Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pacesetter Award

We are proud to share that Matt & Karine were at the State Capitol yesterday, receiving a 2016 Ky Pacesetter Award from America's SBDC - Kentucky. 

Governor Matt Bevin, Karine Maynard, Matthew Maynard & Shirie Hawkins of SBDC

The Kentucky Small Business Pacesetter Award Recognition Program honors high-performing second stage businesses that are producing innovative products, increasing sales, creating jobs and serving communities of the Commonwealth. Businesses are selected on their intent and capacity to add employees, grow sales, and contribute to their communities.

2016 Kentucky Pacesetter Award: Matthew & Karine Maynard, Maynard Studios, Inc.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Pacesetter Award

Maynard Studios has been selected one of the 2016 Kentucky Business Pacesetters. It joins a group of businesses that will be recognized for changing the economic landscape of Kentucky by introducing innovative products, increasing sales and/or production, boosting employment, and serving the communities of the commonwealth.

The Kentucky Business Pacesetter Award ceremony will be at 10 a.m. May 3 at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. For more information about Maynard Studios, call 502-859-3170, see more of their work at, or join them on Facebook.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Press Release

March 21, 2016

Matthew and Karine Maynard of Maynard Studios, Inc. of Lawrenceburg, KY win two awards in international metalcraft competition.

LOUISVILLE, KY­ Matthew and Karine Maynard, President and Vice President of Maynard Studios Inc. of Lawrenceburg, KY have won two awards for outstanding craftsmanship in an international competition sponsored by the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA). The event was open to over 600 member firms throughout the U.S. and over a dozen foreign countries.

The Maynard's also won the Gold award in the Gate, Driveway Forged. This entry was designed and created by the Maynards for Apiary Fine Caterings event space in Lexington KY. The Maynards also won the Bronze award in the Interior Railings- Ferrous Forged category. Their entry was a railing made for a private clients home in Louisville, Kentucky.

The presentation was made at a special banquet in Greenville, SC Saturday March 19 2016 during NOMMA’s annual convention. The Ernest Wiemann Top Job Awards Competition is an annual contest that recognizes outstanding work in the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry.

To win an award, entrants must submit photos and a description of their work. The material is then publicly displayed in a gallery where NOMMA member firms are given the opportunity to vote. Winning a Top Job award has special meaning, since it represents the “voice of approval” from industry peers.

NOMMA, headquartered in Forest Park, GA, is the trade association for the metals industry. Products produced by NOMMA members range from railings to driveway gates and include sculpture to light structural steel.

To reach Maynard Studios, call (502) 859­3170, see more of their work at, or join them on Facebook.

To view winning entry, visit and click on > Top Job Galleries

Monday, March 14, 2016

Growing Your Arts Based Business

Growing Your Arts Based Business

by Karine Maynard

Our journey may not be the same as yours. Many of us have similar stories, but most successful artists and small business owners take their own paths. We want to share our story and in doing so show how funding for the arts not can not only grow an artists work, but grow a community.

Growing/ expanding your arts-based business is as important as making the work itself, and often it's case that you find yourself fighting for the time to make both happen. In our case, we knew our products would be highly sought after if exposed to a specific market, but we also knew we were not prepared to scale up our business alone.

The entire time that we were learning and creating, we were also developing as business owners in the Creative Industry. For starters Maynard Studios needed to find a way to connect with the Arts Community, so in 2008 we entered in the Kentucky Arts Councils' emerging artist program and received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award and later in 2010 Matthew was awarded the Al Smith Fellowship.

Our new “professional appearance” and validation had an almost domino's effect. Maynard Studios started making more contacts, started getting featured in newspapers, magazines, and galleries. Which ultimately lead to business piling up in the office! At this point, we now were looking to expand, but to do this, requires money and collateral.

We inquired at our local Small Business Development Center.

“Access to capital is still the biggest hurdle for small-business owners. That hasn't changed”- Shirie Hawkins, director of the Bluegrass Development Center.

Through our income, sales and installations we had an idea on basic accounting but were not “polished” enough to head to a bank. After much work with the SBDC, we had a business plan written, we had our first monetary based inventory of our tools, we had projections of future sales for years to come, etc. All of a sudden, we were becoming accountable, and ready to ask for assistance with funding for an expansion.

At first, we asked the bank for a loan to buy updated equipment and to build the new building we needed. As small businesses owners who had just incorporated, we didn't have enough collateral to secure a large building loan. However, the bank was able to point us in another direction, which was to the State. The Economic Development Cabinet (EDC) visited with us to review plans and eventually we were provided with the collateral we needed, via a secondary guarantee loan from the EDC, to get financing from the bank.

Like a goldfish in a bowl, a bigger art studio space meant we could do bigger work and more of it! As a result of the loan, and subsequent increased studio space, in 2012 to 2013, we doubled our gross sales, just as projected in our business plan. However, the surprise came in 2014 when we nearly doubled our that again.

