Charlotte, NC | September 15, 4-8 p.m.


GRAPHICS PRO EXPO (GPX) wraps up the expo season with START HERE Academy (SHA) in Charlotte, N.C., providing valuable start-up resources, information, education, and production methods for apparel decoration, personalization, signage, wide-format printing, and more.

START HERE Academy takes place the evening before GRAPHICS PRO EXPO opens on September 15, 4-8 p.m., in Room 219 at the Charlotte Convention Center (doors open at 3:30). Registration opens June 14!

During the class, enrollees receive information on popular production methods for apparel decoration, personalization, signs, and digital graphics.

This night-school style conference provides attendees a chance to exchange ideas, explore new products, workshop their challenges, and hear from industry influencers regarding today’s craft/maker business market. Food and refreshments are included.

To attend START HERE Academy all you have to do is register for GPX Charlotte for FREE and select START HERE Academy as one of your classes. Registration is free and provides access to the exhibit hall both days, Training in the Classroom, a chance to win $500 in Buyer Bucks each day, GPX Theater, and more.



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We’ve assembled a team of top industry influencers to provide education, inspiration, and guidance to attendees…

Aaron Montgomery

Emcee: Aaron Montgomery, Our Success Group

Aaron has over 25 years of experience with personalized products and small business development. Aaron is the creator of the 5 Keys of Business Success, an online training module program that gives small business owners the tools to build their business on a strong foundation. Aaron provides success principles workshops and mastermind groups with his wife Kylene, who is also a certified Success Principles Trainer.

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Eve Lowry

Influencer: Eve Lowry, The Baby’s Booty

Eve started The Baby’s Booty YouTube channel in an effort to help others learn exactly how to do machine embroidery, maintain their machines, and what materials they need to accomplish that. The Baby’s Booty is in its fifth year of YouTube instruction with over 45,000 subscribers, and six years in the embroidery business, and has since expanded its services to include rhinestone decoration, direct-to-film shirt printing, sublimation printing, and coaching services.

Eve’s Presentation at SHA: You CAN be Successful in Starting Your Own Business!

Eve Lowry discusses the keys to being a successful startup, from finding the right niche and the right customers to staying balanced and facing your stiffest competition… You!

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Influencer: Stan Banks, T-Shirt Side Hustle

Banks runs a popular YouTube channel where he teaches viewers how to start a custom print shop, a T-shirt line, and apparel brand. He also shares tips and tricks for running heat press and screen print businesses.

Stan’s presentation at SHA: Exploring the Possibilities of Decoration

As a Decorator by Nature, Stan Banks will outline his journey, what he learned along the way that will help your business, and the endless possibilities in the decoration market.

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Lisa Potts

Influencer: Lisa Potts, Lisa Potts Design/Two Sassy Gals

Lisa Potts is the creator behind Lisa Potts Designs. With nearly ten years of decal and apparel experience, Lisa set out upon the exciting world of laser cutting. In two years, Lisa has gained a following of over 20K on YouTube and Instagram. She uses her expertise to teach others how to design and produce stunning products with home laser cutters and vinyl machines.

Lisa’s presentation at SHA: Moving to the Next Level

Lisa Potts details her own journey from hobbyist to professional and offers advice on upgrading equipment and processes, social media marketing, and continuing to explore new craft methods to improve your skills and offer more to potential customers.

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