Maplewoodshop CEO Named to Forbes Next 1000 List

List showcases ambitious sole proprietors, self-funded shops and pre-revenue startups

(East Orange, N.J.) February 7, 2022 – Michael Schloff, CEO of Maplewoodshop, has been named to the Forbes Next 1000 list. The list is an initiative from Forbes to showcase the ambitious sole proprietors, self-funded shops, and pre-revenue startups in every region of the country.

“After volunteering at a local community STEM fair and seeing children feel so connected to woodworking and confidently learning a skill that has become rare, I founded Maplewoodshop in 2016 to help all children develop life skills through woodworking,” said Schloff. “Being included in this list is a great honor and it will help us achieve our mission.”

Nominees for the list were judged on their ability to redefine what it means to build and run a business today, especially in the “new normal.” They were judged in part on a commitment to diversity and inclusion and on making a difference in their community, industry or the world. Nominations were screened by top business minds and entrepreneurial leaders to culminate a list of 1,000 new faces of entrepreneurs sure to shape the future of business. 

Since launching, Maplewoodshop has become a leader in teaching woodworking to elementary and middle school students and has partnered with more than 100 schools and camps, including the New York City and San Antonio Departments of Education. Its turn-key program trains educators, provides portable and patent pending equipment and curriculum that transforms their existing rooms into woodshops, and supports them every step of the way to engage students in STEM, career and technical education, special education, and social emotional learning.

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About Maplewoodshop
Maplewoodshop is a leader in teaching woodworking to elementary and middle school students. The company works to share the powerful benefits of woodworking with educators and children to build critical life skills through its collaborative and adaptive woodworking curriculum that utilizes hand tools. Since launching in 2016, Maplewoodshop has partnered with more than 100 schools and camps. For more information about the company and its programs, visit