So in a summary, by the Economic Development Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky helping us get our first loan, it quadrupled our commissions in two years time. We were able to help support other small businesses as well, by buying our materials from local vendors and we've been able to create jobs! Our studio maintains 6-8 employees at any time, sometimes more for specific jobs. All of this, in return, has allowed us to apply for more grants and support (including support from the Kentucky Arts Council and from Workforce Development) to help us train our employees and to educate and help certify employees in our creative trade. This has also led to us increasing our taxes paid to state and federal government (by 700%!) which includes a percentage that helps fund organizations that provide small businesses with advice and access to the same kind of loan assistance that was provided to help us.

There are many other details and experiences I'd like to share with you, but what I've written about here are the main points I share when I lecture in our local community and across the state. Just this past November I gave a lecture entitled, “Forging Relationships to Expand your Arts Based Business: Tools of the Trade”, at the Creative Industries Summit in Owensboro, Kentucky.

I should mention, beyond the growing "creative industry" business trends in Kentucky, findings of two United Nations reports, published in 2008 and 2010, affirm that the Creative Economy, globally speaking, is “not only one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy, but also a highly transformative one, in terms of income-generation, job creation and export earnings.” Additional data published in May 2013 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development showed that the global creative economy more than doubled between 2002 and 2011. Its average annual growth rate during that period was 8.8 percent. Creative Industry Report;

Remember, to expand your business will be hard work no matter what, but each of the groups that assisted us in our growth (mentioned above) exist to help YOU and your creative business succeed. When you succeed at growing, you will make more money. More money= proportionately more taxes to fund those same programs that help small businesses. And funding small businesses mean (for us at least) more jobs and more people with pay checks to spend in our state and local economies. Growth of a community!

Lastly, I want to emphatically congratulate the Kentucky Arts Council. If you are an artist and not a member, you should apply. You will not find a better advocate for Artists anywhere in the state, and I'd argue anywhere in the nation. Trust them. They benefit only from making you look good. They are also the organization working to quantify the economic benefit of Arts-based businesses and they report that directly to the legislature (who plays a big part in deciding where funding is and is not applied.) The Kentucky Arts Council's model is working so well that other states are catching on to the movement. Just this year in March, New Mexico has introduced the “Create Act” to support art businesses, and jobs in the creative economy. (Read more at

Small is BEAUTIFUL, keep it simple, and focus on each step, just one at a time. Support is out there. We can do this!


Karine Maynard can be engaged for public speaking opoortunities, by emailing Katie Trimpe at :

Saturday, February 20, 2016


Several of us small arts-based businesses in Anderson County have been coming together each year to form an annual Open Studio event known as "ART TRAIL". This event has steadily grown, bringing in more and more people each year. It is this event that has recently developed into the Anderson County Arts Council and we welcome you to join us as we continue to advance the arts in our community.

We just got our new website up, created a twitter account... we can take memberships & donations on-line too! and *just now* created a new geo map for this year's Art Trail!

Your $25 membership will go a LONG way !!! Read more...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Serice & Design Awards 2016 Houzz

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Louisville, Kentucky January 27, 2016 – Matthew and Karine Maynard of Lawrenceburg, KY have won both the "Best of Service" and “Best Of Design” awards on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Matthew and Karine are designers, blacksmiths and artists who use metal and architectural space as their media. As a husband and wife team, they specialize in hand-forged custom stair rails, furniture and applied design; were chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in two categories: Design and Customer Service. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
"Receiving this award is really touching to both of us,"  says Matthew Maynard. "Since every job we do is different, the challenge is to continuously come up with new ideas and designs time and time again. To do this, we get to know our clients and interact with them individually.  Each person is unique and by learning about someone we can tailor a design to fit them and their space. This has become a great part of the joy we get from the creative process and the clients we've worked for always share in that on a personal level.  But to receive the 2016 Service & Design awards make us feel that these efforts are recognized on the larger scale and that's really an honor,".
"Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Maynard Studios, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.” one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
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About Maynard Studios
Ironwork by Maynard Studios can primarily be seen in private residences across the nation. The couple continue to create the actual work in their metal studio in central Kentucky, with just a handful of employees, occasionally visiting clients nationwide and they insist on overseeing every installation personally.  Their projects have been featured internationally and given prominence by the National Ornamental Misc. Metals Association and the Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America. In 2015 they were awarded the Top Job Award in an international competition of hand forged interior stair railings and the duo's work continues to lead design in contemporary blacksmithing today. They have also earned the highest acclamations of the Kentucky Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Each element of their work reflects their professional attention to aesthetic detail, design and function with a focus on quality over quantity. 
"We work closely with our clients throughout the design process and look forward to collaborating with them and creating something that will last for generations to come,".

For more information, contact Matthew or Karine at (502)859.3170 or visit 
About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit