NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Long before "handmade" and "artisanal" became the buzzwords of the day, Martha Stewart was among the first to celebrate the very best artisans, crafters, and designers in the country. She has also helped to launch many careers by celebrating excellence in these areas, and is a major force behind a resurgence of interest in small businesses and the products and services they offer. "American Made," a one-of-a-kind artisanal fair and multimedia celebration of American artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs, to be held on October 17-18 at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, celebrates this movement. Notables such as Calvin Klein; New York City's Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Dan Barber; Tory Burch; J. Crew's Millard "Mickey" Drexler; Karen Mills, the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman; Ralph Rucci; Etsy's Matt Stinchcomb; and Diane von Furstenberg will be among those joining Martha Stewart for select programming. (A complete event listing can be found here.) Today Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) announced 11 up-and-coming small, creative businesses—10 chosen by the editors of Martha Stewart Living, and one Audience Choice Award winner—who are changing the face of food, design, crafts, gardening, community, technology, and other content areas celebrated in the pages of Martha Stewart Living. The honorees—who are featured in the November issue of the magazine with the Audience Choice winner in the December issue—will be recognized at an awards ceremony and party tonight, and will be active participants in the inaugural installment of the "American Made" program. The Grand Central Terminal American Made celebration is the culmination of a four-month salute to the goods conceived, created and produced in the U.S., the people who make them and the vibrancy and spirit of American entrepreneurialism and small business.
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