Stacey Price has nearly 2 decades of experience activating community. Price, first an economic development consultant and now a talented curator, is on a mission to grow DC’s maker economy. In 2017 she launched Shop Made in DC, a new generation incubator that uses inventive space to empower and scale DC artisans. Since opening she and her team have supported over 200 makers with access to customers, education and capital. In only 18 months, with 3 locations, she has generated nearly $2 million back to local makers.
Creatively connecting community and commerce is her strategy for vibrant ecosystems. As a Washington, DC based social entrepreneur, she spends her days nurturing independent business while closely advising municipalities, developers, and nonprofits to plan, create and manage projects that grow the local economy. As former Executive Director of Think Local First DC , she helped launch incubator programs such as MADE IN DC and StartUP Kitchen and worked on policy supporting independent business growth.
She has married her background in business and PR with her passion for education and vibrant local economy to help scale 1000s of independent retail brands. Using events as a tool for engagement, Stacey has planned conferences, festivals, pop-up retail events and marketplaces. Since 2014 she has been working with property owners and developers in the DC Metro Area to re-imagine mix-use properties to include temporary activation, collaborative retail and small batch production space; all working to improve their bottom-line while providing low-entry to market opportunities for small business.
Stacey has a Masters Degree in Corporate Communication from Radford University, completing her thesis work in Social Capital and Community Engagement. She currently serves on the board of directors for MESS HALL and FRESHFARM Markets and on Kaiser Permanente’s PFCC Leadership Team as a Patient Partner from the Mid Atlantic Region.
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