The Craft Business Accelerator (CBA) at Bridgeway Capital supports regional craft businesses, maker enterprises, design-build shops, and entrepreneurial artists. These “producers” use traditional handwork processes and manufacturing technologies to transform raw and reclaimed materials into products that have utility, durability, and good design. The CBA provides producers with better access to elements of business success: space, capital, peers, markets, guidance, and workforce.

Monmade is a CBA initiative focused on driving demand for producer products, and creating a peer group for the exchange of best practices and the encouragement of project collaboration.

When producers access resources and opportunity, their growth expands and diversifies the regional economy. They create jobs, reactivate industrial spaces, revitalize main streets, and enhance Pittsburgh’s national reputation as a dynamic, 21st-century city. Below is a summary of the CBA’s total impact since its inception in 2016.

$898K Facilitated Transactions

$93K R&D Grants

150 Producers Served

$1.9MM Financed Projects

650+ Hours Guidance Provided

35 Jobs Created / Preserved

100K+ SF Workspace Provided / Identified

"The prospect of Pittsburgh growing a nationally renowned craft manufacturing sector is exciting. Monmade supports a vibrant community of 21st-century businesses and brands that sell globally and grow locally."

Adam Kenney

Director of the Craft Business Accelerator

Adam Kenney

Adam Kenney

Director of the Craft Business Accelerator

Adam directs Monmade and the Craft Business Accelerator with the diverse skills needed to connect the demand and supply sides of the maker economy. As a skilled glassmaker with 20 years of experience, he connects strongly with Monmade producers. After earning a Master of Arts Management (MAM) degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Adam served in leadership positions for regional arts and cultural institutions. Before starting the Craft Business Accelerator, he served as Bridgeway’s Director of Communications where he shaped and shared the CDFI’s stories of opportunity and renewal. His role anchors the Craft Business Accelerator’s activities to Bridgeway’s 27-year history of economic impact and community development.

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Julia Reynolds

Julia Reynolds

Consultant | Producer Relations & Content Development

Julia supports and grows the producer network while creating Monmade’s beautiful content. As the former operator of The Shop in East Liberty and the current owner of the online boutique Everything Ren, she brings a buyer’s perspective to her work for Monmade. Julia holds a Master of Arts Management (MAM) degree from Carnegie Mellon University and couples this training with her retail experience to make Monmade a useful and attractive tool for producers, developers, designers, and consumers.

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Nisha Blackwell

Nisha Blackwell

Equity and Inclusivity Specialist

Nisha, founder and CEO of Knotzland Bowties, works as an outreach consultant and Monmade’s first Producer-in-Residence. Her community service experiences with AmeriCorps, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, GTECH, and Strong Women Strong Girls reflect her leadership capabilities and passion for connecting with people. Nisha combines her engagement skills with her role as a producer on the Monmade platform. She focuses on up-and-coming creative entrepreneurs in traditionally marginalized communities. Her role is to identify and support these entrepreneurs with the tools offered by Monmade and the Craft Business Accelerator.

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The Craft Business Accelerator and Monmade are made possible with generous support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Hillman Family Foundations, and Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.