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Showroom 808 is a collaborative marketplace for creative women entrepreneurs.
We provide scalable solutions for creative women entrepreneurs to achieve business sustainability and encourage community wealth-building.
When it comes to helping creative women entrepreneurs sustain their businesses, Showroom 808 embraces a Strategic Partnership Growth Model Methodology.
This strategy coupled with our showroom cultural of sisterhood and collaboration helps to better position your creative enterprise for longterm success.
Statistics report only 3% of women entrepreneurs scale their companies to 1 million dollars in annual revenue. For women of color, it's only 1% which greatly reduces their likelihood for longterm business success.
Unlike other entrepreneurial programs, we focus on creative women of color who statistically experience more challenging obstacles when striving to achieve company sustainability.
Our goal is to erase this disparity and change the narrative for women of color in the creative markets.
Our collaborative marketplace is available to all female entrepreneurs who create handmade products or produce original designed fashions.
Although the focus of our program is to provide scalable solutions for women of color entrepreneurs all persons who identify themselves as female are welcome to apply.
We are looking for female entrepreneurs who have actively and consistently been engaged in business for at least 2 years and not more than 5 years.
Products should be either handmade or original designs cultivated exclusively for the brand.
We specialize in au courant, limited edition, and one-of-a-kind product offerings.
Individual products showcased at Showroom 808 are exclusive to our showroom in the Austin, Texas market.
Product categories are limited and all brand entries are juried.
What makes us special is that we spotlight posh clothing and fashion accessories, artisan quality wearables, unique gifts, and original works of art.
We are a community of creative women entrepreneurs focused on scaling sustainable business.
Not sure your business is ready for a showroom experience just yet, no problem. Stay connect with our creative community online and via email to find out about all of our upcoming events and workshops.
10222 Pecan Park Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78729, United States
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Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew is an entrepreneur whose journey has been woven together with a common thread: the empowerment of women. She is a proponent of equality and women’s rights, something she has held close to her heart throughout her career.
Sheila was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
After graduating from Duquesne University, where she earned a B. S. Degree in Business Administration, Sheila began her professional career in retail buying and store management.
Her passion to empower the underserved naturally lead her to actively becoming involved with sever- al professional organizations. Sheila held several industry leadership positions including becoming the 2006 Austin Chapter President of Women’s Council of REALTORS®. She also served as a director for both the Austin Association of REALTORS® and the Texas Association of REALTORS®. As a director of the Austin Board she worked hard to bring International Real Estate course offerings to local members. Her enthusiasm for professional education led to her 2009 appointment as the Professional Development Team Liaison for the Texas Association of REALTORS® working on behalf of 80,000 state members. Sheila is also a graduate of the Texas Association of REALTORS® 2009 Leadership Program.
Through her servant leadership roles in the real estate industry she began to want to do more, she wanted to impact her global community by empowering women. In 2014 during Austin Fashion Week she launched Hawkins BucklewTM Handcrafted Jewelry Designs as the face of her mission and the financial arm of the Hawkins BucklewTM Foundation.These two Hawkins Bucklew ventures tied perfectly together the common threads of Sheila’s creativity, business ex- pertise, and passion for helping the underserved.
In 2017 Sheila was selected by the U.S. Department of State for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Ex- change Award. A flagship program of former President Obama, the Reciprocal Exchange program supports American professionals in their travel to Sub-Saharan Africa to engage in collaborative projects that demonstrates a substantial impact on the community and country of an African Fellow. Sheila partnered with Hauwa Liman, a Nigerian Fashion Designer to host their inaugural “Creative Entrepreneurship Bootcamp” in Lagos, Nigeria. This project focused on en- trepreneurial programs for women who were creative entrepreneurs.
Sheila remains active in her local community as a member of the Greater Austin Black Chamber, National Council of Negro Women, the Four Point’s Task Force in District 6, and Jewelers of America. She is also a former member of The Links, Inc. Town Lake Chapter, National Black MBA Association, and National Association of Real Estate Brokers (RE- ALTIST). Sheila enjoys volunteering in the community dedicating her time to such organizations as the Capital City Black Film Festival, Austin Area Jazz Festival, and SXSW.
Sheila has been featured in articles of the following periodicals: The Austin Chronicle Newspaper, Community Impact Newspaper, Austin Women’s Magazine, Tribeza Magazine, Eclectic Shades Magazine, and British Vogue.
Her most recent awards include the 2018 Profiles of Prominence Award given by the Austin Metroplex Chapter of the National Women of Achievement, Inc., the AFTV5 African Champion Award for 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year, and in September of 2018 Sheila was honored with the African Community Service Award given by the African community in the Washington, D.C. area.
Sheila’s personal manta “I Am Because You Are” is what keeps her engaged in the community. Knowing what she has accomplished could not have been possible without the efforts of those who had come before her. Her current mis- sion is to inspire mankind by empowering women through jewelry design. She hopes by sharing her personal story she can positively impact the lives of others.
Sheila, a life-long learner is currently enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in their Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy. This gain knowledge centered around social business enterprises will help launch her next project Showroom 808; a collaborative marketplace for creative women entrepreneurs which is slated to open in June of 2019.