Calling all #UMSEAS students and alumni! Do you or a SEAS colleague own a small business, or offer a service or goods? Email us at email@example.com and we'll add you to this growing list, so our community can support your business during this challenging season!
U-M SEAS fosters many things, including the entrepreneurial spirit and talents that turn into services, products, or businesses. This year more than ever we must come together to support our community, shop small, shop local, and shop SEAS. During these uncertain times small businesses and services are forced to change many of their business practices, close their doors, go digital, or hit pause all together on their trade. With our community network our hope is to compile a comprehensive list of small businesses and services led by SEAS community members that we can support, for those who opt to shop this season.
Are you or someone you know a SEAS student or alumnus/a with a small business or service? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add it to this post to continue the support.
Here are a few services and businesses we’ve compiled from our resources to start off the list. Check out these small businesses and consider supporting them for your New Year's goals, purchasing goods for gifts, or offering some holiday support:
- Brewery Vivant | Grand Rapids, MI (Goods available at local suppliers. Check their website for details!) Alumna Kris Spaulding: “Sustainability is one of the brewery's core values, and we work to stay true to it in every realm of our business.” Read more here.
- Independent Consultant Services | Virtual (CT timezone)
Alumna Rosemary Lapka is an advocate for change, collaborator, and facilitator for identifying challenges and developing actionable solutions. Rosemary works with businesses, organizations, and individuals to identify levers for positive change. Reach out for more information about these services here.
- Emergence Collective Capacity Building Consulting | Virtual
Alumna Lauren Beriont’s organization specializes in interdisciplinary approaches and a spirit of curiosity. Her team is prepared to help you explore the big questions that keep you up at night. Learn more about their services here.
- The Best Part of Us | Sally Cole-Misch
Check out this fiction novel centered around environmental themes written by a SEAS alumna.
- Lillian Augusta | Sustainable Hair Products
Recent Alumna, Jannice Newson, founder of Lillian Augusta, says “I remember the first time I got braids. I loved the style, but didn’t realize they’d leave my scalp itchy, my face breaking out, and neck sore. These issues return every time I wear braids. As an environmental scientist, I want to solve this problem for my community.” Sign up for the latest information on Lillian Augusta products here.
- Jenna Happach | Nature Prints
Current Student Jenna Happach makes handmade linoleum prints that are available in black or green ink for $10 each. Contact her through email for either print at: email@example.com (see photo of prints above).
- Bethany Louria | Photography
Current SEAS student Bethany specializes in landscape photos and portraits and is local to Ann Arbor. Check out her work!
- Larry Borum III | Musician
Current SEAS student Larry is a musician who also collaborates to create beats and tunes for others upon request. Learn more via the link above.
- Victoria (Tori) Griffin | Graphic Design & Jewelry Maker
Current SEAS student Victoria creates environmentally focused jewelry and graphic design. Learn more via the link above and check out her Instagram here.
- Heather Newberry | Photography
Current SEAS student Heather is a nature and portrait photographer. Learn more about her services above and check out her Instagram here.
- Rachel Leibovich and Anna Cone | Ann Arbor Plant Doctor
Love your plants but can never keep them alive? Spend tons of $$$ to replace plants that inevitably bite it? Worry no longer—the Ann Arbor Plant Doctors are here to heal them! Send current SEAS students Rachel and Anna an email with your situation and they’ll get your plants looking good as new. You can reach out via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. And check their work out on Instagram here.
- Kari Paine | Photography and Graphic Design
Alumna Kari Paine offers photography, graphic design, and communication strategy services. Learn more via her website and Instagram here.