makers of the midwest


our story

Makewell was founded around the need for a local, creative community. After moving back home in 2015, founder Ashton Hauff noticed how the many talented creatives in her community felt isolated with similar questions and obstacles as herself. Her personal experiences and conversations with other creatives, sparked the first 'aha' moment, "Why aren't we doing this together?" In late 2016, Ashton found a team of individuals passionate about the same idea of community and together created Makewell.

Since then, Makewell has hosted several unique, sold-out events and has made it our mission to develop one-of-a-kind events and opportunities for the makers across the region to connect, learn and be inspired from one another. 

We Believe In...

Community > Competition
At the very core of Makewell, we believe we’re better together. We learn, inspire, and challenge one another. And when one of us succeeds, we all succeed together as a regional creative hub. We are your tribe.

Diversity of Craft
No matter your craft or industry, we dedicate ourselves to coming alongside the makers, creators, and contributors of our community. We’re so grateful for your gift you’ve chosen to share with all of us.

Encouraging Vulnerability
We understand the making process can be very personal and therefore we commit ourselves to being open and honest in both seeking out and providing advice, support, and encouragement throughout the entire making process.

Supporting Local
We create word-class experiences for makers, by hiring world-class makers at their full value. We support the local maker community both emotionally and financially to see their craft and businesses thrive where they call home.

Magical Moments
In every experience we host, we strive to create surprising moments of joy for our attendees. We aim to reach above all expectations, so that every maker leaves feeling both noticed and valued. 



Featured News:

Bismarck Tribune,
August 2018

Bank of North Dakota,
June 2018

1 Million Cups Fargo,
May 2018

Emerging Prairie,
May 2018

Bismarck Tribune,
April 2018

The Squarehead Kids,
April 2018

Bismarck Tribune,
April 2018

1 Million Cups Bismarck,
March 2018

The Squarehead Kids,
December 2017

Bismarck Tribune,
June 2017

meet the team

Ashton Hauff,
Founder & Director

J.Morgan Legreid,


Ben Brick,


Ivan Miller, 
Financial Guru

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Marci Gilstad,
Social Strategist

Tyler Huber,

Rebecca Brick,

Andrea Lamontagne, 
Budget Guru


Contact Us

If you're interested in getting involved, partnering together, or have an idea to grow the Makewell community, please say hello:

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