Now that Michigan is beginning to reopen, we've had a lot of questions from customers about how we're doing as a business, and how they can help support us. With the spread of COVID-19, we've pivoted most of our resources to sewing masks in an effort to help alleviate the worldwide facial mask shortage. This has been challenging and humbling, and we've been grateful for the opportunity to help our community in this way.
That said, our masks are not meant to be a source of profit, but a service to the community. This is why they are available on a sliding scale model, so that they are accessible to everyone, including those who are experiencing financial hardship. With this in mind, at the onset of the pandemic, we also had to halt the majority of our jewelry production, and significantly decrease our employee's hours.
As things have slowly begun to reopen, we have shipped several thousand masks, opened up the studio, and increased our employee's hours. However, we have a long way to go to bring our 8 team members back to pre-pandemic employment.
During this "new normal" we are looking for your help to support Beth Millner Jewelry and our employees in this mission. We are excited to announce that our business has been accepted into the Michigan Economic Corp's MI Local Biz grant program, and for every dollar raised the MEDC will be matching donations 1:1 up to $5,000!
#1 - It will allow us to bring back our employees to pre-pandemic employment hours
Our employees are our number one priority here at Beth Millner Jewelry. They answered the call to create and distribute personal protective equipment during this pandemic. Funding will be used to protect their income and well-being.
#2 - It will allow us to cover some of our PPE material expenses
The business and founder, Beth, is currently supplying funds for fabric, sewing machine repairs, and other materials needed to manufacture facial masks. If we receive enough funding, donations will also be used to cover these expenses.
#3 - It will help us get back on track
If your generous support extends beyond our funding goal, we will use any additional donations to help alleviate our loss in revenue due to Covid-19. Beth Millner Jewelry has been a part of our beautiful downtown for 6 years and we hope to remain a small business favorite to local and tourists alike for many years to come.
Other Ways to Help
Any support you can provide during this time is PRICELESS. Not everyone has the financial ability to donate and we very much appreciate you sharing our campaign with others. We thank you for any and all help you're able to provide:
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Transparent funding:a $15 donation fully funds the cost of production for one mask; this includes fair-wage labor, materials, machine repair costs, etc. Your generous support will help offer protection to someone experiencing financial hardship.
Are you an influencer with a passion for jewelry, the natural environment, or handmade items? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!Go ahead and fill out our application, letting us know why YOU would be a stellar ambassador. Applications will be welcomed until April 1st, which is the deadline to apply.
Calling all local non-profits! We want you to be a part of our fundraiser jewelry program! Each year, we select a few Upper Peninsula organizations from a pool of applications. Once selected, Beth designs a custom piece for each organization to be sold in our studio in downtown Marquette and online. A portion of sales from each piece is donated to the applicable organization.
I am so excited to be here to keep sharing Beth Millner’s Brand with all of you! I am going to share with you my top 5 favorite things as your holiday gift giving guide! Secret... there are more than 5!!