Movers and Makers hope to grow businesses in community | Local News
A new business in Madisonville offers community members the opportunity to turn their hobby into a business.
Kentucky Movers and Makers was founded to help the local community start or grow their own business, said Brandon Buchanan, director of making for Kentucky Movers and Makers.
“Our vision is to serve creatives and provide them with an incubator where they can learn, work and improve their skills,” he said.
The organization provides access to equipment and classes to help members get the tools they need to start their sideline or learn a creative outlet that equips woodworking, metalworking, 3D printing, sewing machines and embroidery machines.
Buchanan said that in the past two months they have gained over 20 members using the space and that in the past few weeks many people have given up Christmas gifts, from cutting boards to puzzles.
“It was fantastic,” he said.
The manufacturer’s room, in which all wood and metalworking equipment is housed, is only intended for people aged 18 and over.
Equipment training is provided by Kentucky Movers and Makers. The workout can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on your equipment, Buchanan said.
“We will demonstrate for you, then you will do a demonstration and after that you will be logged out and can use this device,” he said.
The textile room houses all sewing machines and embroidery machines. The classroom, open to all ages, houses two 3D printers and is more family-friendly.
Buchanan said he saw grandparents bring their grandchildren in to create something on the Glowforge, a 3D laser printer.
Buchanan said the hope is that the space will have an impact on Madisonville’s economy, as many people have sideline jobs like wood and metalwork but may not have access to some equipment.
“We want them to come here and use these tools until they can support themselves,” said Buchanan.
This month, the classroom will be available for people who come in and teach a class or rent rooms, although class size will be limited to six, according to Buchanan, in order to maintain social distance.
From this month on, several events are also on the program. On Saturday, January 23rd, they are hosting their first Maker Saturday, where local makers sell handcrafted items.
“There will be everything from handicrafts to laser-engraved blue jeans to artwork that has been made or engraved,” Buchanan said.
Demo day on Saturday January 20th is a time when people come into the room to learn how to use the machines. Buchanan said there have been people who have expressed an interest in learning but don’t know what to do or where to start.
“We hope that with these demo days, people can see what these machines are really capable of,” said Buchanan. “Especially on our metal side.”
The Kentucky Movers and Makers mission is to empower makers through education and entrepreneurship so they can have lasting economic effects on themselves and the local economy.
Makers and Movers disinfects and cleans regularly, especially the heavily touched areas. Mask is required, although many devices require masks, eye protection, and hearing protection anyway.
Kentucky Movers and Makers membership is $ 45 per month for one person or $ 75 per month for family membership for two adults. Membership is $ 130 for three months, $ 250 for six months, and $ 500 for one year. They also offer a day pass for $ 20 a day. According to Buchanan, members get access to the entire room and to any device. Military discounts are also available.
Kentucky Movers and Makers is located at 130 North Seminary Street in Madisonville. For more information about membership or the courses offered, visit www.kentuckymoversandmakers.com/ or call 270-825-8144.