Wendy Rosen, Founder

Wendy Rosen has been an activist in the “Made in America” movement since 1982. Through the American Made Show and the Arts Business Institute, Rosen offers complete business planning tools to help retailers and studio art businesses succeed in selling authentic American made products to upscale retailers, art dealers, art museums and boutiques nationwide. 

Founded in 1982 as the Buyers Market of American Craft, with only 82 exhibitors and 150 buyers. In a just a few years the show grew to become one of America’s Top 200 Trade shows by featuring small artisan producers that were too small to exhibit at larger gift, jewelry and specialty trade shows.  Today the show features 1,000 studios and mini-facturers selling to 5,000 attending retailers who are committed to selling work made in the US and Canada.  The show is designed for the retailer who Dares to be Different! 

In January, under the banner of The American Made Show, the event moves to Washington, DC where the event will include dozens of workshops featuring leaders from the Shop Local, Social Marketing, the New Economy, Sustainable Main Streets, 

Rosen believes that with the right tools and marketing that Main Street businesses can effectively compete against big box stores. She believes that American Made is one of those effective tools that win the fight against low prices and low quality.

Rosen also publishes NICHE Magazine. NICHE connects luxury retailers , galleries, jewelry store owners, resort shops and museum stores with the latest tips for retail success and the finest handmade gifts and decorative art objects made in small studios throughout the United States and Canada.  

In her spare time, (at least twice monthly) Rosen advocates for Main Street with the American Made Alliance, a non-profit trade association she founded to support the interests of more than 20,000 cottage industry and independent retail business. The organization advocates the enforcement of intellectual property laws, fair and legislation that promotes, protects and preserves the rights of the smallest businesses in America.

In 2005, Wendy Rosen was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, The Baltimore Business Journal named The Rosen Group one of Baltimore’s largest woman-owned businesses in both 2003 and 2004. In 2006, The Rosen Group was one of three businesses in Maryland to receive the Blue Ribbon Small Business Award from the US Chamber of Commerce. 

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