I started working with the IMI team in 2015. The Holiday IMI show in 2015 was my first large scale show. Carrie was so patient with all of my questions and incredibly supportive and excited for my shop. I felt very welcome from day one when I walked into the space with an infant strapped to my back, a preschooler 'helping me' haul inventory and sweat on my brow. My business has grown since 2015, and I account some of that growth from the support of the IMI community. The events not only gave me a chance to reach a larger local audience, but it also allowed me the opportunity to meet other makers and learn from their struggles and experiences. I am grateful for each event I'm given the opportunity to vend at and truly am appreciative of all of the work the small and mighty IMI team does.