deeply ingrained sense of the culture of making. After completing a degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, Miles spent years gaining experience while designing bespoke furniture for private and commercial clients with precision and patience at the heart of every project.
In 2015 Miles launched his debut lighting collection at the Architectural Digest Show in New York, receiving critical acclaim. Since that time the collection has been refined and grown to provide a comprehensive set of lighting fixtures catering to the residential and commercial market. Despite having increased in scale, the workshop remains at the center of the studio. The spirit of craftsmanship and quality exists in every product with Miles overseeing every detail from concept to installation.
Suzanne Ellis Wernevi
Founder and CEO of Luna & Stella
Suzanne Ellis Wernevi is the founder and CEO of Luna & Stella (lunaandstella.com), a brand of fine jewelry which blends its own contemporary heirlooms with antique and estate pieces. Influenced by the moon and star icons used in Victorian jewelry, Suzanne designs fine jewelry that is symbolic of loved ones, using birthstones and other symbols to represent the relationships between loved ones. A passionate collector of antique jewelry, Suzanne curates a selection of antique lockets and Victorian and Estate stacking rings chosen to layer with Luna & Stella’s collection of modern talismans, charms, symbols and birthstones. Luna & Stella has been featured in Vogue, Esquire, The Today Show, UsWeekly, People, Oprah.com, Brides, The Boston Globe, Marie Claire, and Southern Living, among others.
Prior to founding Luna & Stella, Suzanne built her career in merchandising and product development at J.Crew in New York and Bally in Lugano, Switzerland. After completing an MBA at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, she moved to San Francisco, CA in 2005 to work for the online retailer RedEnvelope, where she became Vice President of Merchandising and Design. In 2008 she founded Luna & Stella and a consulting practice in New York, helping clients like Victoria’s Secret build a global accessories business. In 2012 she and her husband relocated Luna & Stella to Providence, Rhode Island, establishing the business for growth in the historic jewelry manufacturing capital of the US. Suzanne holds a BA in Literature and Art History from Pomona College, an MBA from IMD, and is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She is the mama of two children, ages 7 and 4.