Build Your Side Hustle weekly workshop series

Have a side gig or hobby that you would like to monetize? Build Your Side Hustle is a five-part workshop series with experts that will run each Wednesday evening from March 23 to April 13 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the LaunchPad in Bird Library. Each workshop will feature a guest speaker who has experience with building side hustles. At the end of the series, attendees will set up their businesses at a pop-up market and sell their products for a day. The series is organized by Ruby Bender ’24, Maxwell who is a student entrepreneur and volunteer with the LaunchPad.


March 23 (developing and managing an online store) –Makeda Mcgowan is a vintage collector and wardrobe stylist, owner of Inventory New York. She has a passion for style and clothing and shares her passions through Inventory New York’s collection of curated vintage clothing and accessories. She believes in expressing one’s individuality through personal style, while giving a new life and personality to vintage and second cycle pieces. Inventory New York provides timeless finds with a focus on resourcefulness, sustainability, and style. She will be discussing how to create, develop, and manage an online store at our first Build Your Side Hustle workshop.

March 30 (branding)–Abigail Minicozzi and Michelle Pfaff are the co-founders and owners of The Cherry Pit, a vintage store located in the Mercantile Market in Armory Square. Abigail is an SU student studying fashion design and focuses on collecting merchandise. Michelle is a Syracuse local who focuses on marketing The Cherry Pit. Both will be speaking at our second Build Your Side Hustle workshop and will be discussing branding your side hustle.

April 6 (financial strategies) –Lindsay Mastrogiovanni is a HR and Business Strategist, Development Professional, Business Analyst, and Psychic who studied at SUNY Oswego and Buffalo State University. She has founded Blue Moon Growth Co, a business consulting firm, and the Crescent Collective CNY, a metaphysical shop and psychic store. She has over ten years of experience as a PR and business consultant, specifying in small businesses. Lindsay will be the speaker for our third Build Your Side Hustle workshop, where she will be discussing negotiating sales and charity events as a small business.

April 13 (budgeting and handling finances) –Regina Padilla is a Mexican entrepreneur. She is a shareholder in one of Mexico’s largest shoe store chains and has expanded her business ventures towards real estate and restaurants. Apart from focusing on business, she has created various projects like @VotaPorMexico, an Instagram page that helped teenagers in Mexico learn about candidates in the 2020 election. She will be speaking at our fourth Build Your Side Hustle workshop and will be discussing budgeting and making financial decisions.

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