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Maker Day business workshop visiting the LaHave Bakery on Oct. 21

Tara Jaskowiak, the founder of Maker Day, showcases the event’s space on the second floor of the LaHave Bakery. Maker Day is designed to help entrepreneurs and crafters perfect their businesses. - Tara Jaskowiak
Tara Jaskowiak, the founder of Maker Day, showcases the event’s space on the second floor of the LaHave Bakery. Maker Day is designed to help entrepreneurs and crafters perfect their businesses. - Tara Jaskowiak - Contributed

Amid the aromas of fresh coffee and rising bread, participants of Maker Day will learn how to perfect their businesses. Tara Jaskowiak, the founder of Maker Day, says the event will combine many key business elements into a single convenient workshop on Oct. 21.

Entrepreneurs and crafters, explained Jaskowiak, are often so focused on their businesses that they have not much time to spend on little details.

She said these forgotten elements, such as managing social media accounts or taking a professional photo, make a world of difference.

And it’s these details that Maker Day hopes to help with.

“The real value of it is getting it all done in one day,” said Jaskowiak.

“This is a day for them to dedicate to that.”

The event is taking place on the second floor of the LaHave Bakery.

And Jaskowiak has recruited a team to help participants in every facet of their business: from headshots to business profiles to self-care, Jaskowiak said her team hopes to help in any way possible.

An emphasis on self-care was a priority, she said.

“The idea is that often times makers and crafters and entrepreneurs struggle with the self-care aspect of life because they’re so focused on their business.”

Jaskowiak also noted that many people struggle to write about themselves.

To help, writer and editor Margaret Hoegg will help participants craft their story.

Jaskowiak, who just started her own small business, said the idea behind Maker Day is to  also help entrepreneurs with planning.

But given that this is the inaugural Maker Day, she added that she wanted to keep the event small, but is planning on more workshops in the future.

Some of these future events, she said, will aim to help farmers and producers.

“This is the start of something that I hope will support and include a whole spectrum of entrepreneurs.”

And, drawing from her own experiences, she said she hopes to foster the industrious spirit that already exists along the South Shore.

“We’re a very resilient and resourceful group of people who live in rural Nova Scotia,” she said.

More information about Maker Day is available at www. makerday.ca.

This is the start of something that I hope will support and include a whole spectrum of entrepreneurs.”

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